Steamboat Mountain School offers one of the very best combinations of academics and athletics. If you are a student-athlete who cares both about your grades and your podium finishes, then Steamboat Mountain School is the school and ski/snowboard program for you. Our academic offerings run in conjunction with the world-renowned Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, makes up the largest group of competitive winter athletes at Steamboat Mountain School. Student-athletes come from all over the country to benefit from the combination of training with the SSWSC and getting the finest of educations at Steamboat Mountain School.

“We first moved for the excellent winter sports training program for our child. We researched our options for high school and chose SMS because of small class sizes and experiential learning opportunities. SMS has provided him such a strong educational experience, we now feel that we truly moved to Steamboat so that he could attend this amazing school." -Parent '24

Alpine Skiing

The Alpine team, led by Alpine Director, Tyler Shepard, the Alpine squad works with some of the best coaches in the country. Outstanding facilities, the most successful tradition of any club in the US, and a dedication to posting top results make the SSWSC’s Alpine program one of the most respected in the nation. When you merge SSWSC’s expertise with the top-notch education that student-athletes receive at Steamboat Mountain School, the result is an unbeatable combination.

Notable Alpine competitors and alumni:

  • Caroline Lalive `97, Three-time Olympian
  • Hig Roberts ’09,  2013 World University Games highest NCAA finisher, two-time All-American at Middlebury College, 2012 and 2013 member NCAA National Championship Slalom Team
  • Max Marno `09, University of Denver Ski Team
  • Anna Marno `10, Former member of the U.S. Ski Team
  • Shane McLean ‘10, University of Colorado Ski Team
  • Brant Crossan ’10,  Current member of the USA Ski Cross Team.  Currently ranked 73rd in the world.
  • Cooper Puckett ’21, Dartmouth College Ski Team

Freestyle & Freeski

The SSWSC Freestyle Ski program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in North America. Many current and former members of the team have gone on to national and international success. The SSWSC Freestyle Program is lead by Bobby Aldighieri (Olympian and former coach of the Canadian National Ski Team/Olympic Team).

Notable SSWSC Freestylers and Steamboat Mountain School students include:

  • Emiko Torito `99
  • Travis Mayer `00, Silver Olympic Medalist in Salt Lake City Games
  • Ryan St. Onge `01
  • Pep Fujas `02, Silver ’03 X Games Slopestyle, ranked the 6th best skier in the world and considered one of the most innovative skiers on record
  • Eliza Outtrim `03, 6th in Sochi Olympic Games
  • Ryan Dyer `09, Former U.S. Team member
  • Avital Shimko ’14, Current U.S. Team member


SSWSC won the 2001, 2004 and 2007 USSA Snowboard Program of the Year award. It features coaching in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, Boarder-cross, Slopestyle, and Half-pipe.  There are currently eight members of the U.S. Snowboard team who trained with the SSWSC.  Training is done at Howelsen Hill and at Mount Werner. The SSWSC Snowboard Team is one of the top snowboard training programs in North America. Programs are available for all levels from beginner to pro. All programs focus on building skill and meeting goals whether the athlete plans to be at the top of the podium or at the bottom of the powder. The Program Director of the Snowboard team, Tori Koski, is a former U.S. team member.  To learn more, check out the SSWSC site or the Team’s page.

Notable Steamboat Mountain School Snowboarders include:

  • Nik Baden, current U.S. Team member
  • Matt Ladley, current U.S. Team member, gold medal superpipe in Winter X Games XX
  • Michelle Gorgone ‘01, two-time Olympian
  • Myles Silverman ’15, 5 college racing championships

Cross Country

The SSWSC Cross Country Program is an exemplary program. Under Program Director Brian Tate and Head Coach Josh Smullin, athletes in this program are attaining incredible results. Josh has been the coach for the U23 World Junior team for the last two years. There are three noteworthy advantages to training with the SSWSC Cross Country Program: We have a long ski season. We routinely begin on-snow training in late October at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass and continue through April. A longer season means more on-snow training. Training at several ski areas town means that the team spends very little time traveling to training venues. Less time in a van means more time on-snow, more quality rest, and more time to focus on studies.

Nordic Combine & Special Jumping

Steamboat Mountain School and SSWSC have produced many notable nordic and telemark competitors, including:

  • Johnny Spillane `99, Four-time Olympian & Silver Medalist, first U.S. athlete to medal in Nordic Combined in the Olympics.
  • Clint Jones `04, 2002 & 2006 Olympian
  • Tommy Schwall `02
  • Ryan Heckman `93, 1992 and 1994 Olympian
  • Dave Jarrett `89, Two-time Olympian and 2010 US Nordic Combined Team Coach


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