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Winter park Freeride Team

The Winter Park Big Mountain Team is geared towards focused Big Mountain skiers who have a strong interest in fine-tuning the skills necessary to compete at a high level.

The U12 Competitive Development Team is for athletes ages 11 and under who have previous experience in an All Mountain, Alpine, or Freestyle program and who have coach approval to travel to IFSA U12 competitions.

The 2-day and 3-day travel programs (ages 12+) are for the more experienced athletes who plan on competing and traveling to most regional and national-level competitions.

    • Freeride Big Mountain U12 COmpetitive Development (DeVO) Team

      The U12 Competitive Development (Devo) Team is for athletes ages 11 and under who have coach approval to travel to IFSA U12 competitions.With coach approval, U12 (ages 11 and under) athletes who would like to travel to select IFSA events to compete in the U12 category may join the 2-Day U12 Competitive Devo Team. Typically, one season on the Devo Team is required prior to joining a competitive team.

      2020-21 Tuition - Save $100! Register by OCt. 15
      U12 Competitive Devo Tuition1-day: $2075
      2-day: $2675
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$240 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      DatesDec. 5, 2020 - Mar. 28, 2021
      Days Offered Saturday and/or Sunday
      Times*9 am - 3:30 pm
      Camps*To be announced
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.


      2020-21 Details
      Ages10-11 based on year of birth
      Ski Locker1 slot (2-day program participants only); Pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*IFSA U12 competitions
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coach to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • Freeride Big mountain Competitive Team

      The 2-day and 3-day competitive programs (ages 12+) are for the more experienced athletes who plan on competing and traveling to most regional and national-level competitions.


      The 2 and 3 Day Big Mountain Competitive Teams are geared towards Big Mountain skiers/athletes who plan to compete at a higher level, with the goal of qualifying for the North American Championships (NORAMS). Athletes in this program typically compete in three regional (within Colorado and New Mexico) one-day competitions and three national (within the US and Canada) four-day competitions in order to earn points to qualify for NORAMS.

      Athletes must purchase an IFSA license to be eligible for competitions. Athletes on the Competitive Team compete in IFSA events. IFSA events are for 12 to 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds who are still in high school. IFSA divisions are based on the athlete’s age as of December 31, 2020.

      Ability Requirements
      Athletes should have participated in previous competitions, and be familiar with Big Mountain terrain and high alpine elements such as weather, snow types, snow safety, avalanche awareness and line selection. Athletes should participate in year-round dryland training to be in condition for intensive training. In addition to the basic equipment, athletes should be prepared with an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.


      2020-21 Tuition- SAVE $100! REGISTER BY OCT. 15
      Competitive Team Tuition2-day: $2775
      3-day: $3250
      Parent Volunteer Deposit2-day: $240
      3-day: $480 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      DatesNov. 27, 2020 - Apr. 4, 2021
      Days Offered2-day: Saturday and Sunday
      3-day: Friday - Sunday
      Times*9 am - 3:30 pm
      Camps*To be announced
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2020-21 Details
      Ages12+ based on year of birth
      Ski Locker1 slot; Pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*IFSA Regional and National Competitions
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coach to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • Freeride Big Mountain Full-Time Academy


      The Freeride Big Mountain Full-time Academy is geared towards focused Big Mountain skiers/athletes who demonstrate strong commitment to and passion for skiing, the mountains, Big Mountain terrain, and competing at a high level. Athletes in this program will have the option to travel to regional, national and potentially international competitions.

      Athletes have strong knowledge of, and are continually educated on, Big Mountain terrain and high Alpine elements such as weather, snow types, snow safety, avalanche awareness and line selections. We also weigh heavily on goal setting, video analysis, sports psychology, and all-around love for the sport. There is an emphasis on skill development: developing general freeride techniques and skills, with focused freeride drills and intensive on-mountain training.

      There will be some off-snow training available where we use trampolines to focus on air awareness skills and basic acrobatics in relation to Freeride Big Mountain skiing. We emphasize fun, practice good sportsmanship, infectious energy, and a special camaraderie between the athletes not found on any other team.

      Competitions: Athletes must purchase an IFSA license to be eligible for comps. Athletes in this program compete in regional and in some national IFSA events. IFSA events are for 12 to 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds who are still in high school, and now starting this season a U-12 division starting at 8-years-old.

      Competition Travel: Generally, the Big Mountain program attends 10+ weekend-long competitions per winter as a team. All competition registration fees and travel are an additional expense to each athlete who travels. The Winter Park program offers the best value in the Rocky Mountain region.




