Freeskiing, with its travels and opportunities that come with the sport are something that I always promised myself never to take for granted. In the past ten years, I have been able to travel the world with my freeskiing friends searching for fresh snow, attending freeskiing events, and everything else in between. In a world where social networking and the internet has brought us all together as one, requesting instant play-by-play updates of our personal interests on a daily basis is always a top priority. When you visit small mountain ski resort towns, the technological demand seems to shift, and that is something I always admired about its occupants.
Freeride Program & Head Coach: Crystal Mountain - Northwest Freeride Team, Wayne Grevey
J.D. Thompson - Northwest Freeride Coach "If I had to sum Nash up with one sentence: Hard work and dedication pays off. I have watched this kid compete, taking lines that only the adults would even think about. Not only skiing sick lines but stomping the landings and controling his speed Lining up the next hit and pulling off a huge 360. Nash is always in a great mood and as a team captain it shows when all the kids get on the lift with a smile and leave the mountain with a smile. It’s always nice to see the ones you coach, growing up and then you end up following them down the hill."
Freeride Program & Head Coach: Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team - Woody Lindenmeyr
Woody Lindenmeyr - "Matt is one of the most dedicated skiers I have seen. He is out there enjoying the sport every chance he gets, which is 6-7 days a week. It is difficult to get him to take a day off. He is a complete skier too. He can ski the park and pipe, tear up bumps, race a course. There are no bad ski days for Matt, but of course the steeps, cliffs, and powder are where he is most comfortable and happiest. It has been a privilege to coach him the past 5 years."
Freeride Program & Head Coach: Alta Snowbird Freeride Team - Rob Greener
Stephen Helfenbein, AltaBird Coach - "Perry is awesome! She has a passion for skiing and competition that positively impacts all of the AltaBird Freeride Team. One thing that sets her apart is her competitive drive. She is not the type of person to get complacent or be satisfied with past success. Perry wants to win! She is always striving to improver her game. She's not afraid to put in the work it takes to be successful. She couldn't be more coachable - just yesterday she completely changed her skiing. Even though Perry has had great accomplishments in skiing and will continue to, she is the kind of young woman who will be really good at everything she does."
Freeride Program & Head Coach: Team Summit - Jason Anthony and Ryan Van Nuys
Ryan Van Nuys, Team Summit - "Ian Borgeson is one of the most energetic, fun skiers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. No matter what the circumstances, Ian manages to make other skiers smile and enjoy themselves. While maintaining this fun vibe, he has managed to take advantage of every opportunity to become an amazingly well-rounded skier. From moguls and groomers, to jump lines and rails, he does it all with tons of style."
Athlete Name: Riley James Rose and Casey Austin Rose
Freeride Program & Head Coach: Independent
We have skied with Alta/Snowbird in the past; Steven Helfenbein was our head coach for three years. Currently we compete with our own skills we learned from the Alta/Snowbird program and other IFSA people who have taught us over the years. We are thankful to Steven, Rob Greener, Jim Jack, and everyone else who has coached us and made the comps so much fun.
Jim Jack, Head IFSA Judge "Casey and Riley Rose are an exciting pair of brothers. They are spririted, competitive, and passionate to the game and their energy and enthusiasm is contagious to other competitors. They are multi-talented athletes, active in a range of other sports. Their skills and creativity shine every time they leave the start gate and each run they throw down is a display of their joy and excitement for the sport and mountains. These two exemplify the key elements we love so much about freeskiing and are great ambassadors to the sport and their peers."