Team Park City United readies for busy summer
May 10, 2016
Team Park City United is an organization that trains and supports athletes in snowboarding, freeskiing and freestyle skiing throughout the winter.
But, when the snow melts, there’s still plenty of work to do. Now entering its third year as a collaboration between AXIS Freeride, the Park City Freestyle Team and the Park City Snowboard Team, Team Park City United has expanded its summer offerings.
TPCU Executive Director Ryan Walsh said the group has a busy summer planned for its athletes.
"We do summer water ramping at the [Utah Olympic Park] that starts on June 1," he said. "But we also have other summer activities like mountain biking and I’m working on setting up a coaching program for downhill. We also do some skateboarding over at City Park and we’ll be coordinating with Mountainside Wake School to do some wake surfing and wakeboarding programs with them."
Walsh said those programs are in place as fun ways for athletes to stay fit during the summer. But, he added, the individual teams will also travel the globe seeking snow.
"Each of our disciplines — snowboarding and moguls and freeskiing — are doing camps in the summer," he said. "They vary from going to places like Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor [in the United States] to places like Australia. It’s great to be able to go to places in the U.S. because it’s less expensive, obviously."
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Registration is open for all summer activities and Walsh said there’s an incentive to sign up early.
"We have an early-bird special — a little bit lower pricing on our summer programs," he said. "Payment for that is due by Friday, May 13. We want to encourage people to sign up soon."
Walsh said the additional summer programming was implemented with the goal of making the winter results even better.
"On one side, having summer programming enables us to be a year-round organization and enables us to have a better winter season," he said. "There is so much great training, from our dryland programs to water ramping. It’s a great way to safely learn new tricks, as is the trampoline work we do at the [USSA Center of Excellence] and Black Diamond."
TPCU wants to continue to turn in solid results at all levels of competition. Walsh said the 2015-16 winter season was great, but the group is always looking to improve.
"We’re coming off a really good season," he said. "We had success from our local athletes on the development side, regional athletes and our national and international athletes. Jack Kariotis was our junior national champion in moguls and also went to Are, Sweden, and got fourth in the Junior World Championships. We had athletes who competed in Europe for freeskiing as well."
Heading into the 2016-17 winter season, Walsh said TPCU is looking to add to its staff of coaches.
"We’re always looking for coaches to come in who have great experience," he said. "We have a great coaching staff, but some folks kind of graduate out of being a coach and other people reach that age or part of their career where they want to switch into coaching."
To register for summer programming with TPCU, or for more information on open coaching positions, visit http://www.teamparkcityunited.com .