Nordic

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
U14 & U16

U14 Winter Only

2 days a week

December 3 - March 14

(choose 2)

Tuesdays/Wed/Thursdays 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. at Sunset Hills

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. locations vary around Bozeman

$800

Skiers should be ages 12-13 by January 1, 2020.

U14 Winter only

4 days a week

December 3 - March 14

Tues/Wed/Thurs 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. at Sunset Hills

Saturdays 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. locations vary

$1,100

Skiers should be ages 12-13 by January 1, 2020.

U14 Winter & Fall

4 days a week

September 3 - March 14

Fall: Tues/Wed/Thurs 4:15-5:45 p.m. & Saturdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (locations vary)

Winter: Tues/Wed/Thurs 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills

Saturdays 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. locations vary

$1,350

Skiers should be ages 12-13 by January 1, 2020.

U16 Devo Winter ONLY

4 days a week

December 3- March 14

Tues/Wed/Thurs 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. at Sunset Hills

Saturdays 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. locations vary


$1,500

*This option is for U16 skiers looking for fitness-based training with less emphasis on racing. You'll train as part of the Devo Team, but it can be fluid between Devo and Comp, depending on ability.

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

U16 COMP Team options

5 days a week

U16 skiers can also be part of the year-round or summer-only Competitive Team.

Year-round: Mid-May - Early April $2,700

Summer only: $1,100

VIEW COMP TEAM INFO 

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

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.

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.
U14 & U16 Devo Team

For the intermediate to advanced skier with 1-5 years of Nordic instruction, the development team is an adventure on skis. We do both skate and classic skiing, working on technique and building up our confidence and coordination. We take holistic approach to skiing. We work on the fundamentals of skiing: agility, balance, and coordination, while also working on positive self talk and teamwork. The Development Team is open to a diverse range of skiers; no racing is required but many of our athletes are racing and traveling at this age. We continue to use games, exercises, relays and other fun activities to build both skills and age-appropriate endurance. All BSF coaches are U.S. Ski & Snowboard-certified.

*Register for the age group based on the skier's age on January 1 of the ski season.

U14

Ages 12-13

2 or 4 days per week

Summer, Fall and Winter options.

U16

Ages 14-15

4 or 5 days per week
U16s can choose between:

U16 Devo: For those looking for fitness-based training with less emphasis on racing. You'll train as part of the Devo Team, but it can be fluid between Devo and Comp, depending on ability. Four days a week, winter season only.

U16 Comp: This option is for skiers looking to train year-round with BSF, including summer and fall dryland, strength training sessions with Mountain Project, and skiing five days a week in the winter. Learn more about the Comp Team.

Year-Round COST INCLUDES
  • All training sessions
  • Some transportation to training (Varied, with limited seating. See a coach for details.) 

ADDITIONAL COSTS 
  • Camps (Homestake, Canmore Summer Camp & Thanksgiving Camp are optional)
  • Travel Costs & Race Fees (dependent on individual’s 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)
  • Team apparel (optional)
  • Crosscut Mountain Sports Center pass
WHO SHOULD JOIN

Skiers who participated in the Introductory Programs or other Nordic instruction can easily transition to the Devo Team. Suggested experience of 1-5 years.

RACING

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

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 BHS (pick-up across from HS at corner of Main & 11th). A second van will pick up athletes at Chief Joseph and Sacajawea Middle School. Space is limited, so please communicate with your coaches regarding transportation needs.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

LOCATION? 

Locations vary. Your coach(es) will send out weekly training schedules on Mondays. Schedule change announcements are emailed or communicated via the Team Reach App as needed.

Dryland? 

Those in the Fall and Summer programs spend 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 hugely beneficial for skiers and nonskiers alike. Those who have busy schedules but want to attend some of the sessions are welcome to do so; talk to your coach.

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 Parent 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!

This year, we are also using the Team Reach App to communicate schedules and any last-minute changes.

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 operating 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)

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.

That being said, it's never too late to start. While progression chart is the ideal system, there are plenty of examples of athletes who’ve started skiing relatively “late” in the progression and who’ve not only mastered the techniques and enjoyed it but some have gone on to some incredible ski careers as well. Thinking of switching over (or back) to skiing? Talk to us. 

The LTAD is a living document that changes frequently. View the most up-to-date LTAD for Nordic HERE.

PHASE 3

(prepuberty before growth spurt)

Girls ages: 10-13

Boys ages: 11-14

Years in skiing: 4-8

Days per week: 2-4 training sessions per week, year round

TRAINING EMPHASIS 

Emphasize outdoor recreation and introduce fun competition. Continue to participate in many activities and sports. Begin to identify with primary vs. complementary sports.

Technical
and tactical emphasis

In phase 3, skiers are gaining comfort in applying various tactics in order to ski terrain using different strategies to achieve differing results.

PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS  

Coach-athlete relationships, based on trust and respect, are built through effective
communication before, during and after practice. Consistency in talk and behavior is key to developing a trusting relationship. Develop positive self talk, work ethic, and perseverance. Focus on the process, not the results.

COMPETITION
EMPHASIS

Local racing leads to state and divisional championships, which may lead to regional events.  Race at age-appropriate. Suggested number of competitions: 5-15 starts.

 

PHASE 4

(puberty
and growth spurt)

Girls: ages: 11-14

Boys: ages 12-15

Years in skiing: 5-9

Days per week: 3-5 in season, 2-4 out of season

 

TRAINING
EMPHASIS

Emphasize fun training, with physical fitness becoming an integral part of the season.
Increase hours of training with varied volumes and intensity. Continue to participate in complementary sports while identifying clear goals in primary sport.

 

Technical
and tactical emphasis

Athlete is introduced to structured training including aerobic, anaerobic and strength
training.  In addition to ski training, athlete is engaged regularly in cross-training activities including balance, coordination, endurance, speed and strength building. 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.

PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS  

Promote consistent use of self-talk and imagery in training and competition. Begin to
challenge athletes with more competition-specific scenarios, but maintain opportunities for athletes to experience success. Identify relevant factors from prior successful performance. Athletes create a detailed list of what they do prior to the competition from a physical, mental, and environmental aspect. Athlete focuses on what they can and can't control.

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.

 

Questions?

Nordic Program Director Andrew Morehouse