Alpine 101 Answers to FAQ

Athletes licensed in the Intermountain
Division who have paid their dues to the USSA are defined within the following age groups:

U Class: Your U (Under) Class is the age group that you will compete in.
Each U class is specific to certain years of birth.. Alpine U classes are as

U-21 – ages 19-20

U-19 – ages 16,17 & 19

U-16 – ages 14-15

U-14 – ages 12-13

U-12 – ages 10-11

U-10 – ages 8-9

U-8 – ages 6-7 (For BBSEF Home Teams only, not a USSA recognized age class)

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.


All four Alpine disciplines require a different set of skis. As athletes get older, the more specific their equipment becomes. Equipment requirements are as follows:

Mighty Mite – 1 pair of giant slalom skis or all-mountain skis that are
not too fat.

D Team 1 to 2 pairs of skis targeting GS and Slalom and/ or a pair of
all mountain skis.

C Team– 1 to 2 pairs of skis targeting GS and Slalom and a pair of all
mountain skis.

B Team – 2 to 3 pairs of skis, specifically Slalom and GS skis. (Super G
optional or loaners).  A pair of all mountain skis.

A Team – 2-5 pairs of skis, specifically slalom, GS and Super G (loaners
available), one pair for training, one for racing. A pair of all mountain skis.

FIS and PG Team – 4+ pairs of skis, two for each discipline, one race,
one training. Speed skis as needed. A pair of all mountain skis.

Equipment Leasing and Pro Nights: For the younger athlete, our local ski shops offer leasing programs for the season. For the older, competition athlete, it is very beneficial to attend the “Pro Night” specifically for ski team at the shops to be able to order new equipment at discounted prices directly from the company reps. We will send out announcements as to when these events are coming up, as well as who is eligible to attend.

Equipment Maintenance: When athletes reach the U-14 level, they learn how to and become responsible for tuning and maintaining all equipment. For the U-12 and younger, parents should be responsible to maintain equipment and have skis tuned and waxed as needed. Our local ski shops offer some good tuning programs.

USSA: The United States Ski and Snowboard Association. This is the governing body for the sport of skiing in the U.S. It is its alpine and free ride programs and education 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 (Birth year 1995) and have a FIS license in order to race in a FIS Race. Athletes will be advised when they are eligible and when they need to purchase the license.

Points Lists: Once you have a competitive USSA license (U-16 and older plus the 13 year olds that are planning to race in IM Open races), you will have access to the Points List, which is broken down by discipline (Slalom, GS, Super G and DH). Your points will be tabulated by USSA and your standing on the points list will both qualify you for certain competitions including Western Region U16 Championships and events beyond the U16 level, and determine your starting order. The system is based on an ascending scale where the best racer in the world in each discipline are established at 0 points, and based on the level ofthe competitors in a particular race, points are awarded by that standard of competition to create the “penalty” and that penalty added to your race points earned from your placing based on time away from the winner. determines your point score.

Bogus Basin Local Series BBSEF participates in a series of events open to Mighty Mites, D, C and B Teams as well as Team Shred Home Team kids.  These include the Mighty Mite series, the Cranston Cup, the Michael B  Young All Mountain Event as well as the Coaches cup 4 way event which includes Slalom, GS, Glaende jumping and Ski Cross.

Bogus Basin Travel Series BBSEF offers a local series of events open to all Mighty Mite, D, C and B Team as well as Team Shred Home Team kids.  These include events at McCall, Anthony Lakes and Kelly Canyon.

North/South Series: The Intermountain Division is divided into two
geographical components – North and South. BBSEF is part of the North Region, which includes Bogus Basin, Sun Valley, Jackson, WY, McCall, Kelly Canyon and Pebble Creek. There is a Series of USSA non scored events that we participate leading to the Intermountain Championships in Park City mid-March.

Intermountain Championships:  A U-10 and U-12 Intermountain Division Championship event. Athletes qualify through an Intermountain Division qualification series of races.

U14 Championships:A U-14 Intermountain
Championship event. Athletes qualify through an Intermountain Division
qualification series of races.  The Northern Division is invited to this event.

U16 Western Junior
A U-16 Western Region Championship event. Athletes qualify through an Intermountain Division qualification series of races.

U-19 Nationals: A U-19 class national event. Invitations to compete are
based on a Western Region U-19 qualification series.

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




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