U10 & U12


Healthy, outdoor after-school skiing.


2 days a week

January 7 - February 6


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

or 10 a.m. Saturdays at Crosscut (pick 2)

*You can opt to extend this to 10 weeks later on.

Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 8-11 by January 1, 2020

U10 & U12 can also opt for the Devo Team

Intro 10 WEEKS

2 days a week

January 7 - March 14


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

or 10 a.m. Saturdays at Crosscut (pick 2)

Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 8-11 by January 1, 2020

U10 & U12 can also opt for the Devo Team


Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center

Tuesday, December 17, 4:15 - 5:45 at Sunset Hills

Thursday, December 19, 4:15 - 5:45 at Sunset Hills

Register for this and the 5- or 10-week program for an additional $50.

Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 8-11 by January 1, 2020

Weekends at Bridger Bowl

BSF highly encourages all young skiers to explore both Alpine and Nordic skiing. You learn important skills in both that transfer over. Check out BSF's Intro Program to Alpine & Freestyle skiing. For intermediate skiers. Offered Saturdays and/or Sundays at Bridger Bowl.
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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.


October 23: Parent Info Meeting, 6pm, Bozeman Public Library

November 1: Early-bird registration deadline

November 2: Program prices increase $50

December 1: Final registration deadline

January 7: First Day

March 14: Last Day

March 14-15: Western Club Festival, Soldier Hollow, Utah (optional)

Skiers ages 8-11 can choose between this Introductory program and the Development Team.


Ages 8-11

5-week and 10-week programs

Learn to cross-country ski. We take holistic approach to skiing. We work on the fundamentals of skiing: agility, balance, and coordination. And we focus on creating a fun and supportive environment that can support a diverse range of skiers. For this age group, we focus on classic (or diagonal striding) technique, and we begin introducing skate skiing to skiers who are ready. Kids learn double poling and double-pole kick through games, exercises, relays and other fun activities. All BSF coaches are U.S. Ski & Snowboard-certified, and skiers will be placed in groups of the same age and ability to build confidence, community, and skills.

No prior ski experience necessary. Children are placed into groups based on age and ability. They can spend multiple years participating in BSF Intro, and when they want to move up to the Development Team (no racing required), they can easily make the move--even during mid season.


Organized races are not a formal part of this program, but skiers may participate in the local fun races as they wish, and skiers who want can attend the Western Club Festival, March 14-15, in Soldier Hollow, Utah.


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 Development) is right for your child. If a skier wants to move up to the Development (Devo) program mid-season, just talk to a coach. We're flexible.

Moving up? The Development Team is open to ages 8-15. Now with more options for skiers with varying interests! It's for the intermediate skier with 1-5 years of Nordic instruction. No racing is required. We continue to use games, exercises, relays and other fun activities to build both skills and age-appropriate endurance.

BSF now offers a 2-days-a-week program for U14 Devo skiers, too!

U10-U12 Devo Team

U14-U16 Devo Team


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

You sign up for the 2 days that work for you:

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

Drop off zone at Lindley Center (1102 E. Curtiss St.). No parking at Lindley Center, but if you'd like to park, please use Cypress St., by the Lindley Pavilion.

Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center

Skiers will need a trail pass for Crosscut; a season's pass for children under 12 is just $5!

Park in the main parking lot. Meet in front of the ticket cabin/warming hut.


Anyone 10+ may also opt to join us for summer training and camps. All are welcome. Even nonskiers. No prior fitness or ski skills necessary. We hike, bike, play games, and enjoy Montana summers. You can also opt for the Fall & Winter Development Team offering, for fall dryland. Summer dryland & camps page.

Additional Costs
  • Equipment (see Equipment/FAQ tab)
  • Team jacket - optional
  • Summer dryland training (optional for U12)


You are not required to have a trail pass to participate in the Tues/Thurs program 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.


Tues/Thursdays meet in front of the Lindley Center. Skiers can be dropped off in the Lindley Center Parking Lot (1102 E. Curtiss St). NO PARKING in the Lindley Center Parking Lot. If you'd like to park, we recommend parking on Cypress St., near the Lindley Pavilion and making the short walk over.

Saturday Intro sessions are at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center at 10 a.m. Use the main public parking lot. Meet in front of the ticket cabin/warming hut.

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


Parents who'd like to ski during the session can use Sunset Hills (which will be more crowded) or the connected Highland Glen Ski Trails. See trail maps.


At the end of December, you will receive an email requesting you to fill out a survey. Please be sure to respond; your answers will help us make an the best initial placement of your child into a group on the first day.


BSF has a generous scholarship and financial aid program, thanks to our donors. BSF's new policy is that this program is now also open to our Intro Program participants! Applications for financial aid and most scholarships are due mid-October each year. Learn more here.


Children in the Intro program will need to have their own transportation. BSF has sprinter vans, and we are able to provide complimentary transportation for some of our Development and Comp athletes from the schools to practice most weekdays.


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. We recommend a buff/neck warmer for cold and windy days. 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.


Remember to eat a small snack between school and skiing. Cold temperatures lead to higher energy requirements for skiing and keeping warm. 

BSF provides hot cocoa and a snack at the end of every Intro session.

SKI setup

U10 and U12 Intro skiers need both classic and skate ski setups.

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.) But you may also want to start looking towards a pair of waxable classic skis, which is what most U10/U12 Development Team skiers begin to use.

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

Classic poles should reach between the armpit and the shoulder. 


Round House offers classic ski rentals.

BSF is finalizing options for skate ski rentals. Stay tuned!

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! Coaches will be on hand to help with equipment selection.

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.

Your best bet is to always bring lots of warm layers; weather changes quickly.


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.


The trails we use in and around Bozeman, including those at Lindley, are groomed in the winter by Bridger Ski Foundation. BSF must fundraise to cover grooming and maintenance costs; donations and trail pass sales are vital to continuing this service. Trail passes are voluntary; please consider purchasing a family pass if you can. And be sure to explore all the trails.


It's on to the Development Team, where skiers continue their adventures on skis--developing skills, playing games, and enjoying their teammates. Skiers ages 8+ can join the Development Team at any time, with options to ski 3 or 4 days a week. There are no racing requirements for any of the BSF programs. Please don't hesitate to talk to a coach if you have questions about which program is best for your child. Everyone is different.

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.

This makes it easy for your child to progress through our programs—from Intro to the Development Teams, to the competitive teams, and even on to skiing as an adult Masters athlete.

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




Nordic Program Director: Andrew Morehouse
Intro U6-U12 Intro Coordinator: Erin Renna (406) 580 0816
Tuesday Head Coach: Molly Bowman
Thursday Head Coach: Sarah Nicholas