PA Freestyle's (PFSA) snowboard team focuses on excelling snowboarding in the disciplines of Slopestyle, Rail Jams, Halfpipe, Slalom, and Boarder Cross.
The team competes in the USASA Appalachian series and PAFreestyle encourages all athletes to participate in these events. The Team's main goal is to help athletes work on their current skills and to advance to their next level. All while having fun.
The coaching staff that has over 45 years of collective experience and are certified in both AASI and USASA for teaching and judging. PAFreestyle fosters a focus on individual athletes achieving the best. Coaches train and motivte athletes individually and is group / peer riding sessions that are designed to create an atmosphere of teamwork and group support, as each athlete obtains personal success competively, or during freerideing.
In order to enter the program you must be able to snowboard the entire mountain with control, and be able to get on and off the chair lift unassisted and safely. Athletes should be able to preform basic carved turns on both edges on moderate blue terrain. Minimum age requirements are also in place - see details at the bottom of this page.
The Snowboard Team meets every Saturday and Sunday from early December (actual dates are dependent on the resort openings - announcements are made via this web site and blast emails) through the beginning of March and longer if an athletes advance via competitions. Coaches on staff travel with the team for most competitions.
PAFreestyle as a Bronze USSA program provides education and support including certified coaches, judges and officials to ensure the best experience possible for athletes and parents.
NOTE: Inverted aerial jumps are only permitted in the presence and at the discretion of a certified USSA level 200 aerial coach.
Training sessions will be:
o Every weekend Saturday and Sunday.
o Morning session is from 9AM - 11AM.
o Afternoon session is from 12noon - 2pm.
o Head coaches and the director can make changes to the times depending on weather, conditions or resort management. All groups will have a USSA or USASA coach present.
o PA Freestyle group meeting area will be at a TBD on the slope location at 9AM and also after lunch at 12 noon.
o Each competitor will be required to specify which category of freestyle they will attend most often: Moguls, Slopestyle, Snowboarding. This insures that we will have the required amount of coaches. Athletes will be able to switch day-to-day if there is room in that class --- this is up to head coaches and director. Snowboarders are required to stay with snowboarding coaches. Skiers are required to stay with skiing coaches.
o Christmas Camp Training is included with membership. Dates in December 2015 are TBD.
o All Skiers and Snowboarders are required to be USSA (www.USSA.org) or USASA (www.USASA.org) members, wear a certified snowsport helmet, that is also approved by USSA and learn to ski / ride all types of terrain. PA Freestyle wants athletes to become great at their discipline, while also becoming competent all-around skiers / riders.
o All Training is subject to change or cancelation based on weather, conditions and / or resort management. PA Freestyle has text / email notification process for all who sign up for it. This means coaches can send out a notification as to any training changes to parents and athletes real-time.
o For athlete’s personal safety, each skier or boarder, must be able to demonstrate to coaching staff that they can traverse the entire mountain, including all slopes, trails, terrain parks and lifts, comfortably and safely and without assistance, regardless of snow or weather conditions.
o Skiers / boarders will need to be respectful of others and demonstrate appropriate on-the-slope etiquette.
o Moguls training will typically be set up in the mogul fields on either Stowe, Goosebumps or Alpine and will included a jump site.
o Slopestyle and Snowboard training will typically be set up in the North Park, The Alleys, the Super or Halfpipe, and Santa's Beard Park.
o Freeriding across the mountain may also be included during training sessions to assist in developing skills sets ( edge control, NASTAR course, powder days, etc.).
o The minimum age for athletes is age 8 as of 12/31 as of this year. Younger ages maybe accepted based upon an on the slope tryout and approval by the director of skiing / boarding once the season has commenced. Contact Coach Lou for additional details as to setting up a tryout or if there are other questions. Try out athletes: For those athletes that that younger than 8, as of the season, that require a try out: These athletes may register early to receive the early bird discount. However, if they do not make the team the family will receive a refund for amount paid.