A world-class freestyle style aerial jump site will draw international competitors

SOUTH BRISTOL — Local leaders and Pittsford native Chris Lillis, member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle Team, were among those who gathered Monday to celebrate the newest addition to Bristol Mountain — a world class freestyle style aerial jump site.

“With the development of this new training site, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle Aerial Team and international aerial team athletes will be able to train at Bristol Mountain prior to the start of their competition season,” stated Bristol Mountain Vice President Steven Fuller in a release announcing the ribbon cutting. The athletes will also be able to train at the new site for several week before the Freestyle Aerial World Cup event that takes place in Lake Placid in January, Fuller added.

A ribbon cutting took place near Challenger Trail at Bristol Mountain for the new High Point Terrain Park and Freestyle Aerial Jump Training and Competition site.

The High Point Terrain Park will be at the top of Challenger Trail with a variety of features such as boxes, rails, and small jumps for patrons who have intermediate and higher terrain park skills.

“Many of our guests including our after school snowsports club members love the fun terrain park features at Bristol Mountain,” stated Bristol Mountain Marketing Director Drew Broderick. “The Shooting Star Terrain Park will be reestablished as a progression park for guests who are new to the terrain park scene or need to practice on smaller features before advancing to the new High Point Terrain Park.”

Those attending the ribbon cutting included state senators Rich Funke, R-Fairport, and Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua; and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua.

One big inspiration behind development of the new site is a group of athletes known as The Bristol Mountain Super Six. They are six athletes from the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team: Jon Lillis, Morgan Schild, Chris Lillis, Dylan Walczyk, Harrison Smith and Patrick O’Flynn. The Super Six will compete on the 2019 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle Team.

“Their success, the success of the Bristol Mountain Freestyle program and the opportunity to host U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle Aerial Team athletes and international Freestyle Aerial Teams for training sessions and future competitions — which will positively impact the local economy — are the motivating factors for building a world class freestyle style aerial jump site,” stated Bristol Mountain Freestyle Coach John Kroetz.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the aerial site being built at Bristol Mountain,” stated Todd Ossian, Head Aerials Coach for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. “It will not only provide us a world class training venue, but will also give us a chance at early season training when temperatures are warm during November and December in Park City.”

For the local economy this project is an opportunity to increase lodging partners' occupancy during the winter months, according to Bristol Mountain on Route 64. “It also means new guests coming to the area to enjoy our shops, restaurants, wineries and breweries,” a release stated. “Freestyle competitions are also fun spectator sports for skiers and non-skiers. Community residents are encourage to come out and watch training sessions and competitions this winter.”

Sponsors for the High Point Terrain Park and Freestyle Aerial Jump Site include High Point, Neon Wave, Superior Plus Energy and Morgan Stanley.