May 16-August 19: Summer training
September: Fall training begins
December: On-snow training begins
Early April: End of Season
Year-round (mid-May to early April): $2,800
Summer only (mid-May to early August): $1,100
*Canmore and Thanksgiving Camps are separate.
PAYMENT PLANS: Payment plans available. Minimum of $600 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.
5 days per week
The U16 Team is part of the Competitive Team (aka "Comp Team"). We offer a great team atmosphere and excellent coaching for the dedicated skier. The typical training season runs mid-May through early April, but we also offer options for summer-only training.
May 16 - August 19: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Fall & Winter:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: mid-morning
*There will be additional training Tues. & Thurs. mornings throughout the fall and winter.
Locations and activities vary. Athletes receive a weekly training schedule via email.
Lina Hultin, U16 Coach
We'll have one van to pick athletes up from BSHS (pick-up across from HS at corner of Main & 11th). A second van will pick up athletes at Anderson School/Sac Middle School.
Locations vary. Your coach(es) will send out weekly training schedules on Mondays. Schedule change announcements are emailed as needed.
Since skiing is not an inexpensive sport to participate in, we make every effort to help parents and athletes secure gear in a variety of ways. BSF coaches will be available at all swaps to help answer questions.
Skiers should have both classic and skate skis and poles. 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, have 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.
Please make yourself familiar with our policies, the BSF Athlete & Parent Handbook, and other important information on the Parent 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.) 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 our operating costs. 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.)
(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.
(puberty after growth spurt)
Girls: ages: 12-17
Boys: ages 14-17
Years in skiing: 6-11
Days per week: 5-7 in season, 4-6 out of season
The emphasis on training becomes year round. Continue to use in complementary sports and activities for variety and to enhance conditioning. Implement periodized training with varying volumes and intensity.
Athlete implements a periodized training program that places stress on the body and subsequent recovery time. Athlete uses low-intensity aerobic, high intensity aerobic and anaerobic training to improve race fitness. Athlete maintains a training log. Refine event specific technical and tactical skills to achieve desired outcome. Integrate the increased strength, power and body size to achieve more complex movements and precision of skill application. Seeks more challenging terrain.
Reinforce the idea that hard work creates more opportunity for success. Accountability is important. Self-analysis and the acceptance of feedback is encouraged. Athletes analyze their own performance and identify areas for improvement. Enforce the concept that success is attributable to personal effort.