Nordic Pro Team

Empowering exceptional athletes to achieve their Olympic dreams.

About the team

Bridger Ski Foundation’s Nordic Pro Team (formerly called the Elite Team) is a community-supported Olympic development program that gives talented, committed skiers the opportunity to reach their full athletic potential; achieve success at the highest levels of national and international competition; cultivate personal, physical, and mental excellence, and realize the dream of being the best in the world. We also offer programs for PG skiers and a summer training program for collegiate skiers.

Andrew Newell

Nordic Pro Team Coach

Andy Newell is a 4x Olympian and 16-year member of the US Ski Team. His passion for ski training and racing has brought him to the start line of over 200 World Cup races and to several World Cup Podiums. Newell believes in being a student of the sport and continuing to learn the latest in training theory while keeping things simple, fun, and straight forward. Considered one of the best technical skiers in the World he enjoys teaching technique to skiers of all ages. Newell has an experienced background in ski training, race preparation, strength and conditioning for skiing, mental training, and team building. In addition to coaching for BSF, he runs Nordic Team Solutions.

Andrew MOREHOSUE

Nordic Program Director

Andrew Morehouse, BSF's Nordic Program Director, worked as a service technician for the U.S. Ski Team from 2015-2019, while calling Bozeman home. In addition to providing race service for World Cup and Olympic races, he’s assisted the head coach and head of service in planning and organizing travel logistics for the national team. In the summers, Andrew served as the paddling program manager for the Montana Wilderness School. Andrew was the PG and Elite Nordic Coach for BSF from 2012 to 2014, and he also spent two seasons as the assistant Nordic coach at St. Lawrence University, while earning his Masters of Education. He returned to BSF in 2019 as the Nordic Program Director and Head Coach.

Team Sponsors


2020-21 Pro Team ATHLETES

Learn more about the PG & PRO Team Programs

Are you an athlete interested in joining the Post-Graduate or Elite Team? Click below to find out more!
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May - early April. Year-round training and racing program available for older junior and senior athletes. These programs are designed to develop and maximize skiers’ potential by providing a structured year-round training program. The Elite Program has three levels with varying criteria; athletes must apply for placement. Support and funding varies from level to level:

LEVEL 1 - International Athlete: BSF provides support for coaching, waxing, travel, camps, lodging and board.

LEVEL 2 - National/International Athlete: BSF provides support for coaching, waxing, camps, lodging.

LEVEL 3 - National Athlete: BSF provides support for coaching and waxing.

General Requirements

Participation Requirement:

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel with the BSF team to races, camps and training
  • Race under the BSF name and compete in a BSF racing suit

Training Requirements:

  • Train with the team a minimum 3 times a week
  • Work with the BSF coach on training and race schedule

Other Requirements:

  • Do testing and time trials  
  • Participation in BSF events
  • Fundraising events (Oktoberfest, Banff Film Festival, Ski Swap, Jim Bridger Trail Run)
  • Promoting skiing - skiing with juniors and masters, help with waxing clinics, and etc.
Click to view Pro Team level details & requirements

LEVEL 1, INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Expected results:

  • (Europa Cup, WC, World Championship, Olympics)
  • Podium finishes at Senior Nationals and Canadian Nationals
  • Podium finishes at Super Tour and NorAm

Requirements for Level 1 Status:

  • Demonstrated ability for international excellence and proven results from international XC ski events, such as Europa Cup, World Championships, and Olympics. The skiers should have podium finishes at Senior Nationals or Canadian Nationals, and podium finishes at Super Tour and NorAm events.
  • Demonstrated drive towards personal excellence and the BSF Nordic philosophy.  Commitment to living in Bozeman in order to participate in training at least 3 times per week, travel with the BSF team to races, camps, and training, and race as a member of the BSF Nordic team with a BSF team racing suit.
  • Participate in BSF fundraising events such as Auction, Banff Film Festival, Ski Swap, and the Jim Bridger Trail Run.
  • Prepare a long-term personal and athletic plan. Work with the BSF coach on training and race schedule; participate in time trials and fitness testing.

Benefits for Level 1 Status:

  • Year-round coaching & waxing support; team and individual workouts; training program design and guidance, and fitness testing.
  • Travel and camp cost covered by BSF.

LEVEL 2, NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Expected results:

  • Top 10 finishes at Senior Nationals and Canadian Nationals
  • Top 5 finishes at Super Tour and NorAm
  • Podium finishes at Mass races
  • Qualify for National World Cup quota

Requirements for Level 2 Status:

  • Proven results from national XC ski events, such as Senior Nationals and Super Tour.  Athletes should have top 10 finishes at Senior Nationals, Canadian Nationals, Super Tour and NorAm, and podium finishes at Mass races.  They must also qualify for National World Cup quota.
  • Demonstrated drive towards personal excellence and the BSF Nordic philosophy. Commitment to living in Bozeman in order to participate in training at least 3 times per week, travel with the BSF team to races, camps, and training, and race as a member of the BSF Nordic team with a BSF team racing suit.
  • Participate in BSF fundraising events such as Ski Ball, Banff Film Festival, Ski Swap, and the Jim Bridger Trail Run.
  • Prepare a long-term personal and athletic plan. Work with the BSF coach on training and race schedules; participate in time trials and fitness testing.

