Freeride September Newsletter

2018 Wild West Skateboard Contest Series Update presented by Thai Me Up Restaurant & Brewery

The first two events of the Series have been a hit with skaters from afar coming together to compete.  Here are some photos from the most recent event, but a full gallery can be viewed on the JHSC Freeride Program Facebook page here.   


^- Jake Johnson puts his run together. V - Taz McBride riding on rails

Mark your Calendars for the final event of the 2018 Wild West Skateboard contest Series on Saturday September 8!

Axis Partnership - 

We have added more sessions to Axis and are creating more structure to our programming to ensure that every athlete can reach thier full potential.  The program is glad to be working with Sophia Schwartz again this year as her background and experience makes her a perfect fit for the program.  A note form Sophia and a link to her Bio can be found below:

" The trampoline is one of the best training tools for Freeride Program athletes. Before the snow falls, it provides high quality repetitions. This fall, we will be focusing on developing air sense, safety tumbling, and flipping + spinning mechanics. My biggest goal for these sessions are to help the athletes transfer their skills to the snow and have an awesome winter." -Sophia Schwartz 

V - Sohpia taking her trampoline skills to snow.  Bio here.


Open Gym for newcomers - Friday October 12, 6-8 pm 

Axis is generously offering a one time only free session available only to JHSC Freeride Program participants! Mark your calendars and plan to come bounce around and see what an amazing facility we have partnered with.  Members of the Shredders Team and those involved through the Doug Coombs Foundation are especially encouraged to attend.

Those who have frequented the gym in years past will be pleased to know that we have managed to make this training more affordable by offering a Season Pass that is good from Sept 10 - January 30.  Passes can be purchased at Axis Gymnastics.  The outline of training by team and price of the passes can be seen below.

Competition Team Axis Pass: $420 

  • September 10 - November 19
    • Mondays 6-7 pm - (11 sessions)
    • Fridays 6-7 pm (10 sessions)
  • November 28 - Jan 30
    • Wednesdays - 6 - 7 pm (8 session

Total Axis Training Sessions = 29 or $14.48 / session


Progression / Progression Plus Axis Pass: $365

  • September 10 - January 28
    • Fridays 6-7 pm (19 sessions)
  • October 10 - November 14
    • Wednesdays 6 - 7 (6 Sessions)

Total Training Sessions = 25 or $14.60 / session


Progression Plus at JHMR!?!

In years past the Progression Plus Team followed a traditional early release schedule of training at Snow King two days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) for the duration of the winter.  This schedule mimicked that of the Alpine program and meant missing one class at the end of each day.  

In 2018/19 we are adapting the schedule to incorporate better quality early season training at JHMR.  This new schedule will consolidate training to one midweek day (Wednesdays) from the beginning of the season through the mid-January.  By doing so, athletes will miss the same amount of class time, but have access to much better early season terrain.  A shuttle will be organized to pick up athletes from JHMS / JHHS and bring them to training at Teton Village.  

The plan:

  • December 5 - January 16 - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
    • 6 Wednesdays - December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9, & 16
    • 1:30 - 4:30 pm- JHMR
    • Shuttle will be available
    • more terrain variety & features accessible
  • January 22 - March 21 - Snow King
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 
    • 3:30 - 5:30 pm
    • Terrain Parks & Skier / Boarder cross features established 

Competition Team Updates

With a similar concern for the limited terrain and venues through the early season at Snow King we have worked closely with Axis to create additional early season training sessions on Wednesday evenings open to the Competition Team only.  This will be a great way to keep a full training schedule during the darkest days of the year and make the most of a time when there are limited features established.  The later training at Axis (6 - 7 pm) will also allow athletes to stay for a full day of school on Wednesdays during that timeframe.  

From January 30 through March 20 the Competition Team will be adapting the schedule for Wednesday training at Snow King from 3:45 to 5:45.  By late January the terrain features will be well underway at Snow King and available for the Freeride Team training.  The time spent training on on these features will give our team the home court advantage for the USASA events scheduled for late February.  This schedule adjustment will also allow the Competition Team athletes to be present at the Wednesday Night Lights Rail Jam events in February.  

Throughout the season we will maintain the same training schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 at JHMR.  

UOP Camp 3

There is a group of athletes who have just returned from the Utah Olympic Park, and there will be one more opportunity to get on the airbag during another three day camp September 20 - 22.  Please consider this opportunity as it is the safest way to progress skills using the same facilities as the US Ski & Snowboard team.  

^ Rocky Vertone takes flight at the recent UOP Camp.