2017-2018 BV Freeride Team

This winter, we’re excited to announce the start of the first ever Bolton Valley Freeride Team – for kids ages 9-17 who want to take their skiing and riding to the next level with world-class coaching in a fun, supportive team environment. 

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The Freeride program is spearheaded by Eric and Adam DesLauriers.  

Eric D head shotEric is the Director of the Squaw Valley Freeride program in California, managing one of North America’s most successful and popular freeride programs with over 1400 kids.  Eric is a pioneer in big mountain “extreme”  skiing, having appeared in over a dozen Warren Miller films, bagging first descents in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska, and skiing around the world from Europe to South America.  He was also named one of the top 100 ski  instructors in North America by Ski Magazine.  

Adam head shotAdam is one of our local DesLauriers’, and he’ll be directing our new backcountry and advanced alpine programs this season. Adam has filmed ski expeditions for clients like The North Face and Warren Miller on three different continents, and guided and instructed skiers throughout the western US, Canada, Alaska, South America, and  the Chamonix Valley in the Alps. Adam returned to Vermont just over a decade ago and has been raising his kids here on the mountain – making them the 4th  generation of DesLauriers at Bolton Valley. 

The head coach of the program is Dave Wadleigh – a native Vermonter who’s just returned to the area after working for Eric DesLauriers for the past six seasons, coaching the Squaw Valley freeride team and seeing numerous kids podium yearly at the national freeride championships.  He’s a world class big-mountain skier and we’re really excited to have him on the hill this year coaching.  Check out his bio and webpage here:  https://www.davewadleigh.com/.

 

 What It's About

We’ll be focusing on big-mountain style skiing and riding, risk assessment, and generally raising kids’ comfort levels on every terrain and in every condition the mountains can throw at them.  They’ll spend a lot of time on the mountain – on the steeps and in the trees – as well as some time in the park and in the air, and exploring the backcountry. 

The BV Freeride Team will be on the hill every weekend from mid-December through March, and several days during Vermont school vacation weeks, for a total of 38 days over the course of the season.

Lincoln steep treesCompetition Options

Team members will have the option to compete in regional freeride competitions as part of the Ski the East Freeride Tour, as well as select IFSA North American Junior Tour events.  Competitions are a great way to encourage team building and expand athletes’ horizons, and they’re also a lot of fun.  But they’re not for everyone, so those kids that want to hone their skills for the sake of skiing their best without competing have that option as well.  Coaching staff will be available for each comp, as well as on the hill at BV every scheduled  training day.

 

Enrollment

Enrollment will be limited to only 25 participants. Athletes must be able to ski safely, and in control, making parallel turns on steeper groomed runs like Beech Seal or Showtime. They should also be comfortable skiing and riding from the summit of the Vista Chair.  Skill assessments are mandatory at the start of the season.

Total cost of the program is only $990, but it doesn’t include a season pass.  Entry fees for the competitions are additional as well, due when registering for each event.

We’ll also have specialized BV Freeride Team gear and apparel available when we get started for the season – including BVFT logo sweatshirts and baseball caps. 

 

The 2017-2018 season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory at Bolton Valley, and the Freeride team is a great way to get in on the action.  It’s also a great opportunity to learn from some of the best skiers out there. 


To register or for more information, please email Adam DesLauriers and/or Dave Wadleigh at BVFreerideTeam@gmail.com.