Freestyle

WELCOME TO OKEMO FREESTYLE

Below please find descriptions of the 5 programs Okemo Freestyle has to offer. Peruse the menu to the right of this page to meet our COACHES, view our competitions and events CALENDAR, see RESULTS, view a ton of VIDEO and PHOTO media, and most importantly, check ANNOUNCEMENTS for weekly team updates and important bulletins.

For more information on Okemo FREESTYLE or Okemo Mountain School FREESTYLE please contact

Lenny Ancuta, Program Director, at [email protected]

Alum Brady Lee

Alum Brady Lee

Dale Talkington

Dale Talkington

FRESH START FREESTYLERS TEAM

*Age* 8-12

*Goal* To introduce younger skiers to meeting and learning in a weekly, non-competitive team format with friends; to learn the correct body position, turning, edging, absorbing and extending and safe jumping skills necessary to be a successful freestyle competitor; to be confident and prepared enough to, by February, compete in their first mogul competition at Okemo; and to have fun while being part of the team.

*Competition* While Fresh Start is a non-competitive program, a successful season will culminate in the athlete entering their first-ever mogul competition in the comfort of the “home court,” the Okemo B Mogul Competition on Presidents’ Weekend.

*Travel* There is no travel involved with this program.

*Prerequisites* Skiers should have the motivation to get out on the mountain each day, want to have fun, want to learn how to ski a variety of terrain, mainly moguls, with good form and want to jump. A solid all-mountain skiing base, parallel turns and a good attitude!

Maggie Bonnet spread

Maggie Bonnet

Mark Preschern

Mark Preschern

B FREERIDE TEAM / B MOGUL TEAM

*Age* 9-16

*Goal* To expand an already solid skill set of skiing and jumping to include safety and competency on all terrain park features, such as jumps, boxes, rails, and halfpipe; focus on takeoff and landing technique; to learn a variety of switch and forward spins; to compete in at least three USSA B level Slopestyle or Big Air events around Southern VT; and to have fun while being part of the team.

*Goal* To give skiers proficiency at maintaining a line in the moguls, holding a good form, successfully completing two jumps in a mogul course and having fun while being part of the team.

*Competition* Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Qualifier Series B level slopestyle, big air, and mogul competitions throughout Vermont: Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush. Mt. Snow, etc. (Must hold USSA competitor’s license). Skiers are encouraged to compete in at least 3 comps for the season and to train at Okemo no fewer than 2 weekends per month.

*Travel* Day trips to other mountains for competitions – coordinated by the Program Director. Parents who are free are encouraged to volunteer for driving and to come along and spectate.

*Prerequisites (Freeride)* No prior competition experience necessary. Skiers should be comfortable straight-airing terrain park jumps up to 30 ft., be able to spin a 360, and be comfortable getting to the lip of the halfpipe. Sound too advanced? Try our Fresh Start Freestylers Program! At this level, skiers should have the motivation to get out on the mountain every day and a desire to have fun on all sorts of terrain.

*Prerequisites (Moguls)* No prior competition experience necessary. Regarding skiing ability, either a year in the Fresh Start Freestylers Program or a coach screening at the beginning of the season is required. At this level, skiers should be able to be self-motivated to get out on the mountain every day, want to have fun, want to learn how to ski moguls with good form and want to jump. Also, powder days are spent in the trees and we like to encourage all-mountain skiing for all skiers, with an overarching emphasis on mogul skiing.

Katie and Delia

Katie and Delia

Sam and Jace

Sam and Jace

Kyle Kaufman

Kyle Kaufman

Dicin' Delia Whyte

Dicin’ Delia Whyte

A MOGUL TEAM

*Age* 14+, though mainly dependent upon ability/experience.

*Goal* To enter into a more serious level of training and competition in mogul skiing; to refine and perfect the mogul turning, edging, absorbing, extending, body positioning and jumping skills introduced at the B mogul level; to learn and compete with more technical air maneuvers; to accumulate points on the USSA Eastern and National points lists, ultimately qualifying for Invitational Championship events; and to have fun while being part of the team.

*Competition* Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Championship Series A level mogul and dual mogul competitions throughout New England, ultimately aimed at qualification for Eastern Championships and Junior Olympics (must hold USSA competitor’s license).

*Travel* Plan on traveling to 8 competitions, all over New England, throughout the season. Often leaving on a Thursday night and returning on a Sunday. Travel logistics/supervision handled and coordinated by Head Mogul Coach/Program Director.

*Prerequisites* Generally speaking, one is ready for the ‘A’ circuit after a solid top-ten performance at ‘B’ mogul Eastern Championships. Enrollment at Okemo Mountain School, for at least a 6 week Target Term, is highly recommended. Athletes should be prepared and excited for a more serious level of training and competing than at the ‘B’ level.

karnsy mosely heits

A FREERIDE TEAM

*Age* 9-18

*Goal* To safely learn and compete at the highest level of Freeride (park and pipe) skiing; to perfect and polish forward, switch, off-axis, and inverted maneuvers; to compete in USSA as well as Pro and Open competitions; to compile an edited film segment by the season’s end; to move forward with a unique, individual, and personal skiing progression; and to have fun while being part of the team.

*Competition* Skiers compete in USSA Eastern Championship Series A level Slopestyle and Halfpipe competitions throughout New England (Must hold USSA competitor’s license); depending on ability, skiers travel to CO for the US Freeskiing Open and the Aspen Freeskiing Open, as well as various East Coast Pro level events.

*Travel* Plan on traveling to 8 competitions, all over New England, throughout the season. Often leaving on a Thursday and returning on a Sunday. Travel logistics/supervision handled and coordinated by Head Freeride Coach/Program Director.

*Prerequisites* Either a year in the B FREERIDE Program or a coach screening at the beginning of the season. Enrollment at Okemo Mountain School, for at least a 6 week Target Term, is highly recommended. Skiers should have a knowledge of and passion for the sport, translating to a clear vision and goals for what they wish to achieve.

holson okemo jump

Dale

Dale

Sean Kenndy

Sean Kenndy

Buller and Harrrryyyyyyy

Buller and Harrrryyyyyyy

Holson

Holson

Dale at the 4bi9 Okemo nite shoot

Dale at the 4bi9 Okemo nite shoot

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