The Camden Snow Bowl is pleased to announce that a top-notch freestyle coach and competitor has signed on to head up the Snow Bowl’s new freestyle ski program, according to a news release from the town.

Nolan Sullivan coached the freestyle team at Gould Academy, arguably the top freestyle program in the state. The Gould team is based at Sunday River Ski Area in Bethel.

In his role with Gould Academy, Sullivan traveled to competitions at ski areas throughout the east. Sullivan grew up skiing at Sunday River, attended the Cape Elizabeth High School and following an internship will graduate from the University of Southern Maine during the coming year.

Sullivan has exciting plans for the Camden Snow Bowl’s new program. “Our approach is learning through progression,” he said. “Content will focus on skills needed to become a well-rounded skier. The various disciplines of freestyle will be covered throughout the season, from the necessary fundamental skills of slopestyle skiing to freeride and moguls. Park etiquette is part of the program as well."

Sullivan emphasizes that his program is open to all ages and levels. “Everyone can get something out of this — even the youngest entry-level beginners. It’s not just for the skiers who have a lot of experience in the terrain park,” he notes.

Sullivan says that he and the other freestyle coach, Jessie Tobias, will guide the freestyle group to progress as a team. “Skiing is inherently an individual sport,” he said, “but in the program skiers have to work together as a team. I know from my experience with the Gould team how important it is for participants to support each other and progress together. With this dynamic, team members push each other to try new things and it creates a fun and productive atmosphere.”

The discipline of freestyle skiing includes every aspect of the sport all rolled into one. The disciplines include: slopestyle (tricks on elements in the terrain park), moguls, aerials, and freeskiing on the whole mountain. While each aspect is different in practice, all center around a solid foundation in the fundamentals of technical skiing, balance, control and air awareness. Details on the elements of freestyle skiing are provided below.

Over the course of the winter, the Snow Bowl plans to host in-house slopestyle competitions. These will be an optional aspect of the program. Competitions will take place during the second half of the season and the Snow Bowl will invite programs and schools around the state to participate in open format slopestyle events.

Backcountry skiing will also be added to the Snow Bowl’s instructional offerings this season. As the Camden Snow Bowl instructional programs progress to a new level, the ski school expands to cover all aspects of the sport.

Scholarships for participating in the Snow Bowl’s programs are available, as are discounts on freestyle ski equipment for those in the program. More information on the new freestyle program is available at camdensnowbowl.com/freestyle/ or by calling the Snow Bowl at 236-3438.