Competitive Skiing & Snowboarding

Competitive Skiing & Snowboarding

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.

Alpine Skiing

The Alpine team, 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. Led by Head Program Director, Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Mountain School class of 1997, 3-time Olympian, and 3-time National Champion), 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.

Alpine student-athletes are busy competitors as they travel to races, and take advantage of training opportunities and camps in the US and abroad. Steamboat Mountain School's Ski Coordinator (and teacher) coordinates with coaches and parents, enabling them to proctor study halls and exams when Alpine racers are on the road. Teachers back home support with video-taped lectures available to students, email, pdf’s, pre-packaged homework packets, and Google Docs.
Steamboat Mountain School's and SSWSC's partnership is demanding and rewarding for the most ambitious student-athletes who don’t want to sacrifice academics for athletic success.

Steamboat Mountain School and SSWSC have produced many notable Alpine competitors, including:
  • Caroline Lalive (`97), Three-time Olympian
  • Anna Marno (`10), Current member of the U.S. Ski Team
  • 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
  • Shane McLean (‘10), University of Colorado Ski Team
  • Max Marno (`09), University of Denver Ski Team
  • Brant Crossan (’10),  Current member of the USA Ski Cross Team.  Currently ranked 73rd in the world.

Freestyle and 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:

Nordic Combined and Special Jumping

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

Cross Country

The SSWSC Cross Country Program is an exemplary program. Under Program Director Brian Tate and Ability 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.

Recent team successes include:
  • Qualifying athletes to the World Junior Championships for the past three years. In 2012, two girls competed at World Juniors and in 2013, the same two girls qualified again. In 2014, they qualified the youngest male competitor to World Juniors (at only 17 years old).
  • Three athletes from SSWSC have qualified for the U18 Nations Cup in Scandinavia over the past three years
  • The girls team won the 2012 High School National Championships.
  • In 2012, five of the top eleven female finishers at the U18 Junior Nationals in the classic sprint were from SSWSC.
  • SSWSC skiers currently ski for the following collegiate teams: 5 at Dartmouth, 3 at University of Colorado, 3 at Middlebury, 1 at University of Vermont, and 1 at Montana State University.
  • Colorado Cup Champions: top club in Colorado, for six of the last seven years.

Telemark

The SSWSC Telemark program is the premiere telemark program in the United States.  The team is coached by Ty Upson (’85), who also coaches the USA Telemark Team. Training in Steamboat with the SSWSC team means an athlete is training with four current U.S. Ski Team members and two National Champions.

Snowboard

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
  • Michelle Gorgone ‘01, two-time Olympian