Sugar Bowl Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory high school for competitive skiers.

World-class education for competitive skiers.

Our Mission

Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated student-athletes in grades 8 to 12, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage.

Our job is to push you, give you tough love, help you when you fall, and cheer for you when you cross the finish line. It's to help you perfect the tiny details, while leading you toward a path where you'll live larger than life.

We'll help you see your potential even on days you can't see it. We'll help you balance everything that's coming at you. We'll help you finish the Century Ride or the Old 40 Run, understand that algebra equation, learn that past participle, and experience the beauty of the world around you.

We'll help you thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.

Those who have come before you have gone on to some of the best colleges and universities in the country and many have continued their pursuit of skiing on NCAA teams at schools such as Bates, Boston College, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Saint Lawrence University and the University of Colorado.

History

The Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation was founded in 1998 by Tricia Hellman Gibbs, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team and a graduate of Williams College. Following in the footsteps of her father, Warren Hellman, who founded Stratton Mountain School in Vermont, Tricia had a vision of developing a world-class junior ski program and academy on the West Coast.

Tricia's passion, support and leadership helped develop Sugar Bowl Academy into a world-class educational institution for competitive skiers on Donner Summit. Today, Sugar Bowl Academy is nationally recognized as one of the premier sports academies in the country.

Fast Facts

  • Year founded: 1999
  • Ski team & academy enrollment: 500 athletes
  • Number of coaches: 56
  • Current academy enrollment: 65
  • Number of coaches who are ski team alumni: 18
  • Number of coaches who have been here 5+ years: 19
  • Number of coaches who have been here 10+ years: 7
  • Academy Staff (coaches, teachers, and support staff): 28
  • Percentage of athletes receiving scholarships and tuition assistance: 20%
  • Percentage of SBA teachers who hold Masters Degrees: 85%