Winter park Freeski Team

Freeskiing is a specific type of freestyle skiing on terrain park features such as rails, boxes, jumps, halfpipe, and other obstacles. This form of skiing resulted from the growth of snowboarding combined with the progression of freestyle skiing. Skiers on the Winter Park Freeski Team will follow a progression to develop the all-mountain skiing skills needed to build a foundation to excel in terrain park skiing. Freeskiers will explore competition in the local Battle of the Grommets™ slopestyle competition before progressing to compete in the U.S.A. Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Rocky Mountain Series events for a chance to qualify for USASA Nationals.

Have aspirations to become an elite freeski competitor? Dream of competing in the X-Games or Olympics? Experienced competitors may join the Freeski Competitive Team or apply for acceptance into the Freeski Full-time Academy. These athletes pursue the dream to join a long legacy of exceptional Winter Park freeskiers, including those currently on the U.S. Freeski Team: Birk Irving, Svea Irving, Hunter Carey, and Olympian Lyman Currier.

    • The Freeski Development (Devo) program is designed for athletes who want to begin their journey toward becoming competitive Freeski Park and Pipe skiers. Freeskiing is a specific type of freestyle skiing on terrain park features such as rails, boxes, jumps, halfpipe, and other obstacles.

      Skiers in the Winter Park Freeski Development program will follow a progression to develop all-mountain skiing foundations with an added emphasis on the terrain parks. Participants will gain exposure to small terrain parks such as Bouncer and Ash Cat, and will also have access to the Freestyle Devo Mogul Course and the Competition Center’s Jump Hill during training (a coach is required to ski in these closed areas).

      Competition is optional but encouraged in the Internal Devo Mogul Events and Battle of the Grommets™ Slopestyle events. To view the Competition Center events calendar, click here.

      ABILITY EXPECTATIONS
      This program requires one year in an organized ski program and a coach recommendation for athletes younger than 10.



      2022-23 Tuition - Save $100! Register by Oct. 15
      Program Options
      Days Offered*
      1-Day
      Sat. or Sun.
      2-Day
      Sat. or Sun.
      Tuition through 10/15$2025$2825
      Tuition on/after 10/16$2125$2925
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$300 Learn More
      Event & Volunteer CalendarView All Comp. Center Events
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      Dates*Dec. 3, 2022 - Mar. 18, 2023
      No TrainingDec. 24, 2022
      Times**9:00 am - 3:30 pm
      *Programs must meet enrollment minimums to run.

      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2022-23 Details
      Ages8+ based on year of birth.
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketNo: Visit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions* Battle of the Grommets™ Slopestyle
      Freestyle Devo Internal Mogul Events
      CampsN/A
      More InformationGeneral Competition Center information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

    • Freeski Park and Pipe Competitive Development (Devo) Team

      The Freeski Park and Pipe Competitive Development (Devo) Team is focused on building enthusiasm for terrain park riding and developing the skills which allow our athletes to compete at the next level. The Freeski Competitive Development Team skiers will train all-mountain to improve the overall skiing skills necessary to build a strong foundation for terrain park and half-pipe skiing. These skiers will begin to refine basic skills of sliding rails and boxes and proper form for jumping and air awareness. They also spend time on focused freeskiing, practice drills, fundamentals, general all-mountain terrain, and carving drills.

      Freeski Park and Pipe Competitive Development Team athletes will have opportunities to compete in freeski events such as Winter Park Resort’s Battle of the Grommets™ slopestyle event.
      Those wishing to compete in USASA events at Colorado resorts must have at least one year in an organized Freeski program and/or obtain coach/director approval to move up to the Freeski Park and Pipe Competitive Team.

      Ability Expectations
      · Must be proficient skiing blue-black terrain and small terrain park features as designated by the Park Smart system (e.g. Bouncer and Ash Cat terrain parks).
      · This program requires one year in the Freeski Development Team and coach recommendation for athletes younger than 10 before participating.


      8-9 year old athletes interested in Park and Pipe who have had at least one year in an organized, seasonal ski program and coach approval may enroll in the Freeski Development Team.

      The Freestyle Development Team is recommended for those who do not meet the prerequisites, or would like to have a dual focus on terrain park and mogul skiing.


      2022-23 Tuition - Save $100! Register by Oct. 15
      Program Options
      Days Offered
      1-Day
      Sat. or Sun.
      2-Day
      Sat. & Sun.
      Tuition through 10/15$2325$3025
      Tuition on/after 10/16$2425$3125
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$300 Learn More
      Event & Volunteer Calendar
      View All Comp. Center Events
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      Dates*Dec. 3, 2022 - Mar. 26, 2023
      No TrainingDec. 24-25, 2022
      Times**9:00 am - 3:30 pm
      *Actual start date depends on whether the athlete is enrolled in the 1-day or 2-day program. Programs must meet enrollment minimums to run.

