Freeskiing Program

ASC-Freeride-2018

Photo Credit:  Jennifer Aist

ASC’s Freeskiing program is designed for skiers interested in becoming competitive freeride and freeskiing athletes. The program is primarily formatted around the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) Junior Freeride Competition Tour (freeskiers.org), but also has experienced Skiercross and Slopestyle coaches on staff for athletes interested in those disciplines. Our athletes train with experienced coaches to hone their skills in all aspects of freeskiing, with a heavy focus on the fundamentals of freeride: Line Choice, Technique, Style, Fluidity, Control. For more information please refer to the 2018-2019 program guide or contact Freeskiing Head Coach, Connor Michael.

The 2018-19 Freeskiing Program is currently full.
Please contact Head Coach Connor Michael, freeskiing.headcoach@gmail.com to be added to the waitlist.

Freeskiing U14 – U19 | Full Time

  • Saturday – Sunday | Alyeska Resort
  • Program Fee – $1,500
  • Recommendation –  This double day weekend based program is designed for junior age athletes who are interested in Freeskiing as a competitive sport and enjoy the benefits of a team environment. Athletes in the Freeskiiing Program must place their intent to compete in at least 1 Regional Freeskiing competition.
  • Includes – Winter Break Camp

Freeskiing U12 Development Team

  • Sunday Only | Alyeska Resort
  • Program Fee – $415
  • Recommendation – This program is for athletes who are 10-11 years old and are ready to take their skiing ability to the next level in pursuit of competition. These athletes have reached their personal goals in Devos and Mighty Mites, shown a high level of commitment to the sport, and are motivated to succeed. U-12 development athletes will ski with an IFSA certified coach every Sunday, focusing on preparing them for competition and setting them on a path to join the full time Freeskiing Program.

Our Coaches

Connor Michael

Connor Michael is a 24 year old from Anchorage Alaska who has been competitively skiing for the majority of his life. He ski raced for 10 years with the Alyeska Ski Club all the way through Juniors.  During his time racing in FIS, he attended Western Regionals every year. He was awarded with the most helpful award before leaving the ASC.

After graduating high school he moved to Gunnison Colorado to ski for Western State Colorado University’s Freeride and Skiercross teams. Connor finished his freeride career as the 10th ranked skier in North America’s Freeride World Qualifiers in 2015. He attended USCSA Nationals to compete in skiercross in 2013 and 2014, taking home 2nd and 8th place respectively. He was awarded with the team leadership award before graduating from Western.

Upon graduation, Connor spent a year traveling to destinations like Patagonia and Japan before taking a job at Naniq Global Logistics. He now lives in Anchorage and wants to contribute to the growth and success of the ASC Freeskiing Team.

Ingrid Kelly

Ingrid Kelly was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Ingrid grew up playing competitive hockey and skiing recreationally in her free time. After graduating from West Anchorage High School, Ingrid attended Hamilton College in upstate New York, playing for their D-III women’s hockey program.

Ingrid played college hockey on the East Coast for one season until she found out that her true passion was skiing. She transferred to Western State Colorado University and immediately signed up for the Mountain Sports Team, participating in both freeride skiing and cross-country skiing. Ingrid participated in the FWQ, USCSA, and USASA events for both skiercross and cross-country skiing.

Ingrid earned a degree in Economics from Western State Colorado University in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. She returned to Anchorage, where she currently holds an underwriting position at Alaska National Insurance Company. In spring of 2017, Ingrid graduated from UAF with a Master’s in Business Administration. She is thrilled to be a part of the ASC Freeskiing Team, and to pass on her love for the sport and knowledge of competition to the younger athletes.   

Drew Petrie

Drew grew up as an Alyeska Ski Club Mighty Might starting at age 6. At age 11 he progressed into the Junior racing program for 3 years before realizing his passion in freestyle/freeride skiing. He was one of the original members of the ASC Freeride Team competing for 4 years in Half Pipe and Slopestyle before moving on to Big Mountain skiing. You’ll find Drew on the Kenai River during the summer working as a Fishing Guide and at SkiAK during the winter months working as a Sales Associate.

Tanner Cabana

Tanner Cabana is from Girdwood Alaska and has been skiing his entire life. He ski raced with the Alyeska Ski Club through high school and was a top racer in the program at the FIS level. He also competed in a few Junior IFSA competitions during his time with the Alyeska Ski Club. In 2010 he took 3rd place at the Alyeska comp and in 2011 he took 3rd place at Crested Butte.

After high school he competed in some Freeskiing World Tour competitions, with notable podiums like first place at the Chugach open in 2013 and first place in Crested Butte. He has also raced in Skiercross races at the Nor-am level.

During the summer Tanner works as the captain of a commercial fishing boat. He is stoked to be returning to the Alyeska Ski Club as a full time coach for the Freeskiing Program.