Young tal­ent show off their tal­ent in the Freeride Se­ries

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TWO rounds of Hotham’s Freeride Se­ries have al­ready been held on the moun­tain and with five more left in the se­ries there’s still plenty of non-stop ac­tion ahead.

Held yearly, from July to Septem­ber the Hotham Freeride Se­ries aims to de­velop grass roots skiing and snow­board­ing abil­i­ties, and pro­vides a launch pad for young lo­cal tal­ent to show off their skills.

One of Hotham’s young lo­cal skiers, 10-year-old Tris­tan Row­ley, has won back to back cham­pi­onship ti­tles for the last few years in his age cat­e­gory and is hop­ing to take the ti­tle out again in 2015.

Dur­ing the win­ter Tris­tan trains at Mt Hotham with Mt Hotham Freeski un­der the guid­ance of his coaches, one of them be­ing his fa­ther, ex world cup free style skier Martin Row­ley.

Mr Row­ley has lived in the Aus­tralian moun­tains for most of his life and has pur­sued ski rac­ing and moved into a va­ri­ety of free style dis­ci­plines as a young adult, in which he has com­peted in over 1000 events.

He’s a pre­vi­ous na­tional win­ner and 10-year world cup free style com­peti­tor and his com­mit­ment to shar­ing his wealth of knowl­edge and sport­ing skiing abil­ity has been vi­su­alised in the Mt Hotham freeski pro­gram, which was launched in 2014.

In 2014, Mt Hotham Freeski qual­i­fied for and has been in­vited onto the Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia (SSA) Elite Path­ways Pro­gram and is also ap­proved for the Award Win­ning Edge (AWE) pro­gram’s, which can lead young ath­letes to­wards the Win­ter Olympics.

Freeski teaches bud­ding dare­dev­ils big moun­tain, slope style, moguls, ski cross and big air (aeri­als) dis­ci­plines are taught in a range of ca­sual freeski pro­grams, camp, hol­i­day and win­ter-long pro­grams, as well as dry land pro­grams that de­velop the skills for com­pet­i­tive and non­com­pet­i­tive free style skiing.

With five events still on the Freeride cal­en­dar many Freeski par­tic­i­pants will be show­ing their skills in the com­pe­ti­tion. Freeride events and dates Au­gust 8 – Hotham Banked Slalom Gun Bar­rel – Heav­enly Val­ley (SB only)

Au­gust 15-16 Hotham Ham­mer Moguls (skiers only)

Au­gust 22 – Hotham Rider X – Road Run­ner

Septem­ber 5 – Hotham Freeride – Heav­enly Val­ley

Septem­ber 6 – Spring Ses­sions Slopestyle – Sum­mit Ter­rain Park

Date to be an­nounced – Mt Hotham Free Ski – The Big Air

Visit www.hotham. com.au/events for more in­for­ma­tion or to register.

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