Freestyle & freeskiing

Freestyle full-time 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

September: Dryland begins

December: On-snow training begins

COST:

Cost: $2880

Fall Trampoline (Tramp) Camps: additional cost

Registration will open soon.

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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

(Begins with Ages 13 & up; for U21, U19, U17, & U15). 

Meets 5 days a week. 

The Full-Time Team will focus on perfecting their skills to progress in moguls. Athletes train during the summer months with agility and mobility programs.  Trampoline sessions occur weekly, and load-based exercises are performed to prepare athletes for on-snow training.  Skill development, “best use practices” of our training facilities, and quality coaching ensure athletes the opportunity to develop their craft.  This program also focuses on and educates athletes about nutrition and sports psychology.  On contest weeks the team will train the day before the contest at the designated venue. 

Who should join

Built for athletes who are dedicated to Freestyle skiing. Balancing academics and athletics with good time management skills is a must. 

Schedule

Fall: TBA

Winter: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-3 pm; Sat & Sun 9:30 am-3 pm.

Competitions

Eligible to do events at Bridger Bowl. Optional

Program fee includes
  • On-snow training
  • Fall Dryland training (except for the program at The Ridge)
Additional Costs
  • USSA or IFSA license (optional - needed if competing during competition season)
  • Bridger Bowl ski pass
  • Individual race fees (dependent on how much 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 camps (optional)
  • Summer trampoline sessions (optional)
  • Thanksgiving & Holiday Camps (optional)
Scholarship & Financial Aid

As a member of the Comp 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.

TRANSPORTATION

BSF has a van that picks up full-time athletes at the High School and provides transportation to practice.

Equipment

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.

  • Team night at Round House & Chalet 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!
Skis

A pair of all-mountain skis is required.

Boots
Helmets 

Helmets are required. 

Clothing

Select clothing that will meet your 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.  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.

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

Competitions: Parent/volunteer assistance with competitions is needed and is a fun place for parents to learn about freestyle. 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 safely return to activity. Click here for info.

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 athlete.

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

Here's a brief look at the development phases.

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.