SPEARFISH — Former Black Hills Ski Club member Macy Lundstrom holds a number 6 national ranking in the International Free Skiers Association (IFSA) 15-18 age group and is the only IFSA athlete representing South Dakota.

Free-ride skiing requires a skier to study a mountain and pick a line that best fits the person. 

Skiers are judged on line solidity, technique, style, and energy.

“You want to pick a line that also has air, that has some features in it, as well as coming out of that top of the mountain with a bunch of energy,” Lundstrom said. 

Lundstrom added control is also vital, and riders must be focused and know where they are on the hill. 

“When you’re hitting your features, you have to know a twig on the right or on the left,” she added. 

Lundstrom is 16 years old and a junior at Rapid City Stevens High School. She lives in Rapid City but has resided throughout the Black Hills, including the Northern Hills region.

“I am an independent athlete with a certified coach,” Lundstrom said. She represents the Northern Division, since that is where she resides.

Lundstrom’s season began last summer, when she entered a free-ride competition and earned fourth place. She also earned top honors at a recent Silver Regional free-ride competition. 

She and her sister were charter members of the Black Hills Ski Club about a decade ago. 

Rick McGrath and Chad Sebade coached Lundstrom at the Black Hills Ski Club. They taught her about the basics, having the proper attitude, and having fun.

“It officially began, I think, right when I put my feet in ski boots, and put my boots in skis,” Lundstrom said in describing her initial skiing interest. 

She first visited the slopes at 18 months of age and started grasping the concepts at 4 years. 

“From there on, I pretty much have loved the sport and had a passion for it,” she said.

Family time forms her earliest memories. Lundstrom said she has never had a bad day on skis.

Lundstrom was 7 years old when she first raced at Terry Peak. She moved to Montana three years later and started competitive racing at age 11.

“When I moved to Montana, I wanted to be a free-rider like what I’m doing now,” Lundstrom said. She added that successful free-riders have a ski racing background.

Lundstrom said she did not expect the success she has earned this season. She added she has undergone a lot of training and traveling.

“My goals are to ski and have fun at the same time,” she said. Her other main aim is to gain recognition from coaches, sponsors and others.

“Pretty much every weekend, I’m on the road traveling to ski and to train,” she said.

By Jason Gross

Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — Former Black Hills Ski Club member Macy Lundstrom holds a number 6 national ranking in the International Free Skiers Association (IFSA) 15-18 age group and is the only IFSA athlete representing South Dakota.

Free-ride skiing requires a skier to study a mountain and pick a line that best fits the person. 

Skiers are judged on line solidity, technique, style, and energy.

“You want to pick a line that also has air, that has some features in it, as well as coming out of that top of the mountain with a bunch of energy,” Lundstrom said. 

Lundstrom added control is also vital, and riders must be focused and know where they are on the hill. 

“When you’re hitting your features, you have to know a twig on the right or on the left,” she added. 

Lundstrom is 16 years old and a junior at Rapid City Stevens High School. She lives in Rapid City but has resided throughout the Black Hills, including the Northern Hills region.

“I am an independent athlete with a certified coach,” Lundstrom said. She represents the Northern Division, since that is where she resides.

Lundstrom’s season began last summer, when she entered a free-ride competition and earned fourth place. She also earned top honors at a recent Silver Regional free-ride competition. 

She and her sister were charter members of the Black Hills Ski Club about a decade ago. 

Rick McGrath and Chad Sebade coached Lundstrom at the Black Hills Ski Club. They taught her about the basics, having the proper attitude, and having fun.

“It officially began, I think, right when I put my feet in ski boots, and put my boots in skis,” Lundstrom said in describing her initial skiing interest. 

She first visited the slopes at 18 months of age and started grasping the concepts at 4 years. 

“From there on, I pretty much have loved the sport and had a passion for it,” she said.

Family time forms her earliest memories. Lundstrom said she has never had a bad day on skis.

Lundstrom was 7 years old when she first raced at Terry Peak. She moved to Montana three years later and started competitive racing at age 11.

“When I moved to Montana, I wanted to be a free-rider like what I’m doing now,” Lundstrom said. She added that successful free-riders have a ski racing background.

Lundstrom said she did not expect the success she has earned this season. She added she has undergone a lot of training and traveling.

“My goals are to ski and have fun at the same time,” she said. Her other main aim is to gain recognition from coaches, sponsors and others.

“Pretty much every weekend, I’m on the road traveling to ski and to train,” she said.

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