Freestyle at MSA emphasizes free skiing. Our freeskiers compete in both USASA and USSA Eastern Division Events. These are precursors to the USASA Nationals, the USSA Revolution tour, and the Junior Nationals.
Our program trains at Mount Snow’s Carinthia Mountain face, the only one of its kind in the East. We aim to create skiers who tackle the park and the pipe with the wisdom of fierce competitors and the joy of athletes out to have a great time.
Mount Snow’s Carinthia is a major draw for Freeskiers and Snowboarders. Carinthia is Vermont’s only all freeride mountain face. Skiers and riders can choose from approximately 125 freestyle features scattered around 12 full terrain parks. A tree-skiing area, a superpipe with 18-foot walls, a mini-pipe with 8-foot walls, an all-natural park without manmade material, and a big air site are featured. The parks and pipes manager is nationally recognized and respected freestyle terrain designer. Carinthia was rated by Snowboarding Magazine as one of the top five parks in the East.
Robby joined MSA with a lifetime of experience as a competitive skier and ultimately a coach. Robby was raised in New Hampshire near his home mountain, Attitash, where he eventually became a member of their pro freestyle team. After competing as a professional freeskier, Robby returned to Attitash to coach for a season. He served as head coach of a very successful program for Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire for five years. Most recently, Robby was employed by Carrabassett Valley Academy, working under head coach Nathan McKenzie.
Freeski Coach – Dan Maguire
Dan was born in Massachusetts and moved to South Newfane, Vermont with his family when he was six. He started skiing one year later, and has loved it ever since. During high school he worked as a mountain bike instructor and camp counselor at Mount Snow. After high school, Dan worked as a ski school instructor at Mammoth Mountain, California, for a winter. He returned for another winter here at Mount Snow before going to school at the University of Vermont in Burlington to study film, geography and education. While in college Dan taught at the ski school and was a park ranger in the terrain parks at Stowe. After graduating he traveled and spent a winter in Summit County, Colorado, where he gained much of his technical experience with ski equipment working at a repair/rental shop. This is Dan’s second year coaching at MSA; he’s thrilled that the kids love skiing so much! He has been teaching and coaching children in some capacity since he was 16 years old and this continues to be his favorite way to make a living.