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Devo Freestyle

What is Devo Freestyle?

Devo Freestyle is a developmental program which teaches the fundamentals required for all PCSS Freestyle (Aerials and Moguls) and Freeski (Park & Pipe and Big Mountain) programs.  Athletes in the Devo Freestyle program will develop carving skills, body stance, vision, pole plants, edging, box/rail sliding, take offs, landings, and mountain etiquette/safety. Athletes will learn how to apply these fundamentals to the terrain park, moguls, aerials. 

Participants will be taught skills in all disciplines in a fun, safe and diverse atmosphere at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP).  The UOP’s Adventure Park is built to suit young skiers and enhance the learning curve.  Athletes will also have the opportunity to participate in fun events designed to expose them to the competition environment.

Our Purpose

Our goal is to enable young athletes to have fun skiing and seek a lifelong passion for the sport.  We strive to help them develop friendships and positive relationships with teammates and coaches.  We will develop core skiing skills that are foundational across a broad range of competitive ski sports.  We will enable athletes to find their personal passion by exposing them young to a variety of competitive ski and snowboard disciplines, including moguls, aerials, big mountain, and park and pipe.

Devo Freestyle Programs


devo freestyle Coaching Staff

Ryan Devine

FREESTYLE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR / HEAD COACH

I grew up in Boise, ID and started skiing when I was 5 years old. At 8 I joined the local Freestyle team and started competing in moguls regionally when I was 12. I competed in moguls regionally and nationally until I was 18 when I decided to retire from competition and moved to SLC to attend the University of Utah. In 2012 I graduated from the U with a degree in commercial recreation. I have been coaching for 10 years now and started coaching in 2009 with Axis Freeride here in PC. The following year I coached for both Axis and FLY Freestyle and continued to coach for both programs for 4 years. In 2015 I took over the Head coaching job for FLY Freestyle and held that position for 2 years until the PCSS merge where I became the Co-Head Development coach. This will be my 3rd season with PCSS.


Owen Kahn

Freestyle Development Coach

I am an upstate New York-born and raised skier. I have been instructing skiing since 2013 in New York and once I came out to Utah to attend the University of Utah I instructed at Snowbird before finding myself coaching at PCSS last season. My focus of skiing started with park and mogul skiing and has progressed into a mixture of backcountry and park skiing while still enjoying every moment with skis under my feet. Now graduated from the U I am excited to coach another season and enjoy a Utah winter without school.


James Saarela

Devo Lead Coach

James has been skiing in Park City for his entire life. His competitive career began in Moguls at 10 years old. He later switched focus to Slopestyle and Halfpipe, competing in multiple national-level events. James grew up with PCSS (and its precursors), watching the team evolve as he changed from athlete to coach. 2019-2020 will mark his 4th winter coaching with PCSS. He believes ripping bumps and trenching carves are just as rewarding as sending park jumps and floating through the deep stuff.


Allie Lee

Freestyle Development Coach

I grew up skiing all the freestyle disciplines (moguls, aerials, halfpipe, and Slopestyle) on the East Coast. I realized I had a knack for aerials and switched my focus solely to that. I soon made the U.S Ski Team where I was a member for 7 years. After retirement I realized how much I missed the sport and wanted to give back; so I started coaching and have loved every minute of it!


Blake Wyse

Freeski Coach

Hey everybody, my name is Blake and Im 19 years old from Columbus Ohio. I skied competitively in Rev tours and other slope style competitions for three-four years and looking forward to sharing my knowledge of skiing with you all.

Ian Schwenker-Punnett

FREESKI LOCAL TEAM HEAD COACH

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, I came up night skiing the icy parks of the east coast. As soon as possible, I moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah and enjoy the beautiful weather. Starting in 2015 I began coaching for Fly Freestyle, and have continued on with the freeski program in Park City Ski & Snowboard.


Evan Couch

Freestyle Development Coach

Hi! My name is Evan Couch and I love to ski! I am currently attending Westminster College as a junior and I’m majoring in aviation. I competed in freestyle skiing during my High School years all throughout the country but I am originally from Ohio. I love being able to teach others about the things I enjoy!


Kagan Pilsbury

Freeski assistant coach

I am a freestyle skier from Maine who decided to take this amazing journey out to Utah to take what I have learned over the years back into young athletes that are eager to get into park skiing! I went to Carrabassett valley academy and traveled everywhere to ski. I am super excited for this season!!


Eric Wilcox

Developmental Freeride Ski Coach

I grew up on a pumpkin farm in Maine both nordic and apline ski racing. I raced for ten years until I moved to Utah four years ago where I veered off the course and into the backcountry. Now I enjoy skiing with racing techniques combined with a freeskier's mindset. Freeskiing has given me the passion to ski in new places around the country and go skiing every day I can.


Luke Allen

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH