Freeskiing started as a movement away from traditional ‘Freestyle’ and ‘Alpine’ skiing such as Moguls, Aerials, and all types of Alpine Racing. Today the realm of ‘Freeski’ disciplines include Big Mountain (upper mountain terrain, steeps, trees, natural features) and Park and Pipe (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air, Rail Jam).
The Big Mountain Program is geared for skiers who love the mountains, enjoy exploring new terrain, and want to progress as an “all around” skier. We’ll coach your child to achieve the advanced skills needed to ski all aspects of the mountain through on-hill training and dryland training. Our high-level coaches will train the athletes on strength control, fluidity, line selection, air awareness, steep vertical descents, cliff drops and jumping techniques. They will also learn proper body position, injury prevention, backcountry education and awareness, and proper powder skiing. Athletes will ski the mountain's terrain parks to develop air awareness and work on tricks that can translate over to big mountain settings. Our team will attend competition opportunities from the Regional up to the National level. We have four teams with different expectations: A national competition team which will train at a more advanced level and will compete at 3 regional and 3 national IFSA competitions with hopes of going to NORAMS or WORLDS. The regional competition team will also train at a more advanced level and will compete in 3 regional IFSA competitions. The advanced skills team will further develop their skills to ski the whole mountain. This team is not competition driven but the athletes have the option to compete in local regional IFSA competitions. The skills team will develop a basic ski foundation and ski the whole resort top to bottom.
Hometown: Highland, Michigan ... but I have lived in Park City for as long as I lived in Michigan, so both count as my hometowns now. Years Coaching: 35 years. I earned my Level 100 Freestyle Coaching license in 1984 while coaching in Telluride. First Tracks: In the back yard down to a lake when I was eight. It isn't surprising that a jump was involved. My first 'real' lesson was at 10-years-old at Alpine Valley, Michigan and right after the lesson there definitely was a jump involved. Athletic/Coaching Highlights: 1988 Olympian in Aerials, 1989 7th at World Ski Championships and the FIS World Cup Tour (5 top 10 finishes that year), Star of Greg Stump Ski Films in the 80's; Coached men's and women's aerials gold medalists in 1995 World Ski Championships Athletes , Men's and Women's Combined as well as Bronze in Men's Combined. Athletes achieved numerous Junior National and National titles in Freeskiing Slopestyle and Halfpipe. Certifications: Level 500 Aerials, Level 300 Park and Pipe, Level 300 Moguls