The Freeride program is designed for freeskiers and snowboarders ages 12 to 18 (as of December 31st) who want to improve their big mountain riding through training for, and competing in, regional and national, sanctioned freeride events. Athletes are expected to be able to ski all of the terrain on Lone Peak safely and confidently.
Prospective participants under 15 years of age must have prior approval from the Freeride head coach in order to participate in the program. In addition, prospective athletes who are 11 years of age as of December 31st (U12s) must pass an on-mountain skills assessment and meet other requirements.
Please see the FAQs at the bottom of this page for detailed information regarding Freeride equipment requirements, U12 skills assessment, U12 Freeride competition, and U12 Alpine training requirements for athletes who are 11 years old as of December 31st of the upcoming ski season.
Participants in the Freeride program are expected to participate in at least two freeride competitions during the season. In order to compete, athletes must have an IFSA license. (See the International Freeskiers Association website.) IFSA membership, competition fees, lift tickets, lodging, and transportation costs related to competitions are not covered by the program fee. (Freeride athletes who do not wish to compete are encouraged to consider the Big Sky Resort Rippers program.)
Freeride team members will develop skills ranging from foundational ski techniques to snow safety, avalanche awareness, and on-mountain travel. The program emphasizes skiing to competitive freeride criteria, including line, control, technique, fluidity, and style. All participants must wear a helmet when on the snow and have a beacon, shovel, and probe.
A Volunteer Deposit is required per the terms of the BSSEF Handbook and will be automatically added to your cart. Multi-program purchase discounts applied at checkout.
2020-21 program dates: November 28, 2020 – April 3, 2021
Included in the base program fee: Weekend training on Saturday and Sunday; weekday training on Wednesday and Friday (starting in January); rental of a team jacket for the season; and the Christmas Camp.