Sugar Bowl Academy
Address: 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: 3/15/2019
Day School Cost: $35,220
Boarding School Cost: $54,530
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 reach 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 & Academy is a supportive and inclusive community with a team-orientated atmosphere. However, each athlete has different needs based on their current level of development. Out goal is to serve these needs and move the athlete forward, all while feeling the support of the community
Notable Coaches: Eric Harlow - Director of Alpine Programs, Brett Jacobson - Head U19/U21 Women's Coach, Nick Cohee - Head U19/U21 Men's Coach, Gladys Weidt - Head U16 Women's Coach, Andrew Becker - Head U16 Men's Coach, Will Sweetser - Director of Nordic Programs, Randy Gibbs - Ski Service Manager, Tav Streit - Assistant Nordic Coach, Lenka Sterling - Assistant Nordic Coach, Sean Carey - Director of Freeride Programs
Notable Alumni: Mark Engel, Katie Hitchcock, Dylan Brooks, Riley Plant, Brian Francis, Jacqui Lebel, Alice Robinson, Katie Parker, Louis Muhlen-Schulte, Michel Macedo, Hannah Halvorsen, Chis O'Brien, Everett Sapp, Austin Meng
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 share 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.