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.
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.
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
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):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the proper placement of your child.