Nordic

comp team
U16, U18 & U20

U18 & U20 & PG COMP TEAM

5 days a week

Mid May - August

Tuesdays, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

September 3 - Early April

Tuesdays/Wed/Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Includes strength training sessions with Mountain Project.

$2,900

Skiers should be ages 16-19 by January 1, 2020.

U16 COMP Team

5 days a week

Mid May - August

Tuesdays, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

September 3 - Early April

Tuesdays/Wed/Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Includes strength training sessions with Mountain Project.

$2700

Skiers should be ages 14-15 by January 1, 2020

U16 skiers can also opt for the U16 Devo Team

Homestake Mini Camp

(optional)

3 days

October 11-13, 2019

A fun team bonding camp at Homestake Pass. Spend the weekend at the lodge, on the trails, playing games and enjoying Nordic team life.

Approximately $150

Thanksgiving camp

(optional)

Thanksgiving Week 2019

Spend the week in West Yellowstone, during their Ski Festival, training and racing. Families are welcome to come down, too. Includes Thanksgiving Dinner.

Full details and cost TBA.

Summer only Dryland Training

Mid - May to August 22

Tuesdays, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

For the athlete who wants to train with BSF during the summer only. Includes strength training sessions with The Mountain Project. Available for U16 - PG.

$1,100

IMPORTANT DATES

September 3: Fall Dryland Starts

October 2: Parent Info Meeting, 6 pm, Bozeman Public Library

September 24: BSF Chili Feed

October 14 & November 18: Concussion Baseline Testing (recommended)

November 2-3: Ski Swap

December 3: Winter Sessions Start

NORDIC CALENDAR

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Note: In order to register for a BSF program, you must have a current BSF annual membership. Membership fees will be charged to your account during the registration process.

U16-PG

5 days per week

The Competitive Team (aka "Comp Team") offers a great team atmosphere and advanced coaching for the dedicated skier. The typical training season runs mid-May through early April, but we
also offer options for summer-only training. Coaches work with athletes one-on-one to develop training schedules.

We take a holistic approach to skiing, focusing on technique, fitness, and strength, as well as personal wellness, team dynamics, and club culture. We're here to help athletes reach their potential; but we're also here to have fun and help them grow into great people. BSF takes full advantage of the 70+km of trails we groom, as well as nearby Crosscut Mountain Sports Center. During dryland, we live the ultimate Bozeman life--running incredible mountain trails, roller skiing on rolling hills, jumping in the water to cool off, mountain biking, playing games, and more. Optional camps provide additional training experiences.

Schedules

Typically meets 5 days a week. (Some athletes may go up to 6 days per week, with training on their own.)

*locations and activities vary. Coaches will send out weekly schedules.

Summer: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Fall & Winter: usually Tues, Wed, Thurs, at 4:00 pm in town; Sat, Sun. mornings.

Strength training at The Mountain Project.
RACING IS not Mandatory

How much you travel and/or race is up to you. See the athlete development plan and your coach for suggestions.

Year-Round Program IncludeS
  • 10.5 months of training
  • Transportation to training (varies: see coach for details)

Additional Costs
  • Canmore summer camp (optional)
  • Beartooth camp (optional)
  • June on-snow camp (optional)
  • Thanksgiving camp (optional)
  • Homestake Camp (optional)
  • Race fees & travel costs (dependent on amount of racing)
  • Intermountain Division (IMD) license (required
    for Junior National qualification) 
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard license (required for national level races)
  • FIS license (required for international races)
  • Crosscut Mountain Sports Center pass

COMMUNITY NORDIC TRAIL PASSES

You are not required to have a trail pass to participate programs on the in-town Community Nordic Trails. However, if you can afford it, we highly encourage all who use the winter trails to purchase a voluntary trail pass. The voluntary trail pass is a unique system, and it only works if skiers contribute. Bridger Ski Foundation grooms over 70km of trails for the community, which is an expensive proposition--from labor and maintenance to equipment. Donations and trail pass sales are vital to continuing this service. Be sure to explore all the trails.

*Trail passes are required for Crosscut.

TRANSPORTATION

We'll have one van to pick athletes up from the Bozeman High School. Please contact your coach for additional details.

LOCATION?

Locations vary. Your coach(es) will send out weekly training schedules on Mondays. Schedule change announcements are emailed as needed.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Comp members are eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Applications are due in mid October each year.

