Freestyle News

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Announces Coaching Staff Changes


PARK CITY, UT (July 8, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today that recently retired U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athlete Emily Cook will be re-joining the team as the aerials C team coach.

FIS Confirms 30 U.S. World Cups for 2016-17


CANCUN, Mexico (June 11, 2016) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) concluded its biannual FIS Congress with the announcement of the 2016-17 World Cup calendar, including 30 events in the USA. Killington Resort, Beaver Creek Resort, Squaw Valley, Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, Lake Placid and Deer Valley Resort will host...

Caldwell Nominated for Kids' Choice Sport Award


Park City, UT (June 6, 2016) – Four U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) athletes have been nominated in this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sport Awards. Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and snowboarder Chloe Kim (La Palma, CA) are both nominated in the “Need For Speed” category. Aerialist Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) is...

Passing the Torch


Last August, moguls athletes Hannah Kearney and Keaton McCargo joined Columbia Sportswear on a trip to Chile. Now retired, it was one of Kearney’s final trips with McCargo as her teammate and, between some bumps and jumps, Kearney was able to pass along some of her wisdom.


U.S. Freestyle Ski Team 2016-17 Team Nominations


The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Freestyle Ski Team receives world class program support, along with access to the USSA Center of...

Top Moments of the 2015-16 Season


Building off the success of last year's crystal clad season, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes continued to push the limits and land top finishes on the World Cup circuit and beyond. This season was full of break through performances from veterans and new...

What Makes a Champ: Chris Lillis


From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal,...

Moguls Junior Worlds Team Announced


ARE, Sweden (April 4, 2016) – A strong team of U.S. skiers will go head to head against some of the best junior mogul skiers in the world this weekend at the 2016 FIS Junior World Championships in Are, Sweden. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has named eight skiers to this year’s team. Athletes will compete in both single and dual moguls.

Duals U.S. Titles for Matthews and Wilson


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (March 20, 2016) – The best regional and national moguls athletes dueled it out on Steamboat Resort’s famed Voodoo mogul course in the final event of the season at the 2016 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships. Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO) and Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) made it through multiple rounds on Voodoo to land...

National Titles for Caldwell and Smith


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (March 19, 2016) – The top high-flying U.S. aerialists took to Steamboat Resort’s world class aerial hill on Saturday to take their last jumps of the season at the 2016 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships. Harrison Smith (Pittsford, NY) landed his first career national title while 2016 World Cup Champion Ashley Caldwell (...

McCargo and Rowley Crowned National Champions


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (March 18, 2016) – The competition was fierce as the best mogul skiers in the United States battled it out for the national title at the 2016 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships. U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) and Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY) put down the best runs of the day to come out on...

ID One Foundation Supports Moguls Athletes


PARK CITY, Utah (March 14, 2016) – When Bryon Wilson, Brad Wilson and Sho Kashima got involved with ID One USA, the distribution outfit for ID One skis in the United States, they began to think of ways they could support mogul skiing beyond just supplying equipment. As athletes themselves,...

It’s Only the Next Jump That Counts


Freestyle aerials skiing is an intricate sport. Athletes speed down a steep, icy pitch at 68 kph with 160 cm skis firmly attached to their feet, vaulting off a 14-foot-high kicker and soaring 65 feet into the air. If that’s not enough, they then flip and twist their bodies with no...

Vinecki and Lillis Land Aerials NorAm Titles


PARK CITY, Utah (March 9, 2016) – The 2016 aerials NorAm Grand Prix champions were crowned this past weekend at the final event of the season on March 5 at the Utah Olympic Park. Winter Vinecki (Salem, OR; EADP) and Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY; Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team) each took home two podiums on Saturday, landing themselves their...

Johnson and Tully Take NorAm Titles


KILLINGTON, Vermont (March. 7, 2016) – In the final moguls NorAm event of the season, Tess Johnson (Vail, CO) and Troy Tully (Armonk, NY) had podium finishes to solidify their spots at the top of the standings and take home the overall NorAm Grand Prix title for 2016. The finals in Killington, which took place March 5-6, featured men’s and...

Kariotis and Cota Finish Fourth in Moscow


MOSCOW, Russia (March. 5, 2016) – The U.S. mogul skiers closed out the season with strong performances in the dual moguls World Cup finals. Jeremy Cota (Carabassett Valley, ME) and Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA) led the U.S. team with a pair of fourth place finishes. Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY) and Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) also finished in the top...

Mogul Skiers End Season With Moscow City Event


MOSCOW, Russia (March 3, 2016) – The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes will close out the 2015-16 season this weekend with a dual moguls city event in Moscow. This is the first-ever moguls event to be held on scaffolding, set up just outside Moscow’s city center. The same venue was used for an...

Mogul Skiers Tackle Val St. Come NorAm


VAL ST. COME, Quebec (Feb. 29, 2016) – Troy Tully (Armonk, NY/Wasatch Freestyle), Kaitlyn Harrell (Morro Bay, CA; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) and Emerson Smith (Frisco, CO/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) all had top finishes at the NorAm competition held Feb. 27-28. U.S. athletes skied to a total of nine podiums over the course of the weekend...

Lillis and Vinecki Win at Val St. Come


VAL ST. COME, Qubebec (Feb. 29, 2016) – In the third aerials NorAm cup event of the season in Val St. Come, Chris Lillis (Pittsford, NY; EADP) and Winter Vinecki (Salem, OR; EADP) each took home a win, leading an eight podium weekend for the U.S. athletes. Athletes competed in two competitions Feb. 25-26.

Rowley Second in Tazawako


TAZAWAKO, Japan (Feb. 28, 2016) – On day two of World Cup competition in Tazawako, Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY) battled through six rounds of dual moguls to land his second career World Cup podium, finishing second. Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO) was the top U.S. women’s finisher in eighth.