MOUNT ST LOUIS MOONSTONE'S FREESTYLE ATHLETIC PROGRAM
JUMPS AND BUMPS:
“MSLM Jumps and Bumps” is a non-competitive introduction to freestyle skiing program for 6 - 8 year olds who would like to learn more at the entry level of freestyle skiing.
We are excited about the number of skiers and level of participation that this type of program has brought to freestyle skiing around Canada. So why not offer the same here at MSLM.
This program can act as a great skill builder and feeder program to our more competitive programs such as MSLM’S Righteous Riderz, MSLM’S Outback Riderz and even onto the Southern Ontario and Ontario Park and Pipe teams.
This program will follow the RBC Jumps and Bumps program outline, including a tracking booklet where skiers will have their progress tracked with stickers, along with the RBC Jumps & Bumps Skill passport.
Kids will learn and improve on different skills such as carving, body position, entry into and exit out of jumps, all terrain skiing, terrain park etiquette, team building and much more. Estimated time that kids should stay in the program is 2 years.
Prerequisites: Participants are expected to be able to put on their own equipment and be able to load and unload chairlifts on their own. Skiers must also be able to ski comfortably all green and blue slopes.
(Ages 8 +)
This is an active 8-week program, geared toward the young intermediate to advanced skier aged 8 – 12 who wants to experience all skiing outside of the terrain park. This exciting, active, quick paced program will improve the “Total” skier in your child. Skiers will be exposed to all types of terrain including moguls, groomed, powder, ect.
***The use of terrain park features will also be utilized at times as a tactic to improve freestyle ski skills. **
Prerequisites: Participants interested in this program must have the physical capability to parallel ski 90 percent of the time on blue and some black slopes of MSLM. This translates into the skier being able to parallel ski to a hockey stop, be comfortable in entry-level bumps and practices Skier Responsibility Code.
(Ages 10 - 17)
The MSLM“Righteous Riders” is a great program for kids who can't stay out of the terrain park and want to do nothing but play around on the tabletops, jumps and press boxes.
Kids will be working on different aspects of Terrain Park and half pipe skills such as, switch skiing (backwards), press box and rail slides, jumps, grabs, spins and more.
This program acts as a great preparation/feeder program for kids who would like to progress in the sport, by moving up to the “MSLM Outback Riderz” and eventually onto the “S.O.R. Team” (Southern Ontario Region) and “O.P.P. Team” (Ontario Park and Pipe Team).
This group will be catering to not only kids who would like to compete, but also the versatile rider who would simply like to improve his or her skills in the “Junk Yard” (“A” Team) or in the “Outback” (“B” Team).
Once all of the “Righteous Riderz” get back on snow and we can evaluate the separation of skill level, we will then be splitting the kids off into two separate groups to ensure they are training along side other athletes with roughly the same skill set as one another.
Prerequisites: Participants are expected to be able to ski on all terrain comfortably, as well as be able to hit and land jumps consistently. Basic rail and box slides are also a must.
The “MSLM Outback Riderz” team is a highly competitive group of athletes who are ready to put in the time to train and dedicate their weekends to improving their Park and Pipe skills. These athletes usually have some previous competition experience and want to work their way up the ranks.
Participants will be competing in local and provincial level events, as some of these competitions are worth points that athletes will need to accumulate to progress to certain competitions or teams.
“MSLM Comp Crew” athlete’s main goals are to learn as much as possible, while attaining as many points as possible to hopefully earn a spot on either the “S.O.R. Team” (Southern Ontario Region) or “O.P.P. Team” (Ontario Park and Pipe Team) the following season. But most of all…HAVE FUN !!!!!
Prerequisites: Athletes should be able to do a variety of tricks such as 360's, 540's, 720's, multiple grabs, rail slide combinations and switch up’s, switch skiing/ jumping, ect.
The Four Main Points of Smart Style
MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings. Scope around the jumps first not over them. Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain. Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.
EASY STYLE IT
Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level. Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.
RESPECT GETS RESPECT
Respect the terrain and others. One person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features