2013-14 Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team
“The MMSST is an effort-oriented program dedicated to the development of our athletes in all areas of their lives”
The Mammoth Freeski Team is designed for skiers who are looking for an alternative to racing and would like to progress their skills in the parks and pipes as well as all mountain skiing. Every Freeski program in the world wants to produce top-level athletes and the Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team is no different. We have the facilities, the people, the mountain, the equipment, the community and the contacts nationally and internationally to produce high level athletes. If an athlete has the talent, motivation, and develops the skills to excel in his or her sport, National Team selection or pro career can be a reality.
What is equally important to us is developing good people skills. We teach and promote the life skills required to participate in society. Academics, responsibility, self-confidence and strong work ethics are all blended into the MMSST experience. Our vision is that each individual will develop to his or her full potential in whatever direction they pursue.
Team members will interact with Coaches, Teammates, Parents, Event Organizers and Mountain Employees. They will learn to organize themselves and their time, handle money and equipment, and to act as a representative of Mammoth Mountain and the Community. They will be taught to respect other people and property, to be part of a Team and develop Team Spirit. Success will be measured by achievements not just results.
All of our coaches are certified through USSA and USASA and have the knowledge and experience to help any young skier reach their goals. Our coaches are experienced in all aspects of the ski industry and have contacts with the international team staff and company team managers and are able to help launch careers in the sport.
We ask our athletes to work hard towards their goals but there is always time for fun because that is what skiing is all about. We want athletes to enjoy what they are doing so that they want to return tomorrow, next week, and next year. We strive to develop a lifelong passion for skiing and snow sports.
Intro Freeski Team 9yrs & Up (non-competition) 32 Sessions
This Team is for the young skiers wanting to see if being a part of a structured coaching program is for them. The purpose of the program is to progress young athlete’s skill in all aspects of skiing in a fun environment without the commitment of having to train every weekend. Members of this team will train 2 set weekends a month and 2 weeks during the Winter break. They will learn how to ski all the terrain that Mammoth has to offer gaining skills that will help them in the parks and pipes. The coaches will set goals with the athletes and work all season to achieve them whether it’s to improve on their all mountain skiing or learn complex tricks in Mammoths parks and pipes. This is a non-competition program meaning athletes will not be required to do any events but if they decide they want to they can and there will be coaching staff there to support them at the event.
The Intro Freeski Team will begin training on 23rd of November (conditions permitting). They will ride from 9:00am to 3:00pm on all designated training days until the last day of team on April 27th.
Minimum skill requirement for Intro Freeski Team
Skiers should be able to parallel turn on green and easy blue terrain and want to progress their skiing. All Skiers must meet the minimum skiing ability of the Team and display independence such as being able to do put on their skis, buckle their boots and meet at spots on runs designated by their coach. All new Team members must pass a skiing ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.
Freeski Team 9yrs & older
The Freeski will be broken into groups based on skills and competition aspirations. In this program skiers will develop all the skills needed to ski all over the mountain and in all kinds of conditions. They will also train in the Mammoth’s Unbound Terrain Parks and learn the skills necessary to compete in the events Skier-X, Big Air, Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Rail Jams and Big Mountain Freeskiing. They will compete in The Unbound USASA Series and possibly qualify for USASA Nationals at the end of the season.
The Freeski Team will begin training on November 9th (conditions permitting). They will ride from 9:00 to 3:00pm weekends and holidays. For those who sign up for the Fulltime Team there will be training from 2:00- 4:00pm Monday through Friday, except Tuesday. This team finishes on April 27th.
Minimum skill requirement for the Freeski Team
The Skier should be able to link smooth consistent parallel turns from the top of Chair 1 down Broadway (Blue Runs) with a solid basic stance without stopping. They must also be able to ski the groomed runs off Chairs #3 and #5 comfortably. All new Team members must pass a skiing ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.
