The PCSS 2021-2022 Winter Season is a wrap! Congratulations to all PCSS athletes who skied and rode with us this season. Your dedication, drive and spirit are what make this club so special. Thank you coaches and staff for working tirelessly to plan and deliver programming, create high-level training and competition opportunities and for showing up all season to enable our athletes to shine. And thank you parents and families for your support, enthusiasm and volunteerism this winter. This club would not exist without your dedication and engagement. I am humbled to be part of this club and grateful to our extended community of partners and stakeholders who come together to make quality sports programs available here in Park City.
Speaking of community, huge thanks to everyone who participated in the end-of-season “Ski Meister.” The event was a great way for the whole club to laugh, smile, and ski/board together as a community. Young and old enjoyed the banked slalom pond skim course, BBQ, and exceptional weather! Special thanks to our good friends at Cole Sport for helping underwrite this legacy event.
As we celebrated the joys and triumphs of our teams, however, we also shared the sadness of loss with the Scott family and our Park and Pipe team. Charlie “Chuck” Scott, a beloved PCSS coach and former athlete, died on April 1, 2022, in a tragic skiing accident. He was 21 years old. A “Huck 4 Chuck” memorial was held on April 15th at Park City Mountain Resort in his honor. If you would like to donate to the club in Chuck’s memory, the family is requesting contributions be made here.
Just a reminder that Summer Registration is open! We have athletic programs and summer camps, including a PCSS-wide cycling camp, designed to keep our athletes healthy and engaged this summer. Link here to summer training.
In anticipation of a fun and active summer, PCSS coaches and staff are taking a well-deserved end-of-season break, so we can start Summer 2022 fresh and ready! The club will be closed for business May 2-8, 2022.
Finally, in an effort to continue to improve PCSS, we want your feedback! Please take a moment to complete our anonymous, end-of-season survey here.
Thank you again for all you do,
The Devo Freestyle team wrapped up another great season a few weeks ago with the annual ski meister pond skim at the UOP! It was an exciting and fun way for the athletes to cap off the season and it was awesome to see such a great turnout from the PCSS community! We saw so many great costumes, crashes, and skims across the pond from all participants and we are already looking forward to next year's event!
USASA National Championships in Copper were held for the first time since 2019, and we had 8 Devo athletes qualify and attend! Because of the pandemic hiatus, this was everyone's first time competing at Nationals, and we were extremely proud of the way everyone skied all week!
Sammie Nick podiumed in all but the rail jam competition and took home a silver medal in Halfpipe and Ski Cross, and a bronze in Slopestyle for her age group. Sammie also finished 1st in the “overall” competition for her age group, which combines their results for Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Ski Cross.
Julia Magnuson, one of the other Devo athletes in contention for the “overall” award, finished 3rd for her age group with 5th place finishes in Ski Cross and Halfpipe, and a 6th place in Slopestyle!
Oskar Hove and Owen Porter both qualified for finals in Slopestyle for their age group, which only took the top 8 athletes from the qualifying round! They finished 5th and 8th respectively. Oskar also qualified for finals in the Rail Jam competition and finished in 5th place!
All athletes skied to the best of their abilities, stomped at least one of their runs, and had a ton of fun competing in their first National Championships and we couldn't be more proud of each of them! Here is the full list of Devo athletes who competed at Nationals.
Now that our winter is officially wrapped up, it is time to start thinking about the summer! Registration for summer devo water ramping training/ camps are currently open, and we still have some spots available! Summer water ramping is open to anyone who wants to come out and learn how to jump into the Olympic training pool! Head to the main website and click on “Devo Freestyle” under the “summer” tab to learn more!
It was a whirlwind of hosted events and travel in February and March. PCSS hosted 4 NorAm competitions at the Utah Olympic Park. The team then traveled to Quebec, Bristol, NY, Switzerland, and finally Italy for Jr. World Championships. The team as a whole learned so much about being an athlete on the road. From border crossings to cooking meals and speaking different languages.
There were a few podiums this year by Connor Curran. A 3rd place at PC NorAm, as well as a 1st at the Junior World Championships Aerials Team event. Derek Krueger was also placed on the Aerials B-team for US Ski and Snowboard.
Moving forward to this summer, we will be training alongside US Ski and Snowboard’s National team at the Utah Olympic Park. Summer water ramping is a great way to try new tricks you may not be familiar with yet. Whether you're a Freeskier or Freestyler, water ramping can be a productive path to success.
