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BSF Alpine Programs

From beginning racers to international level competitors, the BSF Alpine program provides training to help each individual improve and promotes a positive, quality sport experience.



Youth Ski League Team (YSL)
 is an 8-week program designed for intermediate level skiers ages 5+.  YSL improves skiing skills through an introduction to the fundamentals of ski racing. Athletes need to be competent lift riders, skiing with poles, and able to ski mid-mountain at Bridger Bowl. The program starts in early January. Learn more>>

 Photo courtesy of Paul Bussi, Ideal PhotographyU10/U12 weekend team (formerly Jfast, recommended ages 8-11) is for the young athlete just beginning a racing career.  This program is designed for advanced skiers who have previously participated in BSF YSL or a comparable program for at least one year.  U10/U12 places its emphasis on developing race techniques by skiing difficult terrain and conditions and working on drills in and out of gates. Learn more>>

U14 3-day team (formerly Devo, recommended ages 12-13) is for athletes who are driven to further their racing careers. This program provides physical training starting in the fall to help prevent injuries and to allow for optimum performance.  On snow training, which begins as soon as resorts are open (early december), combines free skiing, drills, and gates.  Technique (how to ski) and tactics (where to ski) are taught in tandem. Learn more>>


U16/U18/PG Teams
 are for athletes who have made a definite commitment to the sport. Athletes training on and off snow 5-6 days a week.  Athletes in the competitive program are committed to excelling in skiing, physical training, and academics. Learn more>>

Please note that you must have a 2013-14 BSF Membership in order to register for a 2013-2014 BSF program. Visit this page to learn more and to purchase a new membership.


To help streamline program titles/names, we are making an effort to align BSF information with informaton put forth by USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association).  Recently, USSA made a transition from "J" categories to "U" categories.  With the name change also came new age groupings which has caused some confusion.  While most of us are getting used to the changes, the BSF program titles and descriptions have still contained some dated wording.  Please see the chart below to determine the age category for the athlete.  Also, please note some changes in program names in the brief description below.  More detailed descriptions of individual programs are under "Alpine Links" to the right of the Alpine page.  

The majority of the athletes will participate in programs that fall under two categories, Development and Comp (competition).  It is important to note that Development athletes can compete and Comp athlets are always developing.  These are simply terms that are common throughout ski racing circles and terms that have familiarity with BSF programs.  Within Northern Division, "development" groups attend the same races while comp athletes have their individual circuit as well.  Some of the older (U14) development athletes, based on coach discretion,  may have the opportunity to race at a "U16 and older" event.  

Please feel free to email with any program questions. 

Alpine Age Classes as determined by age on December 31st, 2013

U8 - 7 years and younger

U10 - 8 & 9 years of age

U12 - 10 & 11 years of age

U14 - 12 & 13 years of age

U16 - 14 & 15 years of age

U18 - 16 & 17 years of age

U21/PG - 18, 19, & 20 years of age


Download BRIDGER BOWL NOTIFICATION OF RISK for the 2013-14 season>>


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