Our Community

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The Coaching Team

The Calgary Freeriderz coaches come to us with incredible talent and experience. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their personalities making for a dynamic and super interesting crew. Often like big kids themselves, our coaches can really ‘connect’ with our athletes, which can make the training often more fun than hard. It is amazing what you can learn when you are having fun.

Our passionate and knowledgeable coaching staff (many are former Freeriderz athletes themselves) are experts in the all things freestyle skiing. Our intimate training program allows for one-on-one coaching with every athlete, personalized training plans based on the unique goals of each of our athletes, and .

The coaching staff work to ensure a safe, fun and inclusive training environment for everyone, allowing our athletes to realize their full potential.

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Dave Stevenson

“Coach Dave” is our Head Coach bringing a wealth of experience to our program and athletes. Dave has his CFSA Competition Development for slope and pipe, air double qualifier status and is a TSM 2 turn coach. Taking podium in slope and pipe competitions himself, plus 15+ years of coaching experience, Dave brings his talent and passion for developing young athletes to their potential.

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André Kennedy

André has been riding since he was three years old and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains when he moved to Calgary in 2003. He joined the Calgary Freeriderz at age 16, after suffering multiple knee injuries that took him away from competing, his passion for coaching was stoked. André has spent the past 7 years developing himself as a coach to help our athletes reach for a podium spot! From skiing to mountain biking while pursuing a path in music, André is also passionate about Yoga, Backpacking, climbing and the study of sustainable living and farming.

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Austin Coll

Austin has been riding the slopes of COP and Lake Louise since he was 4 years old. He did not begin freeskiing until he was 16, when he started competing with the Calgary Freeriderz from 2011 until 2014. He has competed in a variety of disciplines from big air, to slopestyle, to big mountain events. Specializing in slopestyle, he travelled with the club all over North America from Ontario Nationals, to The Whistler North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, to The Aspen Freeskiing Open. He has 7+years of experience coaching along with an impressive resume of courses, having completed his Club Coach, Air 1 through 3 and is planning on taking Park and Pipe, Air 4 and Doubles courses this season. Other interests include cinematography, hip-hop music, mountain biking and all things to do with extreme sports.

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Kyler Tritter

Kyler has been a part of Calgary Freeriderz most of his skiing career, both as athlete and now coach. As well as big mountain he competed in slopestyle, big air and moguls throughout his career. Today, Kyler shares his passion for skiing as our big mountain specialist while still competing in big mountain competitions when time allows. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education specializing in Physical Literacy, Kyler leverages this training with his past experience as a ski patrol to help athletes understand the science of snow and smart about avalanche aware,ness. He enjoys all sports and keeps busy in the summer with sports like beach volleyball, golf and mountain biking. He loves to have a good time out on the mountain and shares his passion of skiing with the kids, especially when they are out on a pow day!

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Matt Couillard

Matt or "Matty C" as the athletes know him, is the newest addition to our coaching team. Matt trained with the Calgary Freeriderz since 2011, and has returned to coach! Matt competed with Freeriderz for three years as a competitive big air and slopestyle freestyler. He's been skiing since the day he could walk and loves every second of it! Matt was born and raised on a farm west of Calgary and has been riding horses for as long as he's been on skis. Matt is totally into any sport that will give an adrenaline rush! Football and rugby were his other sports of choice during high school. Matt is now studying automotive service technology at SAIT and lives by his motto …GO BIG or GO HOME!

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Colin Hendrickson

Colin has been riding the slopes since he was 3 years old, and has been with the Calgary Freeriderz since day one. He was one of the original six athletes who started with the club back in 2008. He has been skiing since he could walk and has competed in big air, slopestyle, big mountain and moguls as a member of the Freeriderz. Colin has many interests other than skiing, such as skateboarding, biking, and playing guitar. He is also a seasoned traveller, having visited Australia for 6 months in the first half of 2015. Currently, Colin is completing his bachelors of business administration at Mount Royal University. We are stoked to have him!

 

Our Community

The parents, coaches and athletes are the foundation the Freeriderz. Our board is run entirely by parents volunteering their time to organize trip events and keep this club moving forward. Our coaching staff are all Freeriderz alumni and remain good friends, which really speaks to the passion for freestyle skiing the Freeriderz fostered in them.

During their time with the Freeriderz athletes will not only improve their skiing skills, but they will also make lasting friendships with their fellow teammates and coaches. Community is important to us and our members and it reaches beyond our current membership. Our community includes alumni athletes and their families, fellow freestyle clubs, and businesses, big and small.

Our focus on community is also highlighted in the partners we align ourselves with. Sponsorships, donations and strategic partnerships are a vital part of our ongoing success. These partnerships have significant impact on the lives of our athletes and the sport of freestyle skiing overall.

PARTNERS

  • Lake Louise Ski Resort, Lake Louise, Alberta

  • WinSport, Calgary, Alberta

  • Flip Factory, Calgary, Alberta

  • InjaNation, Calgary, Alberta

  • Momentum Ski Camps, Whistler, British Columbia

  • Mount Sima, Whitehorse, Yukon

  • Lake Louise Inn, Lake Louise, Alberta

SPONSORSHIPS

  • Fresh Skis

  • Mountain Cultures

  • Ski Cellar

If you, your company or organization is interested in being part of our Freeriderz community we would like to hear from you and explore what might be possible. Send us an email to info@calgaryfreeriderz.com.

 

Board of Directors

The Calgary Freeriderz is a not-for-profit youth ski club and, as such, is managed by a Board of Directors and a slew of super volunteers who lend their talents to the club. All Board positions are open yearly to any club member at the Annual General Meeting and are appointed by a vote of the membership. Volunteers raise their hands and help in a variety of Committees or areas throughout the year. 

President:   Gord Ferguson

Vice President: Vacant

Finance: Dean Vogelgesang / John Harrop

Secretary: Danielle Biletsky

Director at Large: Heather Heasman

Past President: Marcy McAuley

Please contact info@calgaryfreeriderz.com or 403.680.3264 with questions.

 

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