Our athletes have been enjoying a spring recess from training, but already have their eyes turned towards the 2022/23 season. Dryland training begins May 9 for our Comp Team. The month of May will be used to build strength, technique, and flexibility. We’ll open up the jumps in early June at the Olympic Park.
We’re excited to kick off summer jumping with our inaugural Jumping & Beyond Camp. The camp will run Mon - Thur June 5 - 8 and include four mornings of jumping as well as afternoon activities at the park and off-site. For information on this camp and all of our summer programs, visit parkcityss.org. Summer is a great time to start ski jumping!
We officially wrapped our Skimo season on March 22nd with our end-of-season party and awards. However, our athletes haven’t exactly slowed down. Many of them competed in one final race on April 2nd in Steamboat Springs - the annual Cody’s Challenge. Once again, we had an impressive showing, sweeping the Long Course U20 category, with Griffin Briley taking the overall victory, followed by teammates Wesley Perkings in 4th, Emmett Itoi in 7th, and Ethan Romer 12th overall. On the junior course, Maci Zaniello placed 2nd overall.
As spring rolled in early, many of our athletes transitioned right to mountain biking - some of them even pedaled up the UOP road to our final party. Others have taken advantage of the late-season storms and spring stability to ski bigger lines in the Wasatch backcountry. As the peaks fully melt out in the coming weeks, look for our athletes leading the middle and high school fields at NICA and school mountain biking and cross country running.
The season ended with a lot of progression from all of the athletes. The dry spell in the middle of the season allowed us to work on the athletes' technique and control in firm conditions. This accelerated our athletes' progression. We did get some powder days at the end of the season, and the athletes were charging down the mountain with those newly developed skills in the deep snow. Overall, the big mountain team saw a lot of team bonding, great technical skiing, and amazing progression with air awareness. Many great friendships were made throughout the season. Peyton Cox, a senior this winter, qualified for the North American Championships which were held at Big Sky, Montana in April. Although Finals were canceled due to conditions, Peyton ended up finishing 27th in North America out of 422 competitors in his field. Congratulations Peyton and good luck on the Freeride World Qualifiers.
As we wrapped up our season, we had some impressive results from our athletes at the 2022 Snowcup and FIS races in Palisades. Notably, we congratulate Mia Hunt on a strong performance in Olympic Valley with a 1st and 2nd in Slalom, and a 4th in Giant Slalom. Mia also was awarded the Skier of the Year award at the alpine banquet. Below are some of the strong performances from the Snowcup athletes.
This past Saturday, we celebrated the end of our season at the UOP with each of the groups. Despite the 19” in the cottonwoods over the weekend, we had a great turnout at the awards party with just about every group in attendance. Awards were given for sportsmanship, improvement, speed, and performance. We would like to thank every member of our club for a successful season! The dedication of our athletes is truly inspiring for us as coaches. We are especially grateful for the parents throughout the year who made this such a successful year. With this season behind us, we are looking forward to next year, and to continue building upon the successes we have had.
Park and Pipe/Hybrid are wrapping up a big winter season. The winter was dry, but we were able to make the most out of our training. Athletes focused on skiing drills, rail progressions, and jump progressions, all while having a blast and learning new tricks! We wrapped up our competition season at USASA Nationals in Copper, Colorado with some good results for our athletes: Ellie DeRosier 3rd in Rail Jam for Open Class, Tommy De Jager 2nd in Slopestyle, Christian Fernandez 2nd in Slopestyle, and Jude DiDepietra 3rd in Rail Jam for their age class respectively.
Our seniors are off to do big things: James Kanzler has been accepted to the University of Utah and is still weighing his future in skiing. Colby Johnson is starting school at SLCC and is planning to continue his training and will compete next season. David Burks will be traveling and pursuing a career in filmmaking and hopes to coach at Woodward. Caleb Karren will be going to Utah State this fall, sneaking some ski days in when he has time, and plans to serve an LDS mission next spring. Brooklyn Woods is deciding between attending the University of Utah or the University of Colorado Boulder. Jake Stettler will be serving an LDS mission before planning to study at the University of Utah. Mikayla Willis is recovering miraculously from her accident and is still passionate about skiing, planning to take a gap year and working to get her real estate license. Shiloh Greenfield is planning to continue skiing and competing, while taking classes after being accepted into the Business Scholars program at the University of Utah.
April is the month for reflection, rest, and relaxation after wrapping up after a successful 2022 season. This is an absolute necessity before starting up the new season in May. We celebrated the end of the season in lots of ways. We had our final Full Moon Ski of the season on March 18th at Round Valley and had a pizza party on the last day of Devo practices, and the Cocoa Loppet for Kickers and Gliders. We loved having the Ski Meister pond skim back and seeing so many Nordic skiers come out for it. We hosted our annual Nordic awards on March 30th including cross country, Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes. We took some time to recognize athletes and in particular our seniors who are graduating this year.
Wes Campbell – Wes joined the team as a Kicker and Glider, will attend Michigan Tech in Fall 2022 and be part of their NCAA Division 1 ski team. Wes had 2 podium finishes at the 2022 Cross Country Junior Nationals, the top IMD finisher in the U18 category. He was recently nominated to the US Junior Biathlon Team after qualifying for Biathlon World Juniors and the USSA U18 Scandinavian Trip.
Elena Grissom – Elena will attend Colorado University Boulder and be part of their NCAA Division 1 Ski Team. Elena was All-American at the 2022 Cross Country Junior Nationals and the top IMD finisher in the U18 Category. Elena joined the team as a U12.
John Olson – John Olson will attend Montana State University in Fall 2022. John started in the Kickers and Gliders program and qualified for the Intermountain Junior National team in 2022.
Sidney Bennion – Sidney will attend Montana State University and be part of the NCAA Division 1 Ski Team. Sidney qualified for both Cross Country Junior Nationals and Biathlon World Juniors in 2022 and was also named to the US Biathlon Junior National Team. She joined PCSS in 2020.
Kyle Hase – Kyle will be attending Montana State University and will be studying Sustainable Business. Kyle started in Kickers and Gliders, rejoined in Devo Prep, and ended the season winning the Western Nordic Club Championship Skate race.
Georgia Morgan – Georgia will attend Montana State University and be part of their Honors Program. She joined PCSS as a Kicker and Glider. As coach Liz describes, Georgia has been the "glue that keeps the team together!"
Our spring programs for Devo and Comp will start on May 9th. We will switch to morning practices when summer break starts. Comp will do a camp in Bryce to kick off the summer. For more information on our summer programming at parkcityss.org
The moguls competitive season wrapped up with 4 podium finishes at the US Championships (August Davis 2nd, Sami Worthington 3rd & 3rd, LuLu Shaffer 2nd), and 4 podium finishes at Junior World Championships (Alli Macuga 3rd, 1st, and 3rd, Jackson Crockett 1st). Congratulations to Alli Macuga and Sami Worthington for qualifying for the US Freestyle Mogul Team. We are so proud of you!
We are so excited to welcome 2018 Olympian Morgan Schild to our full-time coaching roster. Morgan recently accepted a position as the Assistant FIS Coach. She brings to our team a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a passion for skiing. Welcome aboard!
We have already started prep work for next season with dryland training. Our summer water ramping will begin on May 28th. The mogul team has implemented some new “Jump Start” programming options geared toward our younger athletes that are looking to start making their mark on the competitive scene. Summer registration is live on the website at parkcityss.org so be sure to register soon!
As our season wraps up, it's great to look back on the growth and experiences we had this season. This year, we had a high involvement in USASA events with over 20 athletes competing in various disciplines. Among these riders, we had 15 accept and attend the USASA National Championship in Copper. At Nationals, we had seven podiums and another fourteen top 10 results. Grey Katko won the Men's Open Class Slopestyle, and Sammie Nick finished 3rd in the overall competition.
Overall, we were excited about all the individual rider growth we saw throughout the season, as well as the tremendous results across the event spectrum we had in both Freestyle Snowboarding as well as our SBX NorAm Team.
Outside these results, we have seen exceptional growth throughout our program offerings requiring us to add six new coaches. We are hopeful they all return and become more permanent fixtures within our department. We kept our enrollment open throughout the season and were able to continue to add athletes consistently to our programs. Our Saturday and Tuesday offerings saw the most growth compared to last year, respectively 77% and 110%. We also saw increases in our Sunday and Thursday evening programs as well. Based on season-long inquiries, emails, and phone calls…we are projecting continued growth and eagerly look to the times ahead.
We had our End of Season “get together” at Woodward on April 22nd, and have sent out End of Season reviews, and additionally Summer Program recommendations to all riders. All our summer programs went live on our website Monday, April 18th.
- Michael, Pops, Sam, and the entire Snowboard staff.