Freestyle & freeskiing

Freestyle divisional comp team

2017-18 PROGRAM INFO

JUNE 20-26: Red Lodge On-Snow Camp

JULY 17-23: Water Ramp Camp #1

AUGUST 5-12: Mt. Hood Freeskiing Camp

AUGUST 14-18: Water Ramp Camp #2

Mid-October: Fall dryland training begins 

December: On-snow training begins 

February: (or after divisional championships) Last day  

Cost: $830

Summer Camps: additional cost

Fall Trampoline (Tramp) Camps: additional cost 

Ridge Athletic Club programs: additional cost

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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.)
Please note that, starting with this 2016-17 season, a physical will be required for all junior athletes (U11 and older) participating in a BSF program. The form, to be signed by a physician, will be linked from the confirmation page of your online registration. Completed forms can either be dropped off at the BSF office during business hours at 851 Bridger Drive, #4 or mailed to Bridger Ski Foundation, ATTN: Rachel, P.O. Box 1243 Bozeman, MT 59771.
What we do

The weekend warriors in this program will train with the Full-Time Team and focus their time on becoming contest ready. BSF Freestyle Team focuses on carving skills, body stance, pole plants, vision and how to take flight in the moguls and land safely. On contest weeks, the athlete will receive Full-Time benefits, including day-before contest training at the venue and video review. This is an opportunity for the part-time athlete to reach full-time goals. 

Baseline testing is recommended this season.  To learn more click here.

WHO SHOULD JOIN

Love moguls? This program is designed for the athlete with other responsibilities who still wants to pursue Freestyle skiing.  Based on ability more than age. Ask your coach if you have questions.  

SCHEDULE

Dryland begins mid-October and on-snow training begins in early December each year. Look for additional camps during summer, fall, and holidays. Additional conditioning program also offered at the Ridge Athletic Club.  

Fall: 4:00 – 5:15, Mondays & Wednesdays, Bogert Park 

Winter: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays  

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES: 
  • ‍On-snow training 
  • Fall dryland training  
  • Christmas Camp
ADDITIONAL COSTS 
  • ‍USSA license required 
  • Bridger Bowl ski pass required 
  • Individual competition fees (dependent on how much the skier competes)
  • Travel costs (dependent on amount of individual travel)
  • Coaching travel expenses for competitions and camps (also dependent on participation)
  • Summer dryland training (optional) 
  • Summer and fall trampoline sessions (optional) 
  • Camps
  • Fall conditioning program at the Ridge Athletic Club
SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID

As a member of this team, you're part of BSF's Junior programs. This means you're eligible to apply for need- and merit- based scholarships. Learn more HERE.

Equipment

SKIS: Check with your coach if you have questions.

 Ages 6-14 one pair of twin tip skis. Eye level with a variaition based on height weight and skill. 

Ages 11+: Skiers may want to move to have two pairs of skis for each discipline 

BOOTS 

Should fit properly with a soft, even forward flex. 

Helmet: CE approved or equivalent helmet required 

Poles: With pole tips in snow, arm should be at 90 degrees.

Additional: back protection, impact shorts, and mouth guard may be recommended

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

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.

  • Team night at Round House & Chalet is the 2nd week in November with a discount for athletes and parents.
  • 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!

COMMUNICATION

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!

PARENT & ATHLETE RESOURCES

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

VOLUNTEERING

Races: Parent/volunteer assistance with races is needed and is a fun place for parents to learn about ski racing. No experience necessary; we typically provide lift tickets for volunteers who don't have a season pass. 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.

BASE-LINE CONCUSSION TESTING

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

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 athlete.

(View the entire LTAD for all skiing disciplines HERE.) 

Here's a brief look at the development phases.

PHASE 3 

Girls Ages 9-13

Boys Ages 10-14 

Years in Sport: 4-7 

Training: 2-4 days per week

Training focus

60% all-mountain skiing. Continue to participate in many activities and sports. Begin to identify with primary vs. complementary sports. Start to incorporate focused dryland training 1-2 days per week. Develop aerobic conditioning with increased games and training. Enhance body awareness, balance, and spatial anticipation through games and drills. 

Technical 

Develop precision of basic skills while learning advanced techniques over a variety of terrain and features. Can execute linked, carved long radius turns on easy terrain, and is learning to carve medium and short-radius turns on advanced terrain. Exploring inverted trampoline skills.

Tactical

Sound fundamental technical skills are in place. Skills for all freestyle sports are introduced. Athletes should be comfortable in all aspects of freestyle terrain.

PHASE 4

Girls ages 11-15 

Boys ages 12-16 

Years in sport: 5-8 

Training: 3-5 days per week 

Training focus 

30% all-mountain skiing. Continue to participate in complementary sports while identifying clear goals in primary sport. Physical fitness is becoming an integral part of the season. 1-3 sessions per week. Increase hours of training with varied volumes and intensity.   

Technical 

This is the tactical stage where skiers apply technical skills to mogul-course-specific tactics.  

Tactical

Begin event-specific technical and tactical skills. Maintain technical skills through the growth spurt and refine tactical skills.

PHASE 5 

(post puberty, after growth spurt) 

Girls ages 12-17 

Boys Ages 14-18

Years in sport: 6-11 

Training: 4-5 days per week 

Training focus

20% all-mountain skiing. Use complementary sports and activities for variety and to enhance aerobic conditioning by increasing training volume in all activities. Implement periodized training with varying volumes and intensity. Training is now essential to seasonal programming with 2-3 sessions per week and off-season fitness plans. 

Technical 

 Both a Technical and Tactical Stage. We focus on refinement of application of technical skills to mogul-course-specific tactics.  

Tactical 

Refine event specific technical and tactical skills (takeoffs, landings, stance, angulation, etc.) to achieve desired outcome. Begin advanced aerial skills in a controlled environment.

 PHASE 6 

(Full maturation) 

Girls: 16+ 

Boys: 17+

Years in sport: 10+ 

Training: 4-5 days per week 

Training focus 

15% all-mountain skiing. Use complementary sports and activities for injury prevention, avoiding burnout, and to maintain all aspects of physical fitness.  Year-round, periodized training plans with varying volumes and intensity are essential to prepare for full competition and training loads. 

Technical 

Mastery and Innovation stage.  Event/discipline-specific technical and tactical mastery. Innovative in discovery of new techniques and tactics.

Tactical 

Mastery  of technical and tactical skills based on the individual's freestyle  discipline of choice. Consistency of training and progression of advanced  skills will be mastered in a competition environment.