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The past couple of years has taught us that we cannot take things for granted.  It has also shown us the power of teamwork.  For this season an emerging challenge is the availability of race skis and race boots.  There is a high likelihood that these items will be sold out, long before we are back on snow.  To help facilitate equipment needs, we have created a private Facebook group “BBSEF Team Swap” for our BBSEF families only.   Our intention is to make it easier for you to buy and sell gear.  This group/page will be open through September, replacing our internal swap.  Buyers are responsible for knowing the bindings and having them serviced or adjusted by a licensed tech. You should not use equipment that has not been properly adjusted or is not currently indemnified.  BBSEF is not responsible for and does not accept any responsibility in the buying or selling of products.  It is up to the buyer and seller to understand and know the product. Please follow/like us on Facebook then, request to join the group.


If you have questions regarding equipment, please contact

Reminder Equipment night will be Friday, September 16, (time TBD)

WHERE:  McU's, Greenwoods and Eco Lounge

EQUIPMENT INFO:  Reps will be in attendance from POC, Leki and Swix.  Please note:  U14s and older must use FIS-approved helmets for all events!

COACHES:  The coaching staff will be there to assist with sizing, and answer questions.



U16/U19 Intermountain Comp Schedule TBD



For all race schedules within the IMD and information on qualifiers and rules, refer to the IMD Alpine website. 


Athletes participating in IMD Races are required to have a current USSA Membership.  Create a new membership or renew here.


Coach Update

Date: 8/4/22

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer and some time away for some fun.  It is time to at least temporarily, put on your winter hat and think equipment for your child.  Let me give you the down and dirty, quick version.  Order ASAP, don't delay, gear is limited (VERY LIMITED), gear is going fast, you snooze you lose.  See the pattern here?  


1. Please go to McU Sports, Greenwood's or Eco Lounge (for Atomic only) to get sized and fitted for your gear.  
2.  If you have questions about ski length, boot size/flex, the U12 parents should contact Dave Hall.  The U14, U16 and U18 folks should contact me.
3.  I am always available to meet any of the families at the shop and give any assistance if you would like.  Let's make sure the equipment is right so it works the best to make progress this season.
If the shop does not have what you need, don't panic.  Contact Dave Hall at and he may be able to help out.


1.  You should not count on there being an equipment night.  That is very much up in the air at this point and the reason I am sending this email.
2.  Reps are all scheduled for club visits BUT, they have very little equipment availability so we do not have that option.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn Smith
BBSEF Athletic Director


Hello to the BBSEF families from Shawn Smith, BBSEF Athletic Director  

I hope everyone is getting ready to jump into summer.  I wanted to write to you for a while now but we have been very busy with wrapping up the season, USSS online meetings, IMD meetings, summer camp planning and the spring membership enrollment.  I can finally draw a breath.

I am so pleased to join a well established club with top notch people running the show.  Working for Shannon Carrell is a real pleasure.  I am so impressed with her knowledge of the programs’ club history and ability to get things done properly and on time.  Working with the talented Kelly Mullens on any communication project is very enjoyable and informative.  I hope the membership appreciates the performance standards of those individuals and all they bring to our organization.  The talent of those individuals combined with a very supportive, committed and involved BOD, were major influences on my decision to remain with the club.

I was hired last fall to coach the alpine U16 and FIS athletes.  The season gave me a wonderful opportunity to work with a great group of kids and make personal observations and evaluations of many aspects of the club.  It was evident that there are many areas that are going well and should be supported.  I also saw areas of opportunity to advance our programs in the coming seasons.  I would like to outline some of the ideas that I plan to begin to implement changes next season and into the future.  So here we go:


I can tell you that this is an area where a vast majority of programs neglect.  IF there is any education, it centers around operation procedures and perhaps broad discussions about the technical aspects of racing.  They totally miss the importance to train the coaching staff on how to teach.  That’s right, the delivery skills of making connections and really affecting outcomes for the athletes to a great extent is the “art” of coaching.  The technical pieces are more the “science” of coaching.  Coach/instructor education has been a great passion of mine and I have had the pleasure for the last 45 years to train coaches of all levels from entry level to national team coaches from several nations.


