U10 & U12
Development team


Healthy, outdoor after-school skiing.

U10 Winter only

3 days a week

December 3 - March 14

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

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


Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 8-9 by January 1, 2020

U10 Fall & WINTER

3 days a week

September 3 - March 14

Fall: Tues/Thurs 4:15-5:45 p.m. & Saturdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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

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


Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 8-9 by January 1, 2020

U12 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


Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 10-11 by January 1, 2020

U12 Fall & Winter

4 days a week

September 3 - March 14

Fall: Tues/Wed/Thurs 4:15-5:45 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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

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


Age cutoff: skiers should be ages 10-11 by January 1, 2020

Summer Dryland -  U12


3 days a week

June 11-August 22, 2019

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

locations vary around Bozeman


Athletes should be ages 10-11. No ski experience necessary!


October 23: Parent Info Meeting, 6:30 pm, Bozeman Public Library

December 3: First Day

March 14: Last Day

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

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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.

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

U10 & U12 Development Team

Ages 8-11

3 or 4 days a week

Winter only OR Fall & Winter

For the intermediate 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. 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.


Development Team members have the option of participating in a few local races, as well as the team trip to the Intermountain Division Youth Ski Festival. Skiers who want can attend the Western Club Festival, March 14-15, in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Racing is always optional. We hope you can enjoy it as a personal challenge, but it's always up to you.


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.


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. Summer dryland & camps page

Additional Costs
  • Equipment (see Equipment/FAQ tab)
  • Team jacket  - optional
  • Summer dryland training (optional for U12)
  • Travel and race fees (optional)
  • Crosscut Mountain Sports Center pass


You are not required to have a trail pass to participate in 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.


Skiers should purchase a trail pass for Crosscut Mountain Sports Center; we will use that terrain on some weekends. (They offer a reasonable youth season's pass, and we'll let you know when they're available from Crosscut.)


Your coaches will send out weekly training schedules via email on Mondays, with a schedule of times and locations.

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 of our Development and Comp athletes from the middle schools to practice most weekdays. Because space is limited, please talk to your coach about space and transportation needs.


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.


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. BSF has a limited number of skate ski package rentals for $50 for the season. BSF does not rent classic skis but 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, development skiers 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. 

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.

BSF Newsletters contain regular "Parent Corner" articles to help you navigate the parent/athlete dynamic.


Email: When you register for the program, you will be added to an email list. Your coaches will communicate weekly details to you through email, and sometimes 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!

Team Reach App: We've also been trying out the Team Reach app, for schedules and last-minute communications.


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.

WHAT'S AFTER U10 & U12 Devo?

U14 is next! You'll continue to be part of the Devo Team, just as a U14 (with 2 or 4-days a week options). When you hit U16, we have two options--to remain with Devo or to bump up to the Comp team. There's a lot of fluidity there; just talk with your coaches to see what makes sense for you. There are no racing requirements. 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, (518) 926 9030

Nordic Devo Head Coach: Jessie Kay


Nordic Program Director Andrew Morehouse

Development Team Head Coach: Gro Lunde