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Hotham Free Ski to deliver future champions

Hotham Free Ski to deliver future champions

Hotham Free Ski is a cut above the rest when it comes to training our future snowsport athletes and champions.

The not-for-profit organisation is in its fourth year of operation and operates year-round with the biggest dryland series in Australia.

The Free Ski development program is based at Mount Hotham over the winter and Melbourne over summer, and is targeted to intermediate to advanced skiers between the ages of 7 to 17 years old.

Their programs are designed to improve the intermediate to advanced young skier, and create a Free Ski community where the young members and their families can develop lasting friendships for the rest of their lives.

Business Development Manager, Vanessa Rowley, said that the new organisation was already seeing outstanding results with their young athletes in competitions.

 “We are really fortunate only being our fourth season, and within three years our children are placing in the top ten for all competitions both away and local,” Mrs Rowley said.

“We are a very competitive club and a recognised SSA pathway's program for World Cup and Winter Olympic athletes. The more competitions we can expose our athletes to the better for all.

“Our president Martin Rowley is also the director of programs so he gets small groups together and we go over and compete at the other resorts.”

Hotham Free Ski program is host to one of the biggest dryland programs in Australia, which operates between October and June, and involves training in trampolining, spring board diving, inline hockey, ice hockey, aerial water ramps and, recently, the new introduction of velodrome cycling.

The dryland training has also attracted a few young snowboarders from all mountains, and schools who are training specifically for SSA Victorian interschools.

“We have introduced a three-day camp for SSA Victorian Interschools and Nationals which is exciting and involves competition awareness, training and learning specific skills and tools for the winning edge,” she said.

“We also have two overseas camps each year for all types of mountain skiing, with a 10-day camp based at Hakuba around Easter and this year we have been approved for an ultimate Free Ski camp in Aspen, Colorado.

“We have scholarship facilities and we currently have five talented young athletes in our scholarship program donated by on of our major sponsors SnowMonkey.”

Mount Hotham Free Ski nominates the top coaches from Mount Hotham Skiing Company (MHSC) during winter, with a one coach to every six participants in the program.

“We find that really small teams help to accelerate the children together and hence the results,” Mrs Rowley said.

“Having the top coaches sharing their passion, all with level one accreditation plus the love to ski with young skiers is a big part of that acceleration,” she said.

Outside of the program, Mount Hotham Free Ski hold welcome soirees, movie nights, complimentary ski tuning, fundraiser and other social events over the winter.

To see their full list of programs, visit their website




14 July 2017