IFSA Big Mountain
Head Coach: Conor Davis
Team start date: October 9, 2017
Dryland & Air Barn training schedules: Please check with head coaches for the exact times/locations of training.
The Big Mountain Team is geared toward top-level skiers and riders who have a desire to learn more about the big mountain environment, and to compete at IFSA regional, national and potentially international events. Athletes on this team will be introduced to mountaineering concepts such as snow safety, backcountry travel and avalanche awareness, as well as Big Mountain competition strategy and execution for performance success.
WHAT IS BIG MOUNTAIN – FREERIDE AND HOW IS IT JUDGED?
“The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) is the primary sanctioning, judging and ranking organization for junior and adult big mountain freeride events in North America. Operating in partnership with the Freeride World Tour (FWT) and valued event hosts, the IFSA has built a network of events that enable junior and adult athletes to compete and qualify on regional, national and world stages. Freeriders are scored based on line choice, fluidity, technique, control, and style as they navigate through natural terrain featuring trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies, where they are rewarded for using the features creatively.”
Athletes will need to purchase these competition licenses:
The competition / on-snow season for the IFSA Big Mountain Team starts when the resort opens and continues through the last IFSA events in April. In a typical week, the Big Mountain Team trains four days, Thursday through Sunday. Supplemental Air Barn training is offered throughout the season.
The Big Mountain Team dryland training program will start October 19th and will include Air Barn sessions until the resort opens. At that time, dryland training will shift to on-snow training.
Winter training takes place Thursday and Friday afternoons, as well as all day Saturday and Sunday. Select Air Barn training will be utilized as well as specific off resort training opportunities. THESE ADDITIONAL OFF RESORT SESSION REQUIRE THIRD PARTY GUIDE SERVICES AND WILL BE OFFERED AT AN ADDITIONAL COST PER SESSION. Please check in with Conor Davis for the exact times/locations of training.
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS (not provided by SVSEF)
Big Mountain Team members will be required to own avalanche safety equipment. This equipment will be required for all training sessions, both at the resort and during off-resort opportunities. Equipment use and education will be provided. General outline of gear: pack, avalanche transceiver, snow shovel, probe and slope meter.
ATTENDANCE AND PERFORMANCE
The SVSEF park and pipe program implements an attendance and performance protocol to help monitor an athlete’s progression and commitment. Demonstrated commitment through maximized training time is taken into account when awarding merit based financial aid and/or selection to specific competitions.