u19 - U21+ Competitive team

U19, U21, PG Comp team (USSS)

3 days a week

September 9 - November 14

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

in Bozeman

Late November - April

Wednesdays: 1-4 p.m.

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

Plus December Holiday Camp

at Bridger Bowl



5 days a week

September 9 - November 14

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1 - 3:45 p.m.

in Bozeman

Late November - April

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1-4 p.m.

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

Plus December Holiday Camp

at Bridger Bowl



5 days a week

September 9 - November 14

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1 - 3:45 p.m.

in Bozeman

Late November - April

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1-4 p.m.

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

Plus December Holiday Camp

at Bridger Bowl



Thanksgiving Camp


November 25-Dec 1

Panorama, BC

Slalom & GS Camp


View details


2 days a week

Mid December - Mid March

Up to 2 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday: 1-4 p.m.

at Bridger Bowl


This program is designed to provide a convenient training option for athletes with existing weekend programs but looking for a closer training opportunity mid-week.

2019-20 Important dates

Summer Camps

September : Fall dryland training begins

October 14 & November 18: Concussion Baseline Testing

Sunday, Oct 20: Alpine Info meeting, 5-7 pm, Lindley Center

Mid-November: Winter program begins

April: end of season with spring series

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Note: In order to register for a BSF program, you must have a current BSF annual membership. Membership fees will be charged to your account during the registration process.
U19, U21, & PG Comp Team

(ages 16 - 21+)

3 to 5+ days a week

September - April

What we do

The U19, U21 & PG Competitive (Comp) Team Programs gives athletes the opportunity and support to train 3 to 5 days a week. In addition to growing the love of ski racing, BSF coaches provide individual training plans, dryland and strength training, and on-snow time to help athletes develop their craft and reach their potential both on and off the hill.

Since there is a wide age range on the Comp Team, view the Long-Term Athlete Development Plans (LTAD) to learn more. Athletes in these age groups will require personalization to their plans based on individual strengths, weaknesses, learning style, and goals.

BSF enjoys a unique relationship with the local high school that fosters an early dismissal for afternoon conditioning and on-snow sessions. Students should be in good academic standing to make this work. Skiing at this level requires good time management skills to balance academics and athletics.


Sept - Nov: Dryland practices provide physical training to help prevent injuries and to build conditioning. (And it also provides for lots of outdoor fun with your team!)  

4 days per week program: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays. Pickup at High School at 1 p.m. and returned to BSF office at 3:45 p.m. Two days are with professional trainers at Epic. The other two days will be field based (hiking, biking, balance, agility, etc.)

Nov - April: On snow training, which begins as soon as resorts are open.

5 days a week program: Tues/Wed/Thurs (1-4 p.m.) and Sat/Sun (9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Additional PIR and no-school days may be added, as well.


Competition is in the Northern Division U.S. Ski & Snowboard U16-U21 Series as well as U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS racing throughout the Western Region. You can choose a U.S. Ski & Snowboard track, the FIS track, or both. How much you travel and/or race is up to you and is best discussed with your coach.

What's included
  • Fall Dryland training
  • Winter training
  • Christmas/Holiday Camp
  • Local transportation to training sessions with BSF sprinter vans
Additional Costs
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Youth license (required)
  • FIS License (if applicable)
  • Bridger Bowl ski pass
  • 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
Scholarship & Financial Aid

As a member of the Comp Team, you're eligible to apply for need- and merit-based scholarships. Learn more HERE.


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. 

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!

Most athletes will need free skis, Giant Slalom (GS), and Slalom (SL) skis. Downhill and Super G skis may be recommended for speed events, if applicable.  

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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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.

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.  No training on FAT skis or using 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 athletes purchase freeskiing skis with a waist no wider than 95mm.

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


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.  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 athlete'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 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 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.


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.


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


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!


Races: Parent/volunteer assistance with races is needed and is a fun place for parents to learn about ski racing. No experience necessary. Look for info in emails. 

Other chances: 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 you! We’re always looking for volunteers to help with our fundraisers, serve on committees, or help at Nordic, Alpine, and Freestyle/Freeskiing competitions.

About Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

There’s a bigger picture to what BSF teaches skiers, when and why. BSF’s programs are consistent with the USSA Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Systems.

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 Youth Ski League, the Development Teams, to the competitive teams, and even on to skiing as an adult Masters athlete.

The LTAD is a living document and updated frequently. View the entire, most recent 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 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-U18's have often had 6-11 years in the sport. Many will ski 4-5 sessions/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 45 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 "in-season" 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.

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).

The U21+ (18 and older) LTAD

Skiers in this phase are moving into mastery of all aspects of the sport. Some will begin to specialize toward certain disciplines, though a well-rounded training approach is still encouraged. Course setting should test and challenge all the skills the skiers possess. Course setting will mirror that on the NorAm, Europa Cup, and World Cup levels. 

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.

Conditioning Emphasis

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.

Competition Emphasis

Regional FIS series FIS U, NorAm and European FIS races. Olympics, World Cup, World Ski Champs, World Jr. Champs, European Cup.


Roger Bay, Alpine Comp Team Head Coach, wajabay@yahoo.com

Pete Petry, BSF Alpine Program Director, pete.petry.bsf@gmail.com

BSF office: 406 587 2445