The freestyle moguls coaching staff aims to create a world class training environment that offers programming for young skiers who simply want to challenge themselves to ski proficiently in moguls as well as all over the mountain, up to the High Performance Group of athletes with World Cup and Olympic aspirations. We believe that with innovative thinking, clear goals and organization, we can provide high quality programming through the SSWSC for all levels of athletes. Steamboat is a great environment for kids to learn and develop skills with the history of diligence and pride that the Club has had for many years. Great attention to detail is paid to the acrobatic development of skiers through the spring, summer and fall with gymnastic, trampoline and water ramp training provided locally. In the winter, skiing fundamentals are mastered all over the mountain while mogul skiing skills are honed in age-appropriate mogul courses built both at Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill.
The programs are age-based, but we understand that young skiers come through the program with different goals and abilities. A typical progression for a mogul skier follows the ages and training days below, but we will work to find the best fit for skiers with different ages and experience to help encourage skiing development and enjoyment of mogul skiing while emphasizing camaraderie among the groups.
CONTACT: Ann Battelle, Director of Freestyle Skiing EMAIL
Interesting Facts About Mogul Skiing
- The term “mogul” is from the Bavarian language word “mugel,” which means mound or small hill.
- The first competition involving mogul skiing occurred in 1971.
- The FIS created the Freestyle World Cup Circuit in 1980.
- The first World Championships were held in 1986 in Tignes, France.
- It was a demonstration sport in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
- It has been a medal event in the Winter Olympics since 1992.
- Turns count for 60% of the score. This is a technical evaluation by judges through a world accepted criteria.
- Air (jumps) count for 20% of the score. Air is scored in two parts: form and difficulty. Jumps include inverted maneuvers, often times with rotations.
- Speed counts for 20% of the score. The Pace Speed for the moguls is 8.2 meters per second for ladies and 9.7 m/s for men.