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Sugar Bowl Academy

815 Lupine Trail PO Box 68 Norden, CA 95724

(530) 426-1844

Founded: 1998 by Tricia Hellman Gibbs

Grades: Full Year: 8th through PG, Winter Term: 6th – 9th

Category: Full year traditional ski academy, Day School, Boarding School, Limited Winter Term Program for select grades

Application Deadline: 5/15/2017

Day School Cost: $27,425

Boarding School Cost: $49,000

Financial Aid: Yes

Head of School: Tracy Keller at

Academic Approach: Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes have big ambitions off the slopes, and our academic program is designed to help them get there. Informed by small class sizes, the athletic demands of our student-athletes, and our close-knit community, the Sugar Bowl Academy classroom is a dynamic learning environment. The academic program is tailored to individual students with the goal of engaging and challenging each one of them. SBA offers a comprehensive high school curriculum, including select Advanced Placement courses, that emphasizes both depth and breath of content. SBA’s teachers are passionate and inspiring. They know first hand how important real-world experience can be, which is why they extend the classroom outside to the mountains, streams, and meadows that lie just beyond our doors.  


Athletic Approach: SBA’s athletic program promotes the value of hard work and perseverance in a positive, competitive environment. Based on proven sports science methods, our comprehensive, year-round approach, stresses long-term athletic development and pushes athletes to develop deep understandings of all factors that may affect performance. We strive to develop an atmosphere where student-athletes push the limit to achieve their maximum potential.

Notable Coaches: Eric Harlow, Alpine Program Director Jeff Kai, Head U19/U21 Men’s Coach Katharina Golik, Head U19/U21 Women’s Coach Scott Houser, Head U16 Coach Gladys Weidt, Head U14 Coach Martin Benes, Nordic Program Director Trevor Tanhoff, Freeride Program Director

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.