Academy Program Training Philosophy & Opportunities
Freestyle skiing has seen many changes over the last decade with the addition of many new disciplines such as Freeski and FreeRide/Big Mountain. As the sport of freestyle skiing and its disciplines have evolved, so has the way in which freestyle athletes train. With a focus on development and performance, Carrabassett Valley Academy offers all aspects of training, so that developing freestyle athletes may reach their optimal performance.
Our Human Performance Program fits ach athlete based on their strengths and weakness. It focuses on the athletes' rate of balance, kinesthetic differentiation, spatial orientation, reaction to signals, sense of rhythm and synchronization of movements in time.
Movement Adequacy: The coordinative abilities are all closely related. They are the underlying foundation for and the prerequisite for technical and sport skills. Once the coordinative abilities are developed, better athleticism is sure to follow. To support this area of development, we offer age-appropriate structured training programming, nutrition, proper rest/recovery to training ratios, proper goal setting and performance psychology.
With the new tricks, spins, flips and the heights at which these maneuvers are performed, it is important to focus on athlete progression and safety. By using the facilities here at Carrabassett Valley Academy which include two trampoline sites and a Bag Jump winter site, we offer our athletes the opportunity to keep advancing towards their goals, gain valuable confidence and muscle memory.
It is also crucial to involve the best on-snow training facilities. We offer three slope-style parks of different ability levels and two half pipes. Our facilities at Sugarloaf are continuing to evolve and offer a great place to progress. The program offers multiple western events and training trips to areas that support freestyle skiing such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Boreal, Park City and many more.
Summer training offers over 22 days of water ramp training in Lake Placid NY and 14 days on snow training (location is base on best snow and features available.)