Freestyle Ski & Snowboarding Teams

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Freestyle Info
Freestyle Intro introduces young athletes age 8-12 years old to all disciplines of freestyle skiing. Disciplines include; moguls, aerials, park and FreeRide. This program is all encompassing as far as skiing the whole mountain and introducing skiers to all of the different facets. There is an emphasis on carving skis to be accomplished at each of the different disciplines. Competition is optional with those competitions taking place at Purgatory, Chapman Hill or Telluride.
Program Cost: $400 for 8 sessions starting in January. Training is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Park & Pipe Intro
Park and Pipe Intro is geared towards the young athlete age 8-14 who wants to learn more about riding in the terrain Park. This program focuses on Park safety, control and protocol. If your young ripper wants to focus most of his or her attention on the Park this is the place for them. There are opportunities for USASA competition and Chapman Hill FreeRide series events, but are not mandatory.
Program cost: $400 for 8 sessions. Starts in January with Saturday training from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Twin tip skis are recommended for Park and Pipe Intro athletes.
Development “C” Team
Affectionately known as “Devos”, this freestyle introductory program is designed for the intermediate/advanced skier under the age of thirteen. Skiers must be able to ski blue/black mogul runs. Focus will include basic mogul skiing techniques and introductory aerial and terrain park training. Includes introduction to competition in the Southwest Freestyle Tour. Additional fees will be travel, lift tickets and lodging to Telluride SW Tour events and entry fees. Mid-December to Mid-March
Cost breakdown:
  • 14 sessions at 5 hours per session = 70 hours
  • No USSA or USASA license required unless competing in those events.
  • Event Entry Fees: $20-$30 per day
Refundable Work Deposit Required: $150
Tuition: $675
Team Demon
This program is designed for the advanced skier over the age of thirteen. Focus will include all mountain skiing, mogul skiing and aerial techniques. This team is geared toward the young adult interested in participating on the team with less emphasis on competition. These skiers become accomplished within a more recreational and social atmosphere. December-March
Cost breakdown:
  • 14 sessions at 5 hours per session = 70 hours
  • No USSA or USASA license required unless competing in those events.
Refundable Work Deposit Required: $150
Tuition: $675
B Team
Open to all ages, this program will focus on advanced mogul skiing, aerial, free ride cross training and competition techniques. This team will train with Park & Pipe at least one day a week if they choose too or will do mogul training if desired. Additional training sessions are designed for children who want to spend more time on the snow and with more of an appetite for competition. Focus will be on Southwest Freestyle Tour events and the Rocky Mountain Devo Championships. For children over the age of thirteen, there will be an opportunity to participate at selected Rocky Mountain divisional events and USASA competitions. Participation in the travel squad is required for athletes participating at away events. Tuition costs include one holiday camp. Additional fees will include travel, lodging and lift tickets at away events and entry fees. Holiday camp is free to “B” team members and cannot be deducted from tuition cost. Chapman Hill training is included in the tuition fee. Schedule will be all day Saturday, half day Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at Chapman Hill. Tuition does not include dry land/gymnastics training (see below). Early December to mid-March
Cost Breakdown:
  • 40 sessions for 150 hours
  • Estimated travel fees: $150 for three Southwest Tour and Rocky Devo events; USSA regional events are $100 for each event week end.
  • USSA License: Freestyle/Freeskiing Youth Competitor for ages 12 and under / cost $80 includes Rocky Mountain Division Dues
  • USSA License: Freestyle/Freeskiing Competitor for ages 13 and over / cost $210 includes Rocky Mountain Division Dues
  • USSA Rocky Event fees $40-$50 per day; Devo events: $20-$30 per day
Refundable Work Deposit Required: $150
Tuition: $1000
Park & Pipe
The Park & Pipe program encompasses all of the terrain park disciplines including slopestyle and half-pipe. An emphasis is placed on jumping and safety as athletes learn to use the terrain park. Focus will be on USASA competition. Participation in the travel squad is required for athletes participating at away events. Tuition costs include one holiday camp. Additional fees will include travel, lodging and lift tickets at away events and entry fees. Holiday camp is free to Park & Pipe team members and cannot be deducted from tuition cost. Chapman Hill training is included in the tuition fee. Schedule will be half day Saturday, half day Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at Chapman Hill. Tuition does not include dry land/gymnastics training (see below). December – April
Cost Breakdown:
  • 40 sessions for 150 hours
  • Estimated Travel fees: $200 for 2 events, USASA Nationals TBD
  • USASA License: USSA Rocky Events $40-$50 per day USASA events $35 per day
Refundable Work Deposit Required: $150
Tuition: $1200
Team Purg
This training program is designed for the serious athlete interested in competing full time at a regional and national USSA competition level. Focus will include expert mogul skiing, combined disciplines including halfpipe and slopestyle and aerial techniques and overall presentation for competition moguls. Participants will compete at USSA divisional races. Qualified skiers will acquire points for USSA Junior Nationals and USSA Nationals. Participation in the travel squad is required for athletes participating at away events. Tuition costs include one holiday camp. Additional fees will include travel, lodging and lift tickets at away events and entry fees. Holiday camp is free to Team Purg team members and cannot be deducted from tuition cost. Chapman Hill training is included in the tuition fee. Tuition does not include dry land/gymnastics training (see below). November to Mid-March
Cost Breakdown:
  • 56 sessions for 215 hours
  • Travel fees: $400 for 4 events plus Junior National travel TBD
  • USSA License: Freestyle/Freeskiing Competitor for ages 13 and over - cost $210 includes Rocky Mountain Division Dues
  • USSA Rocky Events $40-$50 per day
Refundable Work Deposit Required: $150
Tuition: $1650
Chapman Only – Freestyle
Description This program is designed to offer another training option for those kids who can’t or don’t want to go to DMR every weekend. The intent is to enhance basic skills in short and focused sessions. We would like to foster the team atmosphere and give athletes dedicated training and instruction. This team is also to give athletes a taste of “ski team” with less financial and time burdens. This program is a feeder program into both the Alpine and Freestyle Teams. We hope that all athletes will get some dedicated time on snow. The children are required to ski at an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. This means they can ski parallel on any blue and easy black on the mountain with speed and control. These participants also must ski with poles and have a general understanding of the use of them. In addition they must be able to use the rope tow. It takes strength and coordination. Team Focus The Focus of this team is to develop skiers, not necessarily racers. The path that PST believes is the most important for this group is the path of versatility. Therefore skills are emphasized on all types of terrain. As well as fostering a life long love of skiing.
Information:
  • Ages: All
  • A season’s pass to Chapman Hill will be required to be purchased through Parks and Recreation.
  • This program will consist of the following training sessions: On Snow Training (Chapman)(Jan – Mar) 8 Training sessions
IMPORTANT CHANGE: As of November 8th, 2011, Athletes are NO LONGER required to obtain a license or join the USSA organization to be members of the Purgatory Ski & Snowboard Team. Athletes will have to join USSA ONLY if they compete in an USSA event or competition.
Tuition – $125 NO WORK DEPOSIT
Program Overview
Durango Snowboard Program in current years we will continue to operate as a snowboard specific service adopting procedures and developmental techniques from USSA and USASA athlete competency guidelines. These guiding principles are useful tools enabling steady learning in a social environment that is fun and enjoyable. We also identify that parental approval and support, fun association with peers, and enjoyment are all important motivational factors to promote a rising and intimate interest in the sport. We hope to include participation and encouragement from parents and peers on regular basis to provide an atmosphere that is fun and educational for everyone involved.

