JUNE 18-24: Red Lodge On-Snow Camp
JULY 9-15 (tentative): Water Ramp Camp #1
AUGUST 17-20 (tentative): Water Ramp Camp #2
Mid-October: Fall dryland training begins
December: On-snow training begins
March : Last day
Fall/winter costs: see below.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN FALL FOR WINTER PROGRAMS.
For the athlete who wants to focus on the terrain park. With certified coaches, athletes will focus their time on improving skills on rails, tabletops, gaps, and all of the features that the park provides. We offer varying levels of time commitment, from just Saturdays, to training full time, five days a week.
New for 2017-18: 2-day a week Snowboard Program is also offered.
Love the park? Join us.
Based on ability more than age. Ask your coach if you have questions.
How many days per week? It’s up to you.
Younger athletes (as well as older athletes with other commitments) generally train 2 or 3 days a week. As skiers progress, they may move up to 5 days a week. The Snowboard Program is a 2-day a week program.
The full-time team, at 5 days a week, is for ages 13+. This program is for the avid competitor who is dedicated to their sport of freestyle/freeskiing. The Full Time Team will focus on perfecting their skills to progress in the park and natural terrain. Team members train and ski the mountain five days a week. 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. Balancing academics and athletics with good time management skills is a must. This program 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. The team will also focus on all mountain skiing, Terrain Park, Big Air, and just plain shredding.
Dryland begins mid-October and on-snow training begins in early December each year. We also have additional camps during summer, fall, and holidays. View camp info here.
Fall: 4:00 – 5:15, Mondays & Wednesdays, Bogert Park
Winter: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
Fall: 4:00 – 5:15, Mondays & Wednesdays, Bogert Park plus additional programs at Ridge Athletic Club
Winter: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
Winter: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
2017-18 costs. Stay tuned for 2018-19.
(for younger age groups, please ask the program director)
U13 (ages 10-12): 2 days a week $830
U15 (ages 13-14): 3 days a week $1050
U15 (ages 13-14): 5 days a week $2880
U17 (ages 15-16): 2 days a week $830
U17 (ages 15-16): 3 days a week $1050
U17 (ages 15-16): 5 days a week $2880
U19 & U21 (ages 17-20): 5 days a week $2880
This program is geared to the athlete that is interested in improving all-around riding skills as well as competing in USASA events. The team will train on Bridger Bowl's natural terrain as well as in the terrain park. Riders should be 10 years or older. Two days a week, Saturdays & Sundays: 9:30-3:00 pm at Bridger Bowl. December 9 - March 4, 2018. Cost: $830. Includes: all training plus Christmas Camp, December 28-31, 2017. More info here.
As a member of the Freeskiing Team, 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 variation 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.
Competitions: Parent/volunteer assistance with competitions is needed and is a fun place for parents to learn about freestyle/freeskiing. 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 cost of programs. 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 safely 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 Masters athlete.
(View the entire LTAD for all skiing disciplines HERE.)
Years in sport: 3-6
Train: 2 days per week (ski for play as much as is enjoyable)
90% all-mountain skiing. Play many sports, with active participation in coordination or balance-based sports. Play many sports. Active participation in coordination or balance-based sports. Participation in team sports build teamwork, ethics and fair play.
This is the adventure stage: ride all terrain and explore the mountain. Comfortable grabbing over small jumps and exploring small rotations 180 to 360 in both directions. Beginning to explore simple rail features.
Tactics are learned through self-discovery by riding around the mountain and adapting to different terrain. Skis challenging terrain or difficult snow conditions.
Girls Ages 10-13
Boys Ages 11-14
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. 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. Competent on small to medium jumps, basic grabs, ability to ride comfortably in halfpipe and rail features.
Gain comfort in applying various tactics in order to ski terrain using different strategies to achieve differing results.
Girls ages 11-14
Boys ages 12-15
Years in sport: 5-8
Training: 3-5 days per week
30-50% 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 learn to apply technical skills to event/discipline specific tactics. Comfortable spinning over large jumps. Begin experimenting with single inverted manuevers and should be able to handle increasingly more difficult rail features with confidence.
High intensity and more complex movement patterns are mastered. Dynamic and complex movement patterns are emphasized to achieve a desired outcome on specific terrain and features.
(post puberty, after growth spurt)
Girls ages 12-16
Boys Ages 14-17
Years in sport: 6-11
Training: 4-5 days per week
30% 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 and mastery of event/discipline-specific technical and tactical skills. Full HP and SS runs with speed, confidence, amplitude and style. Creativity in trick selection and flow. Beginning to experiment with double cork and multiple, linked rotations beyond 900 (HP) and 1080 (SS).
Refine event specific technical and tactical skills to achieve desired outcome. Integrate the increased strength, power and body size to achieve more complex movements and precision of skill application.
Years in sport: 10+
Training: 4-5 days per week
30% 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. Can ski anything, anywhere in any condition with confidence, speed and style.
Mastery of tactical strategies based on the individual's style, discipline and goals. Full runs with maximum amplitude and speed from top to bottom. Linked tricks with multiple rotations at 900 and beyond. Incorporating single and double inverted tricks into full runs. Creativity in run choice is essential. Ability to revise trick sequence as conditions or events dictate.