Freeride February Newsletter

Freeride Program Update: February 2024

*There’s a lot of important info in this one! Please take a minute to look through everything!*

January, what a month! It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, where did the time go!? It’s been an action packed month for Freeride with lots of ups and downs and all arounds. Conditions have been tough throughout North America this season. Thanks for bearing with our hectic schedule and being willing to pivot to make the best possible opportunities happen for the kids. The February newsletter will feature a re-cap of what happened in January, followed by updates on what is coming up!



Our first competition of the season went smoothly at JHMR. Big thanks to Kim Raymer with USASA Big Mountain West for bringing the show to town, and to JHMR for building us an incredible venue! Lastly congratulations to all of the FRP athletes who pushed themselves and looked in mid-season form for our opener with less than 72 hours of training on jumps! 

Noah Hilke in perfect balance on rails at JHMR
Photo Credit: Zoe Leibovitch

JHSC Podiums were as follows:

Rail Jam:

11-14 Ski Boys

Taz McBride 2nd


11-14 Ski Girls:

Violet Kastor 3rd


11-14 Snowboard Girls:

Ivy Swain 3rd


Slopestyle 1:

17-18 Boys Ski

Jack Kilmain 3rd

Keane Hultman 2nd

11-12 Boys Ski:

Will lynch 3rd

11-12 Girls Ski:

Violet Kastor 3rd

9-10 Girls Ski:

Sally Decker 2nd

13-14 Boys Snowboard:

Ace Emery 1st

Noah Robertson 3rd 

13-14 Girls Snowboard:

Ivy Swain 2nd


Slopestyle 2:

17-18 Boys Ski

Owen Strand 1st

Jack Kilmain 2nd

11-12 Girls Ski

Violet Kastor 3rd

9-10 Girls Ski

Sally Decker 3rd

13-14 Boys Snowboard

Ace Emery 1st

13-14 Girls Snowboard

Ivy Swain 2nd


Kicking Horse IFSA Junior National Jan 10-15 

Coaches Matt Newton and Toby Koekkoek brought athletes Jack Kilmain, Liam Thompson, Alex Paul, Porter Farren, and Ashe Bessette to the great white north! Unfortunately Canada greeted our team with extreme cold (-35 on the thermometer!). Kicking Horse was closed for 2 of the 4 days the team was up there. Temperatures never cleared 0 the whole time the team was there.  Despite the tough weather, the coaches and athletes had a great time exploring the incredible terrain at Kicking Horse. On the last day of the competition window, the event organizers and Kicking Horse Mountain managed to get all starts in just 1 day of competition. 


Left to Right: Jack, Liam, Toby, Matt, Porter, Ashe, Alex



U19 Boys: 

Jack Kilmain: 3

Alex Paul: 19

Liam Thompson: 34


U15 Boys:

Ashe Bessette: 10

Porter Farren: 23


Jack Kilmain on the Podium!

From Head Ski Coach Matt Newton:

“The event was held at a former Freeride World Tour venue, which was an amazing opportunity for local athletes to ride on the same venue as the best athletes in the world. The Kicking Horse National is a qualifier for the IFSA Jr Championship and the Freeride Program will be attending Nationals at Grand Targhee, Snowbird, and Big Sky later this season. The trip was an amazing success. The Freeride Program athletes rode well and did an amazing job representing Jackson on an international level.” 


JHMR IFSA Junior Regional 

One week later, we hosted our home event on Toilet Bowl/Tower 3. Once again our partners at JHMR did an incredible job putting on a very great event! Weather was (a common theme this year) really tough!  Luckily the clouds parted just enough to allow for each and every competitor to get a start in. 

The Judges couldn’t see much on finals day…


Special thanks to our Head Coach, Matt Newton, for doing an amazing job coaching the competition and making sure normal practice went off smoothly. To Shannon Roberts for making sure that each and every score was accurately recorded. Lastly, to Rose Strand for being our volunteer coordinator extraordinaire! 


Thanks to JHMR, to all of our parent volunteers and our incredible coaching staff for making this event run smoothly!


