Team Summit to add freeheel program |

Team Summit to add freeheel program

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

COPPER MOUNTAIN ” Team Summit alpine director Sean Ramsden called it “kind of a no-brainer.”

Coming from an alpine skier, that’s a bit of a surprise. But coming from a seasoned coach who wants the best for his ski club, it makes perfect sense.

Ramsden was talking about adding a telemark program to Team Summit’s list of offerings, which also include alpine, snowboard and freestyle (moguls). Earlier this month, the club’s board of directors approved the addition.

“It seems kind of funny that there hasn’t been something like this here before,” said Ramsden, a former NCAA giant slalom alpine champion. “So many people do it.”

The tele program will exist under Ramsden’s alpine program because it requires the use of gates on days when the participants work on their racing technique. But Tory Hauser, the knee-dropping alpine coach at Summit High School and a veteran of 20 telemark national championships, will run the freeheel program’s week-to-week operations.

“Quite frankly,” Ramsden said of Hauser, “there’s not a better person to get this going.”

Hauser said the program will take place on Saturdays throughout the winter, beginning in early December. It will be open to skiers of all ages and abilities, assuming the enrollment is high enough to support the number of coaches needed to supervise everyone.

Participants will be able to improve their versatility in a wide range of disciplines, including racing, halfpipe, terrain park, big mountain and moguls. Hauser said he plans on hiring a park and pipe coach (he mentioned well-known skiers Max Mancini, Eron Turnipseed and Scott Powers as possibilities) to complement his racing and freeskiing knowledge.

“It’s basically designed to get a lot of kids interested, get them to do it at a higher level,” Hauser said of the program. “Hopefully we’ll get ’em into some competitions. We just want them to learn what’s out there.

“We’re definitely going to expose them to everything, that is my goal,” he added. “We want them to become a better skier, from hard snow to powder.”

Hauser said the program will cost approximately $670 for the 15 all-day sessions. For more information, or to register, call (970) 968-2318, ext. 40010.

Registration information will be posted online at in the coming days.

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