About LFA

Lothian Freestyle Academy (LFA), based at Hillend, was conceived in 2021 following the completion of the new jump slope. 

Brought to life by keen freestyle coaches who work at Hillend, aiming to use the facilities to the best of their ability and creating a place where freestyle and freeride skiers/boarders can excel.

LFA is combining with the long and well established LSR to make everything as seamless as possible, while LFA gets its feet and starts delivering first class freestyle coaching.

LFA Coaching Team

Blair Fraser

Coaching Qualifications: IASI Freestyle Level 2, IASI Ski Instructor Level 2, IASI Ski Instrcutor Tech & Teach Level 3, BASI Snowboard Coach Level 1, GB Skateboard Coach Level 1 and First Aid.

Club Affiliations: LFA, ATC & 3style

Freestyle Background: Snowsport Scotland Future Sessions Freestyle Coach, Instructor Training for European Snowsports, Member of GB Wakeboard Team & Foxlake Adventures Summer Coach

Likes: Freestyle (Ski & Board), Wakeboarding, Ice Skating & Mountain Biking

Favourite Skier/Boarder: Shane McConkey

Alastair Nasymth

Coaching Qualifications: UKCP L2 (Licenced), SnowSport Scotland Development Coach L4, BASI Snowboard ISTD L4, BASI Alpine L1, BASI International Mountain Safety, First Aid

Club Affiliations: LFA & SSS

Freestyle Background: Para Snowboard SSS Coach and GBS, Freestyle Coach Onyx Snowboarding and Freedom Snowboarding & Park Shaper Nevis Range.

Likes: Snowboarding, Splitboarding, Skateboarding & Wakeboarding

Favourite Skier/Boarder: Arthur Longo, Brenna Huckaby


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LFA Friday Night Training Sessions

The first ever training blocks of LFA will be at Midlothian Snowsports Centre on Friday evenings from 7-8:30pm.

Sessions are split into two 4-week blocks, which run independently of each other.  These sessions are full training sessions but are effectively taster/tester sessions for what LFA will become.

Sessions are open to skiers and boarders aged 8-21, who can confidently link turns, control their speed, use the lift facilities without assistance and competent navigating the slope unsupervised. If you are not at the standard required, you will be asked to leave the session without a refund. Helmets and back protectors are mandatory for LFA sessions.

Minimum ski level required - https://youtu.be/8Q8cww2VEAI
Mimimum snowboard level required - https://youtu.be/615GIszgc3w

The goal of these sessions is to introduce and explore the fundamental skills and tricks found in freestyle. Participants will gain the necessary foundational knowledge required to safely participate in freestyle sports both inside a snow park environment, outside a snow park environment and outside of a snowsport environment.  The skills & knowledge gained in these sessions are not restricted to benefiting a rider's freestyle ability.

There will be a focus on the following during the sessions -
  • On & Off Slope Safety
  • Park Etiquette
  • Key Skills & Movements
  • Rails & Jumps
  • Grabs & Spins
Overview video - https://youtu.be/k_-wBiDVTL0

Each 4-week block costs £74 and much be booked as a block, unfortunately individual dates are not available.  Bookings will be through LSR, as LFA does not have an independent membership and booking system.  Please do not contact Hillend about these sessions as it is booked as a 3rd party and they will be unable to assist.

Block 1 - 29th April 2022 till 20th May 2022
Block 2 - 27th May 2022 till 24th June 2022 (excluding 3rd June due to bank holiday)

Please only book one block to allow as many people to train as possible, spaces on the slope are limited.  If spaces remain in Block 2, those who trained in Block 1 will be contacted to see if they wish to do the second block as well.

Meeting details, etc. will sent to all those booked onto training prior to the first session.

If you are already an LSR Member 21/22 there is no additional membership fee should you wish to do LFA Training. 

If you are not an LSR Member 21/22 but wish to do LFA Training, there is a one-off Membership payment required to LSR.  This £10 payment is required to cover your insurance wise and ensure you are protected by all the clubs’ policies and safeguarding.  This £10 payment only covers LFA Training and does not cover LSR Training.



If you ever have any queries for us, please direct them to LSR Head Coach Callum Henderson or LSR Membership Secretary Charlotte Farish, who will reach out the those in LFA.

LSR Head Coach
Callum Henderson
LSR Memberhsip Secretary
Charlotte Farish


All freestyle sports come with an aspect of risk that cannot be avoided. These activities are inherently dangerous, but the risks can be managed and reduced. We prioritise the development of a safe and respectful understanding of park and mountain etiquette, with an emphasis on the importance of stretching and warm-up/cool-down laps. Participants will develop an ability to be safe, look out for themselves and look out for each other before leaving their comfort zone.