Aerials Development

After the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team was named in May 2016, based on the final NorAm Grand Prix standings for the 2015-2016 season, the top five men and women in moguls/dual moguls will be named to the USSA freestyle moguls/dual moguls development group. The top four men and women on the final FFSP, not currently named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team or the EADP will be nominated for the freestyle aerials development group. This will guarantee these athletes’ starts on the NorAm tour. All freestyle development group athletes must participate in all event days the U.S. Selection Events. If a freestyle development group athlete is injured and unable to compete in U.S. Selection Events, the athlete must provide medical documentation stating they are unable to compete. Once medically cleared to compete, they would retain their NorAm start. An athlete who is named to the freestyle development group has until August 1st, 2016 to accept their spot in the USSA freestyle development group. Once the USSA office has been notified that an athlete is retiring or the deadline has passed with no acceptance, the next athlete on the NorAm Grand Prix standings in moguls/dual moguls and the next athlete on the final FFSP in aerials will be added to the freestyle development group.

National Team Coaching Contacts

Emily Cook:


Elite Aerial Development Program


  • Tommy Coe
  • Maddie Varmette
  • Patrick O'Flynn
  • Nick Novak
  • Elle Gaudette


  • James Meikle
  • Justin Schoenefeld
  • Michael lillis
  • Megan Smallhouse
  • Dani Loeb
  • Kate Telles
  • Cole Kozlowski
  • Michael Kennedy
  • Quinn Dehlinger
  • Karenna Elliot
  • Kayla Kuhn
  • Katie Swartvagher

Summer Aerial Tryout Camps

The Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) is based in Lake Placid, NY and run by head EADP coach Jaroslav (Jari) Novak ( and assisted by Jack Boyczuk  (

Up to 12 EADP athletes receive, from the Olympic Training Center (OTC), complimentary year round housing, meals, transportation and facility use including a fully staffed sports medicine clinic, weight room, trampoline gym, water ramp facility and winter aerials site.  In 2016 a fee of $1600/athlete includes year round coaching with 24-hr supervision, trip planning, etc.. High School comes at an additional cost.

Ages of participants range from 14 to 19 years old. About half of the group competes throughout North America on the Nor-Am Tour covering their own winter competition expenses including travel & lodging. The less experienced half of the group jumps in Lake Placid for most of the winter with a focus more on training than competing. This allows them to save money by utilizing the OTC's resources year-round while being able to train more than is typically possible on the Nor-Am Tour. At the end of every winter, the list of the twelve athletes in the EADP is evaluated and potentially changed before a new group is named April 1. Athletes not meeting their obligations will be removed to make room for more dedicated athletes. Athletes who excel in the EADP will eventually move upward to a domestic program or the national team.


U.S. Ski Team Tryout Camp media

Every summer the U.S. Ski Team hosts two tryout camps for aerial skiing at a nominal cost to participants.

Camp Information
2016 Freestyle Aerial Tryout Camp Information

2016 Lake Placid Aerial Trout Camp Information
2016 Lake Placid Aerial Tryout Camp Registration

2016 UOP Aerial Tryout Camp Information

2016 UOP Aerial Tryout Camp Registration


Conditioning Information
To be considered for invitation, athletes will need to provide some details about their experience in other sports and briefly explain why they would like to try the sport of freestyle aerial skiing. Athletes who excel at the Talent ID camps have a chance to be named to the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP). Forms need to be filled out and submitted with recruitment registration.
Trampoline Routines
Physical Conditioning Point Chart
Physical Conditioning Results Sheet



U.S. Ski Team Tryout Camp for Acrobats and Gymnasts

The USSA is looking for future Olympic acrobatic athletes ages under the age of 19 to participate in its Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) in Lake Placid, NY or the Western Development Aerial Program, "Fly Freestyle," in Park City, UT. 
The EADP has converted current and retired acrobatic athletes from sports like gymnastics, trampoline, diving, tumbling, etc (who may or may not ski) into Olympic athletes in the sport of aerial skiing! U.S. Olympian Ashley Caldwell, made it to the Olympic final in Vancouver 2010 after only two years in the EADP.
Athletes over 13 and parents of athletes under 13, share your best acrobatic tricks and you could earn an invitation to try out for the EADP. Submit a YouTube video or Vimeo along side the U.S. Ski Team Community including gold medal Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler.
Send videos and questions to Emily Cook.



Freestyle Skiing/Freeskiing Water Ramp Programs

Following are programs that offer coaching year-round for freestyle skiing (moguls and aerials) and freeskiing (big air, slopestyle, halfpipe). There is water ramping in the summer for skiers and snowboarders who want to safely learn tricks before performing them in the winter and winter sites that are designed to provide the safest atmosphere for jumping on snow.

Utah Olympic Park
Park City, UT 
Jana Johnson:

Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)
Lake Placid, NY

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Steamboat Springs, CO




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