June 13- August 19: Summer Dryland Training
September : Fall training begins
December: On-snow training begins
March (mid): End of season.
Summer dryland program (ages 10-13): $450
Fall & Winter U10 (ages 8-9*): $895
Fall & Winter U12 (ages 10-11*): $1090
Fall & Winter U14 (ages 12-13*): $1240
*as of December 31, 2017
PAYMENT PLANS: Payment plans available for most programs. Minimum of $400 due at time of registration.
Please Note: Program fees include Bohart Season Pass for the athlete. If you have bought a Bohart Season Pass separately, please contact the BSF Office (406-587-2445) after you have registered and we can adjust your program payment plan.
Registration for summer program open. Stay tuned for fall info.
3-4 days per week
Did you have a ton of fun in Youth Ski League? We keep that sense of play and enjoyment on the Development Team (aka Devo), too! All skiers are welcome: no requirements for fitness, skills or ski experience. Racing is optional.
We have three age groups within the Development Team:
U10 TEAM (ages 8-9*)
U12 TEAM (ages 10-11*)
U14 TEAM (ages 12-13*)
(*Sign up for the age group based on the child’s age as of December 31)
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
U10 TEAM: 3 days/week
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4-5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*No camps for this age group.
U12 TEAM: 4 days/week
Tues, Wed, Thursdays: 4-5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
*Additional camps and summer training available.
U14 TEAM: 4 days/week
Tues, Wed, Thursdays: 4-5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
*Additional camps and summer training available.
*locations and activities vary. Coaches will send out weekly schedules.
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.
FALL: hiking, running, biking, games, friendships and more. (If you have other fall commitments, just join us as your schedule allows.)
WINTER: skiing, fun, friends and games.
How much you travel and/or race is up to you.
Anyone 10+ may also opt to join us for summer training and camps. (All are welcome. Even nonskiers.
As a member of the Development Team, you're part of BSF's Junior programs. This means you're eligible to apply for need- and merit- based scholarships. Learn more HERE.
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.
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 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 can be removed if the need arises. Please remember that most clothing designed for alpine skiing is not appropriate for cross-country skiing as it restricts movement and causes the skier to overheat. 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. 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 training. Cold temperatures lead to higher energy requirements for training and keeping warm.
One Pair: U10 and U12 skiers can get by with one pair of "combi" skis and boots and one set of poles. Skis should be wax-able. Keep in mind, 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.
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, especially U14 and older, 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.
Ski poles for skate should reach between the skiers chin and "mustache area."
Classic poles should reach between the armpit and the shoulder.
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.
New Equipment may be purchased at Bangtail Ski Shop or Homestake Lodge. Order early at Bangtail and receive discounted BSF prices.
Intra-Team Swap: each October, before the big Ski Swap.
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!
Generally, if the temperature is 13F or lower--especially if there is wind--practice will be cancelled. Please check the temperature where we are skiing that day (in town or at Bohart). 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.