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Freeskiing

Devo Freeski, ages 10-12

Big Mountain, Park & Pipe and All Mountain Skiing

This program continues to develop the technical base of overall skiing skills from the U10 programs. It is designed to foster the desire for learning and exploration in the sport. Training includes slopestyle, halfpipe, big mountain, moguls, powder, trees, jumps, gates and steeps.

DEVO Free includes competition options that prioritize events hosted here in Steamboat. Skiers are encouraged to participate in the Steamboat Cup Series. Athletes interested in a more competitive experience can participate in one USASA slopestyle, halfpipe, and rail jam event, RQS Freestyle Mogul event, and/or IFSA big mountain event each, along with one opportunity to travel to one additional event. Each discipline requires separate memberships and we will discuss which ones each athlete will need at the start of the season.  This program is scheduled for four days a week on snow.  At this age and stage it is our goal to help create a love for the sport and a love for the process of improving!

  • Minimum skiing requirement: Must be able to ski blue / black runs confidently with an interest in skiing across the whole mountain.
  • Equipment requirements: Alpine ski equipment and helmet, USASA/IFSA participants should have twin tip skis. *Back protector required for IFSA competitions and is recommended for training and USASA but not required.
  • Participants must have ski passes to Steamboat Ski Resort (Ikon recommended) and Howelsen Hill
  • Competition information: SSWSC will choose selected events from the USASA (halfpipe and slopestyle) and IFSA (big mountain) competition series that will be staffed. *Since we don’t expect to host a USASA Slopestyle competition in Steamboat, we’ll add a travel event to an Ikon Resort along with our home Rail Jam and Half Pipe events for those interested, and for IFSA our home event will be offered for competition options. (Our home events are subject to change and we will offer other options for competitions if needed.)
  • Licensing requirements: Skiers do not need a license for the Steamboat Ski Cup Series, but a USASA license is required for USASA slopestyle and halfpipe competitions and an IFSA license is required for Big Mountain events.

2022/23 DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS: October 11 - March 18
Dryland: October 11 - November 11
Wednesday 4:00-6:00 at Bald Eagle Lake for trampoline/field workout
Friday 4:00-5:30 at Howelsen Hill for field workout (days may change depending on trampoline availability)
*If weather is poor we will have at least one team building activity throughout the week indoors
Check out the September Ramps add-on for additional water ramp training going into the winter season
On-Snow:  November 29 - March 18
Tuesday 4:15-6:00 at Howelsen Hill
Wednesday 4:15-6:15 at Howelsen Hill
Friday 4:15-6:15 at Howelsen Hill
Saturday 8:30-2:30 at Steamboat Resort

2022/23 PROGRAM FEE: $3,750, plus a $450 refundable work deposit

Visit our Scholarship page for information on program fee scholarships, including the one-step EZ Scholarship.

For information on the SSWSC work deposit program, see the Volunteer page.

Devo Freeskiing Part-Time

For those not ready or able to ski four days a week, the part-time program offers an alternative to ski in Devo Free with the same developmental philosophy as above. This may be a good match for an athlete who is new to the program, someone who has other extra curricular activities, or one who simply cannot ski four days a week. Because there are fewer training days, athletes may compete less as well to maximize training opportunities. All ability, equipment, licensing and season pass requirements are the same as for the full Devo Free program.

2022/23 DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS: October 11 - March 18
Dryland: October 11 - November 11
Wednesday 4:00-6:00 at Bald Eagle Lake for trampoline/field workout
Friday 4:00-5:30 at Howelsen Hill for field workout (days may change depending on trampoline availability)
*If weather is poor we will have at least one team building activity throughout the week indoors
Check out the September Ramps add-on for additional water ramp training going into the winter season
On-Snow:  November 29 - March 18
Wednesday 4:15-6:15 at Howelsen Hill
Friday 4:15-6:15 at Howelsen Hill
Saturday 8:30-2:30 at Steamboat Resort

2022/23 PROGRAM FEE: $3,000, plus a $300 refundable work deposit

Visit our Scholarship page for information on program fee scholarships, including the one-step EZ Scholarship.

For information on the SSWSC work deposit program, see the Volunteer page.

Questions?
Email Andy Michnay, Freeskiing Program Director

Andy Michnay