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.

A world-class experience for passionate skiers.

Our Mission

Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy is a community dedicated to providing passionate skiers the opportunity to pursue athletic dreams, academic excellence and personal growth while celebrating grit, grace, and courage.

vision statement

To be the recognized gold standard for ski teams and ski academies.

Our job is to push your child, give them tough love, help them when they fall, and cheer for them when they cross the finish line. It's to help them perfect the tiny details, while leading them down a path where they'll live larger than life.

We'll help them see their potential even on days they can't see it. We'll help them balance everything that's coming at them and experience the beauty of the world around them.

For those who are ready to increase their commitment and step up to the highest levels of competition, the Sugar Bowl Academy offers a full time college prep academic program for competitive skiers. We'll help your child thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals. Karen Rowe is the admissions director for Sugar Bowl Academy — contact her if you'd like to learn more. 

Sugar Bowl Academy students have been accepted to some of the best colleges and universities in the country and many have continued their pursuit of skiing on NCAA teams at schools such as Harvard University, Middlebury College, Dartmouth University, Williams College, Bates College, Boston College, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, George Washington University, Colorado College, New York University, Cornell University and the University of Chicago.



We believe in...

...providing a supportive and safe community which celebrates family, shared values and goals, open communication, and service.

...providing the opportunity to pursue athletic and academic excellence.

...developing strong character with respect, integrity, empathy, and sportsmanship.

...developing confident and resilient people who embody work ethic, accountability, perseverance, and adaptability.

...developing people who lead healthy, happy, and purposeful lives.


The Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation was founded in 1998 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 & Academy into a world-class educational institution for competitive skiers on Donner Summit. Today, Sugar Bowl Academy is nationally recognized as one of the premier sports academies in the country.

Our Strategic Plan

Fast Facts

  • Year founded: 1999
  • Ski Team & Academy enrollment: 500 athletes
  • Number of coaches: 56
  • Current Academy enrollment: 75
  • Number of coaches who are ski team alumni: 18
  • Number of coaches who have been here 5+ years: 19
  • Number of coaches who have been here 10+ years: 7
  • Academy Staff (coaches, teachers, and support staff): 35
  • Percentage of athletes receiving scholarships and tuition assistance: 20%
  • Percentage of Academy teachers who hold Masters Degrees: 85%