Beartooth IFSA Regional (words by Coach Randy Strand)
^ Left to Right - Collin, Bob, Morgan, Jack, Neo & Miles enjoying the "camp vibes"
The Freeride trip to Beartooth Pass was definitely a success. This trip was a great opportunity to get back on snow and continue to progress as athletes. Most kids on this trip had not been on snow in a couple months and it was great to see how quickly they all shook the rust off. A big focus for this event was scoping terrain and line choice. Picking an aggressive yet realistic line in a big mountain competition is very important and all of the kids did a great job. We worked hard on progressing our line choice and ski/snowboard ability in an appropriate way without biting off more than we can chew. Several kids on this trip were first timers in big mountain competition and they all dealt with adversity very well, wether it be how they were scored or how they felt they performed.
^ Jack and Collin skateboarding at 10,000 feet.
^ @KillerKilmain shows off his best new-school "mule-kick"
Off the slope, we spent time at the skatepark or in our campsite storytelling and laughing. Camping was a great experience that allowed all of us to get to communicate and get to know each other better. We had to cook and clean for every meal in the campsite. We also had to set up and break down camp each day along with many other tasks. This trip was not just about skiing and snowboarding but about growing as people.
^ Full Snowboard Podium of JHSC Freeride Athletes: Left to right - Collin Schubert, Neo Emery, & Steven Bailey
The Jackson Freeride Program performed very well and progressed in many ways as shredders and as people. Wether the specific athlete placed well in the standings or not they all went through a learning experience. I am very proud of how everyone acted and grew on this trip.
Mt Hood Summer Shred Camp (words by Coach Collin Rehm)
^ Left to Right- Randy, Collin S, Jack, Collin R, Winston, Owen & Landon up on the Mt Hood Glacier.
This past week I was lucky enough to coach the annual JHSC Freeride team summer camp. We loaded up one of the club vans and pulled out of town bright and early for the long drive ahead! First stop was to the Windells / High Cascade campus just down the road from Timberline Ski area. Our athletes had the opportunity to use the camp’s world class facilities both on and off hill for the whole week.
^ Randy tests out the jump to ensure it's safe for the athletes
We all quickly settled into the daily routine:
Up at 7 am
Skiing by 930
Ski down (death before download) at 2
Skate/Cliff Jump/Bike from 2 to 6
Dinner at 7
Go to bed at 8 (6 if you’re coach Randy)
^ Collin feels the snow to make sure it's holding up well.
While on hill all of our athletes learned some new skills and honed in on old ones. The parks and pipe on Hood during the summer are truly world class. National teams from around the world, the pros from the best video parts, and up and coming athletes converge on Hood during the summer months. This environment encourages the best out of our athletes. Even an old dog like me managed to learn some new tricks!
Collin Schubert attacking the Down Flat Down (DFD) with the background volcano.
After skiing we checked out local skate parks, the Windells / High Cascade facility (just down the road from our condo) and even went to the local beach for a quick swim. I think most of the athletes had just as much fun after skiing than while they were on hill.
^ Jack sliding into the summer camp routine
Despite a couple days of tough weather conditions everybody had a great time, and everybody learned a new skill during our week at Mt. Hood. Thanks to all of the athletes and families who attended, Windells / High Cascade for providing killer facilities and as always our fearless leader Rob LaPier for organizing everything!
Skateboard Camp 1
Left to right - Declan, Kale, & Henry are not having any fun at Skate camp...
The first Skateboard camp of the year kicked off with a great crew and two action packed days of skating the regional parks. This camp had a van filled with skaters of all abilities and we traveled to Driggs, Alpine & Jackson Skateparks. The weather was perfect with some welcomed cloud cover to keep us cool. There was an incredibly strong teamwork dynamic during this camp that really stood out to the coaches. The kids were all rooting for each other to progress their abilities and encouraging one another to try new things. This was probably the most supportive group that we have seen in years!
Left to right Skaters- Rawlin aka "rollie", Autumn, & Evan work on pumping up the 6' quarterpipe
We included at stop at Axis Gymnastics for some trampoline time and foam pit fun. This has been a nice way to break up the day and introduce the participants to the awesome facility that helps to shape our young freeskiers and snowboarders.
Grom pile includes: Henry, Andy, Kale, Miles, Rollie, Declan, Henry, & Autumn