Introductory Development
U10 & U12


June 11- August 22: Summer Dryland Training U12 only

September 4: Fall training begins for Intro Devo

TBA: Fall Parent Info Meeting, 5:30 pm, Bozeman Public Library

November 18: Early registration closes

November 19: Program Prices Increases $50.00

December 1: All registration closed.

December 3: On-snow program begins for Intro & Intro Devo


U10 Introductory (2 days/week for 14 weeks): $400

U10 Intro Devo (3 days/week for 7 months): $955

U12 Introductory (2 days/week for 14 weeks): $400

U12 Intro Devo (4 days/week for 7 months): $1200

Summer dryland program (U12 only): $450

PAYMENT PLANS: Payment plans available for some programs. Minimum of $400 due at time of registration. 

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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.

The Introductory Development program has four options for skiers ages 8-11, ranging from learning how to cross-country ski to more advanced skills. At this level, kids learn both traditional classic (striding) and skating techniques. We believe that kids, especially at this age, benefit from a diversity of activities. We maintain a balance between having fun, building a positive team environment, and advancing our skiing. We want you to love skiing as much as we do. 


(Ages 8-9)

14 weeks
2 days a week (Tues, Thurs, or Sat)
Starting early December.

No ski experience necessary. We'll group skiers by age and ability.

Cost: $400

Equipment: Classic and skate skis. (Skate rental packages available for $50.) See FAQs for more equipment info.

(ages 10-11)

14 weeks
2 days a week (Tues, Thurs, or Sat)
December - early March

No ski experience necessary. We'll group skiers by age and ability.

Cost: $400

Equipment: Classic and skate skis. (Skate rental packages available for $50.) See FAQs for more equipment info.


The Introductory (Intro) programs are for beginning and intermediate-level skiers. Skiers will work on the fundamentals of Nordic skiing through games, play, and with the help of certified instructors.

Organized races are not a formal part of this program, but skiers may participate in the local fun races as they wish.

Intro Devo

(ages 8-9)

7 months
3 days a week (Tues, Thurs, Sat)
September - March.

Some xc ski experience needed. No physical fitness requirements.

Cost: $995

Equipment: Classic and skate skis. See FAQs for more equipment info. (Skate rental packages available for $50.)

(ages 10-11)

7 months
4 days per week (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
September - March

Some xc ski experience needed. No physical fitness requirements.

Cost: $1200

Equipment: Classic and skate skis.  See FAQs for more equipment info. (Skate rental packages available for $50.)


Skiers move up to the Introductory Development (aka Intro Devo) program as they develop their skills and want to ski more often. At this level, we begin to explore off-snow activities with dryland training during the fall months--running, hiking, biking, playing games. (Plan to join us as often as possible during the fall. We're flexible!)


U10/U12 Intro Devo skiers have the opportunity to compete in local fun races and as well as travel to a few nearby youth races. How much--or if--you race is up to the individual.


Sign up for the age group based on the child’s age as of January 1. Ask a coach if you're not sure which program (Introductory or Intro Devo) is right for your child. If a skier wants to move up to an Intro Devo program mid-season, just talk to a coach. We're flexible.


Weekly emails from coaches will give you more details. Below is the general schedule.

U10 INTRO & U12 INTRO: 2 days/week 

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills, or Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. at Crosscut

U10 INTRO DEVO: 3 days/week

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. at Sunset Hills, and Saturdays 10 a.m. at Crosscut

U12 INTRO DEVO: 4 days/week 

Tues, Wed, Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. at Sunset Hills and

Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Crosscut

SUMMER SCHEDULE (optional for U12)

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays  8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Learn more about summer programs here.


Anyone 10+ may also opt to join us for summer training and camps. All are welcome. Even nonskiers.

Additional Costs
  • Skate ski rental package ($50 through BSF, if needed)
  • Team jacket ($75) - optional
  • Summer dryland training (optional for U12)
  • Race fees and travel costs (dependent on if/how much you choose to race)

Members of the U10 Intro Devo Team and U12 Intro Devo team are  eligible to apply for need- and merit- based scholarships. Learn more HERE. (If you are in U10 Intro or U12 Intro and feel that you need financial assistance to participate, please contact our office.) 


