December 18-19, 2021

West Yellowstone, MT
Welcome to the Intermountain Division (IMD) Opener Nordic Races
hosted by
the Bridger Ski Foundation & West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation
West Yellowstone, Montana

Saturday, December 18
Sprint races at Rendezvous Trails, West Yellowstone

Sunday, December 19
Distance races at Rendezvous Trails, West Yellowstone

We are happy to welcome you to the 2021 BSF IMD races, to be held at West Yellowstone.  We are appreciative of the cooperation and support of West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation in bringing you this event. All U10-U20, Open athletes, and spectators are encouraged to attend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some precautions will apply. Please refer to “Spectator Info” and “COVID Considerations” below.

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Look here for important news and updates.


Detailed Race Schedule:

NOVEMBER 29- Registration opens

DECEMBER 13 - Registration deadline (5pm, MST)

DECEMBER 13 - Team captains tab below will be updated with pertinent info.

DECEMBER 15: Last date for decision by LOC on whether we can hold the races

DECEMBER 15: Late registration closed (12 pm, MST)

THURSDAY, DEcember 16

Evening: Preliminary Start Lists available (TCM tab) for coaches review

FRIDAY, December 17

INSPECTIONS OF COURSES 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails

COACHES BIB PICKUP & PAYMENTS DUE: 9 a.m. - Noon at Rendezvous Trailhead building, or by coordination with race secretary. Coaches/athletes will be issued wrist bracelets to wear to indicate they have paid the Fri/Sat/Sun trail fee.

TEAM CAPTAINS' VIRTUAL MEETING: 5 pm (link will be sent)




West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails

7:30 a.m. Bib pick up, Taylor Cabin, just north of stadium

9:00 a.m. Freestyle Qualifiers, 15 sec. Interval start on 1.4K homologated sprint trail

  Women Open, U18/U20, U16

   Men Open, U18/U20, U16

   U14 Women and Men

10:15 a.m. Citizen U10, purple trail, 1k, mass start

10:30 a.m. Citizen U12 homologated sprint trail 1.4k, mass start

10:50 a.m. Citizen U14 B and A Finals, homologated sprint trail 1.4k, mass start

11:30 a.m. Citizen B Heats, homologated sprint trail 1.4k

  (61-90 from qualification round)

1:05 p.m. Citizen A Heats, homologated sprint trail 1.4k

 (31-60 from qualification round)

2:35 p.m. FIS/NRL Open Heats, homologated sprint trail 1.4k

  (top 30 from qualification round)

Awards: presented throughout the day.

SUNDAY, December 19

Classic Distance

West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails

7:30 a.m. Bib pick up

9:00 a.m. Open/U20/U18/U16 Women, 30-sec. interval start, homologated trail 5K

10:00 a.m. Open/U20/U18 Men, 30-sec. interval start, homologated trail 10K

11:00 a.m. U16 Men, 30-sec. interval start, homologated trail 5K

11:30 a.m. Citizen U14 Women, 30-sec interval start, Biathlon Yellow trail (including Wolverine Way), 3k

11:45 a.m. Citizen U14 men, 30-sec interval start, Biathlon Yellow trail (including Wolverine Way), 3k

12:00 p.m. Citizen U12 Women, 30-sec interval start, Biathlon Red trail, 2k

12:15 p.m. Citizen U12 Men, 30-sec interval start, Biathlon Red trail, 2k

12:30 p.m. U10 Women, 30-sec interval start, Biathlon Orange trail, 1.5k

12:45 p.m. U10 Men 1k, 30-sec interval start, Biathlon Orange trail, 1.5k

Awards: presented throughout the day.


For these Intermountain Division season opener races, our race Organizing Committee is following U.S. Ski & Snowboard COVID-19 CC Domestic Competition Guidance policies (Oct. 1, 2021) US Ski and Snowboard 2021-22 Covid Domestic Competition Guidance.  Please see Operations Plan below for details on race day/venue safety precautions.

Despite our attention to detail, these preventive measures cannot guarantee that event attendees will not contract COVID-19; staying home is the only reliable way to avoid becoming infected with COVID-19.  Furthermore, the guidelines we have in place to make this event as safe as possible may be inconvenient for attendees; if you anticipate this to be a problem for you, please do not come to the event.  

