BV Freeride Team

After an inaugural season of fun, skier development, and competitions, we are excited to bring the BV Freeride Team back for another winter of big mountain skiing adventure. 

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The Freeride Team is spearheaded by Eric and Adam DesLauriers.  

Eric 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.   Eric D head shot
Adam is one of our local DesLauriers’, and he is the director of the  backcountry and advanced alpine programs. 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.  Adam head shot


The Head Coach of the Freeride Team is Dave Wadleigh

A native Vermonter, Dave returned to the area last winter after coaching the Squaw Valley Big Mountain Team for 6 seasons and seeing numerous kids podium yearly at the Junior National Freeride Championships. He brings over 10 years of coaching experience, has competed on the Ski The East Freeride Tour and Freeskiing World Tour, and is a world class big-mountain skier.

Dave coached the Bolton Valley Freeride Team last season, and we’re really excited to have him back agan this season.

What is Freeride?

The terms "freeride" and "big mountain" are synonymous and essentially refer to any skiing or snowboarding that takes place in natural terrain and snow conditions, and embodies a style of riding that utilizes the mountain's many rocks, trees, bumps, and pitches in a creative way.  It typically does not include groomed surfaces or man-made features, and it utilizes and combines skills and techniques from all other disciplines of skiing and snowboarding.

What the Team is All 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 December 15 & 16, 2018 through March 23 & 24, 2019, providing for 38 total days. There are no scheduled off-weekends. 

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Competition Format

Freeride competitions are judged events that take place on a section of natural, ungroomed mountain terrain.  Each competitor skis individually from a designated starting point to a designated finish point, but chooses their own route through the competition area in_between.  A panel of judges scores their run based upon 5 categories, and their score is ranked against those of other competitors in their age group.  Each competitor gets 1-2 runs, depending on the event.

Before taking their competition runs, competitors have time to carefully inspect the venue (with their coach) at slow speeds and choose their line.  Each person chooses a line that allows them to showcase their personal strengths and push themselves while also remaining safe and in control.  In this sense it is best to approach these competitions as a personal challenge more than a competition against others.  Everyone skis/rides differently and has different comfort zones, and the goal is to challenge yourself and have fun!

Competition 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

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 $1150. This includes a total of 38 days of team coaching on the hill, discounts on retail equipment, ski tunes, and rentals at the mountain, and coaching at all regional competitions. Program fee does not include a season's pass or competition entry fees.

By popular request, we're offering a half-membership for those kids that aren't able to commit to both days each weekend. For a reduced rate of $690, kids will now be able to ski with the team Saturday or Sunday each weekend, and half of the vacation weekdays.

REGISTER FOR ONE-DAY-WEEKENDER MEMBERSHIP HERE!

Please feel free to set up a payment schedule for 2 or 3 installments over the course of the winter as well.

We’ll also have specialized BV Freeride Team gear and apparel available throughout the season. 

To register for the one day per weekend membership, CLICK HERE or for more information, please email Adam DesLauriers and/or Dave Wadleigh at BVFreerideTeam@gmail.com.