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.



In addition to our full-year program, we offer a winter-term day program for students in grades 6 and 7, and a day or boarding program (based on availability) for students in grades 8 and 9. The goal of each program is to enable young skiers to develop their alpine racing, Nordic racing or Freeride skills through superior training opportunities and to continue their academic studies — without leaving their home school or committing full-time to the Academy.

Detailed communication between the Academy and a student's home school helps to determine the academic content that's covered. We solicit input from parents, school counselors and teachers from the student's home school about special projects or assignments that a child should complete while in attendance. The goal is to make the transition from the home school to Sugar Bowl Academy and then back again as seamless as possible. Occasionally, this will require outside tutoring assistance.


For 8th and 9th graders, we offer two options:

  • A four-month program from November 26 to April 5.
  • A three-month program from January 2 to April 5 for students who wish to complete the full fall semester in their home school.

8th and 9th grade winter-term students participate in the on-going Sugar Bowl Academy curriculum as much as possible, and follow the same training and academic schedule as our full-time students.


Sugar Bowl Academy is on a trimester system. For students in grade 9 coming to SBA from a semester based school, the high school transcript will reflect the following:

Fall semester grades= Fall trimester grades 1

Winter semester grades= Winter trimester grades 2

Spring semester grades=Spring trimester grades 3


Our 6th and 7th grade program director/instructor with over 20 years of experience contacts each student's school to coordinate curriculum ensuring a seamless transition into and out of our program. Students enrolled in high school level Spanish or math classes are automatically enrolled in upper school courses. At the end of the winter term, each student's school receives a detailed report card that includes concepts covered.

6th and 7th graders train with our Alpine U12, Alpine U14, Nordic or Freeride program Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings prior to attending classes from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. On Mondays, they'll attend school from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On Fridays, they'll attend school from 8:00 AM to noon and train in the afternoon.

For questions about our 6th and 7th grade program, please contact Mamie Phelan.


October Initial conversations between SBA Winter-Term Coordinators and winter-term families regarding academic course work
November 1 Winter-term packets mailed to winter term students’ home schools
November 15 Winter-term packets returned to SBA to ensure appropriate course planning
November 26 4-Month 8th-9th Grade Winter Term Start Date
January 2 3-Month 8th-9th Grade and 6th-7th Grade Winter Term Start Date
April 5 Winter Term Ends
April 22 Winter-Term Exit Reports Mailed to Home Schools