BBSEF Freeski and Mountain Bike Coach Beau Burley works and plays hard outdoors. He is a career BLM and Forest Service Fire Fighter who happens to ski. A lot. “I skied 100 days a season until I was 30,” said Beau, “just rippin’ with my buddies.” When not skiing, he worked, first in the Bogus Basin rental shop and then with the park crew. In 2000, an opportunity to coach came calling. He attended USSA Freestyle Clinics and has coached at Tamarack, Brundage and Bogus Basin.
A trip to Junior Nationals at Crystal Mountain in 2008 changed things up for him. “That’s where I had my first exposure to Big Mountain and just fell in love with Big Mountain. It’s all about skiing around and having fun.” Now a Certified IFSA Judge, he is one of the judges for the Michael B. Young event. “I love this event. It is one of my favorite Big Mountain competitions.”
Beau likes dirt too. He started mountain bike riding as a senior in high school and has been racing ever since. Last year he finished third in the Jug Mountain Enduro race and placed fifth overall in the Idaho Enduro Series. He kicked things off right this year finishing fifth at the Eagle Enduro on May 6. “The Enduro Series is super fun. I look forward to the races coming up at Jug Mountain and Bogus this year.”
He is not the only one. In April, Beau launched BBSEF’s first Mountain Bike team. He and a roster of accomplished mountain bike racers - including his wife, Kristi, herself a longtime racer who taught Women’s Mountain Biking at BSU - help team members hone the form, technique, and confidence required to take on the ascents and descents of trail riding and racing. “Every kid, from the beginner who just wants to get more comfortable on the bike, to the experienced rider, has made great progress week to week,” said Beau. Several BBSEF cyclists tested their skills at the Eagle Enduro and are eager to do it again at the Jug and Bogus races.
Thanks Beau, for sharing your joy of sport with Treasure Valley youth!
Eight or nine years ago, Brennan, a lifelong Boisean, decided to give snowboarding a try. He took to it quickly and soon earned a reputation on the slopes of Tamarack as a talented young rider with an easygoing demeanor to match.
BBSEF can thank a mutual friend for suggesting that Coach Garrett Haag and Brennan meet. In no time at all, it was clear that Brennan would be an outstanding coach to BBSEF athletes on the Snowboard Freestyle Home Team. “He showed up on his very first day with energy and enthusiasm and brought that same level of commitment to the scene throughout the season,” said Garrett.
That great attitude will serve Brennan well, as he works his way through his general requirements at the College of Western Idaho. From there, he plans to transfer to Boise State University and major in Business Marketing and Marketing Management.
Brennan keeps busy hiking, boating, surfing, camping and hanging out with his friends. Well-traveled, he has already explored Australia and the Cook Islands. Yet many destinations remain on his wish list. Watch him parlay his education, adventure seeking and his good-natured work ethic into national and international business opportunities someday. Until then though, we welcome him back to BBSEF.
“Brennan brings it every day,” said Garrett. “He is always on time, positive and shows a lot of initiative. I am stoked that he will be back with us next year.”
Brennan is onboard. “Hanging out with all of the coaches and the kids made showing up for work every day enjoyable,” said Brennan. “I am really looking forward to doing it all again.”
Tonight's scheduled ride at 5:15 PM has been canceled due to steady precipitation. We strive to follow good trail etiquette when we ride, and we don't ride on muddy trails. If you haven't checked out the Ridge to Rivers trail etiquette page I have attached it to this email. We will make up this missed ride with a Saturday ride soon. Thursday training is still a go at 5:15 PM at the Eagle bike park.
Thanks! Mark Wedeking Head Coach/Program Director
Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation
1675 Hill Road Suite A