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PCSS Newsletter August 19, 2021

By Park City Ski & Snowboard, 08/19/21, 4:00PM MDT


  • Club News & Events
  • Athlete & Coach Spotlight
  • Division Updates


18th Annual PCSS Golf Tourney - September 24 - Canyons Golf Course

Park City Fall Trail Series - September 22, 29 and October 6, 20 - Utah Olympic Park

Red Bull 400 & PC 200 - Cancelled

The Red Bull 400 & PC 200 have been cancelled due to the Parley's Canyon Fire. Please visit our website ( for possible rescheduling and to check out upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

Winter Registration -

Winter Registration is live on our website: Get your registration in early so you can take advantage of the payment plan options! Fall dryland opportunities are also available and begin next month.

Volunteer - 

Volunteer opportunities are available every month. Please reach out to your program director for more details. 

Scholarships - 

YSA Scholarship applications are due Aug. 31st! The Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) offers need-based scholarships to deserving athletes who are enrolled in YSA member clubs. The purpose of the YSA Stein Eriksen “Dare to Dream'' Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to dedicated athletes who are unable to participate or compete without the help of outside funding. Funds for the scholarship are provided by the Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment and scholarship donations given during the annual JANS Winter Welcome.

  • YSA Stein Eriksen Dare to Dream Scholarship is for athletes training with YSA Member Teams
  • Application Period for 2021/2022 annual year is August 1 - August 31, 2021.
  • For further information please contact Laurie Santoro at (435) 214-0792 or
  • Application can be found HERE

UOLF Scholarship - The UOLF Scholarship process will go live in early September. Please check back at our website for more details. 

Please also check the website in early September for a more complete list of local scholarships.

Athlete Spotlight

Alli Macuga - Moguls 

Alli is from Park City, Utah. She is a senior and will be graduating from the Winter Sports School this fall. Alli is the newest member of the U.S. Ski Team - being named to the 2021/22 mogul development team. In addition to being a mogul competitor, Alli participates on the PCSS Big Mountain team, and competed at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Switzerland. Alli has two older sisters, also on the U.S. Ski Team - Lauren (alpine), Sam (ski jumping) and has a younger brother, Daniel who is a first year FIS Alpine racer with PCSS. All four siblings are current or former members of PCSS. 


Coach Spotlight

Sam Everett - Snowboard

An Ohio native, Sam started snowboarding in middle school. While attending the University of Utah, he became an instructor for Park City Mountain Resort. Since that time, Sam has spent multiple years with over 200 days on snow coaching for PCSS Snowboard as well as High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Mt. Hood, Oregon. 

In his new role as Head Snowboard Development Coach, Sam is passionate about helping his athletes develop far beyond the limitations of terrain or skill. Incorporating the ideologies of gratitude, humility, and discipline, he aims to empower his athletes to be themselves. 

Sam is pumped to be with PCSS again this season, and stoked to ride. 

Division Updates

Ian Schoenwald


After a very successful winter season, which included placing three athletes to the U.S. Ski Team, Aerials spent the summer recruiting new athletes. Aerial Head Coach, Jack Boyczuk, teamed up with U.S. Ski Team to host a well-attended “Intro to Freestyle Camp."  In addition, the two teams participated in recruitment efforts at the recent National Trampoline & Tumbling Stars and Stripes competition in Salt Lake. More than 20 T+T athletes came to the Utah Olympic Park to water ramp with the teams and learn more about aerials. Heading into fall and winter, the team is looking very competitive for the NorAm Tour, with several athletes having a solid shot at Junior Worlds in Italy next March. 

Devo athlete water ramping at the UOP

Devo Freestyle

The Freestyle Devo team is currently wrapping up our summer training season at the UOP. We saw a ton of progression from each athlete this summer and had more kids learn their first flips this year than we have in previous years! We saw a lot of new and existing athletes attend one or more of our week-long water ramp camps this year and we had the majority of our camps completely at capacity! It was incredible to see so many athletes experience the ramps this year and find their passion for jumping. Things will wind down for a bit now and the coaches will get a much needed break before we start our fall dryland schedule in October. Winter registration for both the Freestyle Devo team and PCSShredders is currently open and spots are filling up fast, so don't wait too long to register!

Josie Johnson (14) soaring to 9th in the 2021 US Normal Hill National Championships and 3rd in the U20 US Cup. Photo: Steven Kornreich

Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined

After cancelling last year due to COVID-19, PCSS Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined hosted the 22nd Annual Springer Tournee as well as the 2021 US Championships in late July at the UOP. We had over 110 participants from around the nation competing on all six of our ski jumps, as well as racing at Soldier Hollow on roller skis. This is the largest gathering of the ski jumping community in the US, and everyone was grateful to be able to gather safely as a community again. PCSS athletes and alumni shined through the week. Notable results included Josie Johnson (age 14) winning the HS68 U16 competition and placing 9th in both Large Hill and Normal Hill Ski Jumping Championships and Root Roepke (15) taking second in the U16 Men Nordic Combined. Our older athletes and alumni also helped during our National Team mentorship day - where the younger athletes experience firsthand coaching from National Team athletes on the hill and through a series of field testing at Basin Recreation.  

