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Snowboard Team
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Developing Snowboard Athletes In the Mountains and Beyond

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Mission Statement
To provide an exciting, fun and safe learning environment within Sugar Bowl’s pristine alpine setting. We strive to offer the best coaching and snowboard progression opportunity in the Tahoe region with both competitive and development programs. The Snowboard team works collaboratively with all departments at Sugar Bowl including the Mountain Sports Learning Center (MSLC) to offer the best all mountain experience for members and families.

The Sugar Bowl Snowboard Team members and families pledge to act with courtesy, dignity and good sportsmanship at all team events and functions. Team members acknowledge that they are ambassadors for both the Team and Sugar Bowl resort. Members acknowledge and enforce the Sugar Bowl Snowboard Team Code of Conduct.

Program Descriptions The Sugar Bowl Snowboard Team is a freestyle/freeride team that focuses on all mountain, park & pipe and racing. The program has two membership levels to accommodate those riders with a competitive edge that want to participate in USASA competitions and for those riders whose focus is more progression based. Both groups practice together at Sugar Bowl and members are encouraged to explore the competition aspect of Snowboarding.

Signature Snowboard Program – Ages 7-17
Enrollment & Unrestricted Season Pass - Prices coming soon!

This program is for any rider who wants to take their skills to the next level. With all day training our professional coaches will help riders improve their fundamentals and style implementing personalized training goals.

The goal of the Signature program is to produce well rounded, experienced athletes who can perform at a rock star level on all terrain. Signature Members are allowed coaching at one USASA event per season to give competing a try. Members are allowed to upgrade their membership level to Signature Pro at any point in the season if they choose to continue competing.

Signature Pro Snowboard Program – Ages 7-17
Enrollment & Unrestricted Season Pass - Prices coming soon!

This program encompasses the same goals as the Signature level with the addition of competition as a main focus. Members work on specific disciplines of riding based on their personal competition goals. Coaching at all North Tahoe USASA events is included in this program as well as select Friday night practices at Boreal throughout the season. The ultimate objective of the Signature Pro team is to qualify for USASA National Championships!

The Snowboard Team is a great place for any intermediate to expert rider that wants to work on all-mountain riding, freestyle progression, and snowboarder versatility.

All sign-ups and questions should be directed to:
Jon Maitia
Sugar Bowl
Mountain Sports Learning Center
Team Manager
A Practice Day
A Practice Day

Practice Starts at 8:30 a.m.

The Snowboard Team has one meeting location. MSLC. The weekly email will notify team members of current meeting location. Lockers will be accessed between 8:15-8:30. Be at locker room before 8:30 in order to get lunch and extra belongings in the locker. After 8:30 we will proceed to meeting area which will have a designated sign adjacent to the snowboard lessons.

Meeting Area
How to get there:

  • Drive to the upper most parking lot.
  • Park at Mountain Sports Learning Center Den.
  • Meet outside the Judah lodge adjacent to the Mountain Sports Learning Center sign.
Lunch is 11:30 – 12:15 and subject to change.
The Snowboard Team coaches supervise their teams for the entire day including lunch in the upstairs of the Judah Lodge or other specified locations. Any special lunch locations will be posted by email. Parents may join the athletes for lunch if they desire. Athletes may: bring a personal lunch; it may be stored in the shared Snowboard Team lockers, or lunch can be purchased at one of the Sugar Bowl Cafes.

PICKUP Practice ends at 3:00 p.m.
Please be at the meeting location by 3:00 for pick up. All Team Members should be picked up by a legal parent or guardian or another approved adult. Pick-up location will be at the locker room on the Judah side of the mountain.
Late pickup: Child will be supervised until picked up, unless otherwise noted. If tardiness becomes an issue late fees for coach’s time may apply.

If a team member needs to be picked up due to weather or an emergency call: Team Manager (Jon Maitia) at (530) 227-5972.

All team members will be on the hill at 9:00 a.m. Latecomers should meet up with team at lunch in Judah lodge at 11:45. Your child may also meet up with team on the mountain if parents feel comfortable with their child riding the lift by themselves or would like to escort child to lift where team will be. You may contact Coaches for location. Please be respectful of our coaches’ commitments to their groups.

All sign-ups and questions should be directed to: Jon Maitia
Sugar Bowl
Mountain Sports Learning Center
Team Manager
Training Schedule
Competition Schedule
Training Dates
Sugar Bowl Snowboard Team

Scheduled Training Days 2011-2012

November   December
S M T W T F S   S M T W T F S
    1 2 3 4 5           1 2 3
6 7 8 9 10 11 12   4 5 6 7 8 9 10
13 14 15 16 17 18 19   11 12 13 14 15 16 17
20 21 22 23 24 25 26   18 19 20 21 22 23 24
27 28 29 30         25 26 27 28 29 30 31

January   February
S M T W T F S   S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7         1 2 3 4
8 9 10 11 12 13 14   5 6 7 8 9 10 11
15 16 17 18 19 20 21   12 13 14 15 16 17 18
22 23 24 25 26 27 28   19 20 21 22 23 24 25
29 30 31           26 27 28 29      

March   April
S M T W T F S   S M T W T F S
        1 2 3   1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 5 6 7 8 9 10   8 9 10 11 12 13 14
11 12 13 14 15 16 17   15 16 17 18 19 20 21
18 19 20 21 22 23 24   22 23 24 25 26 27 28
25 26 27 28 29 30 31   29 30          

  Normal Progression Parctice 47 Days   Competition Key

Boreal Night Practices Comp Team 4-8PM

  GS - Giant Slalom
SL - Slalom
SS - Slopestyle
HP - Halfpipe
BX - Boarder Cross
  U.S.A.S.A Nationals  
  Orientation/Season End Wrap Up  

Snowboard Coaches Bios
Jon Maitia - Team Manager
I have been teaching snowboarding since 1999 and have been teaching at Sugar Bowl since 2002. I have been the Head Coach of the Sugar Bowl Snowboard Team since the beginning in 2004. I am a level three AASI (American Association Of Snowboard Instuctors) certified instructor and level 100 USASA (United States Of America Snowboard Association) Freestyle Coach. I fell in love with teaching snowboarding long ago and will continue to develop young snowboarders for as long as I can.

Mike Evans - Coach
Hey! My name is Mike Evans. This will be my second season coaching with the Sugar Bowl snowboard team and my fourth season teaching. I am also a product of the Sugar Bowl Snowboard Team. Snowboarding has been my biggest passion since I was 9 years old. I started riding at Sugar Bowl as a kid and have been riding here ever since. I fell in love with working with kids and giving forward my passion for this amazing sport! I've learned how to really inspire kids to get out there ride when it counts and can't wait continue to do the same this season!

Jeff Murray - Coach
My name is Jeff Murray I have been apart of the snowboard team since day one which was over six years ago. This team has reshaped my life. I have spent my first season as a coach and an instructor this past winter, while doing so I was able to obtain my American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) level one certification and my United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) level 100 certification. This coming winter I have plans to progress and receive my AASI level two certification. I was also certified in basic first aid training through the Red Cross at my school. I have also ran an improve club for two years and worked as a teacher’s assistant at a summer school for kids with special needs. This season is going to be a good one.

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