Important race event procedures:

● For spectators, race volunteers, and athletes in all locations of the race venue (including parking lots, wax tents) we highly recommend wearing masks at all times (except when athlete is on the race course) as it is often impossible to socially distance at all times even when outdoors and some individuals at the event may not be fully vaccinated.

● Disposable masks will be available throughout the venue.

● Maintain 6 feet social distance whenever possible.

● For all in attendance at race events this season, US Ski & Snowboard highly recommends receiving Covid-19 vaccinations.


This event guide follows recommendations from the US Ski and Snowboard 2021-22 Covid Domestic Competition Guidance (Oct. 1, 2021).  Additionally, the guide follows Federal/CDC and Gallatin County Health Department orders and event guidelines on hygiene, social distancing, symptom monitoring, and collaboration on contact tracing.  A COVID-19 Coordinator will be available for the event to work with local health authorities on specific rules and regulations related to COVID-19.

COVID transmission prevention measures 

All participants are encouraged to follow health department recommendations on travel and hygiene precautions that are in place at the time of the race from both the athlete's home county/state and Gallatin County Gallatin County Health Department.   

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID, do not travel to the venue until you receive clearance from a doctor.

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please refer to the CDC Guidance Recommendations on quarantine and travel requirements.

If COVID Symptoms Develop During or after the Event:

  1. Any participant who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms consistent with the disease beginning within 48 hours after the conclusion of the event is to notify the host and contact the event’s COVID Coordinator.
  2. Immediately isolate anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Notify local healthcare facility to transport the individual home or to a healthcare testing facility as directed.
  3. Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms or who has tested positive, should quarantine according to state/regional guidelines.
  1. Unvaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a person who is COVID+ should isolate for 10 days; this period can be shortened to 7 days with a negative COVID test that is obtained 5-7 days after contact.
  2. In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, and while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations, notify local health officials, staff, participants, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19.

Event Social Distancing and Hygiene Precautions

  • There will be no indoor event gatherings (e.g., awards ceremonies or banquets) in order to reduce risk of COVID transmission.
  • Team Captain Meetings will be virtual meetings to facilitate social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the venue, including at portable restrooms, ski waxing areas, egress/ingress areas for spectators.
  • All attendees (athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators) are encouraged to wear masks at all times when at the race venue (except athletes who are skiing on the race course).
  • It is recommended that all participants (athletes, spectators, volunteers, and race officials) receive COVID vaccinations prior to the event.

Other social distancing measures:

  • Race staff, volunteers, and judges will wear masks and will maintain social distance whenever possible while at the race venue.  
  • All race jury and other official meetings will be conducted outdoors.
  • Race staff and volunteers who will be working indoors for more than 15 minutes will be required to be vaccinated and will be asked to present proof of vaccination to the Covid Coordinator.
  • Race venue buildings will be utilized only by volunteers, timing contractor, and medical staff.
  • Any individual who is authorized to enter any race venue building for a brief period of time (race bib pickup, volunteer food pickup, etc.) must not remain inside that building for longer than 15 minutes.
  • Athletes in start area should wear masks until in the start gate (up to 30 seconds before start).
  • Athletes should maintain 6 feet distance from one another in the start area.
  • A freshly-laundered set of cloth race number bibs will be distributed for each race.

Travel, Transportation, and Spectators

  • All participants are encouraged to travel to West Yellowstone in known, safe, small family or teammate bubbles.
  • All attendees are encouraged to wear masks when they are indoors or when they are outdoors and unable to maintain social distance from one another.
  • Parking lot access will be within walking distance to the venue to prevent having to use shuttles for all attendees.

    Enjoy the event! Stay safe and healthy.  And please help prevent the spread of COVID in West Yellowstone during this event.


Registration Fees:  

U16, U18, U20, & Open: $35 per race

U14 & Under: $22 per race

Trail fees: $30/athlete and coach - covers Friday, Saturday, Sunday

U.S. Ski & Snowboard license and/or FIS required for U16 & older athletes.

Registration deadline: Monday, December 13, 5:00 p.m. MST

Late registration: due by Noon, December 15 (late fees have been waived due to race changes)

Eligibility:  Registration is open to athletes with required licenses.

Changes and late entries: must fill out the athlete change & late entry form. (No late fee.)


Complete athlete and coach registration spreadsheet.  Due December 13 at 5 p.m. (Note that you need to download (or copy) the spreadsheet, then fill it out, and email it to the race secretary.)

