Mt. Hood Meadows Freeride Team

The Meadows Freeride Team is a great way for athletes ages 7 through High School to take their skiing/riding skills to a higher level. The coaching session options are 8-days, 12-days or 24-days with additional options to add up to four 3-day Freeride Camps that are held during Winter Break in December and Oregon and Washington Spring breaks in March and April – for up to 36 coaching days per season.

Our Mission

We as Freeride coaches have the unique ability to utilize our skills both as riders/skiers and instructors to help develop passionate students to achieve their desired goals. We strive to aid in promoting their love for the sport.  Our goal as Freeride coaches is to allow our students to pursue their desired dreams to the fullest. Although we are referred to as coaches, our role in our athletes’ lives extend far beyond training. It is our duty to make a positive, lasting impression on every participant in the program. We dedicate ourselves to giving the future of our sport the necessary tools, both physically and mentally, to achieve their dreams.

Program Details

The Mt. Hood Meadows Freeride Team is a weekend multi-week program that consists of high level coaching for students who seek to explore difficult and varied terrain. Students must be open to learning new techniques and exploring different terrain all over the mountain – steeps, powder, trees, terrain parks, half pipe, and variable terrain.

Coaches of the team are uniquely chosen for the program based on their Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) certifications and credentials as well as their personal riding/skiing style.

Coaching sessions are typically fast paced fun environments which include lift line priority and local knowledge of Mt. Hood Meadows’ terrain. Topics typically covered during sessions include: freestyle training, big mountain riding, powder skiing/riding, trees, snow safety and all mountain improvement.

Most team members chose to become part of the team for the challenge of more difficult terrain, bigger tricks, fun group environment, and/or to excel in USASA competitions (more details on competitions below). The Freeride Team is also a great opportunity for students who seek higher level instruction for their own personal development in snow sports or those who are looking to learn the ins and outs of the mountain.

Who is this program open to?

  • Open to athletes ages 7 through High School.
  • Must be able to fluidly link turns on black groomed terrain; parallel at all times for skiers, heelside & toeside for snowboarders
  • Must have a willingness to learn and try new things (terrain, tricks, etc.)

Where do we meet?

  • Team dedicated, reserved lodge space located in the North Lodge.
  • Must arrive no later than  8:30am and be on snow with boots on by 8:40am for team warm-up, beacon check and first chair.

What is a typical day?

  • Each coaching session will begin on snow at 8:40am and conclude at 3:00pm.
  • 1 hour lunch break that typically starts anywhere from 11:30am to 1pm depending on snow conditions.
  • Coaches focus on improving all mountain skiing and riding skills as well as park & pipe.
  • Athletes will challenge themselves with terrain, tactics, advanced features and tricks.

Equipment requirements?

  • Most skis/snowboards will be sufficient but we highly recommend all mountain/freestyle twin tip skis and all mountain/freestyle snowboards.
  • For skiers: adult ski boots do not work with youth bindings. Make sure bindings match the boots.
  • Avalanche beacon/transceiver; it is mandatory for all athletes venturing into any gated terrain at Meadows to carry an avalanche beacon. This terrain includes Heather Canyon, Clark Canyon, Private Reserve and Super Bowl.

Is there a Competition Option?

Freeride Team members who are ready to commit the time and effort to excel in competition have the option to do so. Our Freeride coaches are ready to help athletes reach their goals and will attend all USASA (United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association) competitions with Meadows Freeride Team athletes.

Those who plan to seek to participate in competitions this season should opt for as many days as they can when signing up for the Freeride Team, plus purchase an add-on three day camp over winter break – either the Dec 20-22 or 28-30 session. We will end the season with the optional add-on three day camp over Spring Break Mar 21-23 and/or April 4-6.

Skiers and snowboarders who want to focus on competition must be comfortable skiing and snowboarding Meadows’ medium and large parks (Fireweed and Forest Park). The team will compete locally at Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline. The Meadows Freeride Team does not cover competition fees or travel expenses for regional and national competition. Those interested should click here to register with the USASA Mt. Hood Series.