Gear Guide:Sugar Bowl Academy
Sugar Bowl Academy
Overview: Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, competitive skiers, setting the stage for highly motivated students to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. We are an athlete-centered, community-based program designed to provide the very best athletic and academic opportunities for our students. Additionally, SBA offers life-learning programs which include leadership and health curricula, non-profit volunteer opportunities, and participation in diverse community service programs.
Founded: 1998 by Tricia Hellman Gibbs
Sports Offered: Alpine Racing, Nordic & Freeride
Ages: Full Year Program: Grades 8-12, Winter Term Program: Grades 6-9
Program Length: Full Year, 6 Mo. Winter Term, 4 Mo. Winter Term
Application Period: May 15 Deadline for tuition discount; after May 15, rolling admission
Staff/Student Ratio: 1:6, average class size is 8
Cost: Full-year boarding, $36,175; full-year day, $19,350; winter-term boarding, $26,700; winter-term day, $14,325
Scholarships: A large Sugar Bowl Ski Team community helps provide a substantial need and merit-based aid program for SBA tuition assistance. Approximately 45% of SBA students receive nearly $300,000 in financial support annually. SBA is available to families from all backgrounds.
Headmaster: Tracy Keller at email@example.com. Executive Director & Athletic Director, Bill Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Exceptional college placement.
- Comprehensive and rigorous college preparatory curriculum that includes AP classes, lab sciences, foreign languages, and fine arts electives.
- Graduation requirements meet or exceed entrance requirements for all selective four-year colleges and universities.
- An all-inclusive college counseling program that includes standardized test preparation, development of the college list, and a specialized course during Senior Fall for completion of college applications.
- One-to-one iPad program and additional technological resources that enhance on-campus instruction and facilitate distance learning while students are traveling for competition and training.
- An experiential education program which includes a spring trips program wherein students travel throughout the western U.S. for a variety of practical and experience-based curricula.
- Faculty members with strong academic credentials, including advanced degrees in their content areas and/or secondary education and Ivy League educations.
- Select AP course offerings including Calculus, Human Geography, and English Language & Composition
- A dedicated travel coordinator and tutor to work with student-athletes who travel extensively.
Head Coaches: Head Men’s Alpine Coach, Jeff Kai; Head Women’s Alpine Coach, Nate Fisher; Head Alpine U16 Coach, Bryce Hubner; Head Nordic Coach, Jeff Schloss; Director of U14, U12, U10 and Development Programs, Jim Hudson; Director of Sports Science, Katharina Golik; Head Freeride Coach, Trevor Tanhoff.
Coaching Staff: U21-U14 alpine coaching staff includes Katharina Golik, Devin Gill, Lesley LeMasurier, Erika Horst, and Gladys White. Nordic coaching staff includes Martin Benes and Ambrose Tuscano. Athletic Trainer, Sarah Gley. Directors of Athlete Conditioning, Douglas and Candice Brooks.
Training Facilities: Exclusive race arena at Sugar Bowl Resort complete with high speed lift, snowmaking, and a surface-control watering system. Cooperative relationship with Sugar Bowl Corporation which allows for training on widely varying terrain as well as full length GS and Super G. Open boundary and terrain park at Sugar Bowl Resort provide numerous opportunities for Freeride skiers. Cooperative relationship between Royal Gorge and Auburn Ski Club provide several Nordic venues within a short distance of campus.
PO Box 68
Norden, CA 95724
P: (530) 426-1844
Email Contact: Director of Admission, Bryce Hubner, at email@example.com