Event Sponsors: 

Bank of Jackson Hole 

New West Building Company

Bank of Jackson Hole


Teton Gravity Research

JH Snowboard Magazine



Hole in the Wall Snowboard Shop 

Hoback Sports 

Rendezvous River Sports 


Onsite Management


Never Summer 



U19 Ski Boys:

Liam Thompson 2

Jack Kilmain 3

Alex Paul 6

Keane Hultman 8

Nate Pruzan 22


U19 Ski Girls:

Grace Deslauriers 1

Piper Norwine 9


U15 Ski Boys:

Bryer Strand 4

Will Lynch 6

Jack McNamara 8

Taz McBride 11

Porter Farren 14

Ashe Bessette 15

Payne Confer 18

Renny Roberts 20

Cash Halpin 22

Gus Reber 23

Eli Oda 24

Kade Mallen 31

Anders Logan 33

Dean Hilke 35

Brooks Egan 39

Garrett Tattersall 40

Tosh Carr 43 


U15 Girls

Tia Deslauriers 2

Lyvia Ulmer 5

Hazel Shidner 12


U12 Ski Boys 

McClay R 4

Max W 8

Andy S 10

Pierson E 14

Fin R 19


U12 Ski Girls 

Maeve K 3

Violet K 4


U15 Snowboard Boys

Bennet Hultman 1

Noah Robertson 2

Mylo Iguchi 3

Ace Emery 4

Ryder Musselman 5


U15 Snowboard Girls 

Ivy Swain 1


U12 Snowboard Boys 

Noah H 1

Adam S 2


Nice work to all. We’re super excited at the huge presence of our club athletes at our home event. We’re proud of each and every competitor for pushing themselves in competition.


Moving Forward:  We’ve got some exciting things for Freeride in the works!

Upcoming Events 

Big Sky Junior Regional Moved to JHMR Feb 9-11!

Due to lack of snowfall, Big Sky has elected to cancel their junior regional event! JHSC Freeride and JHMR have agreed to pivot and host on our home venue! Stay tuned for updates, this will be an excellent opportunity to get another regional event start! 


Wednesday Night Lights

Wednesday Night Lights is back for 2024! This grassroots rail jam series is a great way to gain confidence and serves as an easy entry to competition for those new to competing. We have great prizes and guaranteed fun for all divisions! FRP merch and raffle tickets will be available for purchase!

Dates: February 21st, February 28th and March 6th.

Location: Snow King, Cougar Base  

Divisions: U10, U12, U15 and 15+ (Open), Ski & SB, Boys and Girls  

When: Wednesday Nights from 5-8 

More information available HERE.

Registration coming soon (at time of writing 1/31).


Summer Offerings 

Mountain Bike Teams!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve gotten approval to start a competitive Downhill/Enduro Mountain Bike team for summer 2024.  Training will run from the first week school gets out, until school starts back up in the fall. We will be offering a Progression Team for rider’s interested in improving their skills and compete in home events at JHMR/Targhee. Additionally we will be offering a Comp Team for riders interested in traveling to regional events (Montana Enduro Series and Utah Gravity Series). Practice will be held twice weekly in the JHMR Bike Park with JHSC coaching staff. 


Pricing and further information will be available soon!

Registration opens March 1st. Please feel free to reach out with any questions (


Skateboard Camps

Skate Camps are back for Summer 2024. Stefan Merriam will be taking the lead on these camps. They will follow a similar format to years past, with beginner and advanced levels. Skate camps include transportation to area parks and skate instruction.


Beginner: 6/26-6/27, 7/10-7/11, 7/17-7/18, 7/31-8/1

Advanced:  7/24-7/25 8/7-8/8

Open Enrollment: 

8/14-8/15, 8/21-8/22, 8/28-8/29


Pricing and further information will be available soon!

Registration opens March 1st. Please feel free to reach out with any questions ( 


On Snow



Woodward Copper: 6/16-6/22

We’re excited to be returning to Woodward Copper for Summer 2024. Woodward is a great place for beginner to intermediate riders to work on skills on friendly sized features. It’s also great for advanced riders looking to work on perfecting some of their more difficult skills.

Registration information will be shared in a separate email later this week.

Contact Matt Newton ( with any questions.



Mt. Hood, Oregon: 7/7-7/13

We’re headed to Mt. Hood for some more fun on snow! Mt. Hood is the training ground for national teams from all over the world in June and July. They have all of the features you’ll find at Woodward, plus a halfpipe and pro-sized jump. This trip is aimed for more advanced riders looking to take their skills to L and XL sized features. 

Registration information will be shared in a separate email later this week.

Contact Matt Newton ( with any questions.


Chile: El Colorado/La Parva/Valle Nevado  

July 28th - August 7th

Powder skiing in July? Yes, it’s a thing! We’re excited to offer a Sudamerican experience for Freeride athletes this summer. This trip will not only have excellent skiing, but will be a cultural experience for our athletes. Santiago, Chile provides easy access to world class skiing high in the Andes. The terrain is steep and the freeride scene in South America is quickly growing. FRP team members will have stories to tell from this epic experience.

*only open for athletes 14+ or with a coaches recommendation*

Interest email coming soon!

Contact Collin ( with any questions.


Thanks all for tuning in! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns - Collin 


Quote of the Month:  “REAL skiing on REAL mountains!…” - Tanner Hall