FREESKI

The SVSEF freeski program strives to further human development, both physically and mentally, through passion for and commitment to an athletic lifestyle.

TEAMS

FREESKI TRAVEL

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Tuition: $4,900

Ages: (FIS) Age 14-18

Head coach: Tyler Conway

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Bonus Summer Air Barn: 7/9/19-8/15/19

10 additional summer Air Barn sessions for early enrollment. Sessions run from 12-1:30pm.

Dates:

July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25

August 6, 8,13, and 15  

*NO TRAINING the week of July 29

Fall Dryland: 8/19/19- 11/22/19

Training sessions 3 days a week

Monday and Wednesday Air Barn, 3:30-5:pm

Friday gym, 3:30-5pm  

On-Snow: 12/5/19-3/29/20 (with additional training in April for athletes who make Nationals)

Training sessions five days a week + one weekly Air Barn session

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on snow, 2-4pm

Saturday and Sunday on snow, 10am-2pm

Thursday Air Barn sessions, 4-5:30pm

One Sunday a month off to rest or ski with friends.  

 

Overview: Athletes focus on park skiing (freeskiing), which includes the ability to hit jumps, rails and halfpipes and ski all-terrain at speed in varying conditions. Athletes will focus 75% of their time skiing park-specific terrain, per U.S. Ski & Snowboard recommendation. This training will be focused on, but not limited to, practice drills, basic riding fundamentals, skiing all-mountain terrain, carving skills, jumping technique and trampoline skill development.

Competition: USASA and USSA events, Revolution Tour, Aspen Open, USSA/USASA National Championships.

License Requirements: If you are competing in Aspen Open and RevTour, you will need to purchase a USSA Competitive Membership and FIS Membership. If not, you will only need a USSA General Membership and USASA Membership.

FREESKI PROGRESSION

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Tuition: $3,800 (4-day) / $3,300 (3-day)

Ages: 10-14

Head coach: Gui Mattheis-Brown

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 7:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 10/02/2019-11/22/2019 (4-day), 11/1/2019-11/22/2019 (3-day)

Training sessions three days a week (Air Barn and strength).

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4-5:30pm

On-Snow: 12/05/2019-3/29/2020 (additional training in April for athletes who make Nationals)

Training sessions four days a week + one weekly Air Barn session.

Thursday and Friday, 2-4pm (4-day) / Friday, 2-4pm (3-day)

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm

Friday weekly Air Barn sessions, 4:30-5:30pm

Overview: The Freeski Progression Team focuses on slopestyle and halfpipe competitions with exposure to big mountain and travel experience. The emphasis with this team is skiing with a balanced emphasis on freeskiing and further developing park and pipe skills. This will include jumps, quarter-pipes, hips, rails, cat tracks, cliffs, big mountain line selection and other jib features. There will also be off-snow training available at the Air Barn. Off and on-snow training will focus on air awareness skills and basic acrobatics in relation to slopestyle and halfpipe.

Athletes on this team love to ski baldy and the terrain park. This program will spend approximately 60% of their time working on freeski elements on Baldy, and 40% of their time working on park and pipe fundamentals. This may include focused freeskiing, practice drills, fundamentals, skiing general all mountain terrain, carving skills, jumping technique and trampoline skill development.

SVSEF will offer a number of training camp opportunities. Each project has a separate cost in addition to tuition.

Competition: Athletes in this program may compete in USASA slopestyle and pipe events, as well as IFSA Jr. Big Mountain events.

License Requirements: USSA license, USASA license, IFSA license

MINI XTREME

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Team: Mini Xtreme / Mini Xtreme Weekend

Tuition: $2,550 / $2,150

Ages: Grades 3-5

Head coach: Ben Schumacher

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 11/5-11/21

Training two days a week at the Air Barn

Tues/Thurs, 3:30-5:00pm

On-Snow: 12/7/2019-4/11/2020

Training three days a week (Mini X) / two days a week (Mini X Weekend)

The Mini X team is a Thursday, Saturday, Sunday skiing program, while Mini X Weekend is a Saturday/Sunday program. During the winter season, both Mini X teams will train at the Air Barn every other Monday starting December 2. The team trains at multiple venues, including the Air Barn, Dollar Mountain, Bald Mountain, and Rotarun.

