BOZEMAN, MT – U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for ski and snowboard sports, recently awarded Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) a Gold level Podium recertification. BSF accepted the award during the annual Club Excellence conference in Park City, Utah, where 17 other clubs also received certifications at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels.
The Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission-driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. BSF first earned a Gold Level certification in 2015, and in 2019 we repeated the evaluation process with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, demonstrating appropriate levels of performance in all areas. BSF completed self-assessments, peer evaluations, a certification committee review and organizational improvement.
More than just an award, this process gives the club a chance to assess and improve both our structure and our programs, and we benefit from the support that U.S. Ski & Snowboard provides, as well.
Ellen Adams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager, notes, “The Certification process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country. The process to achieve Podium Level Certification requires a commitment to excellence on behalf of a club and its constituents, and clubs have reported finding great value in doing the work necessary to complete the certification. Many clubs have found that the most positive impact was not necessarily the certification designation, but, rather, in uncovering the true opportunities they have to improve and continue to deliver sustained excellence. These clubs all set great examples, and are leading the charge for club improvement nationally.”
In 2019, six ski clubs recertified at the Gold Level, the highest level possible: Bridger Ski Foundation, Green Mountain Valley School, The Loppet Foundation, Winter Park Competition Center, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, and Sugar Bowl Academy and Ski Team.