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
Summer Camps: additional cost
Fall Trampoline (Tramp) Camps: additional cost
Ridge Athletic Club programs: additional cost
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the Resources Page.
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.
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.
Girls Ages 9-13
Boys Ages 10-14
Years in Sport: 4-7
Training: 2-4 days per week
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.
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.
Sound fundamental technical skills are in place. Skills for all freestyle sports are introduced. Athletes should be comfortable in all aspects of freestyle terrain.
Girls ages 11-15
Boys ages 12-16
Years in sport: 5-8
Training: 3-5 days per week
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.
This is the tactical stage where skiers apply technical skills to mogul-course-specific tactics.
Begin event-specific technical and tactical skills. Maintain technical skills through the growth spurt and refine tactical skills.
(post puberty, after growth spurt)
Girls ages 12-17
Boys Ages 14-18
Years in sport: 6-11
Training: 4-5 days per week
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.
Both a Technical and Tactical Stage. We focus on refinement of application of technical skills to mogul-course-specific tactics.
Refine event specific technical and tactical skills (takeoffs, landings, stance, angulation, etc.) to achieve desired outcome. Begin advanced aerial skills in a controlled environment.
Years in sport: 10+
Training: 4-5 days per week
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.
Mastery and Innovation stage. Event/discipline-specific technical and tactical mastery. Innovative in discovery of new techniques and tactics.
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.