For Members Only
The SNSC Big Mountain Freeskiing program is a competition program available to athletes age 10-18. Eligible Freeski athletes are able to ski the entire mountain, trek into the backcountry, and confidently navigate difficult natural terrain.
New to SNSC? In order to enroll in these programs you must be an SNSC Member. After Oct. 15 our program rates go up 15%. Please email us at email@example.com for a discount code to receive the early season rates you see here. Academic tutorial programs are also available with the U14, U16 and U19 programs.
U12 Freeski Team
1 Day Program
Dec 5, 2021-Mar 20, 2022
Sundays 9am to 3pm
$685 +Family Membership
Can add Midweek Training for $300
Competition Freeski Team
2 Day Program
Dec 4, 2021-Mar 27, 2022
Saturdays 9:30am to 2pm
Sundays 9:30am to 2pm
$945 +Family Membership
Can add Midweek Training for $300
One of our primary goals is to teach the skills, tactics, and techniques required to participate in Big Mountain Freeskiing competition. That said, exploration and enjoyment of natural terrain is one of the most important foundations of our program, as this aspect of skiing will provide a lifetime activity for our athletes well beyond the scope of our competition careers. It is essential to continually teach and reinforce safety, risk management, and decision making, and the skills taught during this program will set the course for a lifetime of good decision making in all aspects of our lives. These three primary elements of Competition, Exploration of Natural Terrain, and Decision Making, provide the foundation of the SNSC Big Mountain Freeskiing program.
We are a member program of the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Athletes and parents are encouraged to go to the IFSA website at www.freeskiers.org and click the “ABOUT” tab at the top of the page and select “HANDBOOK AND GUIDELINES” to review the rules of our sport. You will also find many other excellent resources available as downloadable PDF files.
In partnership with the Flyin’ Ryan Hawks Foundation and IFSA our program is leading the way in mountain safety education and core values-based risk management and decision making. We developed and piloted the IFSA Flyin Ryan Decisions Program in 2014 (https://flyinryanhawks.org/decisions-athletes-teams/). In addition to the Decisions Program, we also offer introductory first aid training and introductory avalanche awareness training.
“Competition Freeski Team” athletes can confidently ski the entire mountain, navigate steep pitches and natural terrain, trek into the backcountry, and are focused on Big Mountain Freeskiing competition and IFSA rankings. Competition Freeski Team athletes will train on Saturdays and Sundays and are expected to participate in a full competition schedule.
“U12 Freeski Team” athletes can ski the entire mountain with confidence, enjoy trekking into the backcountry, and plan to participate in one home and one away Big Mountain Freeskiing competition. Freeski Team athletes love the sport of Freeride and the skill development and friendships that develop through it, but are not as focused on competition and rankings as the Competition Freeski Team.
All SNSC Freeski Program members spend their training days with coaches exploring Smuggs’ most advanced terrain, both on-piste and in the woods and back bowls, learning how to safely and confidently navigate steep pitches and natural features. The team has focused training in our park facilities, following progressions to master aerials techniques. Our programming incorporates gate training to aid in developing technical skill set and fundamentals.
Our coaching staff includes competition hardened professionals and veterans of the backcountry. All coaches are IFSA Level 100 certified or they are working toward certification.
Athletes are divided into groups and each group is assigned a lead and support coach. Weekly coaching updates are provided to all team members via email by the lead coach of each group.
Our competition schedule is selected from IFSA North American Junior Tour events (www.freeskiers.org). The training curriculum is planned to prepare athletes for each competition event on the schedule. Our 2020 competition schedule will be provided by the Head Coach prior to the start of the ski season. Parents are strongly encouraged to download and read the IFSA rule book titled “IFSA Junior Handbook – Region 2” located at https://www.freeskiers.org/about/handbook-guidelines.html. Other essential reading includes the “IFSA Code of Conduct” and “IFSA Junior Point Tables”.
“U12 Freeski Team” athletes are expected to attend one home and one away competition with the team. On competition days our coaching resources are prioritized toward supporting competition events.
“Competition Freeski Team” athletes are expected to attend a minimum of two IFSA Junior Regional competitions and one IFSA Junior National competition. At a maximum, Competition Freeski Team athletes may attend three IFSA Junior Regional competitions, three IFSA Junior National competitions, and the year-end IFSA Junior North American Championships (NORAMs).
The midweek program allows additional time for athletes to develop technical and tactical skills needed to compete at the highest level. Athletes will work with dedicated full-time Freeski coaches for 3 ½ hour sessions from 12:00 noon to 3:30 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Athletes will spend the majority of the time focusing on tactical decisions/venue inspection as well and individual skill development.
Athletes are encouraged to maintain their fitness year-round by participating in summer and fall sports, weight training, and cardiovascular training such as trail running and mountain biking. Trampoline training and ramp training with an airbag or water landing is a great way to build fitness and core strength and to learn to perform aerial maneuvers in a more controlled environment prior to attempting on snow. During the winter, athletes should participate in mid-week training or sports activities to maintain fitness through the competition season. Competition Freeski Team athletes will have indoor gym training as part of their fall and winter curriculum.
Coaches are always available for equipment advice, and we prefer that you ask before you buy. Below are general guidelines.