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. May 13, 2019, Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA)  has recently been awarded Podium Certification at the Gold level by U.S. Ski and Snowboard. U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. SBSTA has demonstrated appropriate levels of performance in all areas and is recognized as an important partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and a leader among ski and snowboard clubs in the nation.

 Ellen Adams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager said, “The Certification process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country. The process to achieve Podium Level Certification requires a commitment to excellence on behalf of a club and its constituents, and clubs have reported finding great value in doing the work necessary to complete the certification. Many clubs have found that the most positive impact was not necessarily the certification designation, but, rather, in uncovering the true opportunities they have to improve and continue to deliver sustained excellence. These clubs all set great examples, and are leading the charge for club improvement nationally.”

 John Horsch, Executive Director of SBSTA lead the US Ski & Snowboard certification process. John stated, “The award follows a year-long certification process that included an extensive self-study and a visit by the club certification team from US Ski & Snowboard. The team examined a wide range of aspects of our program, including governance and budget, programming, and our relationship with Sugar Bowl Resort.”

 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 in virtually 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.  

Ski Team registration for the 2019 - 2020 season is open. Visit our website, www.sbst.org for additional information.