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.



Because you're reading this, you're likely contemplating whether a college preparatory ski academy — and Sugar Bowl Academy in particular — is right for you. Know that our admission team understands the challenges that come with navigating secondary education choices, and we take great pride in doing everything we can to help you through the process in an honest, straightforward and thoughtful manner.

Certainly, we love talented students and athletes, but what we look for most is that you're a gracious and highly motivated individual — even if your accomplishments to date are relatively modest.

So much of what we do transcends the ostensibly narrow context of a ski academy. Slopes, trails and classrooms are undoubtedly means by which we seek and celebrate themes of education and life, but at any given moment, Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes are also immersed in activities such as marine biology SCUBA dives off the Monterrey peninsula, contemplating the history of religion around the Great Salt Lake, studying Shakespearean productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival...and much, much more.

Have a look around our website for a glimpse of life at Sugar Bowl Academy, and remember that it's only a glimpse — visiting us in person is by far the best way to learn about all that our motivated student-athletes do.



  • If we receive your application by January 15, 2019, we'll notify you of our admission decision by January 31, 2019. 
  • If we receive your application by March 15, 2019, we'll notify you of our admission decision by April 1, 2019.
  • The admissions team will continue to review applications after the March 15 deadline while spaces are still available.
  • Signed enrollment contracts and 10% tuition deposit are due April 15.

Financial Aid

  • For new applicants, the deadline for applying for financial aid is March 15, 2019. We'll notify you of any award by April 1.
  • For returning SBA student-athletes: financial aid applications are due by February 15 2019. We'll notify you of any award by March 1.



Step 1: Complete the Student Inquiry Form.


Step 2: Schedule a Campus Visit and Interview.

In-person visits are strongly encouraged. For those who are unable, an online video interview is required. Your visit will include a campus tour, classroom visits, on-snow and/or dryland training sessions and meetings with the Head of School, our admission team and appropriate head coach. To schedule a Campus Visit and Interview, you must first complete the Student Inquiry Form (above). You can find directions to our campus here.

Step 3: Complete the Sugar Bowl Academy Application.


Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid

Sugar Bowl Academy offers need-based financial aid awards.


For questions about the admissions process, contact the SBA admission team at admission@sbacademy.org.

For additional information about financial aid, please contact John Horsch, Executive Director, SBSTA at jhorsch@sbacademy.org.