Nordic and Biathlon


The Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic Program is designed to provide world-class training and racing opportunities for Nordic skiers who wish to compete and excel at all levels of the sport, including USSA Junior Olympics, International competition, as well as the local CNISSF school race league. We provide the very best opportunities for each student-athlete to achieve their short-term and long-term goals.

The SBA Nordic program is built on individualized training for each athlete. With our younger athletes we typically focus on technical proficiency and developing natural speed. As athletes get older and more experienced, we continue to develop their endurance base and ensure that training and competition schedules are personalized. Race schedules, training plans, and equipment selection are all based on the needs of individuals. Goal setting and personal responsibility are integrated into the team philosophy, and the team works together to help each individual reach their personal goals and potential.

The team trains together year-round and often joins other clubs and teams for training sessions and camps. Team training camps include Fall dryland on the California Coast, on-snow in West Yellowstone, and one summer camp. In addition, SBA regularly sends athletes to the Western Regional Elite Group camp, USSA National U16 camp, USBA Development camps, and others. The race schedule varies from year-to-year, but will include opportunities at US Nationals, Western Super JNQ, and other regional races in the West.


Our Biathlon program is run in conjunction with the Auburn Ski Club Training Center. Our coaches work together with Biathlon Coaches to develop training and race plans for individual athletes. SBA athletes have the opportunity to practice their shooting 2-3 times per week and to attend multiple camps/trips that target pursuing their biathlon goals. We regularly support the training sessions with SBA coaching. Biathletes will have the opportunity to race locally, regionally, and Nationally. We have had several athletes qualify for the World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships as well.

Nordic Summer Training for U16 through College-Age Skiers

Join the SBA Nordic team for a fun-filled summer of training! We run workouts five days a week in the Truckee area throughout the summer with the focus being on developing skills and fitness. Workouts are structured around the athletes' goals and the atmosphere is fun and motivating. The training is open to all U16 and older juniors, as well as U23 athletes still competing collegiately. While workouts are held concurrently, the training is age-group appropriate and individualized based on athlete goals/progression. Coaches will be SBA staff along with occasional guest coaches. Contact Director of Nordic Programs, Martin Benes with any questions at or at 510-326-2667

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SBA's Nordic Training Facilities Include:

Daily training at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Area and Auburn Ski Club training center.

Access to training at Tahoe Donner XC, Northstar XC and Tahoe Cross Country XC centers.

Easy access to low elevation training sites.