Alpine & FReestlye
Youth ski league (YSL)

Youth Ski League (YSL)

2017-18 Program Info

NOTE: Stay tuned for some changes for the 2017-2018 season. (All info below refers to the past season.)

October: Registration opens

November: Parent Info Meeting, 6-8pm, Bozeman Public Library

December: Parent Info Meeting, 6-8pm, Bozeman Public Library

Late December: YSL Holiday Camp (TBA)

January: Youth Ski League begins (TBA)

Early March: Last day.

Location:

Bridger Bowl

COST:

YSL Holiday Program: TBA for 2017-18

YSL 8-Week Program: TBA for 2017-18

age cutoff

All Alpine & Freestyle YSL athletes must be a minimum of 6 years of age as of January 1, 2018.

REGISTRATION FOR YSL WILL OPEN IN MID FALL
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Note: In order to register for a BSF program, you must already have a current BSF annual membership. (These are two different checkout systems. Sorry for the inconvenience. It does keep our costs down.)

8-week Ysl program

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and/or Sundays (you choose one or both days)

Duration: 8 weeks, early January to early March

Make-up days: If there are any weather cancellations, we will make up missed days in March. If you cannot attend the make-up date, no refunds will be issued. If it’s below zero, we will likely cancel a ski day; look for a cancellation email.

Week 1:

8:15 a.m.Check in at Jim Bridger Lodge. Then meet coaches at Powder Park lift area. (Plan on arriving earlier this first week so we can get through the organized chaos of sorting groups and getting onto the lift.)

9:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.  Ski (with lunch break)

2:00 p.m.Skiers will be released from the program at 2:00 p.m. slope-side outside of Jim Bridger Lodge.

Weeks 2-8:

8:45 a.m. Meet your coach and group at the Sunnyside Quad.

9:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.  Ski (with lunch break) 

2:00 p.m. Skiers will be released from the program at 2:00 p.m. slope-side outside of Jim Bridger Lodge.

YSL Holiday Camp

(optional for a separate program fee)
Late December.
Check-in 8:30-8:45 a.m. in the Jim Bridger Lodge Cafeteria
Ski from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch 11-11:30)

____________________________________This is a great way to kick off the ski season and either get ready for the regular sessions or to explore YSL before you commit to the 8-week program that starts in January. Alpine and Freestyle athletes will work together on a reintroduction to the fundamentals of skiing. Plus, we’ll have tons of fun! Seasoned YSL participants will also have an opportunity to receive discipline-specific instruction. *You don’t have to be registered in a full YSL program to participate in this camp.

Who should enroll

  • Ages 6-14
  • Skiers who have already had some formal or informal instruction.
  • Should initially be comfortable skiing up to mid-mountain terrain (i.e. Pierre's Knob, Alpine, and Powder Park lifts). View detailed map here.
  • Should also be able to ski with poles and load/unload lifts safely and independently.
  • Should be able to carry, put on, and take off equipment independently.
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) license not required.

what we do

Youth Ski League is designed to improve fundamental skiing skills while exploring an introduction to Alpine ski racing and competitive Freestyle skiing. Also, we want you to love skiing as much as we do—we want this to be FUN. Bridger Bowl offers fantastic terrain for training sessions, and all athletes will be evaluated on the lower mountain before advancing to more difficult terrain.

To maximize safety and FUN, YSL participants will be placed into training groups comprised of skiers with similar technical skill and ability. 

All YSL skiers have the opportunity to participate in two fun races during the season. (Cost: $12 per start.)

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us throughout the season at (406) 587-2445 or via email.

Kamie Morgan Chochran
BSF Alpine & Freestyle YSL Director
ysl@bridgerskifoundation.org

_________________________________________________

Jason Moore
BSF Alpine Program Director
jason@bridgerskifoundation.org

_________________________________________________

Mike Papke
BSF Freestyle Program Director
mike@bridgerskifoundation.org

The two-track approach

Our Youth Ski League (YSL) program has a two-track approach: Alpine & Freestyle. At the Alpine and Freestyle YSL level, there is a large percentage of overlap with fundamental skill acquisition.  Coaching is provided for the individual groups/disciplines.

When registering, please choose a track based on the participant’s initial interest. But rest assured, this does not lock them into one track. We encourage exploration. If you are not familiar with the sports of Alpine Ski Racing and Freestyle Skiing, please choose a track that best describes the skier’s interest. If the skier later shows more interest/aptitude in another track, coaches and directors can help facilitate a transition.

YSL FREESTYLE provides an introduction to the fun sport of skiing and the fundamentals of competitive Freestyle (moguls) and Freeskiing (park/big mountain). YSL freestyle focuses on basic turning techniques and familiarizes the athlete with catching air and learning to jib rails. We explore Bridger Bowl's incredible terrain and its smaller park with emphasis on fun (and safety). As we work within our groups, athletes become well rounded in all-mountain skiing and learn what our upper level programs have to offer. (Read more about the Freestyle & Freeskiing Program.)

YSL ALPINE is designed to improve existing skiing skills through the fundamentals and to introduce the young athlete to the sport of Alpine ski racing.  We’ll acquire skills on a variety of terrain, combining freeskiing with drills, training courses. Skiers will be introduced to the technical and tactical elements of skiing/ski racing. We stress teamwork and FUN.  As skills are acquired, athletes can move up into higher-level BSF racing programs. (Read more about Alpine.)

