The Tahoe Junior Freeride Series (TJFS) is a fun and challenging freeride competition series that consists of four big mountain freeride competitions for kids 12-18 years old. The TJFS was established as a fun competition series for junior ski and snowboard athletes in the Tahoe region. The series draws athletes and families from the extended ski community in Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, South Shore Tahoe, the Bay Area, Yosemite, Mammoth, Kirkwood and Reno.
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. Competitors can earn points from TJFS comps toward national IFSA ranking. TJFS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Tahoe Freeride is committed to providing a competitive environment that is friendly, supportive and builds a healthy community on and off the venue. The competitions foster growth opportunities for athletes:
to participate in a healthy, supportive and competitive community.
to strive to be the best they can be within their physical ability.
to make healthy decisions
to gain resilience in the face of failure and humility in the face of success.
to have fun.
TJFS |Tahoe Freeride will make decisions about the junior series and the adult events that address the interests and needs of all athletes from the first time competitor to the world champion.
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. Eric and Sean continue to hold TJFS board positions.
The founding members of the TJFS and founding board of Directors are: Sean Carey, Eric Deslauriers, Cathy Howard, Trevor Tanhoff, Jacques Fix, Wes Pyatt, and Jason Dobbs.