Athletics

Freestyle Moguls

Moguls is a Freestyle sport that features a mogul-covered trail and two jumps, where a skier performs aerial tricks. Points are awarded for turns and lines, the level of difficulty and execution of the aerial tricks, and time. Dual Mogul consists of elimination rounds where pairs of competitors compete against each other. Mogul skiing was added as an official medal event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

CVA offers one of the longest-running freestyle programs in the country. CVA Freestyle student-athletes train year-round to reach their individually set goals and athletic best. Many of our athletes achieve national championships, invitations to U.S. Ski and Snowboard camps and selections, World Cup starts, and more.

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 following:
  • The best training venue in the East. Sugarloaf boast a longer on-snow training season and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard certified A-level Moguls Course. At Carrabassett Valley Academy, the indoor trampoline park serves as a vital training ground for students to master various skills essential for their athletic development. 
  • An experienced and dedicated coaching staff. Nate McKenzie brings over 25 years of extensive experience to his role as Action Sports Director and Head Freestyle Moguls Coach. Throughout his career, he has consistently guided athletes to success, with many achieving titles such as Junior National Champions. His coaching prowess is further highlighted by the achievement of his athletes competing in prestigious events like the X-Games and earning spots on the U.S. Ski Team.
  • A supportive community. The CVA community is dedicated to helping our student-athletes achieve their personal best.

Program Philosophy

The CVA Freestyle program focuses on long-term athlete development with proven training and performance principles. Competition and training plans 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

Freestyle Moguls Progression

CVA Freestyle provides ability-appropriate coaching to help each student-athlete reach their goals. Athletic groups are determined based on progression, skill acquisition, commitment, and attitude.

CVA Freestyle student-athletes in our Development group compete in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Eastern Freestyle ECS A-level competitions in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, often qualifying for Junior National Championships. 

The FIS group competes in regional, national, and international events. These athletes typically qualify for U.S. National Championships and earn invites to FIS Nor-Am Cups, U.S. Selections, and Project Gold Camps. They can progress to World Cup starts, a place on the U.S. Freestyle Team, and the Olympic Games.

Year-Round Training

A successful athlete trains for their sport year-round. Attending the Fall and Spring terms at CVA allows our student-athletes to work with trainers and high-performance consultants to get the most out of the competitive season, and to become well-established and comfortable in the classroom before the busy Winter Term gets underway. Our off-season training program includes evaluations and goal setting, weight training, cross-training, and mental performance training. Athletes train at our own trampoline and weight training facility, the Anti-Gravity Complex, and on airbags and water ramps at dryland training facilities. Pre-season travel to on-snow venues out West and in Europe are also organized throughout the off-season.

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  • Photo of Nathan McKenzie

    Nate McKenzie 

    Action Sports Director, Freestyle Program Manager, & Head Freestyle Moguls Coach
    207-441-4759
    Bio
  • Photo of Jesse Duncan

    Jesse Duncan 

    Freestyle Moguls Coach
    207-491-7364
    Bio
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