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Brousseau takes over freeski program

October 3, 2019
By staff , Lake Placid News

KC Brousseau has been named as the full-time freeski coach at Whiteface Mountain by the New York Ski Educational Foundation.

Brousseau will develop training and competition plans for young freeride athletes and manage the local summer pool program while developing off-season training camps.

"I am excited to be working alongside so many strong coaches, and I am really looking forward to learning as much as I can from them," Brousseau said.

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Brousseau's understanding of all levels of competition - from regional U.S. Ski and Snowboard and USASA to national level - have proven to help support the always changing freeski pipeline, judging systems, terrain park features and competition course design.

"I've watched KC come through the NYSEF program as an athlete and now as a coach," Freeride Program Director Mike Kirchner said. "It's exciting to see him come full circle and watch him influence the next generation."

Born and raised in Saranac Lake and currently living in Jay, Brousseau attended Northwood School from 2008 to 2010. He started as an alpine skier at the age of 6 and was attracted to the freeskiing environment at age 13, competing in slopestyle, halfpipe, railjam and skicross.

"Having an alpine background, I enjoyed the competitiveness of ski cross events which I have brought into my personal and professional career," Brousseau said.

"As a local NYSEF alum, KC has lived through the growth of our freeride programming as well as many of the exciting developments at Whiteface Mountain," said Executive Director John Norton. "It's great to bring back a familiar face in KC."

In addition to competing, Brousseau enjoys filming and creating online edits for a few East Coast ski companies.

"I really enjoy the freeskiing atmosphere and editing films to complement the competitive environment," he said.

With major advancements in internet and editing platforms, the film industry supports the freeski world by highlighting notable athletes as well as shaping the future of the sport.

"We're looking forward to helping our athletes develop skills that are often perceived as secondary (film editing), but in reality are a big part of freeride culture," Kirchner said.

"I am extremely excited to be coaching for NYSEF since it is such a big part of my life," Brousseau said. "To be working with a program that helped transform my skiing, film career and love of the sport is very special."

When Brousseau is not on the hill or at the pool, he runs a small welding and fabrication shop doing automotive-related jobs. In 2016, Brousseau graduated from Lincoln Electric Welding School as an aerospace certified tig welder and continued his education taking sheet metal shaping/coachbuilding courses.

In his free time, Brousseau can be found on the mountain bike trails or at the skatepark in Saranac Lake.



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