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.

Powder, Crud and Crust

The Snow Rangers program is a youth backcountry ski program that challenges skiers with summits and wild snow beyond the resort. It is a season-long backcountry skiing journey covering the basics of: avalanche awareness, ski touring, overnight ski touring, hut skiing, ski mountaineering, SkiMo racing, navigation, and Nordic skiing.

Program highlights include:

  • Avalanche education tailored for young skiers

  • Guided ski touring and instruction in the Sugar Bowl backcountry

  • Overnight hut skiing in the Sierra Club huts

  • Overnight ski touring along the Pacific Crest between Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley

  • Eastern Sierra yurt trip

  • World class Sugar Bowl skiing with expert coaches

  • Guest speakers, industry professionals, and outside experts

  • Totally fun!

Snow Ranger Program

Skill Level: Advanced skiers only. Athletes must have confident ability on unmanaged expert terrain.

Fitness Level: Fit and adventurous.

Time Commitment: Weekends and holidays. Christmas and February “Ski Week” are important weeks where many skills are taught and trips are planned.

Ages (as of December 31, 2019): 12-16

Part-time (Saturday and Sunday & Holidays):

2019/2020 Tuition (includes season pass):

tier 2 PRICE june 1ST - sept. 5th, 2019: $3,974.00

2018-2019 Snow Rangers staff:

  • Jon Rockwood - Head Snow Rangers coach

    The Snow Rangers program is lead by head coach Jon Rockwood. Jon has been guiding and teaching on Donner Summit for 10 years. He is a passionate skier with intimate knowledge of the Sugar Bowl backcountry, weather, and snow conditions. He co-founded the Snow Rangers program with Dave Riggs in 2009.


  • AIARE Pro 1

  • AMGA Ski Guide Aspirant

  • Wilderness First Responder

2020 Calendar coming soon


For information about the Snow Ranger gear list

Please contact the Ski Team Office or Jon Rockwood jrockwood@sbst.org if you have questions about the proper placement of your child.