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Alpine 101

Your U (Under) Class is the age group that you will compete in. Each U class is specific to years of birth. Your age for the ski season is your age on December 31st.

Alpine U classes are as follows:
U-21 – ages 18-19-20  FIS Team
U-19 – ages 16-18  FIS Team, Freeski/Snowboard Home or Freeski/Snowboard Travel
U-16 – ages 14-15 U16- Team, Freeski/Snowboard Home or Freeski/Snowboard Travel
U-14 – ages 12-13 
U14-Team,Freeski/Snowboard Home or Freeski/Snowboard Travel
U-12 – ages 10-11 D- Team (Devo Home), North SeriesTeam or Freeski/Snowboard Home
U-10 – ages 8-9  D- Team (Devo Home) Age 9 Freeski/Snowboard Home or North SeriesTeam
U-8 – ages 6-7 Mitey Mites

Alpine Disciplines

Slalom (SL): A slalom course is the shortest in distance, but contains the greatest number of turns. Turns are short, quick and continuous. Slalom is considered a technical event.

Giant Slalom (GS): The Giant Slalom is the most fundamental alpine event. Most young racers will start with Giant Slalom races. It is the closest event to pure free skiing.  GS is also considered a technical event.

Super Giant Slalom (Super G): Super G is the bridge between Giant Slalom and Downhill and is considered a speed event. Athletes compete in Super G starting at the U-14 level. Super G is the dominant event we train and race for speed in our program.

Downhill (DH): Downhill is the fastest of the four alpine disciplines. Athletes compete in downhill starting at the U-16 level, but not as a requirement for team participation.


Equipment

All four disciplines require a different set of skis. As athletes get older, the more specific their equipment becomes. Please see the Equipment tab under the info page or more information.

Competition Series

Coaches Cup Series
BBSEF Home Team programs members (Mitey Mite, Devo Team, Freeski, and Snowboard), participate in the Coaches Cup series.  This series include a one day Giant Slalom or Slopestyle, a one day Slalom or Slopestyle and our Coaches Cup Finale.  The Coaches Cup Finale is four events over two days. The four events are Slalom, Giant Slalom, jumping and either a slopestyle or skiercross event.  Awards will be given to 1st-5th, place in the Coaches Cup races with participant ribbons for all competitors.  We also have an end of season Coaches Cup Overall award based on points awarded based on results at each of the Coaches Cup competitions.

North/South Series: The Intermountain Division is divided into two geographical components – North and South. Bogus Basin is part of the North region, which includes Sun Valley, Jackson, WY, McCall, Kelly Canyon, and Pebble Creek.  North Series Team members participate in this series with a goal of qualifying for the Intermountain Championships.  North Series Team members that are not invited to the IMD Champs are eligible the IMD Finals.  North Series Team members may not participate in BBSEF Coaches Cup events.

Intermountain Championships:  The races in these series are non-scored and are seeded using the TRS (totally random sort) method. The North and South races are open to U8-U12 racers and U14, U16/18 racers with greater than 200 USSA points.

Start Order All North and South races use TRS seeding by class for both runs. U8’s will race in the U10 class at North and South Series races. TRS seeding involves a random draw within class for the first run. For the second run, the first run start order is reversed within each class. First run DNFs and DSQs participate in the second run in their normal start position.  One set of trophies is required for the U14 and older class, the U12 class, and the U10 class. A set of 5 awards is required per gender per age class. Northern Division will be invited to send teams to each of the events.

The U14 Qualifying Race Series: The races in this series are non-scored and are seeded using the TRS (totally random sort) method. World Cup points, awarded to the top 50 Intermountain U14 finishers in each race, are used in the selection of the Tri-Divisional U14 Championships Team.

Open Series Races (2nd Year U14’s and older) The races in this series are open to all 2nd year U14’s and older competitors in the North and the South with the exception of the Jackson Open Super-G’s which will have a U16 (scored) and a U14 (non-scored) race. 2nd year U14’s must decide prior to the event whether they will compete in the U16 or U14 race. These races are nationally scored and will be seeded off the USSA points list valid for this race. This race is not used for selections and may have a point cut-off in order to manage the field size. Entries Participants in the "Open" race must have a USSA Alpine Competitor license. The "Open" race is open to all properly licensed 2nd year U14’s and older class competitors (U14’s may compete in the Jackson Open Super-G’s).
 

U16 Qualifying Race Series The races in this series are nationally scored and are seeded on the basis of the USSA Points List valid for the race. World Cup points, awarded to the top 30 Intermountain U16 finishers in each race, are used in the selection of the IMD U16 Championships Team.
 

The Intermountain Cup U19/U21 Qualifying Series IMC races will consist of USSA scored races. IMC races in this series are nationally scored and are seeded on the basis of the USSA Points List valid for the race. All competitors competing in the IMC races should have a valid USSA license. World Cup points, awarded to the top 30 finishers in each race are used to determine individual discipline and overall champions for the entire season as well as selection to the Western Region Junior Championship Team. The IMC DH title will be selected from the WR Elite Speed Series and will not count towards the overall IMC standings.

Western Junior Champs: A U-19/U-21 Western Region Championship event in all disciplines. Qualification is based on an Intermountain Division race series.

USSA: The United States Ski and Snowboard Association is the governing body for the sports of alpine ski racing, freeskiing and snowboarding in the U.S. It is the USSA alpine and freeski training system that we use as a guide to our training programs.

USSA comprises three regions (Western, Eastern and Rocky Central).

Western Region (WR): Intermountain is one of five divisions that make up the Western Region. These include Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA), Far West (California), Northern Division (Montana) and Alaska.

Intermountain Division (IMD): We are a part of the Intermountain Division which consists of clubs in the states of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

FIS: FIS is the International Federation of Skiing. FIS represents the international ranking system versus USSA’s national ranking system. FIS races are open to international competitors. Athletes must be 16 and have a FIS license to race in FIS Races. Athletes will be advised when they are eligible and when they need to purchase the license.

Points Lists

Please read the USSA competition guide to learn more about points system and qualifications.