Daily Training Activities

The content of riding time will include the following approximate percentages of activity as outlined by USSA

Devo Program

  1. Undirected riding: 30%(Athletes will be under coaches supervision)
  2. Directed riding: 30%
  3. Technical Drills: 30%
  4. Competition simulation: 5% - Enrichment Program
  5. Undirected riding: 25%(Athletes will be under coaches supervision)
  6. Directed riding: 30%
  7. Technical Drills: 30%
  8. Competition simulation: 10% - Competition Programs
  9. Undirected riding: 10%(Athletes will be under coaches supervision)
  10. Directed riding: 30%
  11. Technical Drills: 30%
  12. Competition simulation: 15%

    Our intention is to give young athletes a rounded experience combining all the workings of an enjoyable boarding day. Athletes need to be able to ride the lift on their own and snowboard unsupervised for a portion of a run. Often coaches need to prepare and perform maintenance on training courses for athletes; including building jumps, softening landings or flagging courses. Instead of having athletes stand around watching coaches perform these tasks, we prefer the athletes go for a run and come back to the designated training area.

    An integral part of the training is to assist each athlete in becoming comfortable with exploring the mountain on their own while respecting their coaches, Program members, and the rules and ski procedures of the mountain. At the beginning of each training session, coaches will pair athletes with a riding `buddy. ` `Buddies` should expect to stay together and return to the designated area in a timely manner when granted undirected riding time. If an athlete is uncomfortable taking a run on their own or with a friend, they may stay at the course with their designated coach. Athletes who abuse this privilege by acting inappropriately, not following skiers code, or not returning to the training course in a timely manner will be subject to disciplinary actions:

  13. Loss of undirected riding privileges
  14. Helping the coach prepare the course
  15. Suspension from the next training day
  16. Expulsion from the program

Groups Training group make up is determined on riding ability and not by age. Our goal is to provide an enjoyable experience with all athletes riding at the same pace and ability level. Program Directors will make exceptions for friends, as long as it does not disrupt the pace of the group. Early Season: Nov-Dec
  1. Dryland training through the Durango Stillwater Foundation
  2. Fitness and conditioning training through Durango Stillwater Foundation
Season: Dec-April
  1. On snow training Saturday and/or Sunday at Durango Mountain Resort
  2. Travel to surrounding Western Slope ski areas for training and competition
  3. Tactical training one to two days a week at Chapman Hill, or Durango Stillwater Foundation
Competition Team

