The New Hampton School Freeski team focuses on slopestyle (jumps and rails) and all-mountain skiing at nearby Loon Mountain four days each week. We start skiing immediately after Thanksgiving vacation, and continue until early March. Weekly competitions will be held at a variety of ski areas in New England, creating excellent opportunities for freeskiers to travel, compete and celebrate this exciting and creative form of skiing.
Loon Mountain, 35 minutes north of New Hampton, is home to some of the best terrain parks, snowmaking and all-mountain skiing in the northeast. We love to ski mid-week at Loon to train for Lakes Region and New England Freeski/Freeride competitions. Skiers will travel and train as a team, but as in all snow sports, individuals will progress at their own rates. The NHS Freeski team placed third overall during both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons in the Lakes Region Freeski League.
Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and exciting team experience for any die-hard skier who wants to improve their skills and ski a lot during the winter season.
Sam Conkling grew up in New Hampton and graduated from NHS in 1985. He earned his BA from Colby College in 1989, and then moved to the Rocky Mountains to lead outdoor education programs and start work in the ski industry. Six years later Sam returned to NH to earn his MEd and begin his teaching and coaching career. Sam is a member of the English Department and the head coach of the NHS mountain biking and freeski teams. As a lifetime skier, Sam has been involved in many different aspects of skiing and has been teaching and coaching the sport for over 20 years. After coaching the NHS alpine team for two years, he and his sons started the freeski team in 2016. Sam started mountain biking in the early 80s and has pursued that passion all over the USA. He is extremely proud of the NHS mountain bike trails and loves taking the team to his favorite local riding areas. Sam lives near campus with his wife Norah and their three children: Liam ’16, Conor ’18 and Bridget ’20. He enjoys spending as much time outside as possible, especially mountain biking, telemark skiing, hiking, and engaging in most water sports.