Fast Facts

Fast Facts

150 + acre rustic Rocky Mountain campus bordered by 2,000,000 acres of wilderness
62 Students: 31 Boarding, 31 Day;Countries: 3 (Australia, Germany and Russia); States: 13


Close-knit, small, coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9 to 12th that combines a challenging college-preparatory curriculum with unforgettable outdoor adventure.

Community Service

Steamboat Mountain School believes in the value of selfless service, both locally and globally. All students participate in weekly service work in the Steamboat Springs area, and Global Immersion Studies travel incorporates meaningful service projects in the communities to which students travel.

Outdoor Adventure

Climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, offered through Desert Week, Fall Camping, and other programs.

Orientation Backpacking

Each student participates in a three-night orientation camp trip, backpacking in our local wilderness areas and learning Leave-No-Trace wilderness ethics.

Desert Week

Students travel to southeastern Utah to develop their skills on week-long trip. Students backpack, kayak, canyoneer, rock climb, canoe, and mountain bike.

Physical and Outdoor Pursuits (POPs)

Students learn physical reliance and build skills 3 afternoons/week. Examples of POPS include mountain biking, rock climbing, alpine, skiing, nordic skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, and team sports.

Global Learning

Our one-of-a-kind Global Immersion Studies program takes students for a month each spring for learning in a developing country.
Cultural immersion, homestays, adventure, community building, and self-discovery.
Four weeks each year in a developing-world country.
Meaningful service projects.
Weekly seminars led by teachers and/or outside 
speakers prior to travel that address unique issues in the countries to which students will travel and that integrate with class curriculum by grade.
Countries to which we traveled in 2014: Peru (9th), Ecuador (10th), Vietnam/Cambodia (11th), Tanzania
Throughout the program’s history, GIS students have traveled to 56 countries and 6 continents.

Ski & Ride

Recreational and competitive ski and snowboard programs,
the latter run in conjunction with the world-renowned Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Dryland training in the fall.
Daily and weekend training with SSWSC coaches.
Intensive competition schedule.
To accommodate athletes’ high-level competition, these athletes drop two classes after Thanksgiving.


In April, while the Global Immersion Studies students are traveling, competitive athletes enter a month of intensive, four-hour a day courses to make up the course work they dropped during the competition season. 30 Steamboat Mountain School alumni have been members of the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, or X Games team. 17 have competed in the Olympics, and 2 have won Olympic medals.

Accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent School (ACIS)
Member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Boarding School Association (WBSA)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)