Sugar Bowl’s Sporthaus on tap for summer opening
DONNER SUMMIT, Calif.— For Sugar Bowl homeowners and Lodge guests, the new three-story Sporthaus athletic training facility will offer top-level exercise, yoga, swimming and spa options.
For Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes, the Sporthaus means university-level training for a leg-up on U.S. Ski Team aspirations.
For Sugar Bowl, it’s a win-win, said Christopher Parker, vice president of real estate and resort development.
“For homeowners and guests, it will blow away the typical small workout room in a hotel with state-of-the-art equipment over two stories,” Parker said. “And for the Ski Acadamy it’s a great amenity for racers training for the highest levels of competition.”
With 10,000 square feet adjacent to the Village Hall at Sugar Bowl, the Sporthaus will include training and fitness facilities, strength and functional training with a 48-foot TRX beam, a yoga area, a 50-yard outdoor lap pool and spas, locker room, showers, sauna and steam rooms.
“It’s really been a different approach from other developments, creating something for common use in a joint effort with Sugar Bowl, the ski team and the academy,” Parker said. “Between day users, weekend homeowners and more and more Truckee families bringing their kids to the Academy, it’s a great way to interact with who we are, to touch and feel the racing culture and Nordic culture of Sugar Bowl.”
The plan, Parker said, is to have the Sporthaus complete by mid-June, and start building the outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzis when weather permits, hopefully finishing by Labor Day.
Total cost is a budget of $4.5 million, part of $20 million in improvements to the Donner Summit ski resort this year that included the new Crow’s Peak chairlift at the western end of the resort, the new Sugar Bowl Academy building and work on the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Area.
Design for the Sporthaus went out to competition, won by Zehren Architects, who also worked on Old Greenwood in Truckee.
“One of the biggest challenges is building a year-round outdoor lap pool in a snowboard village — everything else is designed to adjust to snow levels, but a pool is obviously fixed, so we’ve had to figure out how to make that work,” said Parker.