      *Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.

      2022-23 Details
      Ages8+ based on year of birth.
      Ski LockerNo
      Team JacketVisit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions* Battle of the Grommets™ Slopestyle
      CampsHoliday Camp: TBD
      More InformationGeneral Competition Center information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

    • Freeski Park and Pipe Competitive Team

      The Freeski Park & Pipe Competitive Team is the program for intermediate to expert park riders looking to hone their skills in park and pipe and compete in Slopestyle and/or Halfpipe events.

      The Freeski Competitive Team will train in the four parks of Ashcat, Re-railer, Railyard, and Dark Territory, but will spend the majority of their training time in the larger park, Dark Territory, as athletes progress to this level. Athletes will focus on refining their terrain park and skiing skills, making them more proficient in sliding boxes and rails and air awareness skills in halfpipe and slopestyle. The Freeski Competitive Team will also work on goal setting, sports psychology, strength, and flexibility.

      The Freeski Competitive Team offers the opportunity to do a variety of slopestyle and/or halfpipe competitions. The majority of the competitions are USASA Rocky Mountain Series held in Colorado. The USASA Rocky Mountain Series affords skiers the opportunity to qualify for USASA Nationals. With coach recommendation, some athletes may also attend U.S. Ski and Snowboard events such as the Futures Tour, Revolution Tour, and other elite-level events for the aspiring athlete who has dreams of the U.S. Team, X-Games, and the Olympics.


      ABILITY EXPECTATIONS
      · Ages 12 and older or a recommendation from Freeski Competitive Development Devo Team coach
      · Must be a blue-black/expert skier and have the intermediate to advanced skill in sliding rails and jumping.
      · Must be willing to spend the majority of on-mountain training time in the terrain parks.
      · Must be able to jump 3-1 in Dark Territory in a safe controlled manner.
      ·Must be able to spin a 360 and a switch 180 on Dark Territory Jump 1 comfortably.


      2022-23 Tuition - Save $100! Register By Oct. 15
      Program Options
      Days Offered
      2-Day
      Sat. & Sun.
      3-Day
      Fri. - Sun.
      Tuition through 10/15$3225$3725
      Tuition on/after 10/16$3325$3825
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$300$600
      Event & Volunteer Calendar
      View All Comp. Center Events
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info
      Dates*Nov. 18, 2022 - Apr. 2, 2023
      No trainingDec. 23-25, 2022
      Times**Fri. 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
      Sat./Sun. 9 am - 3:30 pm
      *Actual start date depends on whether the athlete is enrolled in the 2-day or 3-day program. Programs must meet enrollment minimums to run.


      **Training times are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach


      2022-23 Details
      Ages12+ based on year of birth
      Ski Locker1 slot; Pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketYes: Visit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*Battle of the Grommets™
      USASA-sanctioned events
      U.S. Ski and Snowboard Futures / Revolution tour, pending coach approval and qualification status
      CampsHoliday Camp: Dec. 27-31
      More InformationGeneral Competition Center information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
    • FreeSKI park and Pipe Full-Time Academy


      The Winter Park Competition Center (WPCC) Full-time Academy is a year-round, highly intensive program dedicated to the serious, motivated, and experienced slopestyle and/or halfpipe competitor. The Winter Park Freeski Team has produced top-level athletes including 2014 Half-Pipe Olympian Lyman Currier, and the 2016 Youth Olympic Half-Pipe Champion and U.S. Rookie team member, Birk Irving.

      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 help athletes achieve ones’ highest potential as an athlete, person, and competitor.

      The Freeski Full-time Academy offers the opportunity to do a variety of slopestyle and/or halfpipe competitions. The majority of the competitions are USASA Rocky Mountain Series held in Colorado. The USASA Rocky Mountain Series affords skiers the opportunity to qualify for USASA Nationals. With coach recommendation, some athletes will also attend U.S. Ski and Snowboard events such as the Futures Tour, Revolution Tour, and other elite-level events for the aspiring athlete who has dreams of the U.S. Freeski Team, X-Games, and the Olympics.

      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.

      2022-23 Tuition - Save $100! Register by Oct. 15
      Program Options
      Days Offered*
      Middle School
      Tues., Thurs.-Sun.
      High School and Older
      Tues. - Sun.
      Tuition before 10/15$5775$6675
      Tuition on/after 10/16$5875$6775
      Parent Volunteer Deposit$600 Learn More
      Event & Volunteer Calendar
      View All Comp. Center Events
      Season PassComp Center Winter Park Pass Info
      Ikon Pass Info

      Dates*Oct. 18, 2022 - Apr. 2, 2023
      No TrainingDec. 23-25, 2022
      Times**Tues.-Thurs.: 1-4 pm
      Fri.:10 am - 3:30 pm
      Sat.-Sun.: 9 am - 3:30 pm
      *Actual start date depends on whether the athlete is enrolled in the Middle School or High School/Post-Graduate program. Programs must meet enrollment minimums to run.