Air Barn every other Monday Mon: 3:30-5:00pm

Thursday 2:15-4:15pm

Saturday/Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm

Overview: The Mini Xtreme team is designed as a stepping stone program for young skiers who want to learn more about freestyle and freeskiing. The program covers a broad spectrum of teaching modalities, ranging from fundamental skiing technique, to alpine racing, freestyle/mogul fundamentals, freeski/terrain park skills, and big mountain line selection and mountain awareness. “Ski it all” is the Mini X motto. Athletes on Mini X will have a locker to share with a partner at the Warm Springs training center. All athletes are eligible for holiday practice days, with training offered approximately 8-10 days over the holidays.

 

Competition: Mini Xtreme introduces athletes and families to competition through an in-house event series called the Mini Xtreme (MiniX) Cup. The MiniX Cup consists of 4 primary events:

  • Freestyle/mogul event
  • Freeski/slopestyle event
  • Big mountain event
  • Nastar race

These events serve as an opportunity to highlight the lessons and skills learned throughout the Mini Xtreme curriculum, and are supported by the SVSEF parent programs.

 

Requirements: Previous SVSEF involvement and/or ability to ski all terrain on Bald Mountain

License Requirements: Athletes will need to purchase a U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership license.

BALDY DEVO

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Tuition: $1,400

Ages: 7-10

Head coach: Brian Caulkins

Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1

Schedule:

Fall Dryland: 10/1/19-11/21/19

2 days a week

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5pm

On-Snow: 12/7/19-3/29/20

Training two days a week

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-2pm 

Overview: SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is the developmental ski and snowboard program for SVSEF Baldy-based teams. Devo is for “Baldy-proof” kids, meaning athletes who can ski/ride top to bottom, off-piste & groomed, and who understand safety rules and mountain etiquette. We practice all-mountain basic skiing and riding, jump and park skills, bump skills and racing techniques with a strong FUNdamental emphasis. SVSEF’s Baldy Devo program is designed to introduce and refine skills required to advance within SVSEF’s alpine, snowboard, big mountain, freestyle and freeski programs. The SVSEF Baldy Devo program is staffed with experienced professional coaches who teach age-appropriate skill progression utilizing U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s program, in tandem with a host of internal SVSEF skill- and team-building philosophies. Snowboard athletes in the Baldy Devo program will be grouped along with fellow riders and staffed by experienced snowboard coaches trained to teach and advance snowboard skills. The season ends at the Gary Black Jr. Memorial. Holiday camps (Christmas and spring break) are included as a part of the Devo team experience, and offer specific opportunities beyond regular weekend programming. Times and dates for holiday camps are based on creating safe and appropriate practice opportunities based on crowds, practice space, and conditions.

CAN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN CROSS COUNTRY AND BALDY DEVO? Sign up for both with our Dual Devo programming, an opportunity that allows an athlete to participate in both teams at a discounted rate. LEARN MORE HERE >>>

Skiing is a lifelong sport; there is always more to learn. Basic technique is always evolving, and the concepts and skills we discuss and demonstrate with the athletes are a constant work in progress. Our athletes strive for lofty goals in a team atmosphere, building on the momentum, enthusiasm and support of each other. Whether your sights are on making the U.S. Team or overcoming a fear of trying a new trick, our coaches will  provide you with the opportunities to soar to success.

FACILITIES AND VENUES

The Air Barn is a 3,200-square foot, year-round facility for athletes. With trampolines, ramps and  an air bag, this is the optimal setting for athletes to hone their skills, push their limits and further their proficiency in a controlled environment.

DOLLAR MOUNTAIN

Dollar Mountain provides an ideal winter training setting for freeski athletes, with access to jumps, rails and other features at Sun Valley Company’s regularly maintained terrain park.