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Sugar Bowl Academy

815 Lupine Trail PO Box 68 Norden, CA 95724


Founded: 1998 by Tricia Hellman Gibbs

Grades: 8th through PG

Category: Full year traditional ski academy

Application Deadline: 3/15/2018

Day School Cost: $32,910

Boarding School Cost: $50,960

Financial Aid: Yes

Head of School: Ryan Aldrich

Academic Approach: At SBA, student-athletes experience the best of a small learning environment in the midst of epic ski terrain. Our small class sizes and a close-knit community enable SBA student-athletes to connect with teachers who push students to make connections between subject matter, the real world, and the environment in which we live and learn. Additionally, in our heterogeneous classrooms, teachers differentiate instruction and assignments to challenge and support individual student-athletes who engage in self-driven, challenging, creative projects that ask them to explore questions that go beyond standard texts and compartmentalized subject matter.


Athletic Approach: Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy is a supportive and inclusive community with a team-oriented atmosphere. However, each athlete has different needs based on their current level of development. Our goal is to serve these needs and move the athlete forward, all while feeling the support of the community.

Notable Coaches: Eric Harlow - Alpine Program Director, Brett Jacobson - Head U19/U21 Women's Coach, Devin Gill - Head U19/U21 Men's Coach, Scott Houser - Head U16 Men's Coach, Gladys Weidt - Head U16 Women's Coach, Martin Benes - Nordic Program Director, Trevor Tanhoff - Freeride Program Director

Notable Alumni: Mark Engel, Katie Hitchcock, Dylan Brooks, Luke Winters, Riley Plant, Brian Francis, Jacqui Lebel, Alice Robinson, Katie Parker, Louis Mühlen-Schulte, Michel Macedo

Training Facilities: Sugar Bowl Academy is deeply supported by Sugar Bowl Resort who provides phenomenal ski in/ski out on-snow access from late-November through early-May. Completed in 2013, Sugar Bowl Academy now has over 10,000 square feet of professional academic space, a new 8,000 square foot dormitory, and shares a world-class Performance Training Center located in the Sporthaus with Sugar Bowl villagers. Daily alpine race training occurs on multiple full-length slalom, GS, and speed venues at Sugar Bowl Resort. Of particular note is the Van Ruiten Race Arena, an area designated exclusively for SBSTA athletes. The private Van Ruiten Race Arena is accessed by a high-speed quad and is outfitted with a cutting-edge watering and a dedicated snowmaking system. Athletes have firm training conditions days after even the largest Sierra storm. Nordic skiers have access to North America’s largest cross country resort at Royal Gorge as well as Auburn Ski Club and Tahoe Donner. Regular access to low elevation training facilities rounds out the Nordic training venues.