Featured Program: Back Country Education
The sport of freeskiing has been steadily moving into the backcountry in recent years and this winter the SSWSC freeski program introduced an innovative program, Backcountry Education, to provide the appropriate education to accompany the growing interest in accessing the backcountry. Designed and led by Steamboat local Lucas Mouttet, a certified instructor with over ten years of backcountry education experience, the program combined fundamental AIARE 1 avalanche certification and wilderness first aid education in the classroom and training in the field with sessions at Howelsen and the region’s backcountry where students applied the lessons while developing fitness and expertise. The success of the program has led to plans for a level 2 backcountry program and additional backcountry education opportunities in the 2021-22 season. As more and more athletes venture into the backcountry, we are proud to offer the education and training to allow them to pursue the sport safely. He no doubt will have learned from these experiences; look for him to come out stronger in the next season.
Growing With Our Community
Since 2015/16, SSWSC club enrollment numbers have increased 27.5% as the community of Steamboat has grown. In 2020/21, we saw notable growth as families sought healthy and safe outdoor activities for their children.
Three Alpine athletes were nominated to the 2021-22 US Alpine Team:
Jett Seymour (B TEAM),
Cooper Puckett (D TEAM) and
Jay Poulter (D TEAM)
Seven athletes earned placements on NCAA teams for fall 2021:
Sequoia Anstine (Bates College),
Jaelie Hovey (Bates College),
Jay Poulter (Middlebury College),
Cooper Puckett (Dartmouth College),
Dominic Rainville (University of New Hampshire),
Jordan Simon (Dartmouth College), and
Cam Smith (Boston College)
Cooper Puckett was the youngest American to qualify for the 2021 FIS Junior World Championships in Bansko, Bulgaria, where he was the top U18 finisher in Super G.
Jeremy Nolting and Daniel Ferucci tied for the win at the Rocky/Central U16 Championships slalom race, and finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the overall standings. Noelle Roth also grabbed a win in the super combined.
SSWSC Athlete Cooper Puckett, photo by Tania Coffey
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