May 15-August 23: Summer training
September 4: Fall training begins
November/December: On-snow training begins
Early April: End of Season
U14 Fall & Winter (Sept to March, 4 days/week): $1240
U14 Summer only: $450
U16 Year-round (mid-May to early April, 5 days/week): $2,800
U16 Summer only (mid-May to early August, 5 days/week): $1,100
*Canmore and Thanksgiving Camps are separate.
PAYMENT PLANS: Payment plans available. Minimum of $600 due at time of registration.
All fall programs will be available for registration by the end of August.
New for 2017-18: We're grouping our U14 and U16 athletes under a new name: the Development Competitive (aka Devo Comp) program. You'll be following the same schedule and having the same amount of awesome fun as before. (Just some new names!)
We offer a great team atmosphere and excellent coaching for the dedicated skier. Outside of ski season, we get together to run, hike, rollerski, bike, and explore the mountains.
*Register for the age group based on the skier's age on January 1 of the ski season.
4 days per week
September through March, with additional summer options.
Cost: $1240 (summer is an additional $450)
5 days per week
May through April.
4 days a week for U14
5 days a week for U16
May 15 - August 23: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Fall & Winter:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: mid-morning
Locations and activities vary. Athletes receive a weekly training schedule via email.
Skiers who participated in Introductory Programs, or any of the U12 programs can easily transition to the Devo Comp Team. If you want to switch to skiing, or are thinking of coming back to skiing after a break, it's not too late to join! Talk to our coaches.
How much you travel and/or race is up to you. See the athlete development plan and your coach for suggestions.
Lina Hultin, U16 Coach
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 Anderson School/Sac Middle School.
Devo Comp members are eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Applications are due in mid October each year.
Locations vary. Your coach(es) will send out weekly training schedules on Mondays. Schedule change announcements are emailed as needed.
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 hugely beneficial for skiers. However, we do understand that some athletes have other extra-curricular conflicts. Talk to your coach. You can still join us whenever your schedule allows.
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.
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.
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.
Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the Parent Resources Page
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.) If for some reason, you are not receiving emails from us, let us know!
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.
Lina Hultin, U16 Coach
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. 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.
(View the entire LTAD for all skiing disciplines HERE.)
(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
Emphasize outdoor recreation and introduce fun competition. Continue to participate in many activities and sports. Begin to identify with primary vs. complementary sports.
In phase 3, skiers are gaining comfort in applying various tactics in order to ski terrain using different strategies to achieve differing results.
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.
Local racing leads to state and divisional championships, which may lead to regional events. Race at age-appropriate distances. Suggested number of competitions: 5-15 starts.
(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
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.
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.
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.
(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
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.
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.
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.