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.


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 Norden, CA (August 7, 2019) --  Sofia Sanchez is a recent graduate of Sugar Bowl Academy who shocked the mostly European field at the IAAF SkyRunning World Youth Championships last summer when she simply ran away from the field in the Vertical Kilometer race. This season, she returned to the Championships in Gran Sasso, Italy with a target on her back. Everyone knew who she was and just how fast she had run. 

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 In fact, many of her competitors had followed her as she opened the season at the International Sky Running Federation’s World Cup at the Broken Arrow Sky Run in Squaw Valley. At that event in June, she took silver in the Vertical Kilometer, sandwiched between two overall World Champions at the event. The result encouraged athletes from across the world to train just a bit harder as they prepared for Youth Worlds. “No doubt she had some girls really gunning for her this year,” said SBSTA Nordic Director, Will Sweetser, who coaches Sanchez in both skiing and SkyRunning. “They knew they had to run a course record to beat her.” 

 In the end, one Youth competitor and one U23 competitor did just that in the Vertical Kilometer. Ekaterina Osichkina, of Russia, put 42 seconds into Sanchez to take the gold in the VK. Sanchez earned silver for Youth women, with a time of 46:28 (a full 15 seconds faster than last year). An Under 23 competitor from Switzerland, Alessandra Schmid, was just 18 seconds ahead of Sanchez to win the U23 category.

 “I really can’t be upset,” Sanchez said from Italy following the race. “I’ve had compromised training over the past month due to a hip injury, and I still ran 15 seconds faster than last year. The field is just bigger every season as the sport grows--there were 28 teams at this year’s race compared to just 18 last year. And that Russian girl has been scoring points in European World Cup events.”

 Her upbeat attitude and improved pacing paid off two days later in the 21km SkyRace, historically a weaker event for her, when she topped all women to take both the fastest time of the day and the fastest overall competitor title. Two years at World Youth Championships, 3 gold medals, 2 silvers.

 For further details about the ISF Youth SkyRunning World Championships, and photos of the event: https://trailrunner.com/trail-news/ For full results for the event: http://enduro.ficr.it

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.