Eric Harlow named director of alpine programs at Sugar Bowl

Eric Harlow, former USSA Eastern Region Development Director, joins the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA) in a new role as the Director of Alpine Programs. Harlow joins SBSTA with an extensive background in alpine ski racing having worked for several programs around the country including Burke Mountain AcademyStratton Mountain School, and Rowmark Ski Academy.

As the alpine program director, Harlow will oversee the operations and management of all alpine competition programs from U10 to U21. In this role, he will work closely with SBSTA’s administrative team and coaching staff to develop and execute a vertically integrated, world-class alpine program consistent with SBSTA’s mission and values.

“Harlow’s extensive coaching background along with a strong awareness of ski academy culture affords him the unique ability to immerse himself in both alpine ski racing and the educational opportunities at Sugar Bowl,” said Tracy Keller, head of SBSTA. “His wealth of experience in coaching and leadership throughout the alpine skiing community will enable SBSTA to become an alpine powerhouse.”

Harlow grew up in New Hampshire playing baseball, golfing, and skiing before focusing full-time on ski racing at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Recently married, he and his wife Catherine are looking forward to getting acquainted with the Lake Tahoe area.

“The SBSTA community is incredibly vibrant and passionate about the mountains and the sport of ski racing,” Harlow said. “This team, united around a shared set of principles and values, is what truly gives SBSTA the chance to realize greatness. I look forward to the opportunity to help grow and further develop SBSTA’s alpine programs in this newly-created position as well as call the West Coast home.”

The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple U.S. Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions in virtually all age groups, and numerous nationally-ranked athletes. 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.


Former U.S. Ski Team Coach Joins Sugar Bowl Staff

Seth McCadam has recently joined the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) as Head U16 Coach and Director of Alpine Athlete Development.  Seth spent the last ten years coaching the nation’s top alpine racers for the U.S. Ski Team.  “It is a testament to our entire community that Seth chose Sugar Bowl over the other opportunities available to someone with his talent and experience. Seth’s knowledge and science-based coaching methodologies will certainly enable Sugar Bowl to reach the goal of becoming a model program worldwide for long-term athlete development,” said Bill Hudson, Director of Athletic Programs at SBSTA.

Having grown up near Auburn, McCadam skied at Sugar Bowl as a youngster. He coached at Sugar Bowl for two years while obtaining a degree in physical education from the University of Reno. He then spent seven years coaching at the Jackson Hole Ski Club, serving as alpine program director in his final year there. McCadam was hired by the U.S. Ski Team as an assistant women’s World Cup coach in 2005 and continued in that position through 2010 as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Team. For the past four years, he has been head coach for the women’s development team.

“It’s really an opportunity for my wife and me to slow things down and get off the road a bit, to help lead young athletes and refine the programs already in place at Sugar Bowl,” remarked McCadam. “I was perfectly happy with my role with the U.S. Ski Team and I wasn’t actively looking, but … the opportunity to join SBSTA as Director of Alpine Athlete Development is too exciting for me to decline as it serves me well both personally and professionally. I look forward to being a part of an already well established program and sharing the knowledge and experiences I have gained during my time with the USST.”

“I’ll be the third generation (in my family) to work at Sugar Bowl,” McCadam added.
Following in the footsteps of both his grandparents and parents, he is excited about returning to the North Lake Tahoe area. McCadam’s primary position at Sugar Bowl will be head U16 coach, but all programs will see the benefits from his role as Director of Alpine Athlete Development. McCadam will help enhance and implement a strategy for a comprehensive continued education program for all alpine coaches. For the mighty mite, development, and race programs at every level, McCadam will continue in the creation of a world class athlete development system.

The U.S. Ski Team has not yet announced a replacement for McCadam on the women’s World Cup staff.
“Seth has been a dedicated coach across various levels for nearly 10 years,” said U.S. Ski Team Alpine Program Director Patrick Riml. “It will be sad to see him move on, but also encouraging to know that his coaching experience will help young athletes within a USSA club program.”

Also new to Sugar Bowl and the U16 staff is former head coach at Snow Summit Race Team, Karen Lundgren.  In addition to her coaching experience, Karen has been and NCAA racer, Assistant Director of Human Resources for San Bernardino County Schools, and In 2008, along with her 13 year old step-son, Karen completed her ascent of the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents.  Karen is a top adventure racer and will be competing in the World Championships in Ecuador this fall.  

Spaces are still open at the Sugar Bowl Ski Team for this coming winter, and the Sugar Bowl Academy is accepting applications.