DRYLAND? 

The Devo Comp team spends the non-ski-season months training--running, biking, roller skiing, hiking, playing games, and so on. This kind of dryland training throughout the year is what works best for skiers. However, we do understand that some athletes have other extra-curricular conflicts. We're flexible. Talk to your coach. You can still join us whenever your schedule allows.

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.

  • The Nordic Team holds an intra-club gear swap each October (before the big BSF Ski Swap at the Fairgrounds). This is a great time to source (and sell) used equipment among fellow teammates.
  • 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!
EQUIPMENT

SKIS

Skiers should have both classic and skate skis and poles. For skate and classic specific gear, it is best to use the manufacturer's size charts, which correlate the skier's weight and height to ski length and stiffness. At the ski swap, BSF volunteers/coaches will be on hand with a flex-test board to help match your skier with the best skis available. Please take advantage of this opportunity—skis that are too stiff or too soft can make for a very frustrating skiing experience. When purchasing new equipment through a local retailer, they will provide similar testing. 

Ski poles for skate should reach between the skiers chin and "mustache area." 

Classic poles should reach between the armpit and the shoulder. 

 

SKI WAX

On classic days, have a range of inexpensive kick waxes and a cork (local ski shops can recommend a few general kick waxes--blue, extra blue, purple, red--which can be kept in a baggie in your skier's bag. 

 

PARENT & ATHLETE RESOURCES

Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the Resources Page.

 

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. (It’s important that you do not unsubscribe to BSF emails, as this is our main mode of communication.) If for some reason, you are not receiving emails from us, let us know!

We have also started using the Teach Reach App to convey last-minute changes and communications.

 

VOLUNTEERING

Races: Parent/volunteer assistance with races is needed and is a fun place for parents to learn about ski racing. No experience necessary. Look for info in emails. 

Other chances:

BSF is a traditional nonprofit, relying on donations and fundraisers to cover approximately 50% of our program 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.

LINKS:

Intermountain Division (IMD) License

U.S. Ski & Snowboard License

FIS License

 

 

About Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

The why & how behind skier's progress through our pipeline

There’s a bigger picture to what BSF teaches skiers, when and why. BSF’s programs are consistent with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 5

(puberty after growth spurt)

Girls: ages: 12-17

Boys: ages 14-17

Years in skiing: 6-11

Days per week: 5-7 in season, 4-6 out of season

 

TRAINING EMPHASIS

The emphasis on training becomes year round. Continue to use in complementary sports and activities for variety and to enhance conditioning. Implement periodized training with varying volumes and intensity.

 

TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL EMPHASIS

Athlete implements a periodized training program that places stress on the body and subsequent recovery time.  Athlete uses low-intensity aerobic, high intensity aerobic and anaerobic training to improve race fitness.  Athlete maintains a training log. 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. Seeks more challenging terrain.

 PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS  

Reinforce the idea that hard work creates more opportunity for success. Accountability is important. Self-analysis and the acceptance of feedback is encouraged.  Athletes analyze their own performance and identify areas for improvement. Enforce the concept that success is attributable to personal effort.

 

PHASE 6

(full maturation)

Girls ages 16+ 

Boys ages 17+ 

6-10 training sessions per week includes some two-a-day sessions. 7-12 sessions per week out of season.

TRAINING EMPHASIS

The emphasis on training is year round. Continue to use in complementary sports and activities for injury prevention, avoiding burnout, and to enhance conditioning. Use periodized training with varying volumes and intensity.

 

TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL EMPHASIS

All components of training are now periodized and individualized. Masters all techniques and develops personal style. Mastery of tactical strategies based on the athlete's strengths, discipline and goals. 

PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS  

Athletes continue to have opportunities to experience success and the coach-athlete relationship is built on a mutual trust and respect. The coach-athlete relationship develops into a collaborative partnership with the athlete "self-coaching" and sharing feedback with coaches. Athletes refine their use of positive self-talk and imagery. Work towards mastery of more complicated techniques. Practice with distractions to challenge athletes. Identify the ideal performance state and implement strategies to achieve this state consistently. Work towards mastery of all aspects of preparing mentally for competition.

 

Questions?

Andrew Morehouse, Nordic Program Director & Comp Team Head Coach