As our athletes transition back into school, we’ll continue fall training here in Park City and look forward to a trip to Steamboat Springs, CO later this fall. Fall session registration is open here.

Jonas Touchette, Big Snow, NJ


BIG SNOW! This is what we all want... BIG SNOW! With Mt Hood now closed for the season, our U-16 group is currently Slalom training in New Jersey at BIG SNOW, an indoor venue, and our FIS group is headed to Passo Stelvio, Italy next week. Known for its brutal mountain stage in the Giro D'Italia, our FIS groups will base themselves right at the top of the pass for the first 2 weeks in September. Skiing conditions this time of year can be awesome. The terrain there, along with 4-course Italian meals is always a great time! Keep your eyes on our Social media platforms for updates from New Jersey and Stelvio.

Parent Meeting for U14's - This parent meeting is for all U14 parents wanting to meet your coaching staff for the upcoming season. This meeting will be held in the Legacy Room at the UOP 5:30-6:30 pm SEPT 1.

Parent Meeting for U12's - This parent meeting is for all U12 parents looking to discuss the upcoming season for your new or returning U12 athlete. This meeting will be held in the Legacy Room at the UOP 5:30-6:30pm. SEPT 2.

Freeski Park & Pipe

The PCSS Park & Pipe Team is extremely grateful to our competition partners and volunteers for a successful winter season. Our team competed in a number of local and international competitions including: USASA Big Mountain West, Futures Tour, RevTour, Europa Cup Premium, World Cup, and World Championships. Congratulations to James Kanzler who won the World Rookie Tour Finals and earned a personal quota spot to compete at all World Cup competitions this upcoming season.

This summer, we launched a new PCSS Exclusive Session at Woodward, Mondays from 7:45 pm -9:15 pm which has been a great success with a chance to have the facility all to ourselves. In addition, we recently resurfaced the Freeride Water Ramp and athletes are already enjoying the upgrade! We had two successful Mt. Hood snow camps in June and July with many athletes getting new tricks under their belt. An all girls camp is headed for Airbag training in Quebec, Canada at the end of this month. Our FIS level athletes depart for the glacier near Bormio, Italy at the end of September to train alongside many National Teams.  

Fall enhanced dryland will begin September 7 and we will continue Water Ramp Training Wednesday-Sunday through October 10, weather permitting. 

Freeski Big Mountain

Spring kicked off with Fly Fishing camps in Green River and local day camps led by Head Coach and outdoorsman Eric Praetorius. The second annual Uintas Campout was also a success even with the monsoonal flow at the beginning of this month. Many BMT athletes also participated in two Water Ramp camps to work on fundamentals of jumping and fun in the pool.

Our new, enhanced dryland program will kick off September 7, Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 at the UOP led by Skills Team Head Coach and Certified Trainer, Sarah Taylor. This will be in addition to regular dryland which will run Mondays 4:00-5:30 October 4-November 8, outdoors at the UOP.

Cross Country

The cross country team has been having an active summer with more than 50 athletes participating in summer programs. The team has enjoyed being in vans again and getting to go on camps. Under the guidance of their new head coach Liz Stephen, the Comp team had a camp in Bryce in June, backpacked to King's Peak (the tallest peak in Utah!) in July and went to a camp in Driggs, Idaho in August. Devo Plus did a local U15 Camp with Soldier Hollow where they honed their skills at the challenging rollerski course at Soldier Hollow. They also went on a camping trip in the Uintas in August. We were excited to support PCSS at both the Fourth of July Float and 5k Run. All of these experiences were an opportunity to build a stronger team culture. Fall programs for Devo and Comp programs start August 30th and registration is open. 

Joey Kavas - Mt Hood, OR


Huge congratulations to our own Alli Macuga for being named to the 2021/22 US Freestyle D Team. Congratulations Alli - we are so excited to be on this journey with you! 

The mogul team hosted a successful intro to water ramp day in July where we helped 10 new athletes try the jumps for the first time! The moguls comp team just returned from another on-snow camp in Mt Hood, OR. There was a lot less snow than when we were there in June/July, but we still had 6 productive days of skiing and jumping. We will continue our water ramp training at the UOP through the end of September and into October, weather permitting. We are looking at multiple options to get back on snow before our competition debut at the FIS Open event in Idre Fjall, Sweden in November.

Snowboard Mt. Hood 2021


PCSS Snowboard just wrapped another successful summer camp season! Athletes participated in skateboard, trampoline, and rollerboarding into foam pits. We were excited to have existing members, new members, and some friends/family join us.

We also had another successful Mt. Hood on-snow summer camp. This season was very similar to previous years except in our camper age. We were much younger than most of our seasons past, with some involved in their first sleep away camp ever. It was both exciting and challenging for our young riders. Everyone made it back alive! 

As kids head back to school, we will transition into our Fall Dryland which includes both conditioning and trampoline. This 12-week program is designed to help athletes build up to being on snow in late November/early December. It includes 2 days of conditioning and 2 days at Woodward each week. This program is appropriate for nearly all of our team members.

Reminder - Parent info meetings take place around the second week of November. Please check with coaching staff for details and updates.