Nate McKenzie, Freestyle Program Director and Head Mogul Coach
Freestyle Program Director, Nathan Mckenzie is entering his 16th year with Carrabassett Valley Academy. After attending the UMF ski industries program Nathan founded the Freeski program at CVA 16 years ago. Since then he has coached 6 athletes to the X Games and remains head coach to the longest running and best freeski program in the country. Nathan sits on the board for eastern freestyle and is the freeride spokesperson for that organization. His qualifications include Level I US Gymnastics, Level III USSA moguls, and level IV USSA Aerials.
Jake Payson '06, Assistant Freestyle Program Director and Head Freeski Coach
Jake, a 2006 CVA graduate, is our Head Freeski Coach. He holds a BA in humanities with a concentration in Psychology from Sierra Nevada College in North Lake Tahoe. Jake started coaching in 2006 with a little mountain called Diamond Peak located on the Nevada side of Tahoe. In 2010 Jake was given the opportunity to coach at a professional and international level, teaming up with Planet Ski International's pro team and coached Dew Tour, Grand Prix, and Northface Open athletes. After a successful season, getting to stand atop the X-games course and also getting one of his athletes on the Canadian National team, he is back working with CVA athletes.
Jesse Duncan, Head Freeride Coach
Jesse has been a Park and Pipe coach at CVA since 2005. He is a certified level 200 USSA Freestyle coach. In the off-season, Jesse works as a hunting guide, and enjoys outdoor activities. He lives in New Sharon, Maine with his wife and son.