Mission & History

The Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy is dedicated to the healthy, joyful growth of passionate skiers: mind, body and spirit.


Set in a high alpine environment, the Sugar Bowl Ski Team lays a foundation for passionate skiers to embrace challenge with grit, grace and courage.

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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 & Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1999.



The Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (formerly Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation) was founded in 1999 by Tricia Hellman Gibbs, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team and a graduate of Williams College. Following in the footsteps of her father, Warren Hellman, who founded Stratton Mountain School in Vermont, Tricia had a vision of developing a world-class junior ski program and academy on the West Coast.

Tricia's passion, support and leadership helped develop Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy into world-class programs for competitive skiers on Donner Summit. Today, Sugar Bowl is nationally recognized as one of the premier sports teams and academies in the country.

Sugar Bowl 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. Graduates have gone on to some of the best colleges and universities in the country and many have continued their pursuit of skiing on NCAA teams at schools like Bates, Boston College, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Saint Lawrence University, Harvard University and the University of Colorado.