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.



Norden, CA (June 18th, 2018) Excitement was in the air as Sugar Bowl Academy graduated nine seniors on Saturday, June 16th at the Mount Judah Lodge. In keeping with Sugar Bowl Academy tradition, underclassmen introduced graduating seniors individually before awarding them with their diplomas. The speeches by the underclassmen demonstrated the important leadership role the seniors play in the SBA community and highlighted aspects of each graduate’s personality and character. Cooper Davis, Angela Elder, Reaves Forrest, Chloe Gorman, Eleanore Hamilton, Sophie Hudson, Olivia Omar, Peter Schadlich, and Mackenzie Winton all received diplomas. The 2018 SBA class was one of the most diverse geographically graduating classes and were accepted to thirty different colleges and universities, including Rice University, University of Saint Andrews, Scripps College, George Washington University, Whitman College, and Reed College. 100% of the graduates have committed to the college or university of their choice. The 2018 SBA class was awarded $1,450,000 in merit based scholarships. 

Truckee local and alpine FIS athlete Gwen Wattenmaker was named the Tracy Keller Student-Athlete of the Year. This award signifies the outstanding effort an SBA student-athlete makes both on and off snow. Gwen has distinguished herself on the hill. She finished in the top twenty at three UNI races. She also finished four times in the top thirty at NorAm races. Callum Welsh, junior from Crystal Bay, NV earned the Williams College Book Award for his leadership in the classroom and contributions to the extra-curricular life of the school. Callum is a member of the chess club and has been teaching chess to SBA students. This year, he is organizing a literacy club for SBA student-athletes to go out into the community and help teach reading skills. The Harleen Family Citizenship Award went to Truckee, California resident, senior Sophie Hudson. This award honors a student who exemplifies positive spirit and who is dedicated to the betterment of the Sugar Bowl Academy community. The award is named after one of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy’s founding families.

Valedictorian and local Truckee resident, Eleanore Hamilton spoke to the graduating class about uniqueness of the small senior class, and the opportunities we all have to change the world. Eleanore talked about how the small senior class can make a difference in the world. Eleanore said, “People have been asking the nine of us for the last year variations on the same questions, ‘what are you going to do in the world? If each of us did one, small thing for the world, how large of an impact could the nine of us make? So, I challenge each and every one of you here to do one small thing – shift from what you are doing in the world, to what you are doing for the world."

The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine, Freeride, and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy, located in Norden CA, is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.