Benefits for the Level 2 Status:

  • Year round coaching & waxing support; team and individual workouts, training program design and guidance, and fitness testing.
  • Eligible for travel grants for camps, based on availability of funds.
  • Priority for advancing to Level 1 status is given based on personal and athletic development.

LEVEL 3, NATIONAL ATHLETE

Expected Results:

  • Top 20 finishes at Senior Nationals and Canadian Nationals
  • Top 15 finishes at Super Tour and NorAm
  • Ranked in the top 10 overall in Super Tour

Requirements for Level 3 Status:

  • Top 20 finishes at Senior Nationals or Canadian Nationals, top 15 finishes at SuperTour or NorAm.  Athlete must be ranked top 10 overall in the SuperTour.
  • Demonstrated drive towards personal excellence and the BSF Nordic philosophy.  Commitment to living in Bozeman in order to participate in training at least 3x per week, travel with the BSF team to races, camps, and training, and race as a member of the BSF Nordic team with a BSF team racing suit.
  • Participate in BSF fundraising events such as Ski Ball, Banff Film Festival, and the Jim Bridger Trail Run.
  • Prepare a long-term personal and athletic plan.  Work with the BSF coach on training and race schedules, participate in time trials and fitness testing.

Benefits for Level 3 Status:

  • Year-round coaching & waxing support, team and individual workouts, training program design and guidance, and fitness testing.
  • Priority for advancing to Level 2 status as personal and athletic development meet criteria.

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are committed to maximizing your XC athletic abilities, would like to join the BSF Nordic community, and are ready to make Bozeman, Montana, your home, then BSF Nordic would like to evaluate if our Pro Skier program is the best fit for your needs.  Prepare a statement that includes your personal and athletic goals for the next 3 years, and send along with complete bio, training information, former coaches/programs, etc.  Send to Andrew.k.newell@gmail.com

The BSF Post Grad (PG) Team provides motivated junior skiers an opportunity to continue their development, including U.S. Supertour races, U.S. Nationals, and qualification for Junior Worlds. This program is well suited for high school graduates taking a gap year or college students taking a semester/year off from school.

Athletes train as a group and also have joint workouts with the BSF Pro Team (to learn from older athletes) and the Junior Team (to be leaders for the younger athletes). Coaches will work with athletes to develop daily, weekly, and yearly plans, and provide lactate and VO2 max testing periodically throughout the year.

SCHEDULE: 

Typical practices will be held in the mornings, with strength sessions in the afternoons. The group will practice five days per week, with double session days for strength training. You'll have one day off and one on-your-own day each week. Your coaches will email weekly schedules.

LIMITED SPACE FOR 2020-21

The PG/College Group will be limited to 11 athletes for the fall and winter of 2020-21. Please indicate your interest by August 15 to reserve your spot.

If there are more than 11 interested athletes, priority will go to those who expressed interest prior to July 2020, and then it will be coaches' discretion, taking USSA ranking and order of expressed interest into account.

A summer-only option is available in for those athletes who will ONLY be in the Bozeman area during the summer (Mid-May - Mid-Aug) and does not include Canmore Camp.

Email us to indicate you are interested in this program. hmooney27@gmail.com andrew.morehouse.bsf@gmail.com and andrew.k.newell@gmail.com

COSTS
  • Year-round training  Mid-May - April 1: $3,100
  • September 1 - April 1: $2,200
  • September 1 - December 1: $900
  • December 1 - April 1: $1,300

Payment plans available.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Race trips (separate trip fee will include wax support, van transport, and lodging)
  • Camps (trip fee will include van transport and lodging)
CAMPS

Camps are not included in training costs. BSF typically offers one dryland camp in Canmore, Alberta, in August, and two on-snow camps. Learn more about camps here.

Criteria FOR COMPETING

National Level: High fitness level, excellent ski technique, high level of psycho-social abilities, motivated to compete at this level, responsible, and self-sufficient. 

International Level: Very high fitness level, superior ski technique, high psycho-social abilities, motivated for international success, conscious of level of competition.

COACHING STAFF

Heather Mooney will be your designated group coach and go-to person on a daily basis. You'll also work occasionally with Pro Team Coach Andy Newell and BSF Head Coach Andrew Morehouse.

POLICIES

See the resources page for BSF policies and other information.

NORDIC LICENSES:

Intermountain (IMD) License

U.S. Ski & SnowboardLicense

FIS License