Freestyle,
freeskiing & Snowboarding

ABOUT FREESTYLE, Snowboarding & FREESKIING

We offer a wide variety of Freestyle, Freeskiing & Snowboarding programs for ages 5 and up. From moguls to the terrain park, there's a team to match any Freestyle interest. All programs focus on basic turning techniques, familiarizing the athlete with catching air and landing, and teaching the fundamentals of competitive Freestyle and Freeskiing all while promoting a positive team atmosphere. COME SKI WITH US.

Important Updates

November 27: Parent Info Meeting for Alpine & Freestyle Intro Programs
October 24, 2018
Learn more about the Intro programs and get your questions answered at the Parent Info meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Bozeman Library.
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Freestyle, Freeskiing & Snowboarding Team Info Night & Dinner
October 4, 2018
Join the BSF team on October 25 to learn more about the programs, meet the families, and get excited for the 18-19 season.
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Fall Tramp Camps Open for Registration
August 21, 2018
Learn tricks and safe landings at BSF's annual fall trampoline camps.
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Freestyle Update - July 2018
July 19, 2018
Freestyle had a successful Beartooth camp and we're looking forward to two upcoming Water Ramp Camps.
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Ages 6-11

U8, U10, U12 Introductory

Explore alpine and freestyle skiing

1-2 days a week

The Introductory program (formerly YSL) is an 8-week program designed for intermediate-level skiers. Build your skiing skills by exploring the fundamentals that apply to both ski racing and freestyle/freeskiing in a fun, no-pressure environment. Skiers can explore both disciplines, should they wish. Athletes need to be competent lift riders, able to ski with poles, and able to ski mid-mountain at Bridger Bowl. The program starts in early January, and goes for 8 weeks. We recommend one day a week for U8 and up to 2 days a week for U10 and U12.

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AGES 11-12

U13 INTRODUCTORY DEVELOPMENT

1 or 2 days a week

Ready to move beyond Intro? Skiers can move up to Intro Devo to begin concentrating on Freestyle (moguls) and/or Freeskiing (all-mountain and terrain park). Athletes just getting familiar with the Freestyle/Freeskiing program can bounce between all our focus groups (freeskiing, moguls and all mountain).

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SNOWBOARDING TEAM

2 days a week

For the athlete who wants to focus on the terrain park. With certified BSF coaches, athletes will focus their time on improving skills on rails, tabletops, gaps, and all of the features that the park provides. Varying levels of time commitment and varying age groups.

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Based on skill more than age, the Devo Comp team allows a skier to focus on either freestyle (moguls/aerials) or freeskiing (terrain park). With a variety of time commitments available, the weekend warriors in this program will train with the Full-Time athletes. Includes fall dryland training to develop agility and mobility.

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Development comp team

This program provides three options for the avid freestyle or freeskiing skier. Comp team members can do 2 or 3 days a week, or choose the full-time program. Freestyle focuses on perfecting their skills to progress in moguls, while Freeskiing will focus on the terrain park. In the off-season, athletes train with agility and mobility programs, including weekly trampoline sessions. 

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COMPETITIVE team

Freestyle Age Classes for 2017/18

As determined by age on December 31st, 2017

U7 - 5 & 6 years of age
U9 - 7 & 8 years of age
U11 - 9 & 10 years of age
U13 - 11 & 12 years of age
U15 - 13 & 14 years of age
U17 - 15 & 16 years of age
U19 - 17 & 18 years of age
U21 - 19+ years of age

LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development)

The why & how behind a skier's progress as they age

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) is the managed developmental progression for an athlete that will maximize both their long-term potential and enjoyment in the sport.

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 BSF Alpine LTAD follows the guidelines of the USSA LTAD.   

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

Freestyle LTAD

Phase 1

Ages 2-6

Years in sport: 1-4

Train 1 day per week; ski for play as much as is enjoyable.

95% freeskiing

Begin to develop fundamental movement skills through play, fun, novel activities.

Participate in many physical activities. Introduction to formal gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling is beneficial.

PHASE 2

Ages 6-10

Years in sport: 2-5

Train 2 days per week; ski for play as much as is enjoyable.

80% freeskiing

Increase play to enhance specific elements of physical fitness in open environments.

