Words by Ian Reynolds & Sam Putnam
Sam Kimmerle, a Social Geography major, greases the Davis Student Center rail. Photo by Bryant Hughes
Founded in 2008 by then student, now youth marketing
coordinator at Killington Mountain Resort, Tess Hobbs, the University of Vermont Freestyle Ski Team (UVM FST) is giving
freeskiers the opportunity to continue learning and competing throughout their
college experience. As a club
sport, the student-run team provides the opportunity to shred, learn about the
ski industry, and help sculpt the future of the team and the sport at UVM.
UVM mascot "Rally Cat" goes big in Stowe's North Slope Terrain Park. Photo by Bryant Hughes
UVM FST continues to provide its members with week-long van
transportation to Stowe and full coverage of competition fees. With three
terrain parks accessible in one run, an 18-foot pipe, and unlimited backcountry,
Stowe offers something for every aspect of freeskiing.
Ian Adams, a Civil Engineering major, nose presses the down tube at Stowe. Photo by Bryant Hughes
Sam Putnam, an Electrical Engineering major, grips the down flat rail at Rails to Riches. Photo by Drew Amato
Currently at 51 members, the UVM FST has made its next big stride
with the addition of a full time coach for the 2011-2012 season. The team has contracted Noah Labow for four full on-hill days and one night video review session each week. This is a great addition for the team as Noah comes from a
wealth of experience. After founding
the Johnson State Freeskiing Team in the 98-99 season, he moved on to coach
full time for Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine. After five years of coaching for
the school, Noah felt a move was in order. He got the call from the UVM FST
upon receiving budget approval for a coaching position.
Labow has lofty goals for the program and is excited to join
forces with UVM. With the level of skiing changing almost daily, Labow is
quickly putting his experience to good use by offering dry land training
sessions, trampoline sessions at the brand new Green Mountain Gymnastics Center
(housing three Olympic-sized fly bed trampolines), and customized plans for
those students that choose to take advantage of his services. Students have the ability to choose
their own level of involvement, providing a greater flexibility to members than
that of a Division 1 team like the UVM Race Program.
Green Mountain Gymnastics Freestyle Center in Williston, Vermont. Photo by Green Mountain Gymnastics
UVM FST members are currently stationed across the country
as winter break comes to a close. Freshman Griffin Dunne is currently representing the
team at the World Freeskiing Tour in Revelstoke, BC, while members across New
England are making the best of sub-par snow conditions in preparing for events
that include The Dumont Cup, USASA Nationals, and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour.
To learn more about the UVM Freeskiing Team, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/~freeski/index.php along with exploring their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/UVMFST, and feel free to post any questions you have about the program in the comments below. And for a look into a season with UVM FST, check out the team edit below!
Thanks to Josh Blatt, Chase Martin, Galin Foley and others for providing footage.