Located on Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Ski Team lays the foundation for passionate skiers to embrace challenge with grit, grace and courage.

Building unity in our community

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Fundraising and volunteering are essential to increasing the quality of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy programs, enriching the life of each student-athlete who walks through our doors and maintaining the health and composition of our unique community. Throughout our history, we have received incredible support from countless individuals, foundations and corporations who believe in our mission. This generosity has been crucial to the organization’s success and its ability to ensure the highest level of programmatic excellence.

While Ski Team and Academy tuition and fees make up a majority of the budget, roughly $700,000 comes from fundraising. Each year, we have several initiatives that help bridge the gap between dues and tuition and actual program expenses. We hope that each family will give at a level that is meaningful to them and we do expect everyone to participate.


Giving to the community isn't always monetary. Volunteering your time, energy and talents is just as important. All Ski Team families are expected to volunteer 20 hours. There are plenty of opportunities. Click here to see a description of our regular ones.


Goal: $35,000


The Village Ball is a culinary event for the Sugar Bowl Homeowner community held annually during the Holidays.




Goal: $387,500

The Annual Fund is our most important fundraising campaign. Each year, all parents, Trustees and staff are asked to contribute to the Annual Fund, which is crucial to make up the difference between revenues and operating expenses. In addition to providing essential revenue, a broadly supported Annual Fund demonstrates a commitment to our community and sends a powerful message to outside corporations, foundations, major donors and friends who also support our organization. Because 100% participation by our community is essential for securing other sources of funding, we expect every family to donate.

Ask your employer if they will match your donation!


Saturday, February 15th 2020

Goal: $200,000

Our Silver Belt Calcutta Auction/Dinner and Silver BeltRace, held annually during Presidents' Week, is a great opportunity to connect with fellow community members.

The festivities begin on Saturday evening with cocktails, appetizers, dinner, silent and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to bid on your favorite team (comprised of current and former student-athletes, parents, teachers and former World Cup racers) that will compete for glory in Sunday's Silver Belt Ski Race. Should your team be victorious, you'll earn some of your winning bid back.

This is one of our major fundraising initiatives and provides critically important scholarship assistance and program support for our student-athletes.


The Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. For your convenience our Federal Tax ID number is 94-3171879. Please make out any checks to to Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy and mail to: PO Box 68, Norden, CA 95724.

Donating Stock

In addition to donating via cash, check or online with your credit card using the buttons on this page, you have the option of donating stock. It's a great way to magnify the value of your donation. If you donate stock held for more than one year that has increased in value, you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s full fair market value — and you’ll also avoid paying capital-gains taxes on the appreciation. You can download the necessary form and instructions here.

Donating Goods or Services

A donation of needed goods or services may qualify as a gift-in-kind. Examples are printing services, landscaping and some equipment. Please contact us at 530.269.7401 or lomar@sbst.org to inquire about current needs.

We also accept gifts of used automobiles valued at $2,500 or more and will pick-up and do all the work to sell it. Please consult your tax advisor for more information on maximizing your vehicle contribution.



Snowmaking campaign

Sugar Bowl Ski Team is engaged in a targeted fundraising "tuck" across the finish line with Sugar Bowl Resort to upgrade our snow-making infrastructure for the Race Arena at Sugar Bowl for this summer.