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Freeski Big Mountain

What is Freeskiing?

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 Park and Pipe (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air, Rail Jam), Big Mountain, and SkiCross.

What is Big Mountain?

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 teach line choice, fluidity, control, technique, style, and energy.  We practice the skiing you see in ski movies featuring fast big turns on long steep vertical descents and cliff drops into your line choice.  Athletes will also ski the mountain's terrain parks to develop air awareness and work on tricks that translate over to big mountain settings.  Our team will attend competition opportunities from the Regional up to the National level.



Our Purpose

  • To prepare our athletes to be the best skiers they can be in varying terrain.
  • To teach the athletes skills they can use to be successful in Big Mountain competition, and to progress and achieve their goals.
  • To instill the fundamentals, work ethic and passion for personal excellence and lifelong skiing.

Big Mountain Programs


Big Mountain Staff

HATCH HASLOCK

FREESKI PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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


ERIC PRAETORIUS

BIG MOUNTAIN HEAD COACH

I am passionate about skiing and I am very excited about the progression of big mountain skiing. I enjoy coaching and helping my athletes achieving the goals they set for themselves on and off the mountain.


Samuel Boney

Local Team Big Mountain Head Coach

This is my second year coaching with PCSS. I was an athlete with the team many years ago and I am excited to help train the new generation! Park City local!


Luckas Robertson

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH

As a longtime PC local and athlete, I understand that results come with hard work and the power of a cohesive team. I'm coaching to blur the line between hard work and fun, to complete well-earned goals, and most importantly to keep the stoke alive!


Theron Simpkins

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH

I grew up skiing in Michigan, moved to Utah at age 12, and spend time in my youth skiing with the team when it was formerly Axis Freeride. I have experience with competitive Slopestyle and Superpipe skiing but have taken massive interest in Freeride/Big Mountain skiing in recent years. Park City is a unique community that was very welcoming to my family and I. Skiing and organizations like PCSS have given me incredible memories, skills, positive influences, and the greatest of friends. Being able to make positive impacts on our athletes in the same way this team did for myself is a huge honor.


Alexandra Benning

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH

Hi! I'm Alex, this will be my 1st season in Utah and my 3rd season as a coach. I am excited to take part in the progression of PCSS athletes, and what else this season has in-store.


Taran Egner

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH

Growing up in the Southwest of Colorado I became passionate for skiing at a young age. After moving to Park City in 2015 I spent a year skiing, Park City and Snowboard. I became passionate about Big Mountain Freesking and pursing my skills in all aspects of the sports. A few years later I began pursing my career in sailing, working as a medical officer and captain from the East Coast to the Caribbean while teaching kids how to sail. When not in the mountains or on the ocean I can be found finishing up my degree in Multi Disciplinary Design at the University of Utah



EMILY SIMPKINS

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH

Hi I’m Emily! I’ve been coaching freestyle/freeski/devo for about 6 years now! I grew up ski racing in Michigan & switched to halfpipe/slope style with Axis Freeride. Aside from coaching, I’m a critical care nurse at the University of Utah! I also work as ski patrol at the Utah Olympic Park. Excited for another season with PCSS! Cheers!


Rebecca Roberts

BIG MOUNTAIN COACH

This is my first year coaching Big Mountain with PCSS! I grew up competing in moguls, and then switched to slopestyle skiing in college. These days I ski mostly in the backcountry or around the resorts in Utah chasing powder. I am studying nutrition at Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and spend most of my free time in the warmer months rock climbing.


Sarah Taylor

Local Team Big Mountain Head Coach

Sarah was born and raised in Salt Lake City, before eventually moving to Park City. She loves to ski, hike, camp, play soccer and do Crossfit when she is not in class. Sarah is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Fitness and Wellness in hopes of eventually getting her PhD in Cognitive Motor Neuroscience. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, as well as a PSIA Level 2 certified ski instructor.


Kellen Montgomery

Big Mountain Coach

I love to ski and love to help kids become better skiers and better people. I am an electrician by trade, working for a local solar company during the week, and coaching on the weekends! Let it snow!


Nick Zins

Big Mountain Coach

This will be my first year coaching Big Mountain with PCSS. I grew up in Florida surfing and fishing but am now on my fourth year living here in Park City. Looking forward to skiing with the next generation and coaching with a great group of people!