Coach: Cody Beaver
Ages: 6 – 18

The Snowboard Competition Team's design caters to athletes eager to compete in USASA Slope Style, Rail Jam and Half Pipe competitions along with Boarder Cross, Slalom and Giant Slalom. This program places emphasis on improving an athlete’s technical competition ability in any one or all six chosen disciplines. Athletes will explore aerial awareness and freestyle technique in half pipe and slope style settings and also have the opportunity to compete in Boardercross and racing. Athletes will take advantage of on-snow training both Saturday and Sunday. Athletes should expect to participate in two days of dryland training at Durango Stillwater Foundation. The Competition Team is primarily a travel team; participants on this team should expect to travel to regional USASA events. Athletes participating in this program are highly recommended to participate in rail and box training at Chapman Hill. The common goal for athletes on this team is to qualify or earn an invitation to compete at USASA National Championships held annually at Copper Mountain in April.
2016/2017 Tuition - $1,200
Additional Fees:
  • Dryland 2 Nights – $75
  • Chapman - $80.00 Season Pass (Recommendation is to purchase a Chapman pass)
  • Holiday and Spring Camps – $100 each (optional)
  • USASA Membership – Approx $85 by Oct 31 $100 after (Required to compete w/ USASA)
  • Travel Fees – $75-$125 per competition/weekend (no fees for local comps)
**On Snow Training (Dec 2016 – April 2017): Both Saturdays and Sundays **On Snow Training (Chapman) (Jan – Mar, 2017): 2 Weeknights
Enrichment Team

Coach: Heather Rietz
Ages: 6 – 18

The Enrichment program encompasses all snowboard disciplines including slope style, half pipe, alpine, and snowboard-cross. The Enrichment program places emphasis on safety as athletes learn to use the features of the terrain park, and perform high-speed maneuvers in an alpine setting. Enrichment athletes will take advantage of on-snow training Saturday. Athletes participating in this program should participate in either one or two days of dryland training at the Turf. Athletes participating on the Snowboard Enrichment team will also have the opportunity to participate in rail and box training at Chapman Hill.
2016/2017 Tuition - $675 (16 sessions) / Work Deposit – $150 (refundable)
Optional Add-ons:
  • Dryland 2 Nights – $75
  • Chapman - $80.00 Season Pass (Recommendation is to purchase a Chapman pass)
  • Holiday and Spring Camps – $100 each (optional)
  • Membership – $85 before Oct 31. $100 after (Required to compete w/ USASA) **On Snow Training (Dec 12 2015 – April 2 2016): Saturdays (16 sessions) **On Snow Training (Chapman) (Jan – Mar, 2016): Optional add on for $100 per 1 night a week, $200 per 2 nights
  • Travel Fees – $75-$125 per competition/weekend (no fees for local comps) **On Snow Training (Jan 2016 – April 2016): Saturdays (16 sessions)

Pre-Season Dryland Session:
Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Memberships: United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) – Athletes who compete in USASA sponsored events will be required to join the USASA. There are different “levels” of membership varying from 1-day to full season.
The Development Team

Coach: Heather Rietz
Ages: 6 – 18

The Development program allows athletes to gain appreciation for all disciplines of snowboarding. The “Devo” Team will participate in on-snow training on Saturday’s only. This program design caters to athletes that are unable to participate in a two-day weekend program. Participants of this program will have the opportunity to participate in locally hosted events at either Durango Mountain Resort or Chapman Hill. Athletes participating on this team will be able to explore the different disciplines of snowboarding and find the discipline(s) that truly interest them. Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in dryland training at Durango Stillwater Foundation, as well as rail and box training at Chapman Hill.
2016/2017 Tuition - $500 (10 sessions)
Optional Add-ons:
  • Dryland 2 Nights – $75 (optional)
  • Chapman - $80.00 Season Pass (Recommendation is to purchase a Chapman pass)
  • $100 for one night a week training at Chapman Hill.
  • Holiday and Spring Camps – $100 each (optional) **On Snow Training (Jan 2016 – March 2016): Saturdays
Memberships: United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) – Athletes who compete in USASA sponsored events will be required to join the USASA. There are different “levels” of membership varying from 1-day to full season.
Chapman Only Training

Ages: 6 – 18

The Purgatory Snowboard Team will offer coaching to snowboarders at Chapman Hill. The Chapman Only program is designed to give athletes a taste of the different snowboard disciplines. Athletes will train in all aspects of the sport including; rails and boxes, bumps, jumps, and speed. Participants should Children are required to snowboard at an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. This means that they can use both edges making turns on any blue and easy black on the mountain with speed and control. In addition, they must be able to use the rope tow.
Tuition - $125
Chapman - $80.00 Season Pass
**On Snow Training (Chapman) (Jan – Mar, 2017): 8 sessions only