JSC Freeride

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Athletes should work with coaches on placement recommendation. 

 

Focus – Improve and refine skiing technique through ski training and racing, develop skiing skills for all snow conditions and terrain, instill confidence in abilities, develop and learn with peers of similar age and ability.

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Freeride History

Back in 2012 the then, Juneau Ski Team President, who is also a JSC Alumni and general backcountry skiing legend, Bruce Griggs saw the need for the Juneau Ski Club to diversify our offerings to reach kids who didn't want to be constrained to a race course, but still wanted to rip on the mountain, ski fast, and have fun. 

After launching the first JSC Freeride Team,  Juneau experienced some low-snow years and numbers for the JSC programs plummeted across the board, but especially the Freeride Program. Through persistence from dedicated coaches, the JSC BOD and engaged JSC Alumni the program is back, growing and here to stay.

Look for our kids with the yellow backpacks on the hill and give them a thumbs up!

Meet The Coaches

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Kevin Stell

JSC Head Coach / JSC Program Director

Kevin grew up skiing at Eaglecrest and started racing with the JSC Mitey Mite program when he was 6 yrs old. In high school Kevin moved to Steamboat, Colorado to continue racing and skied with the US Development Team for several years. After that he spent 2 years racing with the University of Colorado NCAA Division 1 ski team. Go Buffs!!

Through ski racing he has been fortunate to travel and race in 9 different countries and at last count about 140 ski areas. Eaglecrest is still Kevin's favorite place to ski and he is happy to call it his home mountain.

 

When Kevin isn't skiing he enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and spending time out at his cabin with family and friends.

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David Lowell

Freeride Assistant Coach

David grew up in Juneau skiing for the Juneau Ski Club and was fortunate enough to train with the U.S. Ski Team Development Team. In 2021, he won the Craig Lindh Memorial Town Downhill, earning him the title of "Fastest JSC Alumni For Now."

 

During the week David works as an engineer for the Alaska DOT&PF. In his free time during the winter you can find him escaping into the mountains to search for untracked turns. 

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Brian Tyler

Freeride Lead Coach / FR Program Director

Brian grew up skiing in California for the Squaw Valley Ski Team and as a junior racer he specialized in the speed events. In 2020 he moved to Juneau to work for the APFC as an Asset Manager and is currently the Head Freeride Coach and Program Director at the Juneau Ski Club. 

 

In his free time during the winter he can be found exploring the local backcountry. 

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Guest Coaches

Freeride Guest Coaches

Juneau has many, many excellent backcountry skiers who know their stuff. It's a huge landscape but a small community and often we invite the experts to hold special clinics or work with our athletes on important mountain safety topics. 

 

Guest Coaches have included Bruce Griggs, Kyle Paddleford, Peter Nave, Kevin Krein, Seth Koch, and many, many more "Who's Whos" in extreme AK Skiing! 

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