Join the Mountain Sports Freeride Team


Are you interested in joining the Big Mountain Freeride Team?
Complete the membership form on this page and we will get back with you!


Email Justin Barr – [email protected]


2019 Schedule

Fall 2019 Dryland Schedule

Morning Weights

  • Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30am, Meet at the Mountaineer Fieldhouse Lobby

Afternoon Dryland (Begins September 30th)

  • Monday – Thursday at 3:30pm, Meet at the Mountaineer Fieldhouse Lobby

Fall Team Meeting

  • TBD Mid-October, keep an eye on your email for details.

2019/20 Competition Schedule

  • TBD
February 8-10
Crested Butte Mountain ResortMarch 6-8
Kicking Horse (Golden, BC)March 17
BreckenridgeMarch 21-23 (Spring Break)
Crystal Mountain, WA

April 3-4
Kirkwood, CA



Meet the Coaches

Peter Noon
Freeride Snowboard Coach

[email protected]

Coach Peter Noon

Hometown- Fairbanks, Alaska / 18 years experience

During the off season, I’m usually:

Mountain biking, running and working in Western’s Marketing Communications office.

Fun fact about you:

I’m a lifelong pescatarian.

Justin Barr
Freeride Ski Coach

[email protected]

Coach Just Barr - Asst Coach

Hometown- Evergreen, CO / 20+ years experience

During the off season, I’m usually:

Staying busy, biking in the summer, skiing in the winter! In the gym during the shoulder seasons, little bit of golf.

Fun fact about you:

I’m a huge music nerd.

Ouray Walker
Big Mountain Skiing

Coach Edward Walker - Big Mountain Skiing

Hometown- Denver, CO / 19 years experience

During the off season, I’m usually:


Fun fact about you:

I consume almost 100 tablespoons of extra crunchy peanut butter per week.

Austin Gibney
Freeride Snowboarding

Austin Gibney - Snowboard Freeride Coach

Hometown- Gunnison, CO / 22 years experience

During the off season, I’m usually:

Riding my Mountain Bike or Climbing.

Fun fact about you:

I have two middle names.

Freeride News:

Eight Days Without Sun, RED/Grand Targhee Freeride

Words and Photos By Banks Kriz On Saturday January 20th, 2018 the Western Freeride Team ...
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The Freeride Team Chases Snow into British Columbia

Photos and words by Dominic Rinaldi  Mountain Sports Freeride team is back in action!  After ...
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Big Mountain team travels to Revelstoke, B.C. for season’s first 4 star event

Skis and bags are stuffed frantically in the back of a black rental SUV in ...
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Western’s one of a kind Freeride Team provides top-shelf coaching and support for skiers and snowboarders whose passion is steep, natural terrain.

From established Big Mountain competitors, to athletes looking to do their first Big Mountain comp, our experienced coaches will get you to that next level. We train at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the premier mountain for steep natural terrain in the state; no other Colorado resort even comes close. Training happens both during the week and on weekends.

Fran Europe

Mountain Sports Athlete Francesca Pavillard-Cain Stepping onto her first Freeride World Tour podium at Fieberbrunn, Austria.

Big Mountain skiing and snowboarding at Western is all about progression and it doesn’t matter where you start. All that is required is a passion for skiing and riding and a commitment to training and hard work. Less experienced skiers and riders will get comfortable in Big Mountain terrain so that they’re ready for their first comp. More experienced athletes will work toward competing in 4 Star Freeride World Qualifier events, athletes newer to competition can build points in the IFSA Collegiate Freeride Series. These are 2 and 4 star competitions held in California, Colorado, Utah, Montana and New Mexico. Even if you’re not sure about competing, by being a part of the program, taking advantage of our coaching and skiing and riding with the team, your skills, experience and technique will erupt as you ply the steep and deep terrain of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.


Coach Dave Sugnet dropping in. Photo, MSI

Western’s Mountain Sports Program welcomes all abilities and recognizes that hard work and dedication, both in the classroom and out on the mountain, will allow you to grow and to achieve as a person, as a student and as an athlete. As part of Western Mountain Sports, you will meet lifelong friends and have experiences that you will never forget.

Snowboard team rider Peter Noon taking advantage of the new snow. Photo: Mason Strehl

Snowboard Team rider Peter Noon riding pow at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Photo: Mason Strehl


Are you an extreme athlete? Do you like being a part of a team?