Snow Sports

Snowboarding and Freeskiing

Snowboarding and freeskiing at Holderness date back to the 1990s when former math teacher Jeff Nielson shuttled six snowboarders to Loon for training with local coaches. Back in the day, the program was largely a race program with a small freestyle component; competitions with other prep schools were limited to giant slalom.
While the program has evolved, we remain committed to establishing a broad foundation and providing athletes with a comprehensive skill progression. From beginner to nationally ranked, from freestyle skiers to alpine snowboarders, the Holderness snow sports program is designed to support all levels and all disciplines.

Our mission is to support our student-athletes to the highest level achievable, while setting them up to gain entry into the colleges of their choice. Simply stated, our coaching philosophy is to be better today then we were yesterday, but as we work with individual athletes and design programs for them, our athletes set more lofty goals and compete in everything from regional USASA competitions to FIS Junior Worlds.
Eastern Program
The Eastern team is for those with a desire to improve their skills and reach the next level. All team members compete at multiple levels, ranging from regional USASA competitions to national and international FIS races.
For many, the season really never ends, but officially the Eastern team starts training in early November and continues to compete through the middle of April. Our home mountain is Loon Mountain, but we have the option to follow the snow. The average Eastern athlete has between 90 and 120 days on snow, not including summer training.
In addition to participating in weekly strength and agility workouts designed by our strength and conditioning coach, snow sports athletes can also work on technique with Nick Preston of Freestyle America or one of the other certified coaches on the school’s trampoline. We are committed to providing our snow sports athletes with the equipment, the programs, and the coaching staff they need to train hard and reach the next level.

View our Eastern Team Pages:
Varsity Level
The varsity season starts after Thanksgiving break and ends in early March. Practices at Loon Mountain occur Monday through Friday when school is in session, and prep school slopestyle competitions are held on Wednesdays in January and February throughout the Lakes Region.
Today, cross training is the name of the game, so athletes become familiar with all aspects of the sport. While our prep school competitions are limited to giant slalom and slopestyle, athletes also spend time learning about half pipe and snowboardercross events.
The mission of the varsity team is to help develop novice and intermediate athletes into strong, all-mountain and park skiers and riders with broad fundamental skills. Safety, fun, and learning are at the core of everything this team does.

View our Varsity Team Pages:


List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Alan Smarse

    Alan Smarse 

    Director of Snowboard & Freeski
    (603) 779-5388
  • Photo of Ben Drummond

    Ben Drummond 

    Director of Snow Sports
    (603) 779-5226
  • Photo of Erik Ely

    Erik Ely 

    Head Snowboard Freestyle & SBX, SX Coach
  • Photo of Ryan Goldsmith

    Ryan Goldsmith 

    Head Freeski Coach
  • Photo of Nick Preston

    Nick Preston 

  • Photo of Elijah Sobel

    Eli Sobel 

    Big Mountain Ski Coach

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  • Athletics

    Freestyle America

    Holderness School is proud to partner with Nick Preston and Freestyle America on curriculum development for all of our freeski athletes. Coach Preston, whose career highlights include coaching Olympian and gold medalist Hannah Kearney, works closely with Holderness coaches on curriculum development, and our athletes train at Nick’s trampoline facility near Loon Mountain.

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Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245

MAIL P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
PHONE (603) 536-1257