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Yukon Freestyle Hosts Fundamentalz Training Program

On Sunday, the Yukon Freestyle Ski Association’s Fundamentalz ski group hit the slopes of Mount Sima in Whitehorse.

Through Morris Prokop to February 4, 2022

On Sunday, the Yukon Freestyle Ski Association’s Fundamentalz ski group hit the slopes of Mount Sima in Whitehorse.

Bob Kostelnik replaced regular coach Chris Arsenault.

“Just the regular Fundamentalz group with Yukon Freestyle…kind of beginners for freestyle skiing,” Kostelnik said.

“We brought in some of the pre-comp (pre-competition) freestylers and mentored the younger ones.

“It was good. We got all the kids hitting rails – even if they were assisted – to slide over them and be less scared of them. It can be quite intimidating for these kids to get on a big pipe steel and sliding down this one…pre comp kids were great…came out and helped them overcome their fears and slid them down and gave me a hand, and it’s good for the intro group to see the pre-comp kids. They can go do some pretty cool stuff on the jumps and the rails, and having them there to give hands-on help is really good for the entire program.

Younger kids are definitely inspired by the abilities of pre-comp kids with the “wow, I’d love to do that” reaction being very common.

“Oh yeah. All the time,” Kostelnik agreed.

Nine children aged 7 to 10 participated. Pre-comp children are 12 to 16 years old.

The event was part of a regular program.

“They sign up for the season and there is also dry land training and trampoline training. Once you start doing inverted and off-axis tricks on the trampoline, you can take them slowly on snow or airbag on snow. These children are not here yet. It’s more of an introduction to freestyle skiing. So jump, rails, park, pipe, that sort of thing,” Kostelnik said.

“It’s getting off the ground, learning to ski-switch (skiing backwards), getting on box rails and rails… getting comfortable on skis. Not just going straight down and turning, but taking off, taking off, turning, manipulating the edges.

Kostelnik said there is camaraderie in the program, with everyone supporting each other.

“I work with my kids too, but they’ve gone through parts of the program and they’re still having fun, all the coaches and the pre-comp kids. It’s a very good group, and everyone is really friendly and supportive. It’s one of the big things.

“Even if someone fades, everyone is there to cheer them on and get them back to try again.”

Yukon Freestyle has been around since 2006.