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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.


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!