Alpental Freeride Program

Skiers and snowboarders are eligible for the this fresh program which focuses on skill, expression, use of terrain and challenging riders to push individual limits. It’s all about evolving into the rider you dream to become. Taking airs, learning tricks, powering through snow in all conditions and terrain types, learning to assess situations and make smart choices, and developing the confidence to have fun with all that the mountains have to offer!

The Freeride Program is for Skiers and Riders:

• Of most ages; 7-13 Squad, 14-17 Squad, and 18+ Squad
• Who ski or snowboard with a high level of skill and focus beyond regular ski school
• Who want to push their individual limits
• Who have strong ability in challenging and varying conditions
• Who are comfortable with all the chairs at The Summit & Alpental and are comfortable on the steep runs.

The Alpental Freeride Program is coached by the best locally grown athletes. They are all highly involved with the freeride scene and are not only extremely talented riders, but also great coaches. Look to them not just for knowledge and experience, but also for inspiration. Wayne Grevey heads up Alpental Freeride and will be accompanied by Summit Syndicate legend, JD Thompson and current Summit Syndicate rider, Corey Nugent to name just a couple of our talented coaches.

We have several feeder programs available for those not ready for Alpental Freeride:
• ARC Programs – Click here for info.
• CentralFreestyle – Click here for info.

Age Groups: 7-13 Squad
USSA/USASA/IFSA classes U8, U10, U12, U14
14-17 Squad
USSA/USASA/IFSA classes U16 & U18
18+ College/Adult Squad
Alpental Freeride Program
Ability Levels Black - Expert levels 7-9 and beyond
Saturdays Jan 7 ,14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
Sundays Jan 8 ,15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017
Start Times 9AM
Lesson Length 4HR




Alpental Freeride Coaches Assistant Program - Saturdays

Freeride Assistants Coaches must be enrolled in the Alpental Freeride U18 Program as well. This program is an add-on to the Alpental Freeride Program designed to continue development and open the doors to coaching as an adult. The connections, skills, coaching, and experience gained in this program are not only inspirational and fun, but will look good on your resume and college essays, and will lead towards professional certifications in USSA and or IFSA Freeride.  Plus, you will have a distinct advantage in your job interview when you want to come and work for us (or any other mountain). 

This program is designed to take elite athletes who are trying to become professionals and develop the insight and tool kit needed to make it happen. The best of the best in the most dynamic, cutting edge program in the Northwest! Snowboarding slots are limited.  Priority will be given to second year Alpental Leadership Program Graduates and select athletes out of the Alpental Freeride U16 program. Includes Big S Unlimited Season Pass, program attendance required to maintain pass privileges.

Skiing or Snowboarding - Ages 16 - 17

Ability Levels Black - Levels 7+
Saturdays Dec 10*,11*, TBD*, TBD*; Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 25; Mar 4
Sundays Dec 10*, 11*, TBD*, TBD*; Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 11, 26; Mar 5
Start Times 8:30AM
Lesson Length 6HR 30MIN


Also required: Season pass release

Uniform Agreement

Release Authorization

*denotes required attendance

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Alpental Freeride Camps

For Skiers and Snowboarders ages 11-18, Black - Expert Levels 9 and beyond

Alpental Freeride Camps are designed to be extensions of the full Freeride Program, offering an extra opportunity for riders to progress and opportunity to get coached for skiers and boarders that aren't enrolled in the full program. The camps are perfect for individuals that want to grow as skiers and boarders, but are not able to enroll in the Freeride Program.  Get a weekend of coaching, take your skills and tactics to the next level, and have a blast with some of the best skiers and riders in the Northwest.

March Camps include one day of coaching, each day from 9am - 3pm with a one and a half hour lunch break.

March Freeride Camps

  • Skiers or Snowboarders ages 11-18
  • $TBD per person per day
  • Choose either day or pick both days

Freeride Events

Upcoming competitions:

2016 Alpental Freeride Öpen, March 12th - More info.

Past competitions:

Wilder Side Sunday 2014 - Recap

Junior IFSA 2014 - Results



Head Coach

Wayne Grevey has developed a passion for coaching from an impressive career as a professional skier. Featured in nearly every major ski magazine, Wayne has skied the path many young athletes aspire to reach, enabling him to offer young freeriders both the skills development and the industry training to help riders reach their goals. He leads a team of pro athletes in the pursuit to train and develop the next generation of freeriders from the Northwest.

Lead Coaches

J.D. Thompson is one of Washington's premiere skiers and is a Summit Syndicate legend. He's known for winning the Sick Bird award in Big Mountain competitions. J.D. hails from a family of native Washington skiers who all share a love for freeriding and he now spends much of his time on mountain passing it on to young Washington freeriders.

Will Curchin cut his teeth skiing the icy slopes and bump runs of Vermont before moving to the northwest via Alta-Snowbird. He loves shrimped-out flips, hot doggin, and shredding with good company on deep days. In Vermont he has coached freeride, ran the University of Vermont's Ski and Snowboard Club, and was a member of the Freestyle Ski Team.

Caleb Cole likes to ski switch anywhere he can, in powder or bumps. He enjoys competing and watching other athletes compete in big mountain skiing. Caleb has been coaching Freeride/freestyle lesson for 7 years, "One of my favorite things to teach for beginner or advanced  skiers is how to spin around in a full 360 staying on the ground, any one can do freeride/freestyle."

Corey Nugent grew up in West Seattle, so it was a natural fit for Corey to start his life on snow at Alpental. Now, a decade and a half later he not only calls Alpental home, but is also a Summit Syndicate rider as well as a lead coach for Alpental Freeride. You can find Corey shredding, flipping, and spinning anything and everything on the mountain. He's also a competitive force on the North American freeride circuit, utilizing the Cascades as the perfect training ground.

Jeremy Walker

Coach summary coming soon...

Jay Hergert

Coach summary coming soon...