      **Training times and camp dates are subject to change as communicated by the program director and/or head coach.



      2022-23 Details
      AgesMiddle School: Grades 7-8
      High School/Post Graduate: Grades 9+
      Ski Locker2 slots and 1 full locker; Pending capacity and availability
      Team JacketYes: Visit the Team Jackets section on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page for jacket details.
      LunchNot provided
      Competitions*Battle of the Grommets™
      USASA-sanctioned events

      U.S. Ski and Snowboard Futures / Revolution tour, pending coach approval and qualification status
      CampsHoliday Camp: Dec. 27-31
      More InformationGeneral Competition Center COVID-19 information can be found on our Registration, Resources, and FAQ page.
      *Competitions listed are only shown as an example. Athletes will work with their coaches to determine competition opportunities. All competition entry fees, registration, licensing, and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian
    • Terrain Parks at Winter Park Resort

      Ashcat is our starter park for those who are just learning the proper techniques of jumping and sliding boxes. Ashcat has multiple boxes and small rails, all low to the ground, and smaller jumps with the largest only being 25ft. This is a great place to safely learn how to jump and slide boxes/rails.

      Re-railer is a step up from Ashcat with slightly larger boxes and rails a little higher off the ground and a 30-35ft jump. This is the place for those that now know how to jump to start working on spins and grabs.

      Dark Territory our largest park that is a pass-required park with larger rails and jumps starting at 40ft up to 65ft. This is where you focus on your air awareness and technical larger tricks. This is also where the WP Freeski competitive teams will spend most of their time training.

      Railyard is the park where we have our larger rails located. When you have your basics of sliding boxes and rails, this is the place to go to challenge your rail sliding skills.

      Learn about the Winter Park Terrain Parks and Smart Style terrain park etiquette by visiting the Winter Park Resort Terrain Park webpage!

      Discover Winter Park Resort's Terrain Parks



    • Camps

      2022 Freeski Terrain Park May Camps

      Friday- Sunday, April 29 - May 1

      Open to all WPCC Freeski Park & Pipe athletes


      Colorado’s ski season is not over! We are excited to kick-off the “new” season with at home spring camps! The Explorer Lift will be exclusively available to our athletes and those from a few other teams, allowing us to build and train on more technical features and create a strategy to define the needed skills to conquer those features. Our park crew will be working to keep select features in Re-Railer Terrain Park open for the camp, allowing park riders to progress their skills.

      Daily schedule: (subject to change)

      8:00 am - Meet team at Balcony House
      8:30 am – Warm up and stretch at Snoasis
      9:00 am – On-hill practice
      12:00 pm – End of on-hill camp
      12 pm Lunch break / Ski and Jane
      2:00 pm Trampolines at Rec w/ Snowboard (Sat @ 2:15 pm)
      4:00 pm – End of camp


      Camp cost:


      Early Bird Price: $75 per day or $195 per weekend (Fri-Sun)
      Includes Explorer lift access. Prices increase $10/day or $20 for the full camp registration if you register after April 22!
      Registration for each session closes the Wednesday before the weekend session starts.
      For more info call (970) 726-1590 or email ccenter@winterparkresort.com

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    • Contact Information
      For program questions, contact:
      Laurie Mooney
      Freeski Director
      lmooney@winterparkresort.com

      Ben Fulmer
      Freeski Head Coach
      bfulmer@winterparkresort.com

      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.

      Freeski Resources and Policies

      USASA Rocky Mountain Series
      Battle of the Grommets™

      Key policies such as the Code of Conduct are signed on the Member Portal during registration. Please review our registration details, important resources, and more at the links found below.

      Registration, Resources, and FAQ
      Parent Volunteer Program
      Sports Performance Program
    • History of Excellence

      The Winter Park Freeski Team has produced top-level athletes including:

      Christopher Mattes advanced to 2022 USASA Slopestyle National Finals and finished 8th in the country for his age group.
      Bennett Kobe advanced to 2022 USASA Slopestyle National Finals and finished 9th in the country for his age group.
      Bennett Kobe advanced to 2022 Park City Futures Tour Finals and secured 1st in his age group.
      Birk Irving became a member of U.S. Ski Team in 2015 and competed in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
      Svea Irving joined the U.S. Ski Team in 2018.
      Four athletes represented Winter Park Competition Center at Junior Worlds in 2018.
      Lyman Currier competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics.