Beginner xc ski instruction for ages 5-7. We take a holistic approach to skiing. We focus on classic (or diagonal striding) technique. Kids learn double poling and double-pole kick through games, exercises, relays and other fun activities. No experience necessary.
Beginner xc ski instruction for ages 8-11. We take a holistic approach to skiing. 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. No experience necessary.
Ready to move up? Ski three days a week with the Development team!
Adventure on skis. For the intermediate skier (ages 8-11). We continue to use games, exercises, relays and other fun activities to build skills and endurance, while also working on teamwork and positive self talk. Winter, summer, and fall options.
For the intermediate to advanced skier, 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. The Devo Team is open to a diverse range of skiers; no racing is required but many of our athletes choose to race. We continue to use games, exercises, relays and other fun activities to build both skills and age-appropriate endurance. U16 skiers can choose this Devo Team or ski 5 days a week with the Comp Team.
For the skier dedicated to the sport of Nordic skiing, this is a full-time, year-round program with advanced coaching. Includes summer and fall dryland, strength training with The Mountain Project, transportation, and skiing five days a week. Year-round and summer-only options.
The P-G Team is designed for local high school post-graduates, out-of-town post-grads (possibly taking classes at MSU), or MSU student athletes who do not make the MSU Team. The goal is to develop and maximize each skier’s potential.
The Elite Team is available for competitive skiers at the highest levels in sport, competing at the Junior and Senior levels. Year-round training and racing programs available, with varying levels of support. Application process to join.
The BSF Masters Community offers adult skiers a number of training, clinic, and social options in both the fall and winter. Open to adults of all ages and abilities interested in improving their ski technique and fitness, meeting friends, and having fun on the snow. Options for learning how to skate ski, regular ski training sessions, fall dryland sessions, private lessons, and more.
There’s a bigger picture to what BSF teaches skiers, when and why. BSF’s programs and the progression 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, this is the "ideal" progression. Skiers are welcome to join BSF programs at any stage, and there are plenty of BSF alumni who started skiing "late" and not only enjoyed the teams but went on to successful skiing careers.
(View the entire LTAD for all skiing disciplines HERE.)
Years in sport: 1-4
Ski 1-3 days a week.
Emphasis on outdoor recreation. Ski for play, fun and balance. Parents encourage play versus training. Participate in many physical activities. Explore individual coordination or balance-based sports. Team sports to build teamwork, ethics and fair play. Begin to develop fundamental movement skills through play, fun, novel activities.
Years in sport: 1-4
Ski 2-6 days a week, or as enjoyable.
Emphasis on outdoor recreation. Parents emphasize activity versus training. Play many sports. Active participation in coordination- or balance-based sports. Participate in team sports to build teamwork, ethics and fair play. Increase play to enhance specific elements of physical fitness in open environments.
(pre-puberty before growth)
Girls ages 10-13
Boys ages 11-14
Years in sport: 4-8
2-4 training sessions per week, year-round in addition to other sports and outdoor activities.
Emphasis on outdoor recreation and an introduction to fun competition. Continue to participate in many activities and sports. Begin to identify with primary vs. complementary sports. Start to incorporate focused dryland training 1-2 days per week. Enhance body awareness, balance, and spatial anticipation through games and drills.
(puberty and growth spurt)
Girls ages 11-14
Boys ages 12-15
Years in sport: 5-9
3-5 training sessions per week in season, 2-4 training sessions per week out of season.
Emphasize fun training. Continue to participate in complementary sports while identifying clear goals in primary sport. Physical fitness is becoming an integral part of the season. Increase hours of training with varied volumes and intensity.
(puberty after growth spurt)
Girls ages 12-17
Boys ages 14-17
Years in sport: 6-11
5-7 training sessions per week in season, includes some two-a-day sessions, 4-6 training sessions per week out of season.
Use complementary sports and activities for variety and to enhance aerobic conditioning by increasing training volume in all activities. Implement periodized training with varying volumes and intensity. Training is now essential to seasonal programming with 2-3 sessions per week and off-season fitness plans.
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.
Use complementary sports and activities for injury prevention, avoiding burnout, and to maintain all aspects of physical fitness. Year-round, periodized training plans with varying volumes and intensity are essential to prepare for full competition and training loads.
For more detailed information regarding athlete plans and development, please visit the individual age group pages on the Nordic page.