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Dropping in to freestyle at Waterville Valley
In January, the Tom Barbeau Training Center opened. It will be used by the alpine, snowboard and freestyle programs and includes fitness equipment, two trampolines and a video viewing area.
He added: "The advantage of our facility is we have the coaching staff to improve these programs effectively and it's a great opportunity for all of us."
The freestyle program has about 80 athletes ages 9-20 and a highly experienced coaching staff.
"The academic program here is outstanding with about 60 students and 30 teachers, so a there is a lot of individualized attention academically and we are able to match that athletically. We have marvelous facilities and everything we need here to create a successful freestyle athletes," said Preston.
"I like being in the air and the creativity the freestyle sport allows," he said. "My favorite disciplines are slopestyle and big air and the most exciting part of the sport is when I land a new trick."
"I have done two summers of off-season training with the bag jump and trampoline, and this training helped me improve quickly and to safely practice tricks off snow," he said.
Slopeside runs every Friday during the ski season. Kathleen Humphreys can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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