Equipment & Pack List

Please have your children fed (a warm, substantial breakfast is recommended), fully dressed, and ready for a full day of skiing.

  1. Ski Clothes. Appropriate ski clothing is important in Montana, so please have your skier dressed in proper ski clothing and prepared for our variable weather.
  2. ‍Helmet. For safety purposes, we require your child to wear a helmet.
  3. Poles. Also required. Please let us know prior to the ski day if you need help finding a helmet or poles and we will be glad to assist you.  
  4. Skis. At this stage, a regular pair of all-mountain skis is adequate.  (BSF holds an Annual Ski Swap each November with thousands of skis available—it’s a great place to pick up a used pair.)
  5. Small backpack. If you could also have each child bring a small backpack with a water bottle, extra set of gloves, neck gator, extra goggles if possible, sun block, extra layer of clothing, spare change in case of emergency, a healthy, nutritious lunch, and a snack.  Backpacks will be taken up the Powder Park lift and dropped off outside in our team area by the timing shack at the top of Virginia City lift.
  6. Food. Pack a lunch and a snack. (Snacks of apples, dried fruit, jerky, carrot sticks, nuts, granola, raisins, string cheese and granola bars are great options.)
  7. Lift ticket/pass.
  8. Other suggested items: lip balm, hand warmers/toe warmers, tissues. (If you put these in a jacket pocket, it will help us take care of your child's needs.)

Note: We do NOT provide equipment, daily lift ticket, or lunch, but let us know if you need assistance with the aforementioned.

LUNCH

Lunch 11:00-11:30am: We break for lunch at roughly this time (depending on crowds and conditions). Lunch is at the mid-mountain Deer Park Lodge, usually upstairs, and coaches will supervise the kids at lunch. Parents are welcome to join in, but we ask that parents join the group upstairs rather than removing your child to downstairs or to another location, as we all like to eat together. This is a great time to bond as a team and get to know each other better.

PICKUP TIME/LOCATION

Skiers will be released from the program at 2:00 p.m. slope-side outside of Jim Bridger Lodge.  If parents are not present to pick up children upon release, please make sure you communicate with our YSL Director or one of the other coaches to let them know exactly where you will meet them after we release them.

Weather/Cancellations

If we miss a day or two, we will make it up at the tail end of the scheduled season. So if it's below zero degrees, look for a cancellation email. We will most likely cancel YSL if the temperatures are that low.

GROUPS

On the first weekend we will work and ski together to find the appropriate groupings for athletes (be aware there may be some shuffling throughout the first days to make appropriate placements). Placement for your child is vital to us and may take a couple of ski runs for us to evaluate your children effectively. 

Groups are generally assembled with similar skiing technical skills and coaching agenda. It is not guaranteed that friends will be paired up, but we will try to accommodate if skiing ability and goals are similar.

Health Concerns

While we will have a copy of each participant's medical release form noting any serious medical and/or dietary conditions, we may not know everything. So if you could let us know personally if there are any major (or even minor) concerns, then we can follow your direction while working with you in providing the best environment for your child.

FUN RACES

We have two Fun Races each year - one on Saturday and one on Sunday (USSA Licenses NOT Required). Races are $12 each (not included in program registration fees). Both events will take place on Hanton’s Hallow (under former Deer Park Lift). While races are not mandatory (we never require race participation at any level at Bridger Ski Foundation), they are highly recommended. If your child does not want to participate, we will have an alternate plan. Experience has shown that 99% of those who participate, even reluctant little ones, enjoy each race as it is meant to be an all-inclusive, fun event.

COMMUNICATION

When you register for the YSL program, you will be added to a YSL email list. YSL Program Directors will communicate weekly details to you through email. (It’s important that you do not unsubscribe to BSF emails, as this is our main mode of communication in the winter.) If for some reason, you are not receiving emails from the YSL Director, let us know!

VOLUNTEERS

YSL Races:

 Parent/volunteer assistance with the two YSL races is always needed, and encouraged, and it is a great place for parents to learn about ski racing. No experience necessary. Look for info in the weekly emails.  

Other opportunities:

BSF is a traditional nonprofit, relying on donations and fundraisers to cover approximately 50% of our operating costs. Volunteers donate thousands of hours each year. We couldn’t do it without them! We’re always looking for volunteers to help with our fundraisers, serve on committees, or help at Nordic, Alpine, and Freestyle/Freeskiing competitions.  

Want to volunteer for the older Development/Comp Team Alpine Races?

Contact Jason Moore (Jason@bridgerskifoundation.org). They always need a few more hands, and they hold a race volunteer training session in the early season. (If you don’t have a season pass, we provide lift tickets for volunteers working at the Development/Competitive Team races.)  

CONTACT US

Feel free to contact us throughout the season at (406) 587-2445 or via email.

Kamie Morgan Cochran
BSF Alpine & Freestyle YSL Director
ysl@bridgerskifoundation.org
________________________________________________
Jason Moore
BSF Alpine Program Director
jason@bridgerskifoundation.org
________________________________________________
Mike Papke
BSF Freestyle Program Director
mike@bridgerskifoundation.org