Snowboarding and Freeskiing
2016 - 2017
Head Coach: Alan Smarse
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.
While training and competitions often overlap, athletes can choose from any of the following teams:
· Eastern Snowboarding
· Varsity Snowboarding
· Eastern Freeski/Freestyle
· Varsity Freeski
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.
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 strength and conditioning coach Tony Mure, 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.
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.
The following is a list of links to race schedules, results, and team information: