Freestyle Freeski

Welcome to the CVA Freeski Program, where passion meets precision on the slopes. Freeskiing is an exhilarating sport defined by daring tricks, impressive jumps, and navigating terrain park features like rails, boxes, and pipes. Since its debut at the Winter Games in 2014, freeskiing has captured the hearts of athletes and spectators alike with its dynamic displays of skill and creativity.

At Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA), we boast one of the nation's longest-running freeski programs. Our program caters to student-athletes who are driven to excel in this high-flying sport. From our Development group, competing locally in USASA events to qualify for National Championships in Colorado, to our elite FIS group, ascending through US Ski & Snowboard’s Rev Tour, World Cup competitions, and even the prestigious X-Games and Olympics, our athletes are prepared for success at every level of competition.

The CVA Difference

Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, our strength is defined by the ruggedness of our surroundings and the dedication of our coaches and faculty. At CVA our student-athletes have access to:
  • The best training venue in the East and a longer on-snow training season. Sugarloaf has a progressive and challenging terrain including five terrain parks, providing the perfect environment to hone your skills. 
  • An experienced and dedicated coaching staff. Our Freeski coaches boast impressive competitive and film careers with excellent coaching credentials and an understanding of the career pathways available to the progressing freeski athlete. Head Coach, Mark Spinney ’12 has competed in NorAms, Free Flow Tour, Revolution Tour, and the Junior Olympics, and experience in the ski film industry. 
  • A supportive community. The CVA community is dedicated to helping each of our student-athletes achieve their personal best.

Program Philosophy

The CVA Freeski program focuses on long-term athlete development with proven training and performance principles. Competition and training plans using SMART goals are developed to focus on these key elements for success:
  • Maximizing time on-snow
  • Mastering fundamentals
  • Building confidence in sport and life
  • Maintaining a fun and energized environment to foster a life-long love of skiing

Ski Cross Progression

CVA Freeski provides ability-appropriate coaching to help student-athletes reach their goals. Athletic groups are determined based on progression, skill acquisition, commitment, and attitude.
  • The Development Team is focused on the fundamentals of the sport, competing in USASA competitions with the goal of qualifying for USASA National Championships.
  • The FIS Team is for athletes who are ready to compete on a national stage. Athletes delve deeper into technique and mental performance conditioning. This group competes at a higher level, participating in the Futures Tour, Revolution Tour, and World Cup events to qualify for Junior World Championships, X-Games, and the Olympics.

Year-Round Training

By attending the Fall and Spring terms at CVA, student-athletes not only optimize their physical and mental preparation but also establish a strong academic foundation. This holistic approach sets the stage for success, allowing athletes to thrive both in the classroom and on the slopes during the demanding Winter Term.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Mark Spinney

    Mark Spinney 

    Head Freestyle Freeski Coach
  • Photo of Hank Vinall

    Hank Vinall 

    Freestyle Freeski Coach
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