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Mountain School Experience

School Life

You can learn a lot about life at Steamboat Mountain School by dropping in on one of their many all-school conversations.

Whether it is a Campfire Talk, All-School Meeting, The Penguin Huddle, or one of their unique speaker series learning through their community is unforgettable.

During Penguin Huddle, students, faculty, and staff gather from their most recent class, morning chores, office, or dorm around the open, three-story wood interior of the Main Building. A building constructed by students and teachers. Community members offer announcements, updates, news of things on the horizon: the service trip that afternoon, the study session for the AP test, the meeting for film class, skiers results from competitions over the weekend and more.

You will see a similar scene in our theater for our Campfire Talks and Speaker Series. As the stories and conversations of backcountry campfires go, our school wide Campfire Talks are a time when a student, faculty or staff, will stand before the community and tell a story of triumph, failure, passion, or life lessons. Alternatively, during our speakers series guests from around the Steamboat Springs community provide lessons, stories or guidance for our young adult population by sharing their own experiences of navigating this important time of development, the responsibly of independence, and the choices they made that lead to the careers and the people they are today.

Here’s what you take away: Steamboat Mountain School is relaxed and informal. There’s no pretense here—people are comfortable being themselves. Students are serious about what they’re here to do, but not against having fun doing it. People speak up and say what’s on their mind.

Mountain Life

Steamboat Mountain School takes its name from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Steamboat Springs takes its name from a mistake. In the early 1800s, fur trappers moved to the area. The bubbling, gurgling, chugging sound of the hot springs that flow here made them think a steamboat was coming down the river, so Steamboat Springs is what they named the place.

A vibrant place of breathtaking beauty and limitless outdoor opportunities. Our beautiful mountain campus is located just outside of town. At an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, we experience four diverse seasons.

Our 150+ acre rustic Rocky Mountain campus is bordered by 2.9 million acres of wilderness in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. The town of Steamboat Springs is western, outdoorsy, artsy, creative, and adventurous. It is sometimes known as Ski Town, U.S.A.™ or Bike Town U.S.A.™, and is home to Champagne Powder™, a unique, low-moisture snow coveted by skiers and riders around the world.  With an average snowfall of 336” we are best known for world-class skiing & snowboarding but locals enjoy all things outside- hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, hot springs, wildflowers, ballooning, rodeos, and more.

Did we mention 242 days of sunshine per year?

Everyone knows everyone else: the community is close knit and involved, and there’s no shortage of

things to be involved in. More than anything else, it feels comfortable. Whether you’re a day student

or a boarder, this becomes your home away from home.