The Tahoe Junior Freeride Series originated in 2007 as a friendly big mountain competition between Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl ski teams. It has grown into a four stop regional series that boasts over 270 competitors and includes 17 ski and snowboard teams. Each comp has a three day format with every competitor skiing/riding two runs over three days. There are no cuts after the first day. Competitors can earn points from TJFS comps toward national IFSA ranking.
The TJFS was conceived and created by Sean Carey and Eric DesLauriers. As the head coaches of Sugar Bowl Freeride and the Squaw Big Mountain Team, they saw growing interest in the sport and a need for additional junior events. The tour has since grown to be a staple of junior freeride competitions. Eric and Sean are both still members of the TJFS board of directors.
Since its creation, the founding members of the TJFS have played an invaluable role in the growth and success of the organization. Without their ongoing hard work and dedication, we would not have these great events to enjoy today. Thank you!
The founders are Eric Deslauriers, Sean Carey, Cathy Howard, Trevor Tanhoff, Jacques Fix, Wes Pyatt, and Jason Dobbs.
The mission of the TJFS is to run a developmental junior freeride series that provides local competition experience for all levels of athletes. The TJFS is committed to providing a competitive environment that is friendly and supportive and builds a healthy community on and off the venue . This environment will teach athletes to strive to be the best they can be within their physical ability and feel good about their participation and membership in a healthy, supportive and competitive community. The TJFS will make decisions about the series that address the interests and needs of all athletes from the first time competitor to the world champion.
Tahoe Junior Freeride Series is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We rely on a volunteer board, community volunteers, interns, sponsors and donors for the success of our organization. Your volunteer time, sponsorship, and donations help us keep costs down for the athletes and run a successful freeride series.