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.



Although it varies from year to year, roughly a third of Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes live on campus in the residence hall during the school year.

Our residential life program emphasizes respect for one’s self and others, cooperation, healthy relationships, trust and independence. This framework also allows you to develop personal responsibility with opportunities to exercise good judgment and manage your personal time.

The program will also encourage you to have fun and experience life beyond Donner Summit. Regular activities include picnics at Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe, backpacking on the Pacific Coast Trail, attending local events such as the Truckee Rodeo, and trips to Reno where you can see movies, play mini-golf, dine out or see a minor league baseball game. Evening and weekend activities at school have included Iron Chef cooking competitions, game nights and movie nights.


The small size and low resident to staff ratio of the residential life program will allow you to receive personalized attention on a daily basis. In the family-like atmosphere fostered in the residence hall, residential staff members enjoy being a part of the development of student-athletes beyond the classroom and the hill — and both residents and faculty thrive on the relationships that result. We can't replace your home life, but we are able to provide a safe, comfortable and nurturing atmosphere where you will succeed.

Good food is an important part of providing a comfortable atmosphere, especially for active athletes. Our full-time cooking staff takes pride in providing healthy and delicious food every day.

All residential staff members are teachers or coaches. They provide firm, yet caring around-the-clock supervision, and they understand the challenges faced by adolescents like you who set high expectations for themselves.

"Being a part of Residential Life at Sugar Bowl Academy is really an inspiring experience. We get to guide a great group of kids as they grow through their unique high school experience."