April Newsletter - Freeride Program

The Freeride Program was firing on all eight cylinders throughout March.  With our season being extended through April 10th, we’ve been busy training hard in the terrain park almost every and all practice! Lots of new tricks are being discovered – gotta love spring conditions!  When the Freeride Program Athletes’ weren’t training, they were testing themselves in competitions.

This March we had two Wednesday Night Lights (WNL) competitions, one IFSA Big-Mountain Event at Grand Targhee, the Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom, and one of the Freeride Program’s longest standing athletes was invited to Verbier, Switzerland for the Freeride Junior World Championships!  In chronological order, the event results are as following:

WNL Rail-jam March 3rdResults

12 & Under Ski Girls

2ndPlace – Taryn Moe (one of our awesome Alpine Teammates).

12 & Under Ski Boys

1stPlace – Taz McBride

12 & Under Snowboard Girls

1stPlace – Ivy Lu Swain

3rdPlace – Halle Heron

12 & Under Snowboard Boys

1stPlace – Ellis Swain

3rdPlace – Ace Emery

13-15 Ski Boys

3rdPlace – Isaac Goralski

16 + Snowboard Men’s

1stPlace – Jake Johnson


WNL Rail-Jam March 10thResults

12 & Under Ski Girls

1stPlace - Taryn Moe (one of our awesome Alpine Teammates).

12 & Under Ski Boys

3rdPlace – Taz McBride

12 & Under Snowboard Girls

2ndPlace – Halle Heron

3rdPlace – Ivy Lu Swain

13-15 Ski Boys

2ndPlace – Winston Ochs

3rdPlace – Isaac Goralski

13-15 Snowboard Boys

2ndPlace – Olin Brecker

16 + Snowboard Men’s

3rdPlace – Jake Johnson



Girls Ski – Taryn Moe 

Boys Ski – Taz McBride


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort hosted its annual banked slalom event.  Dick’s Ditch is a local’s favorite event and the Freeride Program made a huge splash this year.  Our men’s groms set the tone for our older athletes and coaches by sweeping the podium and leaving the competition in the dust.

Dick’s Ditch 2021 Results - Snowboard

Men’s Groms (age 11-13) 

1stPlace – Ace Emery

2ndPlace – Ellis Swain

3rdPlace – Olin Brecker

4thPlace – Finlay Varga

Men's Amateur (14-19 

3rdPlace – Neo Emery

4thPlace – Jacob Johnson


Dick’s Ditch 2021 Results – Ski

Women’s Grom (age 11-13)

2nd Place – Metta Campbell

Men’s Grom (age 11-13)

4thPlace – Isaac Goralski

5thPlace – Tosh Carr

7thPlace – Parker Gotham


After competing in our last rail-jam, our athletes grabbed their big-mountain equipment and headed over Teton pass to compete in the final IFSA event in the Norther Region.  The conditions were varied, the terrain steep, and the competition was stiff.  We had solid finishes and a few podiums – well done Athletes!

JHSC Freeride Program

IFSA Jr Regional 2* at Grand Targhee, Wyoming – Results.

Ski Male U12

3rdPlace – Taz McBride

8thPlace – Renny Roberts

10thPlace – Tosh Carr

12thPlace Bennett Hultman


Snowboard Male 12-14

3rdPlace – Ellis Swain


During the 2019-2020 winter season, Neo Emery competed in the IFSA throughout the United States.  Neo’s National ranking earned him an invite to Verbier, Switzerland to compete in the Freeride Junior World Championship this spring. At the writing of this newsletter, Neo is in Europe training and acclimatizing before the event.  Neo is one of our Freeride Program’s most senior athletes and we’re honored to have him represent the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club.  Please tune into Freeride Programs Social medial channels for updates.  Good luck Neo - We're so proud of you!!!

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE!!!  Neo Emery has just won 1st Place at the Junior Freeride World Championships!  Please tune into our social media outlets for updates and pictures.  Way to go Neo - years of commitment, hard work, and dedication to the sport just payed off.  We are so happy for you!

JHSC Freeride Program

Thanks to all the Freeride Program Athletes, Coaches, and Families that stuck with us as we navigated the toughest year this program has ever had.  I’m excited to drive forward into April and push the envelope of our training. If you haven’t already, please read April’s Student-Athlete Support Program update.  This information is relevant to all JHSC athletes:  Click here.  Keep the sunscreen, sunglasses, and facemask on - spring riding is about to get slushy!