Freestyle & freeskiing

freeskiing terrain park 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

March : Last day

COST:

Summer costs TBA.

1 day/week: $705

2 days/week: $830

3 days/week: $920

5 days/week: $2,880

 Camps: additional cost

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN FALL FOR WINTER PROGRAMS.

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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.

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.


WHO SHOULD JOIN

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.

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 wilcus 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. 

SCHEDULE

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.

1 day/week: 

TBA

2 days/week: 

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

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

3 days/week:

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 

5 days/week:

Fall: TBA

Winter: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
  • ‍On-snow training 
  • Fall dryland training

ADDITIONAL COSTS
  • USSA or IFSA license (optional—needed if competing during competition season)
  • Bridger Bowl ski pass 
  • 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) 
  • Holiday & Summer Camps (optional for 1-, 2-, and 3-day programs) (Holiday camp included for 5-day option)
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID 

As a member of the Freeskiing Team, you’re now 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 variation 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 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 emails—occasionally retailers will sponsor team nights with discounts. 
  • The Ski Swap (http://www.bridgerskifoundation.org/events/skiswap), 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

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.

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.

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.) 

PHASE 2

Ages: 6-10

Years in sport: 3-6 

Train: 2 days per week (ski for play as much as is enjoyable) 

Training focus

 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. 

Technical

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. 

Tactical

Tactics are learned through self-discovery by riding around the mountain and adapting to different terrain.  Skis challenging terrain or difficult snow conditions. 

PHASE 3 

Girls Ages 10-13

Boys Ages 11-14 

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. 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.  Competent on small to medium jumps, basic grabs, ability to ride comfortably in halfpipe and rail features.

Tactical 

Gain comfort in applying various tactics in order to ski terrain using different strategies to achieve differing results.

PHASE 4 

Girls ages 11-14 

Boys ages 12-15 

Years in sport: 5-8

Training: 3-5 days per week 

Training focus 

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.   

Technical 

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.

Tactical 

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. 

PHASE 5 

(post puberty, after growth spurt) 

Girls ages 12-16 

Boys Ages 14-17 

Years in sport: 6-11 

Training: 4-5 days per week 

Training focus 

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. 

Technical  

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).

Tactical 

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. 

PHASE 6 

(Full maturation) 

Girls: 16+ 

Boys: 17+ 

Years in sport: 10+ 

Training: 4-5 days per week 

Training focus

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. 

Technical 

 Mastery and Innovation stage.  Event/discipline-specific technical and tactical mastery. Can ski anything, anywhere in any condition with confidence, speed and style. 

Tactical 

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.