Sugar Bowl Academy’s Postgraduate (PG) Program provides highly motivated, Nor Am and Elite level FIS racers with an opportunity to further their skills through a year of concentrated and intensive training. The PG Program is an extension of Sugar Bowl Academy’s highly successful secondary school program and is designed as a platform for National Team selection or participation on a top-10 NCAA Division I collegiate team. Ideal PG applicants are qualified candidates for top-tier NCAA Division I programs or are legitimate contenders for the U.S. Ski Team.
The highly individualized PG program includes eight months of rigorous world-class training accompanied by a customized enrichment program to ensure continued personal and educational development.
Focused individual training sessions (3-5 hours per day) in season supported by small training groups and a low athlete-to-coach ratio
Personalized athlete management with a competition schedule that optimizes athletes’ exposure to high-level racing including starts on both the Eastern and Western NCAA circuits.
Enrichment and Community Engagement
PG athletes are expected to develop an individualized enrichment and community program that will challenge them to continue to prepare for a future of success outside of ski racing. PGs are also expected to be leaders on and off snow and in all aspects of the SBA community. They may satisfy their enrichment/community engagement requirement by obtaining a professional certification, volunteering in the local Tahoe-Truckee community, completing college level course work, taking high school level courses at Sugar Bowl Academy, or through an approved alternative program.
PG student-athletes who have not deferred from a college or university of their choice will meet regularly with Sugar Bowl Academy’s Director of College Counseling to ensure admission to one of their top choice schools.
Housing and transportation
PG athletes must live in an SBSTA-approved adult supervised environment. Options include the SBA dorm, a local host family with their parents, or in an alternate approved supervised arrangement. PG athletes are expected to provide their own transportation to and from all training sessions.
Admission to the Sugar Bowl Academy PG program is highly selective as program size will be limited to 10. The ideal PG applicant must be of strong character and integrity with 30 - 60 FIS points in at least two events (slalom or GS), and the desire and talent for selection to a National Team or top NCAA college. Need based financial aid and merit scholarships are available.
2016-2017 Program Snapshot:
In addition to SBA's regular offerings and schedule, the PG program will include:
- 30 - 50 days of early season on-snow training
- Three weeks of training during our summer season in the Southern Hemisphere
- October on-snow training camp in Europe
- extended training in November in Colorado as necessary
- 6 - 8 weeks of concentrated PG specific strength and conditioning sessions managed by our Director of Athlete Conditioning
- support for injury rehabilitation and prevention by Athletic Trainer
The SBA PG Program commences at the beginning of the school year and runs through April. PG studentes enrolled in an Advanced Placement course are required to sit for the respective AP exam at SBA prior to departure.
- coaching (both on and off snow)
- conditioning (typically twice per day in the fall and once per day in the winter)
- access to sport science assessments,physical testing and nutrition analysis
- contact with athletic trainer
- season pass at Sugar Bowl Resort
- SBA courses
- college admissions counseling (if appropriate)
- on-campus meals during the school year
- advising, goal setting and personalized athlete management
(Does not include housing, camps, or travel costs)
$15,000 ($12,000 for SBA graduates)