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.


Seth McCadam has recently joined the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) as Head U16 Coach and Director of Alpine Athlete Development.  Seth spent the last ten years coaching the nation’s top alpine racers for the U.S. Ski Team.  “It is a testament to our entire community that Seth chose Sugar Bowl over the other opportunities available to someone with his talent and experience. Seth’s knowledge and science-based coaching methodologies will certainly enable Sugar Bowl to reach the goal of becoming a model program worldwide for long-term athlete development,” said Bill Hudson, Director of Athletic Programs at SBSTA.

Having grown up near Auburn, McCadam skied at Sugar Bowl as a youngster. He coached at Sugar Bowl for two years while obtaining a degree in physical education from the University of Reno. He then spent seven years coaching at the Jackson Hole Ski Club, serving as alpine program director in his final year there. McCadam was hired by the U.S. Ski Team as an assistant women’s World Cup coach in 2005 and continued in that position through 2010 as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Team. For the past four years, he has been head coach for the women’s development team.

“It’s really an opportunity for my wife and me to slow things down and get off the road a bit, to help lead young athletes and refine the programs already in place at Sugar Bowl,” remarked McCadam. “I was perfectly happy with my role with the U.S. Ski Team and I wasn’t actively looking, but … the opportunity to join SBSTA as Director of Alpine Athlete Development is too exciting for me to decline as it serves me well both personally and professionally. I look forward to being a part of an already well established program and sharing the knowledge and experiences I have gained during my time with the USST.”

“I’ll be the third generation (in my family) to work at Sugar Bowl,” McCadam added.
Following in the footsteps of both his grandparents and parents, he is excited about returning to the North Lake Tahoe area. McCadam’s primary position at Sugar Bowl will be head U16 coach, but all programs will see the benefits from his role as Director of Alpine Athlete Development. McCadam will help enhance and implement a strategy for a comprehensive continued education program for all alpine coaches. For the mighty mite, development, and race programs at every level, McCadam will continue in the creation of a world class athlete development system.

The U.S. Ski Team has not yet announced a replacement for McCadam on the women’s World Cup staff.
“Seth has been a dedicated coach across various levels for nearly 10 years,” said U.S. Ski Team Alpine Program Director Patrick Riml. “It will be sad to see him move on, but also encouraging to know that his coaching experience will help young athletes within a USSA club program.”

Also new to Sugar Bowl and the U16 staff is former head coach at Snow Summit Race Team, Karen Lundgren.  In addition to her coaching experience, Karen has been and NCAA racer, Assistant Director of Human Resources for San Bernardino County Schools, and In 2008, along with her 13 year old step-son, Karen completed her ascent of the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents.  Karen is a top adventure racer and will be competing in the World Championships in Ecuador this fall.  

Spaces are still open at the Sugar Bowl Ski Team for this coming winter, and the Sugar Bowl Academy is accepting applications.