What allows a competitive skier or rider to excel during the high school years? Coaches say it is someone who is passionate about his sport, supported academically by his school and comfortable in his environment. The Lowell Whiteman School and the world famous Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) have produced 17 Olympic Athletes together. We’ve produced two Olympic Medal winners, Travis Mayer (Moguls, 2002) and Johnny Spillane, (Nordic Combined, 2010).
We know how to support athletes in their sport and how to prepare them for college, too. It is part of our mission. That’s how Travis Mayer eventually went on to get his degree from Cornell and is near to completing his masters at Harvard.
The program develops successful student-athletes who are equipped to achieve their long-term personal goals.
But it’s more than that. It’s about commitment, goal development, study skills, time management, and learning to love learning. It’s about the professional people who are involved with these students both in the classroom and on the mountain.
Through these athletic and academic challenges, we help them to develop the attitude, skills and habits they need to succeed in their academic worlds.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
- Excellent teachers in the classroom and extraordinary SSWSC coaches on the mountain.
- Our commitment to help students succeed as athletes but also excel in their studies. We help them balance their academics and athletic pursuits.
- Fifteen minutes from world-class ski area, Steamboat Ski & Resort with its beautiful and challenging terrain and remarkable champagne powder.
- Ten minutes from state-of-the-art training facility, Howelsen Hill, where skiers, riders and jumpers alike train and grow in their sport.
- Between Steamboat Ski & Resort, Howelsen Hill and our campus – there are bumps and jumps, half pipes, excellent alpine runs, tramps, (one on campus) a water ramp, aerial training areas, a Nordic ski jump facility, and miles of Nordic courses. There is a small ski hill with rails and bumps for freestylers and snowboarders and a large trampoline right on campus. The snowboarders credit the campus skateboard ramp for keeping them tuned in the off-season.
- Our innovative philosophy – Teachers help athletes balance their academic and athletic pursuits during their competitive season. Athletes follow a special schedule which helps them lighten the load and make up their studies after the competitive season is over. LWSwas one of the first schools to put this special program in place for winter athletes.
- Our athletes graduate prepared to excel in college. For example, 2002 Olympic Silver Freestyle Medalist, Travis Mayer’02, went on to Cornell; Maria Quintana ‘91, Women’s Aerial Freestyle World Champion in 1986, attended Stanford; Ryan Riley `97, US Ski Team Member is now a Harvard grad; and Emiko Torito `02, 2008 World Cup Champion, Moguls, is now at the University of Denver.
- Seventeen of our athletes have gone on to the Olympics for a total of four silver medals.
The Lowell Whiteman School Competitive Ski and Snowboard Formal Program Mission
In conjunction with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, LWS enables student-athletes to reach individual academic and athletic goals with the support and guidance of committed, experienced, passionate teachers and coaches. The program develops successful student-athletes who are equipped to achieve their long-term personal goals.
The LWS ski and ride competitors value their development as well-rounded individuals and learn to balance multiple challenges. LWS student-athletes benefit from a rigorous college preparatory curriculum offered by qualified, passionate Lowell Whiteman School teachers, with strong backgrounds in their respective subject areas. They are coached on the mountain by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coaches through a program steeped in the tradition of producing champions and successful individuals.
Through these concurrent rigors, students are taught time-management, organization, and self discipline. It is not always easy for LWS student-athletes to master all we ask of them, but therein lies the lesson. Through these athletic and academic challenges, we help them to develop the attitude, skills and habits they need to succeed in our world.
Competitive programs are offered through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the following disciplines: Alpine racing, Freestyle, Freeski, Nordic Combined, Special Jumping, Cross-country, Telemark, FreeRide, Snowboard Racing, Snowboard Slopestyle and Boardercross. Check out the programs and coaching information at SSWSC.