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Sugar Bowl Academy

815 Lupine Trail PO Box 68 Norden, CA 95724


Founded: 1998 by Tricia Hellman Gibbs

Sports: Alpine racing, nordic & freeride

Grades: Full-year program, 8 to 12; winter-term program, 6 to 9

Program Length: Fully or four to six-month winter term

Application Period: Rolling

Staff/Student Ratio: 1:4, average class size is 8

Cost: Full-year boarding, $45,300; full-year day, $25,250; winter-term boarding, $33,400; winter-term day, $18,750

Scholarships: A large community helps provide a substantial need and merit-based aid program for SBA tuition assistance. Approximately 45 percent of SBA students receive more than $400,000 in financial support annually. SBA is available to families from all backgrounds.

Head of School: Tracy Keller at; Director of Athletic Programs Bill Hudson at


Academics & Overview

Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, competitive skiers, setting the stage for highly motivated students to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. We are an athlete-centered, community-based program designed to provide the very best athletic and academic opportunities for our students. Additionally, SBA offers life-learning programs, which include leadership and health curricula, non-profit volunteer opportunities, and participation in diverse community service programs.

Recent graduates are currently first-year students at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Williams College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA, among others. Comprehensive and rigorous college preparatory curriculum includes AP classes, lab sciences, foreign languages, and fine arts electives. Graduation requirements meet or exceed entrance requirements for all selective four-year colleges and universities. An all-inclusive college counseling program includes standardized test preparation, development of the college list, and a specialized course during senior fall for completion of college applications. One-to-one iPad program and additional technological resources enhance on-campus instruction and facilitate distance learning while students are traveling for competition and training. A fully developed experiential education program includes a spring trips program wherein students travel throughout the U.S. and abroad for a variety of practical and experience-based curricula. Faculty members have strong academic credentials, including advanced degrees in their content areas and/or secondary education and Ivy League educations. More than 80 percent of teachers hold advanced degrees. Select AP course offerings include calculus, human geography, and English language & composition.


Head Coaches: HeadMen’s U18/U21/PG Alpine Coach, Jeff Kai; Head Women’s U18/U21/PG Alpine Coach and Director of Sports Science, Katharina Golik; Head Alpine U16 Coach and Director of Alpine Athlete Development, Seth McCadam; Head U14 Coach: Gladys Weidt; Head Nordic Coach, Martin Benes; Head Freeride Coach, Trevor Tanhoff; Director of Youth Competition, Jim Hudson

Coaching Staff: U21-U14 alpine coaching staff includes Allie Ace, Devin Gill, Karen Lundgren, Quincy Young. Nordic coaching staff includes Caitlin Curran Bernstein, Jeff Schloss, and Ambrose Tuscano. Athletic Trainer, Sarah Gley. Directors of Athlete Conditioning, Douglas and Candice Brooks.

Training Facilities

SBA’s newly complete campus is America’s only ski-in, ski-out ski academy for alpine, freeride, and nordic skiers. Exclusive race arena at Sugar Bowl Resort complete with high speed lift, snowmaking, and a surface-control watering system. Cooperative relationship with Sugar Bowl Corporation, which allows for training on widely varying terrain as well as full length GS and super G. Open boundary and terrain park at Sugar Bowl Resort provide numerous opportunities for freeride skiers. Cooperative relationship between Royal Gorge (North America’s largest nordic area) and Auburn Ski Club provide several nordic venues within a short distance or direct connection to campus.