      General Full-time Academy Info
      The Winter Park Competition Center (WPCC) Full-time Academy is a year-round, highly intensive program dedicated to the serious, motivated and experienced snow sport competitors. Our program offers a place where dedicated athletes can achieve their highest aspirations in the sport; while at the same time achieving our program philosophy to achieve ones’ highest potential as an athlete, person, and competitor.
      Admittance to the WPCC Full-time Academy is through an application process. Commitment and attitude are the most important attributes we're looking for. Applications are due July 1 for middle and high school age applicants (7-12 grade) and are due August 1 for post-graduate applicants. Late applications and registrations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      Once accepted to the program, registration must be completed in order to finalize your status in the WPCC Full-time Academy. Interested applicants should also directly contact the specific discipline director. Please reference the contact chart below for the appropriate contact.

      For general application or registration questions, contact the Competition Center, office at 970-726-1590 or ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

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      Full-time Academy athletes train 5-6 days per week during the ski/snowboard season. During the off-season, they participate in specialized training camps and are expected to consistently participate in the year-round sports performance program. This commitment to athletic excellence ensures that they stay fit and are physically and mentally prepared to achieve peak performance each season.

      Winter
      The information below provides the general winter training schedule for all WPCC Academy athletes. Specific dates and training times vary by discipline and age group. Please refer to the program tuition and details table for more comprehensive and specific training information for your discipline.

      Full-time Academy Middle School
      Tuesday and Thursday: afternoon training
      Friday through Sunday: full day training; times vary by discipline and age.

      Full-time Academy High School and Post-Graduate (PG)
      Tuesday through Thursday: afternoons for high school athletes; PG athletes may full day training.
      Friday through Sunday: full day training; times vary by discipline and age.

      Summer
      Each discipline offers off-season training programs to maximize fitness and progression to maximize competitive edge. Camp offerings and training venues will vary by discipline, and may change year to year. While specific opportunities vary by discipline and by year, some examples of summer training opportunity include:

      ·Participation in our year-round sports performance program, including our spring and fall fitness assessments.
      ·May on-snow camps held at Winter Park Resort.
      ·Sand Dunes Fitness Camp in September.
      ·Based on discipline*, athletes may attend technical progression and on-snow camps held at locations such as Mt. Hood, Mammoth Mountain, Steamboat Springs, and the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

      *Camp offerings vary by discipline and camp locations may vary year to year.

      Academic excellence is a core value for members of the Full-time Academy. Most of our middle and high school athletes enroll in the East Grand School District (EGSD). East Grand is on a 4-day school week, so skiers have a full day of training on Friday!

      Schedules are arranged for core classes to take place in the morning, and students/athletes are transported to the ski area at lunch time for afternoon training. Those who do not enroll in EGSD are able to make arrangements for alternative or online education programs. Regardless of schooling choice, grade eligibility is verified weekly throughout the season.



      Our Sports Performance Program provides full-time athletes with year-round conditioning, strength training, fitness assessment, mental skills training, and return-to-sport support to build a strong mental, physical, and technical base going into and throughout the competitive season. Participation is required for full-time athletes and we work with athletes to navigate scheduling conflicts for those who may also participate in other sports.

      2020-21 Tuition -SAVE $100! REGISTER BY OCT. 15
      Full-time Academy TuitionMiddle School: $5025
      High School and older: $5750
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$480 Learn More
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info

      DatesNov. 3, 2020 - April 4, 2021
      Days OfferedMiddle School: Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday
      High School and older: Tuesday - Sunday
      Times*9 am - 3:30 pm
      Camps*To be announced
      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2020-21 Details
      AgesMiddle School: Grades 7-8
      High School and older: Grades 9+
      Ski Locker2 slots and 1 full locker; Pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*IFSA Regional and National Competitions
      COVID-19 InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page. Additional specific COVID-19 protocols and parent/child expectations and competition details will be communicated by each program director and head coach.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coach to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • Contact Information

      For program questions, contact:
      Laurie Mooney | Freeride Director |lmooney@winterparkresort.com

      Coaching Staff:
      Taylor Merritt - Head Coach
      Steve Myers – Team Coordinator
      John Cleaver – Devo U12 Lead Coach
      Christian Nation – 12-14 Lead Coach
      Kelly Knowles – 15-18 Lead Coach
      Brett Cornish –Coach
      Jesse Hamm – Coach
      Cole Wettersten – Coach
      Blaine Horner – Coach
      Rachel Croft - Coach
      Aaron Bakkie - Coach
      Don Maurais – Sub Coach
      Brandon Varner – Sub Coach

      For registration questions, contact the Competition Center office at 970-726-1590 or ccenter@winterparkresort.com

      To view the complete Competition Center Staff Directory, visit the Important Information and FAQ section of our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.

      Freeride Resources and Policies

      IFSA Website


      Key policies such as the Code of Conduct are signed on the Member Portal during registration.

      Registration, Resources, and Frequently Asked Questions
      Parent Volunteer Program
      Sports Performance Program

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