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1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 1

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Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: June 23, 2006 Business started: 12/20/1939 in CA Business started locally: 03/24/1976 Business incorporated: 03/24/1976 in CA
Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. Rob Kautz, President Nicole Lieberman, Secretary Ms. Patty Bruns, Accounts Payable
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Rob Kautz, President
Principal: Nicole Lieberman, Secretary
Business Category

Ski Centers & Resorts Sports & Recreation

Alternate Business Names
Sugar Bowl Resort

Additional Locations


    629 Sugar Bowl Rd

    Northstar, CA 96161 (530) 426-3651

  • PO Box 5

    Norden, CA 95724


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Complaint Detail(s)

2/27/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: My wife and i have a season pass with sugarbowl which is basically a prepaid lift ticket for the entire season. My season pass does have some restrictions/black out dates (12/26/13 - 12/31/131/18/14 - 1/19/14 2/15/14 - 2/16/14) Our season pass is also set up with my credit card info so that i dont need to carry my credit card, it will work as my credit card so if i want to purchase something at the lodge like food or merchandise i can do so. Keep in mind if i purchased something like food or merchandise it would require my signature. On jan 19th my wife and i made the mistake of going to sugarbowl unaware that it was a blackout date (not sugarbowls fault im fully aware of this) we rode for a couple hours and went home mainly because THERES NO SNOW. Then on jan 27th i notice 2 un-autherized $52 charges on my credit card from sugarbowl???? I called and was told what had happened???? I was argument is my pass isnt valid on those shouldnt have worked...i went through the lift lines like any other day they sscanned my pass and i was on my one said a word. When i went to the lift i should have been told "your pass isnt valid today because of blackout restrictions if you want to ride you need to purchase a lift ticket" Thats exactly what would have been said had i not set up my credit card with the season pass. if i had been told this i would have turned around and went home. Instead they didnt say anything they just took advantage of having my credit card info. THERES NO SNOW why would i pay to ride crappy conditions when i can ride for free on any other day????

Desired Settlement: $104.00

Business Response: ****** ****** does have a restricted pass that does not allow pass skiing benefits on certain black out dates.  The black out dates, holiday dates for his pass, are clearly presented on-line where you can purchase the pass, at the resort, and on the web page. The price for these passes is lower than unrestricted passes that give you skiing privileges on all days.  This is a common pass type in the ski industry.  We offer the ability to all pass holders to attach a credit card for their convenience.  Most pass holders appreciate this set up so they can go directly to the lift when they need a day ticket rather than having to wait in a ticket line before going to the lifts.  It is unfortunate Mr. ****** did not realize that Sunday of Martin Luther King weekend was a blackout date for his pass.  Our system does show he skied that day from 9:30 in the morning until 12:38 or later in the afternoon.