The Solitude Freeride Team is a season-long competitive ski program for athletes ages 10 through 18. Athletes train and pursue high-end, all-mountain skiing on Saturdays, Sundays, and mid-week. This program provides athletes the chance to refine their skiing skills in a fun and competitive environment with the goal of creating well-rounded athletes who understand and display sportsmanship, teamwork, and mountain etiquette. Areas of emphasis include off-piste freeskiing, moguls, steeps, trees, mountain awareness, and freeride competition training. In order to be considered for the team, members must be able to aggressively ski parallel on all blue and easier black terrain with the ability to vary turn shape and keep consistent speed on steeper terrain. Our coaching staff applies IFSA, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freeski Training System, SkillsQuest, and PSIA methodologies.

Athletes will compete in freeskiing competitions in the region as part of Team Solitude. Competitive participants are required to provide their own travel to competitions. On competition days, Solitude coaches will meet athletes and parents at the event venue. Some competitions will require additional fees, which will be billed separately. An IFSA membership is required and available for purchase on their website.

A minimum of two training sessions per week is recommended (one weekend day, plus an additional weekend day, weekday, or weeknight). Need help choosing the best sessions for your skier? Email us at smrskischool@solitudemountain.com.


Pass RequirementsAll participants must purchase an Ikon Pass or Solitude Young Adult Pass. Team Solitude members must have passes without blackout days (The Ikon Base Pass, Ikon Base Plus Pass, and Solitude Midweek pass have blackout dates on required training days.
Age RequirementsAges 10-18. Athletes must be 10 years old as of December 31, 2022 (No Exceptions)
Skill Prerequisite
  • Athletes must ski fully parallel in all terrain, with confidence and control.
  • Must possess elite skiing skills for age group.
  • Must be able to ski and load/unload chairlift unassisted.
  • Must be independent and able to conduct themselves appropriately.
  • Must be able to participate for a full training day without parent interaction.
Equipment Requirements
  • 1-2 pairs of all mountain skis, properly tuned and in good condition.
  • Properly fitted boots in size and flex in good working condition.
  • Helmet, back protector and poles required.
ScheduleProgramming begins mid-November and ends mid-April. Practices are held regardless of weather, road conditions, holidays, or business levels.
Training Participation & Competitions
  • Athletes are expected to participate in 90-100% of the offered training.
  • Athletes are required to compete in at least two regional IFSA competitions.
  • Make up days are not offered for any missed training.
Training Plan

We ski a lot and get mileage! 75-90% coached/directed free skiing, 10-30% coached drills and mock competitions.

Pick up/Drop OffDrop off and pick up at the Ski and Ride Corral at the base of Easy street Run. Drop off 15 minutes prior to scheduled lift opening time.
Preparedness
  • Dress athletes warmer than you would.
  • Keep small, healthy snacks in pockets.
  • Arrive properly fueled and hydrated.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude and ready to ski in all weather conditions.
LunchLunches are included in Team Solitude tuition.
Parent Requirements
  • Attend parent orientation.
  • Remain on-site during practices and available by phone.
  • Dress athletes appropriately.
  • Complete team agreement (code of conduct).
  • Remain actively engaged with the team communication platform and check schedules and updates frequently.
  • Actively communicate the needs of athletes, including planned absences, illness, and injuries.
CommunicationParents are required to maintain an active account with our chosen communication platform. Instructions and invites will be sent to parent(s) after registration and tuition payment.
Program PlacementParticipants may be moved to a more appropriate program if deemed necessary by the head coach or program manager.
License RequirementsAll athletes must have a current IFSA competitor membership.
TravelSome travel is required. Travel expenses for coaches will be billed out to participants of events that require travel.

Weekend Training 22/23
Program* Dates and training schedule** Training Time*** Preseason Rate *** Rate After October 15, 2022
Saturday Onlymid-November to mid-AprilEarly and late season
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mid-season
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,648$1,854
Sunday Onlymid-November to mid-AprilEarly and late season
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mid-season
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$1,648$1,854
Saturday and Sundaymid-November to mid-AprilEarly and late season
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mid-season
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$3,090$3,399
* Specific program dates determined by conditions and winter season open and close dates. These will be communicated to participants prior to opening day.
** Specific times determined by conditions and lift operating hours. These will be communicated to participants as conditions allow.
*** Tuition includes lunch but does not include a season pass. Team members are required to have an Ikon Pass or Solitude Season pass. Athletes who are Ikon Base Pass holders will need to purchase day passes for Ikon Base Pass blackout dates.

NEED ASSISTANCE?
Contact Solitude Ski & Ride School with any questions and to register by calling 385.282.7155 or by emailing snowsports@solitudemountain.com. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.