Young talent show off their talent in the Freeride Series
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.