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

Rory Deasy

Coaching Qualifications: BASI Alpine L1, UKCP L1 (Licensed), UKCP L1 Freestyle (Licensed) and First Aid

Club Affiliations: LSR and LFA

Likes: Ski Racing - Alpine + Freetsyle and Mountain Biking

Favourite Ski Racer: Dave Ryding

LFA Training Sessions

Details coming soon after an awesome May-June training block!!!!



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.