The freeski pipeline begins with finding a local/regional US Ski & Snowboard club or USASA event series where aspiring athletes are introduced to coaches and officials who are knowledgeable about the skills and steps an athlete will master as they travel through the development pipeline. Athletes begin their competitive career with USASA regional events and in some areas US Ski & Snowboard regional events. From there athletes then progress on to FIS and AFP World Tour events where they can qualify for elite level competition – including the Grand Prix, World Cups, and the Olympic Winter Games. USASA is the largest freeski community in the world and the first step in the Olympic pipeline. With 500+ events nationwide and 32 series across the country, USASA provides athletes all over the nation an opportunity to start their journey to the top. Every year these events culminate at USASA Nationals – where some of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s biggest stars have left their mark. In 2012 Alex Ferreira earned silver in USASA Nationals Open Class and went on to win a silver medal in halfpipe at the PyeongChang Olympic Games in 2018.