FREESTYLE COACHING STAFF:
Head Coach, Mike Papke Mike was a four-year member of the US Junior Freestyle Team. He has been on the US Freestyle Development Team and skied in four National Championships. He is a five-year winner of the USSA Northern Division Grand Prix and has numerous first place finishes throughout the last eight years including NorAm victories. Mike has been the Head Coach of BSF Freestyle for 18 seasons. Mike is a level 3 aerial coach and a Level 2 mogul proctor. He has coached athletes to be national champions, and Olympians.
Tony Gilpin is one of the founding fathers of freestyle for the state of Montana. Tony has several years on the United States Freestyle Ski Team and has been a part of our program from day one. Tony is a father of 2 and an inspiration to many. Tony acts as chief of course for moguls and designs venues such as the World Championships course on the world cup tour. Tony is a level 3 aerial coach and a Level 2 Mogul Coach.
Matt Barefield Matt is a previous member of the Freestyle team and has been coaching for the past 6seasons. Matt had left the freestyle team to follow his dream to play baseball. Matt currently is an 8th grade science teacher in Bozeman and a great motivator for our freestyle team.
This is Will’s second year working with BSF as a freestyle coach. He grew up in Stowe, VT where he ski raced for Mount Mansfield Ski Club. Will coached at all levels for the BSF Alpine Team for some time and is going to be the Head Coach of our Big Mountain Team. Will got his Welding Technology Certificate from Gallatin College at MSU and is now a Mechanical Engineering student at Montana State University.
I grew up looking at ski magazines and watching Warren Miller and Greg Stump movies. I have met both of these legends and got to spend time with them on separate occasions. Child hood dreams come true!!! Growing up and looking at these videos and images, and trying to emulate what I was seeing was something I was always striving for. So when I was published in Powder, Freeskier, Backcountry, and Ski magazines this really hit home and was a humbling experience. I never really expected to be in the mags I grew up reading...now it is time help other kids realize their passions and dreams!
Tim Chamberlain Tim has been living in Bozeman for four years. He has been working as a ski Instructor at big sky resort for the past three winters. Before he moved to Montana he lived in Vermont. In high school he attended Killington Mountain School for three years. He trained freestyle skiing for five years being coached by some of the best coaches in the country. He skied on the Nor-Am circuit for one winter then decided to go to school full time at Montana State University.
Evan Helle Evan Helle is from Dillon Montana where his native ski hill is Maverick Mountain. Evan taught many developing skiers at Maverick Mountain and enjoys promoting and sharing his love for the sport. Evan is an alumni of the Lost Trail Freestyle Team where he competed for three years. He then decided to attend Montana State University where he could ski on a daily basis.