Located at Lake Tahoe, California, Sugar Bowl Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory high school for competitive skiers. It's a world-class ski academy for Alpine, Nordic and Freeride athletes.

Gym to Snow

By Matt Strand Coaches

Fitness and Ski racing are very similar in two ways.
1. Results can not be faked
2: You can not hide from the truth of those results

We have all heard Kevin Durant’s famous quote, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” This is true, especially in ski racing.

There are very few places that feel more lonely than the start gate of a ski race. Any confidence you had going into the race come into collision with your nerves and your fears, humbling you before you get ready to go. In that moment, all you have is your work. What did you put in? How hard did you train? Are you prepared?

The run that follows has the ability to separate (very quickly) who did the work and who did not. You can not hide from what the race reveals.

I have seen with my own two eyes the work that Sugar Bowl Academy athletes have put in. They don’t grumble, they don’t complain, and because they do the work, they usually conquer whatever I put in front of them.

It will not be by chance when Sugar Bowl Academy athletes stand on top of podium after podium this year. The race course will not lie, and I am confident we will conquer.

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t just fall there.” -Vince Lombardi


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