Barbara Strickland spreads joy on and off the snow. This time of year she starts taking calls and messages from people eager to enjoy BBSEF’s famous long stem roses. She is among the top sellers in the annual Rose Sale but takes little credit for her fundraising success.
“To be honest, the first year I was in a meeting with about 8 men. I told them that my son was involved in this fundraiser, and they had an opportunity to do something nice for someone. They all agreed.” She sold 8 dozen roses on the spot. “Once the roses were delivered, people discovered that they are beautiful and last forever. After that the roses started selling themselves.”
By the second year, people started asking Barbara about the roses. “People have already approached me about this year’s rose sale,” she said.
Colleague, friend and photographer Andrew Movius, shared photos of yellow roses he has enjoyed in previous years.
Barbara and her husband Jim learned to ski as adults. Their sons, James and Ian are first-generation BBSEF athletes. James and Ian carve turns on the Alpine Devo team. “My kids wake up earlier on Saturdays than they do the rest of the week, and all they want to do is head up the mountain and go skiing.”
“BBSEF, we love it! The coaches are amazing. The kids are learning technical skills to be lifelong skiers. I appreciate the balance of fun and competition. We have made great friends with amazing parents too.”
Barbara advises people selling BBSEF roses to let everyone know that these roses are truly beautiful and last much longer than most. “Take pictures of the roses when you pick them up and show them around. Invite everyone to participate again next year.”
“The roses are a little extra thing to do for someone just to make their day.”
The family that sells the greatest number of roses
wins a new pair of K2 Bad Apple twin tip skis!
Please email with the number of dozens in your order.
Bring Rose Sale Order forms and payment to the BBSEF office on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Pick up roses:
Wednesday, March 13 – 9:30 to 5:30
Thursday, March 14 – 9:30 to 5:30
No spring in your step for roses?
Please consider making a tax-deductible a contribution to BBSEF.
Tuesday and Wednesday are great days to help out.
We will start packaging roses at 8:30 each day.
BBSEF – Over 50 years of putting smiles on kids’ faces while they build lifelong love of sport.
It has been a record-breaking year for Bogus Basin in terms of February snow. And while friends may leave friends behind in the pursuit of fresh tracks, BBSEF coaches maintained their focus on helping athletes improve their competitive skiing and snowboarding skills. This year they got to throw powder skiing and boarding techniques into the mix as well.
BBSEF coaches are versatile, responding to the needs of their athletes no matter what the weather or the day brings. They dig their athletes out of disappointment and applaud their successes – all the while mindful of the next level of skill development for each member of their team.
Many arrive early to set gates, plant flags and help Coach Chuck and Coach Mark prepare for the day. All attend morning safety meetings before the athletes arrive. And when BBSEF is preparing to host an event, holding an event or packing up after an event, most – if not all – pitch in at the end of the day to move gates, b-netting, and equipment to the next place it needs to be.
Here is what a few had to say about the season:
“It’s great to see the progression not only of the athletes, but the coaches too.” – Alpine Coach Ben Roberts
“It’s been a great season with the Alpine and Freeride working together and bringing the kids together, traveling together and working together as a team. It has been a really fun year!” – Alpine Coach Pam Tucker
“I can’t wait to get more kids on the Freeride team!” – Freeride Coach Nick Treat
“I am really proud of the coaches. We had full enrollment this year, and everyone worked hard to make sure that every team member made progress and had fun. It is a great group of people who care about the kids and pitch in to help each other out.” – Mitey Mites Head Coach Chuck Combs
“The annual Coaches Cup Finale is a time to celebrate athlete success. No matter where they finish during competition, Mitey Mites leave the mountain at the end of the season improved skiers.” – Mitey Mite Coach Demo
We are honored to work with so many people who dedicate their time to sharing the joy of skiing, snowboarding and competition with kids. Thank you coaches!
The competitive season is here, and it is loaded with excitement, enthusiasm, nerves, hope and anxiety, not to mention the potential for disappointment. Sport Psychologist Dr. Jim Taylor offers specific suggestions for supporting your child on race day:
Remind yourself why your kids ski race (and it has nothing to do with results).
Be happy and have fun at races. If you are, your children mostly likely will too.
If you can’t control your emotions at races, don’t go.
Before races, if you find that you are stressed, worried, or anxious, stay away from your kids.
Before races, don’t try to motivate or coach them; nothing you say will help, but a lot you say can hurt.
Before every race run, smile and say “I love you.”
Don’t look at Live-Timing, at least until you’ve talked to your young racer and heard firsthand how race day went. Better yet, uninstall it from your phone!
After every race run, smile and say “I love you. Do you want a snack?”
After races, if you find yourself frustrated, angry, or otherwise upset, stay away from your kid till you’ve calmed down.
Here’s the toughest one: NEVER, EVER talk about results!! I know this sounds impossible, but it can be done (though it takes tremendous willpower). If your children bring up results, just say, “Results don’t matter now. What matters is that you gave your best effort and had fun.”
“…what matters is not the results, but rather that young racers have a passion for our sport, are willing to work hard and accept its inevitable highs and lows, and continue to develop physically, technically, and mentally in preparation for transition to [the next level].” (Taylor, 2018)
Jim Taylor, Ph.D., competed internationally while skiing for Burke Mountain Academy, Middlebury College, and the University of Colorado. Over the last 30 years, he has worked with the U.S. and Japanese Ski Teams, many World Cup and Olympic racers, and most of the leading junior race programs in the U.S. and Canada. He is the creator of the Prime Ski Racing series of online courses and the author of Train Your Mind for Athletic Success: Mental Preparation to Achieve Your Sports Goals.To learn more or to contact Jim, visit drjimtaylor.com