This program is for athletes who have a flexible school schedule or are enrolled in the ILC School program in Mammoth. This Team is based 100% around competition and focuses on progressing freeskiing skills, learning difficult and complex tricks while developing routines for competition. Competitions range from the Unbound USASA events, Nationals, Revolution Tour and other amateur events. This group uses video equipment extensively and trains in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Dry land training is also included with this group and will consist of strength and flexibility work outs at the gym as well as developing air awareness on trampolines. This team will also use airbags and other specialized training facilities to develop skills at an increased rate. Avalanche training courses will be offered at an extra cost to those who want to venture into the backcountry and are old enough to be responsible to do so. This Team will follow the same schedule as the Elite Team but is for athletes who may have the aspirations to become an elite athlete but still need to develop the skills before being selected. There is no minimum age requirement for this team requirements to join this team will be based on skill, attitude and maturity.
The Team will begin training on November 9th (conditions permitting). They will train from 8:30am to 1:00pm Wednesday to Friday, weekends and holidays from 8:30am to 3pm until the last day of team on April 27th.
Minimum skill requirement for the ILC/Homeschool Team
The athlete should be able to link smooth consistent parallel turns with a solid basic stance without stopping on all Mammoth’s terrain. They should be experimenting with switch skiing on flatter terrain. The athlete should be comfortable in the intermediate park (South Park) and working on tricks over those size features. Halfpipe riders should be comfortable in the 22ft Halfpipe and be airing above the coping consistently. New Team members must pass a skiing ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.
Freeski Elite Team
The Elite Team is reserved for the highest caliber athletes who have the skill, attitude, maturity and work ethic of an Elite Athlete. This Team is based 100% around competition and focuses on progressing freeskiing skills, learning difficult and complex tricks while developing routines for competition. Competitions range from USASA Nationals to the Grand Prix, Revolution Tour, AFP, World Cup Events and even the Olympics. This group uses video equipment extensively and trains in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Dry land training is also included with this group and will consist of strength and flexibility work outs at the gym as well as developing air awareness on trampolines. This team will also use airbags and other specialized training facilities to develop skills at an increased rate. Avalanche training courses will be offered at an extra cost to those who want to venture into the backcountry and are old enough to be responsible to do so.
The Elite Team will begin training on November 9th (conditions permitting). They will train from 8:30am to 1:00pm Wednesday to Friday and on weekends and holidays from 8:30am to 3pm until the last day of team on April 27th. Monday will be an optional day for Skiers to film, travel or venture into the backcountry.
Selection for Elite Team
Selections for this group will be at the discretion of Program Director and Head Coach and will be based on ability, attitude, commitment and motivation towards competition and training.
Attendance: The Elite program requires 80% attendance to all training days including dry land sessions.
Things To Know
To ensure all participants are of the minimum standard for a training group, all new team members will need to pass an ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the training group. This is to avoid the situation where one weak athlete is slowing down the group and limiting the progress of other athletes. Assessments can be scheduled through the Snowboard Team office once Mammoth Mountain opens.
Note: Some evaluations may take more than one day.
All Mammoth Freeski Team athletes will be required to wear a uniform unless they are a sponsored athlete under contract. Uniforms will be a 2 piece Oakley outfit and supplied at a cost of $295. The uniform must be worn at all team trainings and events.
Freeski Team members must attend 25% of the available team days (except for Elite/ILC/Homeschool Teams as stated above) throughout the season. The hope is that athletes will attend 100% of the sessions but we understand other commitments can get in the way. Our only hope is that we have athletes in the program who are serious about improving their skiing and want to progress with the group. If because of attendance an athlete begins to hold their group back they will be moved to a more suited group.
Notes on Supervision
There are many times when the coaches do not directly supervise the athletes. Lunch breaks are never supervised. Most competition days the coaches will need to be at the starting area for the majority of the day and the athletes will make laps and take lunch without supervision. Training day examples are when the coach decides to remain in place on the slope and have the athletes make laps while he or she watches or films the group. Other times the coaches may send the teams back to the lodge while they pack up the gear on the training hill, or have the team meet them at a specific trail so they can get the training site prepared before the group arrives. These are ways our team members learn to be responsible for themselves and each other.