REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 15, 2021

U14
Competitive Team

U14 Fall & WINTER

2 days a week

September 13 - November 3, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:15-5:45 p.m.

dryland in Bozeman

late November - April 3, 2022 (on snow)

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

early bird: $1460

(after 11/1: $1,610)

*includes Dec. Holiday Camp Dec 21-23 & 28-30. Thanksgiving Camp not included.

Ages 12-13 (as of December 31, 2021)

U14 Fall & WINTER

3 days a week

September 13 - November 3, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:15-5:45 p.m.

dryland in Bozeman

late November - April 3, 2022 (on snow)

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 1-4 p.m.

Early bird: $1870

(after 11/1: $2,020)

*includes Dec. Holiday Camp Dec 21-23 & 28-30. Thanksgiving Camp not included.

Ages 12-13 (as of December 31, 2021)

MIDWEEK ONLY U14

1 day a week

January 5 - mid March

Wednesdays 1-4 p.m.

at Bridger Bowl

Early bird: $300

($400 after 11/1)

This program is designed to provide a convenient training option for athletes with other clubs who need a closer training opportunity mid-week. Does not include lift ticket season passes.

Thanksgiving Camp

(optional)

Big Sky TBD

REGISTERScholarships
Note: In order to register for a BSF program, you must have a current BSF 2021-22 annual membership. You can add your membership to your cart during registration. Payment plans available.

2021-22 Season DATES

Summer Camps

August 15: Registration opens

September 1: Dryland begins for U16

September TBD: Dryland begins for U14

October 15: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Registration deadline

TBD: Parent Info Meeting

November 1: Registration deadline. Prices increase after this date.

Late November: On-snow program begins

Late November: Optional Thanksgiving Camp

Alpine Calendar

BSF General Events Calendar

COVID-19: Risk management & REFUNDS

2021-22 BSF SEASON: Bridger Ski Foundation will continue to utilize a risk management plan for operating in order to best protect staff, athletes and our community. This phased plan may change, as needed. Please read it HERE.  In addition, BSF has a Force Majeure clause (found HERE) to accommodate refunds: If BSF has to cancel training days for our programs due to COVID-19, we will offer participants a prorated refund of up to 70% for the scheduled training days that were cancelled. 

ABOUT THE TEAMS

WHAT WE DO

Mountain biking during fall dryland training.
WHAT WE DO

The  Competitive (aka Comp) program is for athletes progressing with their alpine skiing and transitioning to a more comprehensive training and racing schedule. Fall dryland training combines games, strength, agility, balance, coordination, and endurance.

On-snow practice, which begins as soon as resorts are open, combines free skiing, drills, and gates. Technique (how to ski) and tactics (where to ski) are taught in tandem. Coaches will present a general training plan for the group and customize some aspects to meet individual needs. We maintain a balance between having fun, building a positive team environment, and advancing our skiing. We want you to love skiing as much as we do.

Local schools have been very accommodating to early dismissals for mid-week afternoon on-snow sessions and conditioning as long as the athlete is in good academic standing. For those athletes committing to five days a week and half-days of school, balancing academics and athletics with good time management skills is a must.

RACING

Competitions primarily take place throughout the Northern Division (Montana and Terry Peak, S.D., and Casper, WY). Competitions are scheduled under U.S. Ski and Snowboard. How much you travel and/or race is up to you and is best discussed with your coach.

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SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Registration Options
  • 1 day midweek: (WE- winter): $300 early bird ($400 after 11/1)
  • 2 days a week (SA or SU) $1,460 early bird ($1,610 after 11/1)
  • 3 days a week (SA, SU, WE): $1,870 early bird ($2,020 after 11/1)

September 13 - November 3, 2021 Dryland

M: 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in Bozeman

W: 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in Bozeman

TH: 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in Bozeman

Late November - April 3, 2022

SA: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Bridger Bowl

SU: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Bridger Bowl

WE: 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Bridger Bowl

1-day-a-week option is Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. from January 6 to mid March only. This option provides a convenient training option for athletes with weekend programs at other clubs who want a closer training opportunity mid-week.

COSTS INCLUDE
  • Fall & winter training are included in the program cost
  • Christmas/Holiday Camp is included
  • Local transportation for training is included. Seating can be limited. Talk to a coach.

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IMPORTANT INFO

ADDITIONAL COSTS

  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Youth license (required)
  • Bridger Bowl ski pass or other area lift tickets
  • Individual race fees (dependent on how much skier races)
  • Travel costs (dependent on amount of individual travel)
  • Coaching travel expenses for races and camps (also dependent on participation)
  • Thanksgiving Camp (optional)
  • Summer dryland training (optional)
  • Team apparel (optional)

PAYMENT PLANS

Payment options:

At checkout, you can choose:

  • credit card (pay in full)*
  • payment plan*
  • eCheck (bank transfer)

*See fees for credit card transactions below.

Payment Plans

Programs that cost $1500 and below must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Programs that cost more than $1500 are eligible for a payment plan (or they can be paid in full).

(*If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us.)

How the payment plan works: When checking out in SkiClub Pro (our registration system) choose "payment plan." BSF will call you to set up four monthly credit card payments. Payments post on the 1st of each month.

Credit card fees:

There will now be a 3% credit card processing fee added to payments paid by credit card. However, note you also have the option of paying via electronic bank transfer for no fee. Why? Last year BSF paid nearly $40,000 in credit card processing fees. That's money we have to fundraise. This change will allow us to put fundraising dollars to better use in your programs.

SCHOLARSHIPS

BSF offers a generous scholarship and financial aid program. Comp athletes are eligible for both financial-need-based and merit-based awards. Applications are due mid-October each year.

Please note: If you need assistance, apply for it! These funds are meant to keep youth skiing. Applications are confidential, and we take into account all your circumstances, not just taxable income. (Too often, we see families assume they make too much money to qualify for help, and yet they are considering limiting participation in a program because of the cost. Apply! )

CONCUSSION TESTING

BASE-LINE CONCUSSION TESTING

Baseline concussion testing is recommended for ages 12+, but not required. In the event an athlete does have a head injury, having baseline testing results on file allows your doctor to evaluate the injury and more accurately determine when an athlete can return to activity. Click here for info.

TEAM COMMUNICATIONS

EMAIL

When you register for the program, you will be added to an email list. Your coaches will send weekly emails with the full schedule, important notes, and info for parents. Last-minute changes may also be emailed. (It’s important that you do not unsubscribe to any BSF emails, as this is our main mode of communication in the winter.) If for some reason, you are not receiving emails from us, let us know!

Team Reach App:

We also use the Team Reach app, for schedules and last-minute communications.

VOLUNTEER HOURS

VOLUNTEER EXPECTATIONS FOR EACH FAMILY
  • Intro Programs: 1 to 3 volunteer sessions (or a donation of $75 - $225) 
  • Devo Programs: 3 to 5 volunteer sessions (or a donation of $225 - $375)
  • Comp Programs: 5 to 7 volunteer sessions (or a donation of $375 to $525) 

(Suggested donation calculated based on an average volunteer session of 3 hours and the industry standard value of volunteer time ($25/hour).)

One of the ways BSF keeps program fees lower is through volunteer hours. Without your volunteer hours, we would need to use additional paid staff to fill the void; this would increase program costs significantly, which would also make it more difficult for some families to afford BSF. When only a small percentage of BSF parents take on the brunt of volunteer hours, it leads to volunteer burnout.

We have openings for help at practices, organizing ski and fundraising events, helping at the events themselves, as well as trail work and volunteering for our community trails. We encourage you to volunteer for ANY program--Nordic, Alpine, Freestyle, or trails. If you have a specific skill set you think would be helpful, please let us know. There are always little things we need, from photography, to database entry, to hanging up posters around town. 

We highly encourage BSF comp athletes to volunteer to meet these hour expectations, not just parents!

We post signup sheets and volunteer needs throughout the year HERE.


EQUIPMENT & THINGS YOU NEED

We know—purchasing equipment is daunting and often expensive. BSF is here to help you through the process and find the best gear for your athlete.  There are lots of resources. Please contact us with any questions.

Athletes involved in U14 training/racing are at an age when their bodies are constantly changing. While it is important in skiing to have quality equipment, young athletes DO NOT necessarily need top-of the-line “race” equipment.  All of the top manufacturers make quality gear with a wide range of prices and applications.

WHERE TO BUY EQUIPMENT

Since skiing is not an inexpensive sport to participate in, we make every effort to help parents and athletes secure gear in a variety of ways. BSF coaches will be available at all swaps to help answer questions.

  • The Alpine Team holds an intra-club gear swap each October (before the big BSF Ski Swap at the Fairgrounds). This is a great time to source (and sell) used equipment among fellow teammates.
  • Local retailers or online. (Your BSF membership gets you discounts at several local shops.) Also, keep your eyes out for the team BSF emails—occasionally retailers will sponsor team nights with discounts.
  • The Ski Swap, held each November at the Fairgrounds. Thousands of items. (It’s also one of BSF’s biggest fundraisers.) BSF members get in an hour early. If you volunteer at the event, you get in even earlier!
SKIS

Most athletes will need free skis, Giant Slalom (GS), and Slalom (SL) skis. Those interested and prepared for speed can consider Super G skis or longer GS skis for speed events.  

At this age and skiing level, more and more factors come into play when choosing equipment. Height, weight, and ability/skill are key ingredients in making equipment decisions.  You should check with your coaches for ski length recommendations and adherence to FIS and USSA rules.

The introduction of skis with more side cut has been a major breakthrough and can drastically speed up an athlete’s learning curve, so we strongly recommend that you buy a newer side-cut ski. There are some rule changes regarding side-cut and lengths for the “older” skiers racing at high-level competitions.  Your coaches will be well informed of any changes and help athletes accordingly.

The U14 age is a great age to develop tuning skills.  All mountain/powder skis are fine in addition to race skis.  However, they should be skied on specifically for all/mountain and powder conditions.  

An important note on fat skis: Over the past few years, FAT skis have become very popular.  While this is innovative technology and a fun component to skiing, it can be counterproductive to racing fundamentals and technique.  We encourage Alpine athletes to use FAT skis for powder days or very occasional free skiing.  Research has proven that the use of FAT skis requires very different technique than what is used to ski traditional “race” skis.  We do not allow training on FAT skis and highly discourage FAT skis as free skis in between race runs on race days.  It is much better to have an older pair of race skis as trainers and inspections skis. We recommend finding free-skiing skis with no more than 95 mm width under foot.

Skis 101 http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Skis/buying-guide-1-12-2012,default,pg.html

Race skis 101 http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Race-Skis/buying-guide-1-24-2012,default,pg.html

BOOTS

Some people say that the three most important things when it comes to ski equipment are boots, boots and boots. Many parents try to buy boots “a little big” so that a child’s growing shoe size can be accommodated for more than one season.  This is theory will typically result in a challenging venture for the developing athlete.  

A proper fit is key because boots are your connection to the snow.  A proper fitting boot gives you feedback, lets you know what your skis are doing, and helps the athlete determine what they want their skis to do.  A sloppy fitting boot equates to sloppy or less precise skiing and can encourage bad skiing technique.  Steer away from rear-entry boots as they can cause children (and adults) to lean back too far.  Adult boot construction is typically very different than junior boot construction.  Adult boots are generally stiffer and taller.  Junior boots are great for skiing/racing development and athletes should utilize junior boots sizing as long as is appropriate.  They have many of the features of adult boots but have a softer flex to facilitate better body position and movement when skiing.    

A quick way to find the proper boot size is by “shell fitting.” Take the liner out of the boot. Put the child's (socked) foot into the shell. Have them move their toes forward till they hit the front of the boot. Toes should touch without scrunching! Have them bend their knee forward. You should be able to fit a finger between their heel and the back of the shell. One finger is a “race fit.” It may be tempting to go a bit larger for growth, but keep in mind that boots are the link between the pilot and the snow.  

Boots 101 http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Ski-Boots/buying-guide-3-17-2012,default,pg.html

Race boots 101 http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Race-Ski-Boots/buying-guide-2-9-2012,default,pg.html

Kids boots guide http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Kids-Ski-Boots/buying-guide-2-22-2012,default,pg.html

Bindings http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Ski-Bindings/buying-guide-4-4-2012,default,pg.html

HELMETS
Helmets should have an approved FIS sticker.

Helmets are required. The USSA now requires that U14 and older athletes have helmets that meet the new FIS standards for GS, SG and DH. It should be a helmet that covers the head and ears. (More info available here.)

An approved helmet will have the FIS sticker.                                                

Helmets should fit snug and provide good visibility.  Be sure your goggles fit in them.  Make sure the back of the helmet is not rubbing on your neck or the front of the helmet is not pushing your goggles over your nose.

PROTECTION

Head, arm, hand, shoulder, back, teeth (mouthguard), and shin protection recommended, based on event.   Back protector info.

POLES

GS-standard length, SL-pole guards for blocking and protection (pole may be slightly shorter).

To size poles, turn the pole upside down and grab it under the basket. Your elbow should be bent to or just past 90 degrees. Take into consideration binding and boot height.  Grips should have straps. In sizing poles, longer is better (they can be cut if too long). They are great for getting out of a start and will remind you to keep your hands up.

CLOTHING

Select clothing that will meet your child’s need for health, safety, comfort, and function.  Layering is a good way to ensure proper warmth.  Layers can be added or removed as outside and body temperatures fluctuate.  Gloves, helmets, and goggles deserve special consideration, as the extremities get cold very fast.  On cold days, neck warmers are a great way to keep drafts out and protect the face from frostbite.  An extra pair of goggles on powder days is a smart idea.  Racers are not allowed to run gates without helmets and goggles! Team coats are available: your coach will be in touch about orders.

RESCUE BEACON

Given the terrain and requirements for certain areas at Bridger Bowl, rescue beacon and confidence in its use is recommended.

COLD WEATHER POLICY

Bozeman kids are a hardy bunch, but we will cancel a session if temperatures are extreme--especially if paired with wind. Whenever possible, an email and/or Team Reach message will be sent out notifying everyone as soon as it is determined to be too cold to train.

Your best bet is to always bring lots of warm layers; weather changes quickly.

PARENT & ATHLETE RESOURCES

Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the Resources Page.

BSF Newsletters contain regular "Parent Corner" articles to help you navigate the parent/athlete dynamic.

Northern Division

U.S. Ski & Snowboard License

FIS License

LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

There’s a bigger picture to what BSF teaches skiers, when and why. BSF’s programs are consistent with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Training System.

What does that mean? We’re not focused on short-term success—and the hazards (and burnout) that often come with it. Instead, we follow LTAD plans that are individualized and based on science to make sure your child can maximize their long-term potential as a skier (should they wish to do so) and their enjoyment in the sport. We take into account a child’s development physiologically, cognitively and socially, as well as their experience skiing.

This makes it easy for your child to progress through our programs—from Introductory, to the Development Teams, to the competitive teams, and even on to skiing as an adult Masters athlete.

(View the entire most up-to-date LTAD for alpine skiing HERE.)

The BSF Alpine LTAD follows the guidelines of the USSA LTAD.

This plan addresses:

  1. Sport Participation: How many days skiing/year, # of competitions, and train/comp ratios.
  2. Conditioning: volume and content for physical training outside of skiing.
  3. Technique and tactics: specific skills for the sport.
  4. Equipment selection and preparation: the essential equipment needs for competition.
  5. Performance Psychology: mental skill activities
  6. Conditioning: appropriate type and level of competition.
THE U14 LTAD

In the U14 (12-13 year old) age group, growth and physical maturity play a large role in athlete development.  This will be a general guideline with some individual planning necessary in some cases. U14's have often had a few years in the sport of skiing.  Many will ski 3 days a week, logging 70+ days a season.  Free skiing versus training percentages will get closer to 50%, and competition season will become longer with the potential for post-season regional racing.  U14's can expect 10-15 race starts a season.

Conditioning Emphasis

With increased physical development, the need for conditioning/recovery sessions becomes more important. With training schedules and studies, these conditioning sessions can be difficult to schedule. The athlete will often need to find some personal time that works best for fitness maintenance. Coaches will give recommendations of workouts that can be performed individually. Playing complimentary sports, when possible, is helpful.  Increased aerobic conditioning and balance/agility/coordination is key. Body weight exercises will help develop strength, and older athletes can start with light external resistance (bands, medicine balls, etc.).

Technical and Tactical Emphasis

  • Reinforcement of carving skills while learning line and strategy.
  • Emphasize the use of tactics to achieve carved turns in the most appropriate line for the athlete.
  • Always work on the very basic fundamental drills to insure mastery.
  • Develop speed and efficiency by refining carving and steering movements to achieve the desired turn radius in courses.
  • Use a variety of course sets, conditions, and terrain to teach the skier to adapt to different situations.
  • Free ski all conditions with competence.

Performance Psychology Emphasis

U14's may still be in their "sampling" years but are moving more towards a strong commitment to the sport.  Positive self-talk, work ethic, perseverance, and goal setting while still maintaining a focus on the process over results.  Continue to use imagery and visualize good technique.  Teamwork and Sportsmanship are integral.  Positive parental support and club/program involvement is important.

Competition Emphasis

Divisional racing leads to the Divisional Championship which may lead to Regional events (Tri-Divisionals, etc.).  At the Divisional level, every effort should be made to create a race schedule with training weekends between race weekends.  This is not always possible and coaches will use discretion to help the athlete find the optimal balance between race starts and training (fundamental skill mastery).

THE U16-U19 (14-18 YEARS OLD) LTAD

Skiers in this phase are starting to grow into their new bodies after the growth spurt, with the benefit of increased stamina. Strength gains can be quite rapid in this phase, and skiers can be expected to generate more power through their turns throughout the course. The anaerobic system starts to become developed, allowing skiers to ski with greater intensity from start to finish. This will be a general guideline with some individual planning necessary in some cases.

U16-U19's have often had 6-11 years in the sport. Many will ski 4-5 days/week logging 100+ days a season. At least 15% Free skiing. Competition season often goes Nov-April. Potential for post-season regional racing. U16's can expect 18-20 race starts a season (max of 25). U18's can max at 40 if they are at a regional/international level.

At this age athletes should begin to specialize in their sport, note athletes are encouraged to play one complementary sport to support their skiing skills.

Conditioning Emphasis

With increased physical development, 2-3 conditioning/recovery sessions becomes more important. With training schedules and studies, these conditioning sessions can be difficult to schedule. The athlete will often need to find some personal time that works best for fitness maintenance. Coaches will give recommendations of workouts that can be performed individually. Playing complimentary sports (Ice Hockey in the winter) when possible, is helpful. Increased aerobic conditioning and balance/agility/coordination is key. Resistance training will help develop strength. Older athletes should be utilizing Olympic lifts for power-- with supervision.

Technical and Tactical Emphasis

Refinement and event specific stage for technique and tactics.  Integrate the increased strength, power and body size to achieve a more optimal line. Incorporate jumps, terrain, traverse and long turns into training. Advanced tactics for difficult situations (a-rhythmical course sets, difficult conditions and terrain).

Performance Psychology Emphasis

Commitment. Develop and refine race day plan. Develop mental rehearsal routines. Refine goal setting process- what to focus on, what works on race day, develop “athletic plan”  to approach training sessions and life. Document through journaling. Parents continue to support the commitment of the athlete in the sport.

Competition Emphasis

Appropriate level and number of race starts ranging from local to national and international competition. Expect a ratio of 1:4 (race:training).

Questions?

LaRue Seitz-Dettori, Alpine Program Co-Director & U14 Coach

larue.seitz@bridgerskifoundation.org

BSF office: 406 587 2445