Your coaches will send out weekly training schedules via email on Mondays, with a schedule of times and locations. Practice will start no later than 4:00 pm and 10:00 am. Pick up no later than 5:45 pm or 12:15 pm.

Weekday winter sessions are typically at Sunset Hills (Lindley Center).

Last-minute schedule changes do sometimes occur: we'll announce those as needed, via email.


BSF has sprinter vans, and we are able to provide complimentary transportation for some Intro Devo athletes from the middle schools to practice most weekdays. However, space is limited. Please see your coach for details.


Nordic skiers should dress in layered clothing that allows for a good range of movement and can be removed if the need arises. This prevents overheating but still protects them from the elements. Multiple layers are better than one thick, insulated layer. It is very often colder and windier at Sunset Hills (Lindley) than it is anywhere else in town. Even on a warm winter day, a hat, gloves, and a windproof jacket (fleece alone is not warm enough in the wind) are important, especially when it starts to get dark earlier in the evening.

When the time changes, a headlamp would be nice but is not necessary--coaches will have lamps. Intro Devo - remember to continue to bring water to practice. Even when it's no longer hot outside, keeping hydrated is still critical. Also remember to eat a snack between school and skiing. Cold temperatures lead to higher energy requirements for training and keeping warm. 

SKI setup

You'll need both classic and skate ski setups. BSF provides skate ski package rentals for $50 for the season to all Introductory Development skiers. BSF does not rent classic skis presently, but we've been informed that Round House Sports now offers a leasing program for classic cross country skis.

One Pair: U10 and U12 skiers can get by with one pair of "combi" skis and boots and one set of poles. These skis should be wax-able. Keep in mind, however, that with combi skis you will have to clean the classic kick wax off the skis before your skier will be able to skate on them. (Sometimes, it's just easier to have two pairs!)

Combi gear sizing: ski length should be 1-3 inches longer than the child's height. Poles should reach from the ground to the top of the child's shoulder. 

Two Pairs: Some skiers choose to have both classic and skate skis and poles, and one pair of combi boots. 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. 

For classic skis, skiers in the Intro groups can still use fish-scale (waxless) classic skis. (We do NOT recommend 3-pin bindings; they tend to get stuck in the groomed tracks.) Those in the Intro Devo groups will want to be looking towards a pair of waxable classic skis.

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

If you have waxable classic skis: On classic days,  please send your skier with 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), and their coach will help them put it on. 

Where can you find equipment? 

New Equipment may be purchased at Bangtail Ski Shop, Round House, or Homestake Lodge. Order early at Bangtail and receive discounted BSF prices. Both Bangtail and Round House also offer Nordic team nights each fall.

Intra-Team Swap: each October, before the big Ski Swap, all BSF Nordic skiers get together and buy/sell used gear. It's an easy way to source good equipment with a coach on hand to answer questions.

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!

Cold weather training policy?

Bozeman kids are a hardy bunch, but we will cancel a session if temperatures are extreme--especially if paired with wind. Whenever possible, an email will be sent out notifying everyone as soon as it is determined to be too cold to train.


Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the 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 in the winter.) 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 the cost of providing 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.

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 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.) 


Ages: 6-10 

Years in skiing: 1-4 

Days per week: 2-6 or as enjoyable


An emphasis on outdoor recreation. Parents should emphasize activity versus training. Child should play many sports, with active participation in coordination- or balance-based sports.  


 Increase play to enhance specific elements of physical fitness in open environments. Continue to establish foundations of endurance through sustained activity and play. Add duration to activities and games. Introduce and practice mobility exercises through unorganized play and some structured activities. Use fun playful activities to enhance body awareness, spatial awareness and object manipulation.


Athletes in Phase 2 should have fun on snow, with games and play enhancing both enjoyment and skills. Gaining confidence and coordination while running on skis in multiple directions.  Ability to balance on both skis while moving downhill. Tactics are learned through self-discovery by skiing and adapting to different terrain.


Continued cultivation of a fun environment to allow child to continue to experience success. Use simple self-talk cue words to reinforce task-oriented behaviors.  Focus on the love of sport.


Compete for fun. Local competition at age-appropriate distances.


(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.

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.


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.


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.


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.