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FREERIDE HOME (U12, 12-14, 15-18)

Winter Session, December 9/10 – March 23/24

Freeride Home is designed for strong skiers who wish to focus on all-mountain skiing and refining skills in the terrain park. Athletes may be interested in trying a competition or two. Training will be conducted in and outside of the terrain park, however, our program focuses on big mountain, freeride, and terrain park skiing. Coaches will emphasize proper skiing technique and consistency when executing maneuvers in the air, on rails, and boxes in and out of the terrain park. Additionally, coaches work on good decision-making, positive self-talk, work ethic, perseverance, task-oriented skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. They will encourage the use of imagery and visualization. This program is designed to help athletes find a focus in skiing. Athletes must graduate with coach approval from Intro to Freeride or Intro to Comp in order to register for this program.

Ages: U12 You are under 12 as of Dec 31.
Ages: 12-14: You are 12 – 14 as of Dec 31.
Ages: 15-18: You are 15 – 18 as of Dec 31.
Maximum Participants / Coach Ratio is 7:1
* permitting scheduling

Skill Development & Focus

Emphasis will be on responsible and realistic decision-making in big mountain scenarios and technical focus in the terrain park. Focus on technique and proper movement patterns. Ability to execute a carved turn and explore off-axis trampoline skills. 

Athletes should be comfortable in terrain parks and all-mountain skiing.


Introduction to competitions at FUN local events. Not Required, however, athletes are encouraged to compete in fun-focused local events. Local Events offer lots of comp experience, are inexpensive to enter, and an excellent way to meet new peers. 

  • IFSA Schedule is here.
  • Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club events information is found here
  • Grand Targhee events are here.
  • Snow King events here.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort events here.

On Snow Schedule

Saturdays and/or Sundays (Home 2 Day) at Grand Targhee Resort. (As Scheduled by Coaches)

Training Schedule

  • Wednesday, 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Saturday and/or Sunday, 8:30am-3:00pm

Dryland Schedule

Riders are highly encouraged to participate in the GTSSF Trampoline sessions at Teton Indoor Sports Academy. Workouts include gymnastics, trampoline, and tumble track.

Athletes are also highly encouraged to attend the Strength Training Program.
*One session of each Trampoline and Strength Training are included in this program

Academy Program (A mid-week training program)

Riders can participate in the mid-week Academy Program offerings.


  • Skis: One pair of all mountain skis, potentially another pair of pow skis.
  • Boots: Proper fit with good flex. There is no extra space in the shin area.
  • Poles: GS standard length. SL-pole guard for blocking and protection, the pole may be slightly shorter.
  • Protection: Helmets are required. Head, arm, hand, shoulder, shin, back, and teeth (mouth guard) protection is highly recommended. Back protection (back protector) is required for competition practice and event days.
  • Avalanche Equipment: A beacon*, probe, shovel, and a board carry backpack. 
    All Avalanche Equipment is required for out-of-bounds or slack country travel. Coaches have no discretionary options for athletes with either missing or improperly maintained AVY equipment. 
    *Ortovox avalanche kits are available for rent through GTSSF.  Contact GTSSF if you need to rent a beacon.

Competition Licenses

IFSA Competition Licenses are located here. * see for current pricing information