The Powder Ridge Freestyle team is committed to developing fundamentally strong riders and skiers in a program that Powder Ridge has a Freestyle Program for every athlete whether you are sliding your first box or launching the big air.
Learn to Grind
Our introductory eight week Learn to Grind Freestyle program is designed for kids 8-and-up who can independently ride the chair ski or ride Middlefield independently. This is the perfect program for your little ripper who is seeking the rush of park and pipe skiing and riding.
The program meets for three hours on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon, Jan. 4 through Feb. 22.
The $599 fee includes an 8-hour lift ticket for each Saturday. Season Pass Holders can join the Program for $450.
Younger and newer athletes looking to learn how to compete and grow confidence. In this program athletes can try their first competition with the team and enjoy a more relaxed training schedule. $575
Competition ready riders and skiers that are hungry to pursue all regional competitions and work toward nationals. Athletes in this program should plan to train every day that the team practices and must be prepared to go to all USASA regional competitions. There will be additional fees for travel and competition registration fees. Most competitions will require membership in either USASA or USSA. $775
Get your freestyle on at Powder Ridge. We have competitions each winter.
As an elite program, team candidates undergo an assessment of proficiency, attitude and commitment. The program requires significant time and resources for the participant and parents. Mandatory weekend practices and strongly encouraged weekday practices. Training begins in December and extends into March competitions for top northeast athletes.
Candidates should have previous terrain park experience and/or be able to maintain open stance parallel or dynamic parallel turns down any Intermediate or Expert Terrain. Freestyle Team members must be age 8 or older as of January 1, 2019.
If you’re not sure how to assess this contact us and we can help you find the right program for your family.
The team meets Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 3:30 pm with a one-hour unsupervised lunch break. All participants are required to have a Season Pass and receive a 30% discount off the Powder Ridge Season Pass.
The rewards of membership are significant! Freestyle Team members receive quality coaching, resulting in significant improvements from season to season. Team members forge friendships with teammates and coaches that last lifetimes.
MEET THE COACHES
Freestyle Director and Head Ski Coach
Chad has been skiing for over 25 years. As a member of the US Ski Team he trained in aerial skiing in Lake Placid starting at the age of 10. He began to transition to park skiing at 15. In college, Chad competed in diving and is a 13 time All American athlete. After college he coached diving for several years before returning to freestyle skiing full time. Since then, he has built and managed several terrain parks and freestyle programs over the last seven years.
Head Snowboard Coach
Bennett has been snowboarding for about 10 years and has worked at Powder Ridge for four seasons as one of the mountain’s most requested snowboarding instructor. He also works closely with the mountain’s park crew: building terrain park features, snowmaking and building mountain biking trails. Bennett has spent time as a summer camp counselor, wakeboard instructor and can frequently be spotted on a surfboard in the summer. In 2020, Bennett will graduate from college with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering.