Early September: fall dryland training begins
Mid-November: winter program begins
Mid-April: end of season
P-G Full Time FIS : $3,980
PG 3-day USSA Program: $1750
PG 5-day FIS : $2900
Working in conjunction with Montana State University (MSU) and other programs, we have built an ideal situation for further developing the student-athlete; athletes may pursue a college education as they train on a high level. Our Post Grad (PG) Program is designed to assist athletes in reaching their individual goals, whether they are trying to meet point profiles for collegiate skiing or U.S. Ski Team criteria.
Sept - Nov: Dryland practices
Nov - April: On-snow training
3-7 days/week depending on the program you register for
Primary competition is Western Region FIS & Nor-Ams
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.
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.
Most athletes will need free skis, Giant Slalom (GS), and Slalom (SL) skis. Downhill and Super G skis for speed events, if applicable.
Some people say that the three most important things when it comes to ski equipment are boots, boots and boots.
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.
A quick way to find the proper boot size is by “shell fitting.” Take the liner out of the boot. Put the (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.
Helmets are required. Helmets must 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 this 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.
Head, arm, hand, shoulder, back, teeth (mouthguard), and shin protection recommended, based on event.
GS-standard length. SL-pole guards for blocking and protection. SL 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.
Given the terrain and requirements for certain areas at Bridger Bowl, rescue beacon and confidence in its use is recommended.
When you register for the program, you will be added to an email list. Your coaches will communicate weekly details to you through email, as well as any last-minute changes. (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 us, let us know!
Long Term Athletic Development is the managed developmental progression for an athlete that will both maximize their long-term potential and enjoyment in the sport. It is individualized, based on science and factors one's development physiologically, cognitively and socially, as well as their experience in their sport. It identifies optimal training, competition and recovery programming with relation to biological development and maturation.
With this approach, the athlete, coach and parents are more focused on long-term gains, rather than immediate short-term competition successes.
Without realizing the hazards of a short-term approach, many athletes find that success early in sport does not translate to future performance because they neglected key developmental areas, or failed to maximize their opportunities at the right times in their development.
The BSF Alpine LTAD follows the guidelines of the USSA LTAD.
This plan addresses:
Skiers in this phase are moving into mastery of all aspects of the sport. While a well-rounded training approach is still encouraged, some athletes may begin to specialize toward certain disciplines. Course setting will test and challenge all the skills the skier possesses. All disciplines recommended.
Minimum 10 years in the sport. Skiing 4-5 days/week, logging 130-150 days a season with a max of 55 starts (based on # of disciplines). At least 10% Free skiing. Competition season goes Nov-April.
4-5 "in-season" conditioning/recovery sessions per week. Eccentric strength, power & explosive. Aerobic training, especially efficiency and recovery work. Core strength. Produce force in skiing specific positions.
Technical and Tactical Emphasis
Mastery or innovation stage. Event-specific technical and tactical mastery. Optimizes line for ability level and conditions in race situations. Apply equipment innovations.
Equipment Selection and Preparation
Adhere to USSA and FIS rules for all equipment selection. Equipment testing including skis, boots, plates, bindings and poles is recommended to maximize performance.
Skis- race and training skis for all disciplines. Professional support or consultation is recommended for preparation.
Boots –Discipline-specific boots. May be necessary to maximize performance.
Protection - Head, arm, hand, shoulder, back, teeth (mouthguard), and shin protection recommended, based on event.
Poles - GS-standard length, SL-pole guards for blocking and protection. SL pole may be slightly shorter. Custom sizing and contouring for individuals.
Performance Psychology Emphasis
Refine performance psychology skills: Imagery, goal achievement, performance planning, attention and focus, self regulatory talk and confidence. Identify optimal performance state. Dealing with competition, risk, failure and fear. Parents continue to support the commitment of the athlete in the sport.
Regional FIS series FIS U, NorAm and European FIS races. Olympics, World Cup, World Ski Champs, World Jr. Champs, European Cup.