Persons of the Week - Coach Ali Haag and Team Norway
L to R: Coach Ali, Coach Aisling and Coach Demo With Team Norway
Persons of the Week – Coach Ali Haag and Team Norway
BBSEF likes putting smiles on kids’ faces and loves it when kids spread those smiles around. Coach Ali and a team of Mitey Mites did just that recently.
Bogus Basin management gave a shout out of thanks to Ali and the young team, praising them for awesome conduct in the lift lines. “The coach had a group of what seemed to be the youngest girls. She looked after the safety of each one while loading the chair. She asked for the chair to be slowed while each loaded during which she stood at the ‘wait here stakes’ and helped usher them to the load board. Every student was in control and polite, just like their coach.”
Thank you, Coach Ali and Team Norway for following Bogus Basin rules, treating everyone around you with respect and representing BBSEF so well. We are proud of you!
Good luck to all of the teams at the first Coaches Cup event on January 28.
Celebrating 50 years of putting smiles on kids’ faces while they build lifelong love of sport.
As you are aware the snow has been slow in coming to our mountain this season. In an effort to provide the best experience for our athletes, we are pushing back our first Coaches Cup event one week to January 28.
We will need volunteers for a variety of positions, many won’t require skiing/riding. Positions include: Starters, assistant starters, time of day recorders, gatekeepers, scoreboard and bib collector. We ask each of our families to volunteer for two event days Coaches Cup Volunteer.
We encourage everyone to watch this USSA Gatekeeper Video, as it gives good insight into racing.
Coaches Cup events are open to all BBSEF Home Teams (Mitey Mite, Devo, Snowboard and Freeski Home). Freeski and Snowboard Home Team members have the choice of competing in either the Alpine or Slopestyle event. ALL Saturday and ALL Sunday home teams will be competing on Sunday, January 28. Saturday, January 27, we will have training as scheduled.
Coaches Cup Event Schedule:
January 28th Coaches Cup SL/Slopestyle (Mitey Mite, Devo, Freeski/Snowboard Home.)
February 10th Coaches Cup GS/Slopestyle (Mitey Mite, Devo, Freeski/Snowboard Home.)
March 10th & 11th Coaches Cup Finale The Finale is for all BBSEFhome teams:
This is a 4-way event with Giant Slalom, Jumping, Slalom, and Slopestyle. ALL Saturday and ALL Sunday home teams are automatically entered in all four events.
The Klotz family knows a thing or two about skiing and ski racing. RJ raced his way to podiums from the time he was a Mitey Mite through Post Grad. Now he points his skis in a different direction and puts his mad skills to work as a professional skijorer. Hailey parlayed her recreational ski habit into a career that not only promotes the sport we love, but has her testing the conditions in Utah just about every Friday throughout the ski season. Meanwhile, their parents John and BJ Klotz have been supporting competitors and serving up the goods to snowsport enthusiasts for years as co-owners of McU Sports.
Football brought John to Boise, but a high school job launched his career and stoked the family ski life. Back in the day, McU’s owned and operated the rental shop at Bogus Basin. John’s bosses sent him up the mountain to manage rentals. He made the most of it, often spending nights in the basement in anticipation of untracked morning snow.
In 1979 John bought into McU Sports alongside Mick McConnell and Rich Urresti – the original Mc & U behind the store’s name. McU’s rental shop and the ski and board tuning operation ultimately moved to the Highlands location on Bogus Basin Road. John stays busy there while BJ manages the downtown store on Jefferson.
John’s contributions to BBSRA/BBSEF are many. The annual ski swap has grown to be the largest in the Pacific Northwest due in no small part to his influence and collaboration with local retailers. A longtime supporter of BBSEF, John and the McU’s crew get to know racers and their needs as they progress through the program.
As a former race parent, John appreciates the fun to be had. “It was all work and no play until RJ aged up to the traveling team,” said John. “When he started traveling, I would load up and go too. Traveling and skiing with the other families, flipping burgers on the barbecue at the races. Those were the best times. You nurture relationships with your kids and get some pretty terrific skiing done with other families too.”