His camp was devoted to learning, and the mountains were among its most valued teachers. Even the School’s ambitious Global Immersion Studies program has its origins with Lowell Whiteman. During the school's earliest years, he would take students each spring to Mexico. While his goals may have been a little different from ours today—he sought to escape the Colorado mud that accompanied the season’s snowmelt—the impact on students’ lives was no less profound.
The School became Steamboat Mountain School in 2014, the new name better capturing the mountain ethic and adding greater visibility as the School expands its international footprint. Lowell Whiteman passed away in 2001.
About That “Steamboat”
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.