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The Lowell Whitemen School sits at 7,000’ in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, otherwise known as Ski Town, USA. In this perfect winter environment--the average snowfall is 330” and the community supports its winter athletes like no other place--Whiteman’s student-athletes have the opportunity to pursue their intellectual and athletic ambitions to their fullest potential. The Lowell Whiteman School and the renowned Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ( work in conjunction to offer an unparalleled combination of challenging academics and world-class competitive skiing and riding. It’s the best of both worlds--great teachers and great coaches working with great young people to create the experience of a lifetime.

what (part 1)?

LWS is not a ski academy. Rather, we are a college preparatory boarding/day high school with a unique program that allows competitive skiers and riders to train, travel, and compete all winter, while maintaining their commitments to their academic subjects.

At the end of the competitive seasons, student-athletes return to school full time for an intensive two months we call “Intersession.”

“The SSWSC is committed to continuing Steamboat’s legacy of success. We can solely focus on athletics and LWS can focus on academics. Nationally, we are an unparalleled force.” --Deb Armstrong (SSWSC Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist `84)

The results are most impressive. LWS graduates, be they in the winter sports program or not, go to some of the US’s best colleges and universities. In just the last five years, this list includes Bates, Colby, Colorado College, CU Boulder, Dartmouth, Denver University, Harvard, Middlebury, Pomona, Reed, and Whitman.

Info-to: Above L, Maddie Marshall `11 spends some time tele-ing in Steamboat’s Champagne Powder; Above R, Pro skiing legend Pep Fujas `01 rips through the trees. Opposite, from top: Anna Marno `10 current US Ski Team member, on her edges; Chloe Banning `10 winning a boardercross race; Charlie Von Thaden `11 keeping his focus in a Nordic race.

how ?

We do this by allowing competitive winter student-athletes to drop two of their five courses from December through March, so that focus can shift to training, travel, and competition. LWS teachers stay in touch with the student-athletes wherever they may travel, and this support allows teachers and students to maintain their academic partnerships, which are the true foundations of the school.


t ha )? w t2 ar (p The SSWSC offers competitive options in several disciplines. Alpine--Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super GS Snowboard--Boardercross, Slopestyle, Slalom, Big Air Freestyle--Moguls, Slopestyle, Aerials Nordic and Nordic Combined Freeski Ski Cross

LWS and the SSWSC offer the best possible combination of academics and athletics. We cater to young people who want to work hard in the classroom as well as on the slopes.

LWS boasts 15 Winter Olympians in our alumni body, including Johnny Spillane `99, who won three medals at the Vancouver games. The SSWSC claims 80 Winter Olympians, more than any other club in the US. Steamboat Springs is the very best place to be for the winter athlete with podium aspirations. Info-to: Clockwise from top L: Michael DeGrandis `11 lays it back; Olivia Rudolph `14 in front of the school; Clint Jones `04 taking flight; Lucy Newman `13 leads the way, as usual; Johnny Spillane `99, triple medalist in Nordic combined in Vancouver.

In the fall, student-athletes participate in rigorous dryland training five afternoons a week. Weight training, conditioning, and discipline-specific technique building comprise the dryland training. Once the snow flies, the focus shifts to Howelson Hill and Steamboat Resort, and getting on the snow.

Racers, riders, and jumpers, come from all over the country to live and learn here because the program genuinely fulfills both scholarly and athletic passions; LWS student-athletes have the minds of scholars, and the hearts (and legs!) of champions.

“I couldn’t do what I love-Nordic ski and get a great education--anywhere else like I can at LWS.” --Lucy Newman, Colorado (JOs, Honor Roll)

why LWS? Too often, young winter athletes have to give up their ambitions because it’s hard to make academics and winter sports work together. We put these two disciplines together, and allow young people to fulfill their passions for snow AND books. The dedicated winter student-athlete doesn’t need to sacrifice her or his academics for athletics, or athletics for academics. At The Lowell Whiteman School, in Ski Town USA, you can do both. Here,

where the student and the mountain meet.

“LWS’s schedule, where I drop two of my five classes in the winter, has allowed me to become a better skier.” --Jesse Laughlin `14, Colorado (JOs, Honor Roll)

Info-to: Clockwise from top L: Galen Goldscheitter `11 at a World Cup Race; LWS student-athletes training in Austria; classes, camping, and foreign travel; Zak Kjos `14 prepares for a GS race.

what are the other parts of the program?

All of our students are motivated and hard-working scholars, partaking in a rigorous and college preparatory academic program that features small class sizes and great teachers. In the fall, students participate in our Outdoor Program, exploring the Colorado Wilderness. And in the spring, the non-competitive students spend a month in our Foreign Travel Program, which gives them the opportunity to live and learn in remarkable pockets of the globe, such as Bhutan, Chile, India, and Tanzania.

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