Registration FORM


Each athlete and coach must complete two waivers: a BSF liability waiver and a WYSEF liability waiver. These have been updated to google forms that each athlete and coach will need to fill out.

BSF waiver:

WYSEF waiver:

Payments & Coaches Bib Pickup

Payments due December 17, 9 a.m. to noon at the West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trailhead, or by coordination with the race secretary.


DECEMBER 16 - evening, we will post two preliminary start lists (located in the “Entries Check” slide of the TCM and via email to provided team contact) for coaches to review and send corrections to the Comp. Secretary before the end of the TCM.

DECEMBER 17 - 5 pm - Virtual Team Captains Meeting (link will be sent)



OFFICIAL Freestyle Sprint Start List:

OFFICIAL Distance Start List:

Detailed schedule:

IMD Opener - Team Captains Meeting
Friday, December 17 · 5:00 – 6:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 208-572-5662‬ PIN: ‪789 106 557‬#
More phone numbers:

TCM Link:


All parking, including team vans, will be at the lots immediately adjacent to the West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trailhead. No access will be available via the road to the stadium.

rules of competition

RULES OF COMPETITION: All U16+ athletes must be registered members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS, and the competition will follow FIS rules.  Seeding will be based on NRL and FIS points.


Chief of Competition:  Steve Patterson (jury Dec. 18)

Chief of Competition: Heidi Makoutz (jury Dec. 19)

Competition Secretary:  Natalie Flowers

Assistant Competition Secretary: Robyn Eglof

Technical Delegate: Tomas Gedeon (jury)

Assistant Technical Delegate: Vicki Longhini (jury)

Chiefs of Course: Drew Barney

Course Leads (BSF): Caleb Lucy and Lizzie Gill

Chief of Timing:  Jeff Wyatt

Assistant Chief of Timing: Jason Nicholas and Molly Bowman

Chiefs of Stadium:  Marc Sheppard

Stadium leads (BSF): David Coletta (Dec. 18) and Ross Longhini (Dec. 19)

COVID Coordinator: Dr. Erich Pessl

Chief of Control: Dr. Erich Pessl

Volunteer Coordinator: Cliff Montagne


All U10, U12, U14 plus the U16 men classic distance race will follow the IMD Wax Policy, which can be found here.  The race organizers will make a wax call by the morning of Wednesday, December 15th, which will be communicated to all coaches via email (also posted below). Wax use for Open, U18/20, and U16 girls races follows U.S. Ski & Snowboard guidance and is unrestricted prior to mid-January.

WAX CALL:  The wax call for all non-FIS level races will be Swix HS5.  All U14 and under racers for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the U16 men's 5k on Sunday should follow this protocol.
Waxing for all other competitors is unrestricted.  This includes all U16 and older racers for Saturday's sprint race and all U16 and older women racing 5k on Sunday, as well as all 10k men's competitors on Sunday.


PARKING: All parking, including team vans, will be at the lots immediately adjacent to the West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trailhead. No access will be available via the road to the stadium.

DRESS WARM! Race day temperatures are expected to be cold.


Access to the stadium area is via a 1-2km ski, snowshoe or walk from the parking/trailhead.

COVID: Based on current COVID transmission factors and US Ski and Snowboard, CDC and local health department guidelines, we recommend the following measures for your visit to West Yellowstone.  Please see the Covid Operations Plan (above) for specific guidelines.

  • Please do do not travel to the event in the first place if you have any COVID symptoms!
  • The US Ski And Snowboard organization highly recommends that all participants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • When at the race venue, wear a mask or face covering as it is extremely difficult to always maintain a 6 foot distance from fellow spectators and some individuals may not be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Spectators are prohibited from entering the start/finish area. 
  • The race venue buildings will not be open to spectators or athletes/coaches.  


We've moved the races to West Yellowstone, and we have a new volunteer signup we need to fill ASAP. Bozeman folks, we'd love to have you come down for one day or both! And West Yellowstone crew and anyone visiting, we need your help, too!

You make this event a success for our youth skiers, and we encourage everyone to sign up for multiple slots and/or days.

Your Crew Chief will contact you with details regarding your specific volunteer slot(s).

Volunteer signup


No banquet this year, due to COVID risk concerns.

UPDATED: Awards will be presented on a rolling basis throughout each day, once results for a race are final.

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