Play many sports. Participation in formal gymnastics, trampoline, and tumbling training is beneficial.

PHASE 3

(Pre puberty; before growth spurt)

Girls ages 9-13

Boys ages 10-14

Years in sport: 4-7

Train 2 days per week; 50-80 days/year.

Continue trampoline, tumbling, and gymnastics. Water ramp training 10-15 days per year.

60% freeskiing.

Start to incorporate focused dryland training 1-2 days per week. Enhance body awareness, balance, and spatial anticipation through games and drills.

Continue to participate in many activities and sports, and begin to identify with primary vs. complementary sports (late in this phase). Participation in formal gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling training with emphasis on technique and proper movement patterns.

PHASE 4

(puberty and growth spurt)

Girls ages 11-15

Boys ages 12-16

Years in sport: 5-8

Train 3-5 days per week; 80-100 days per year.

Water ramp training 15-25 days per year.

30% freeskiing.

Physical fitness is becoming an integral part of the season (1-3 sessions per week). Increase hours of training with varied volumes and intensity.  Continue to participate in complementary sports while identifying clear goals in primary sport. Continue formal gymnastics or trampoline and tumbling. Workouts should consist of dryland, gymnastics, and trampoline.

PHASE 5

(post puberty/after growth spurt)

Girls ages 12-17

Boys ages 14-18

Years in sport: 6-11

Train 4-5 days per week; 120-140 days per year including off-season, on-snow camps.

Water ramp training 30-50 days per year.

20% freeskiing

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. Use complementary sports and activities for variety and to enhance aerobic conditioning by increasing training volume in all activities. Gymnastics or trampoline/tumbling 3-5 days a week. Sport-specific trampoline training focusing on air awareness and consistency.

PHASE 6

(Full maturation)

Girls ages 16+

Boys ages 17+

Years in sport: 10+

Train 4-5 days per week; 130-150 days per year including off-season, on-snow camps.

15% freeskiing.

Year-round, periodized training plans with varying volumes and intensity are essential to prepare for full competition and training loads. Use complementary sports and activities for injury prevention, avoiding burnout, and to maintain all aspects of physical fitness. Focused trampoline training 4-5 days a week.

Freeskiing LTAD

PHASE 1

Ages 2-6

Years in sport: 1-4

Train 1 day per week; ski for play as much as is enjoyable.

95% all-mountain skiing.

Begin to develop fundamental movement skills through play, fun, novel activities.

Participate in many physical activities. Explore individual coordination or balance-based sports. Team sports to build teamwork, ethics and fair play.

PHASE 2

Ages 6-10

Years in sport: 2-5

Train 2 days per week; ski for play as much as is enjoyable.

90% all-mountain skiing

Increase play to enhance specific elements of physical fitness in open environments.

Play many sports. Active participation in coordination or balance-based sports. Participation in team sports build teamwork, ethics and fair play.

PHASE 3

(Pre puberty; before growth spurt)

Girls ages 10-13

Boys ages 11-14

Years in sport: 4-7

Train 2 to 4 days per week; 50-70 days/year.

60% all-mountain skiing.

Start to incorporate focused dryland training 1-2 days per week. Enhance body awareness, balance, and spatial anticipation through games and drills.

Continue to participate in many activities and sports, and begin to identify with primary vs. complementary sports (late in this phase).

PHASE 4

(puberty and growth spurt)

Girls ages 11-14

Boys ages 12-15

Years in sport: 5-8

Train 3-5 days per week; 70-90 days per year, including 7-10 days of off-season, on-snow camps.

30-50% all-mountain skiing

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

PHASE 5

(post puberty/after growth spurt)

Girls ages 12-16

Boys ages 14-17

Years in sport: 6-11

Train 4-5 days per week; 100-120 days per year, including off-season, on-snow camps.

30% all-mountain skiing.

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. Use complementary sports and activities for variety and to enhance aerobic conditioning by increasing training volume in all activities. 

PHASE 6

(Full maturation)

Girls ages 16+

Boys ages 17+

Years in sport: 10+

Train 4-5 days per week; 140-160 days per year including 20-30 days of off-season, on-snow camps.

30% all-mountain skiing.

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

Questions?
Freestyle Program Director 

Mike Papke
(406)-581-8598 or mike@bridgerskifoundation.org

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