Lost Trail is excited to announce the new youth Freeride Team. In its first year, the team is for young snowsports athletes who chose to push their snowboarding and skiing abilities to the next level. These youth want to challenge themselves, represent the Lost Trail Community, and honor the passing of Bill Grasser by representing what he stood for (skiing for everyone) and the legacy he left behind.
The Lost Trail Freeride Team consists of about 20 up and coming snowboarders and skiers, ages 6 to about 16. The team is a small grassroots effort led by supportive parents, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, snow sports instructors and other community members who are passionate about freeride skiing and snowboarding.
The team is broken up by ability into Varsity and Junior Varsity groups. They work on skills developed through activities like riding boxes, rails and jumps in the park and by riding extreme natural terrain. These young riders are talented and can do some amazing things in the park and ride gnarly terrain!
The team is currently capped for the 2015-2016 season but will be open to others next year. Most of our candidates have ridden in the All-Mountain program for several years and look to push themselves further. There will be an on-snow skills assessment to determine if a candidate is ready for the team for the 2016-2017 season. Team members must be able to ride ALL runs at Lost Trail Ski Area at an Advanced or Expert level. Applications will be accepted through the Snowsports School office. The on-snow skills assessment will take place in December of 2016.
The team receives professional coaching and will showcase their skills by competing in Lost Trail freeride and freestyle events and will travel to other Montana resorts for competitions too. However, the most important aspect of the program is for these youngsters to be members of a community aimed at enhancing their self-worth. As a way of giving back, the team will coach younger freeriders to develop their skills and foster their passion for skiing.