The New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) is excited to announce the hire of KC Brousseau as full-time freeski coach at Whiteface. KC will develop training and competition plans for young freeride athletes and manage the local summer pool program while developing off-season training camps. “I am excited to be working alongside so many strong coaches and I am really looking forward to learning as much as I can from them,” KC said. KC’s understanding of all levels of competition from regional U.S. Ski and Snowboard and USASA to national level have proven to help support the always changing freeski pipeline, judging systems, terrain park features and competition course design. Freeride Program Director, Mike Kirchner said, “I’ve watched KC come through the NYSEF program as an athlete and now as a coach. It’s exciting to see him come full circle and watch him influence the next generation.”
Born and raised in Saranac Lake and currently residing in Jay, KC attended Northwood School in 2008-2010. KC started as an alpine skier at the age of 6 and was attracted to the freeskiing environment at age 13 competing in slopestyle, halfpipe, railjam, and skicross. “Having an alpine background, I enjoyed the competitiveness of ski cross events which I have brought into my personal and professional career,” KC added. “As a local NYSEF alum, KC has lived through the growth of our freeride programming as well as many of the exciting developments at Whiteface Mountain,” said Executive Director, John Norton. “It’s great to bring back a familiar face in KC.”
In addition to competing, KC enjoys filming and creating online edits for a few East coast ski companies in 2009. “I really enjoy the freeskiing atmosphere and editing films to compliment the competitive environment,” he said. With major advancements in internet and editing platforms, the film industry supports the freeski world by highlighting notable athletes as well as shaping the future of the sport. Kirchner commented, “we’re looking forward to helping our athletes develop skills that are often perceived as secondary (film editing) but in reality are a big part of freeride culture.”
When asked about the NYSEF programs, KC said, “I am extremely excited to be coaching for NYSEF since it is such a big part of my life…to be working with a program that helped transform my skiing, film career and love of the sport is very special.”
When KC is not on the hill or at the pool, he runs a small welding and fabrication shop doing automotive related jobs. In 2016, KC graduated from Lincoln Electric Welding School as an aerospace certified tig welder and continued his education taking sheet metal shaping/coachbuilding courses.
In his free time, KC can be found on the mountain bike trails or at the skatepark in Saranac Lake.