A successful participant in this program comes with very strong recreational skier skills or is moving up from our Rookie Team. The athlete is able to ski the black trails or better! This skier has an aggressive athletic mindset and is looking forward to competing in regional and national IFSA events. Competition and team trips can be an awesome experience and a great way to explore new mountains. Some athletes may not be into competing, which is fine, but we do encourage everyone to give it a try.
Freeride Full-Time Programs
FREERIDE FULL-TIME HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)
This program is for athletes in grades 9-12 who are ready to commit to achieving their highest potential in skiing. The expectations of athletes in this program are high for their age. This group will have more specialized training geared toward the skill base needed in freeride. However, programming for this team will still have a broad focus encompassing everything from carving turns, moguls and all-mountain skiing to spending time in the terrain park. More specifically in the early season, we will work to enhance the athlete’s general freeskiing ability with focused freeskiing, practice drills, fundamentals, general all-mountain terrain skiing and carving drills. Athletes will be enrolled in an intense dryland schedule in the fall. There is also off-snow training where we use our VSSA trampoline facilities. We will focus on air awareness skills and basic acrobatics in relation to the competitive sport of freeskiing. Fun is a top priority, as well as team camaraderie and sportsmanship. The athlete will be held to a high standard of character, courage and commitment.
FREERIDE FULL-TIME MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8)
This full-time program is designed to take freeskiers in grades 5 through 8 who already have a solid foundation of competition experience and help them be the best they can be. Top-level coaches utilize the most progressive techniques to achieve results at the next level in freeride. We believe in building a solid foundation of fundamental freeskiing and using that foundation to help athletes challenge themselves every day to be the best freerider they can be. We do this by establishing positive relationships, providing individual support and creating a safe and fun environment to push boundaries.
FREERIDE FULL-TIME 4 DAY
FOR FREERIDE FULL-TIME 4 DAY ATHLETES IN GRADES 2 THROUGH 6 – This freeride full-time 4 day program is designed for athletes in grades 2-6 who want to advance in their sport and have fun doing it with exposure to park & pipe along with freeride. This program is a pipeline to either the Freeride Full-Time Middle School Team or the Freeride Full-Time High School Team.
FOR FREERIDE FULL-TIME 4 DAY ATHLETES IN GRADES 7 AND ABOVE – This freeride full-time 4 day program is designed for athletes in grades 7 and above who are athletically ready to be a part of the Freeride Full-Time Middle School Team or Freeride Full-Time High School Team and who have a focus on competitions, but are unable to commit to full-time training throughout the season.
We pride ourselves on providing industry-leading coaching, sharing our love of the sport with our athletes and seeing them develop into not only the best skiers they can be, but more importantly, the best people they can be.