Athletes pictured (back row left to right): Jackson Deeney, Torin Yater-Wallace (U.S. Olympic Halfpipe team), Kaylen Reiley, Marc Bilow, Aaron Blunck (U.S. Olympic Halfpipe team), Joss Christensen (U.S. Olympic Slopestyle Gold Medalist in Sochi), Brian Gardiner, Gavin Fritz. (front row left to right): Zach LaBarge, Bryant Ward and Joey Cary.
The NYSEF Freeride crew already has some highlights at the start of the 2017-2018 season. In case you missed it, Head Coach, Justin Perry, Gore Coach, Andris Blumbergs, and a handful of NYSEF skiers traveled down to NYC November 1 for another live Railjam on NBC’s Today Show. The broadcast was similar to one they participated in last February celebrating the countdown to the Olympics in South Korea. This time around Olympic athletes from multiple winter disciplines converged on Rockefeller Center to mark “100 days out”, show off the team colors, and talk about the upcoming event. Once again our amateur athletes did a fantastic job showing off their rail and jump skills in front of some of their heroes and a national television audience.
JP is currently spending 10 days out west getting in some pre-season training with five of our Slopestyle skiers. While terrain parks are mostly under construction on the East coast, skiers Jackson Deeney, Bryant Ward, Zach LaBarge, Matt Thomson, and Avery Higgins-Lopez are checking out the options at A-Basin, Breckenridge, Keystone and Park City via the Epic Pass.
Meanwhile, back home, the Freeride program kicked off the season Dec 2nd at Whiteface and Gore Mountains with 50 plus skiers and snowboarders getting their legs back under them. With snow falling and temps dropping all our athletes are setting their goals and getting excited about a great winter.
Check out our athletes in NYC on the Today Show below.