2017-2018 Freeride Program Highlights
The JHSC Freeride Program represents 65 athletes (42 skiers & 23 snowboarders)
The Program welcomed 14 athletes from the Doug Coombs Foundation on the Shredders Team
Six athletes qualified for USASA Nationals, one of which competed in three disciplines.
Five athletes qualified for the IFSA North American Championships and all five competed
Two Under 12 athletes chose to go to the IFSA NorAm’s.
Training & Competition Travels since last April:
1 Summer Camp at Mammoth,
2 Utah Olympic Park Camps,
3 Park City Training Camps,
2 Weekends of Targhee training,
4 USASA competition trips,
9 IFSA competition trips
21 Total Trips since last April!!
15 International Freeski & Snowboard Association
22 United States Snowboard & Freeski Association
37 Local Events (Wednesday Night Lights, Dick's Ditch, & Targhee Surf Classic)
74 – Total podium finishers this season!
After a two-year hiatus JHSC revived the JH junior IFSA Regional Competition at JHMR. We ran 90 athletes from CO, UT, MT, ID, NM, & WY.
Hosted a USASA Level 100 Coaches clinic at JHMR for three JHSC FRP Coaches (Chris Mayers, Brian Burger, & Kevin Dehm) and few other regional coaches from other programs.
Two Coaches completed a USSA 100 clinic (Kevin Bradford & Rob LaPier)
JHSC FRP hosted three Wednesday Night Lights Rail Jam events with 125 participants at Snow King. This was the 11th season of the rail jam series.
Athlete Performance Report:
JHSC FRP Athletes who Qualified for end of season Championship Events (Results)
USASA National Championships, Copper, CO
- Tiernan Schuldt (lone competitor) - Slopestyle 63 of 92, 72 Boarder X, & RJ
Rocky Vertone - Slopestyle: Qualified 74 of 189, Rail Jam: Qualified 131 of 250, & Skier X: Qualified 43 of 85
Jake Johnson - Slopestyle: Qualified 16 of 227, & Rail Jam: Qualified 39 of 288 and 1st in the Intermountain Region
Neo Emery - Halfpipe: Qualified 85 of 87, & Boarder X: Qualified 165 of 186
Caleb Kern - Slopestyle: Qualified 20 of 114
Ellis Swain - Slopestyle: Qualified 74 of 105, Rail Jam: Qualified 89 of 108
Bennett Balough - Slopestyle: Qualified 143 of 192
IFSA North American Championships; Snowbird, UT
Photo above courtesy of Emmett McLaulin of Mclaulinstudios
Ronin Suclla Zell - Qualified 6 of 31, finished 5th
Rye Web - Qualified 13 of 31, finished 7th
Ellie Armstrong - Qualified 26 of 108, finished 15th
Erica Bowditch - Qualified 50 of 107, finished 13th
Steven Bailey - Qualified 10 of 40, finished 6th
Jack Kilmain - Attended, ranked 32 of 126, finished 9th
Finn Varga - Attended, ranked 4 of 12, finished 4th
World Junior Freeride Championships - Kappl, Austria
- Will Mercer is the first ever athlete in the JHSC Freeride Program to compete at this International event. Will's trip was full of unforgettable memories and he finished in 12th place.
JHSC Coaches attended North American Championships
Rob LaPier, IFSA North American Championships; Snowbird, UT
Lance Pitman, IFSA North American Championships; Snowbird, UT
Major End of Season Awards
Top Gun - Male Skier of the Year - Rocky Vertone
Top Gun - Female Skier of the Year - Ellie Armstrong
Top Gun Male Snowboarder of the Year - Will Mercer
Top Gun Female Snowboarder of the Year- Tyne Guillory
Tony “Pardee On” Siebert Memorial Award- Caleb Kern & Alex Coosaia