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9 to 18 yrs old


The DWSC Freeride Team is for athletes, ages 9-18, interested in challenging themselves, shredding the whole mountain and competing in IFSA competitions. 

Freeride skiing combines powerful, fast, technical turns with stylish airs in steep variable terrain. Essentially it's a blend of all disciplines. Participants can expect to ski and train everywhere, including the park, race course, groomers, moguls and steeps. Coaching focuses on technique, tactics, IFSA judging criteria and discussion of our "Making Good Decisions" philosophy.

This program is competition focused with opportunities for qualified athletes to attend IFSA freeride competitions. Find more info on competition at and

Training also includes  in-house freeride competitions, which help prepare athletes for IFSA events.  Competition is optional.

Coaching support provided at select IFSA U12 and IFSA Regional events. Coaching support is also provided at the National level if first qualified through the regional system. Coaching Fees are now included with tuition

This program has a minimum skill requirement - athletes must be comfortable on groomed, black terrain and ski in a parallel stance (no wedging).

Full Send Sunday 

Our optional "extra credit" courses offered select Sundays featuring a singular focus. Full Send Sundays will be offered specializing in each of the following: park skiing, racing, avalanche awareness, steep skiing and more. Team members can sign up to a week prior via email. Calendar for FSS will be released in November.                                                  Cost: $60 per session

Tuition Includes:
  • 11 Saturdays of training at Purgatory Resort
  • Night training at Hesperus Ski Area 
  • In-house Competitions
  • Pre-season dryland - offered from late September to mid-November 
  • Coaching Fees for travel
Tuition does NOT include:
  • Full Send Sunday - $60 per session
  • Purgatory Resort / Hesperus Ski Area season pass
  • IFSA Event entry fees (optional)
  • Ski Equipment
  • Lunch 
Equipment Guidelines:
  • Performance Ski Boots
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet
  • Goggles 
  • Water-proof ski clothing, please avoid cotton.
  • Ideally, athletes should have a "quiver" of skis:  a carving ski, an all-mountain ski and a powder ski. 
  • Avoid the center-mounting of ski bindings 
  • On snow training begins the first Saturday in December (12/2) and continues through late  March.
  • No training over Christmas Break, MLK Weekend and Presidents' Weekend.
  •  11 Saturdays at Purgatory Resort
  • Night training at Hesperus Ski Area - Thursday evenings - 4:30pm to 6:30pm (starts in January)
  • Early Tuition Price: $1,300.00 (until Sept. 30th)
  • Normal Tuition Price: $1,444.00
  • Payment plans available at registration check out
  • Scholarships also available. Applications can be found on our landing page, scholarship applications due by Sept. 30th.

Brian Buerger

Freeride Director