Coaches are frequently left to create the focus and directions for their group of kids.  The problem that I have found with this approach is the lack of “flow” of development and growth as an athlete moves up in age groups.  The coaching staff needs the framework of what is to be covered and their personal delivery style brings the information to life.


This is another topic that does not get addressed with clubs.  Coaches are “too busy” to get this work done.  During the late summer and fall families will be receiving info pieces periodically on a wide variety of race-related subjects that I hope will help you broaden your knowledge of our sport.  I know everyone receives a bunch of messages so we will be prudent about the amount of messages that go your way.  During the season, the coaches will give you a weekly report of progress and significant outcomes.


I am very aware and sensitive to the costs of our sport.  Shops and reps mean well with their recommendations but do not always get things “right” for the athlete.  The coaching staff is a resource for parents to ensure the gear follows age appropriate rules and is optimally functional for the athlete.  I have been traveling to several families homes to check gear for next year.  Skis - length, radius and bindings; boots - sizing, flex, height, power straps, sole wear and tear; poles - length for SL, GS, SG, strap system (about 75% of the kids are using poles that are too short) and brand recommendations; helmets - fit and legality; back protectors if appropriate and finally any need for boot fit work or leveling (ramp angle, canting).


For next season we will be making a few adjustments in the coaching structure of 2 programs.  The North Series group will have its own head coach and 2 additional coaches.  Rather than working as one large group, athletes will be split into 3 smaller groups based on experience and needs.  Each coach will be responsible for coordinating the lesson/training plan for the week and communicating that plan to the head coach.  The U14 program will have a new coach this season due to the departure of Ben.  She/he will coordinate their weekly game plan with me to be sure we have continuity.

There will be some other changes of note.  Our young kids run too many gates - and oftentimes on the wrong terrain!  Basic skills need to be developed and enhanced while the kids explore all the mountain has to offer having fun with their coach, seeking out new challenges.  Time in gates should start on green terrain with short courses with intermittent sessions.  There is ample time for gate training when a solid skill base has been established and the kids get older.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.  I hope it is helpful.  I am gradually meeting more of the families of our club and look forward to getting our new season under way.




Good morning everyone,

I can't believe the season has come to an end but I guess that is the nature of things. At least it is staying cool and we are getting some much needed precipitation.  You would not believe how dry it was in the Tahoe area when Gracie and I were there for FIS races.  We were skiing on early January snow!

It was a pleasure to coach the U16 & U18 groups this year.  Great gang of kids and parents.  

I have attached a review of the material covered this season.  Here are some ways that it can be used for your benefit:


Read the review!  Print a hard copy or make notes on the review itself.  You were given a ton of feedback throughout the season.  Everything will sound familiar I am sure.  Your job is to highlight the areas and statements that had the biggest impact on your success this season.  I suggest you revisit that information from time to time.


Please look over the information.  This is the core of the program in which your child participated all season.  I know your athlete can help answer any of your questions about this material and how it applies to them.

I will be in touch with more information about next season, equipment, conditioning, camps and other topics.

Shawn Smith
Alpine Director
U16/19 FIS Head Coach


Good afternoon gang,

Let's start with training for this week:

Tues. 3/8 - SL on Mambo CANCELED

Wed. 3/9 - GS on Ridge

Thurs. 3/10 - SL on Mambo

At this point, I am a bit up in the air about the weekend.  I will probably be traveling to Big Sky on Saturday and gone through the 17th.  I will get back to you for training during those times.


What a week of opposites regarding the snow surface!  Tuesday it was junk that needed salt and did not hold up well.  This weekend it was awesome.  Hard, grippy and quite durable.  Now I know Jesus loves me!!!

This is the time of year where it feels a little funky.  Some of the athletes are preparing for a championship series and for others it feels like there is not much left. Hold on, for the cagey athlete, this is the beginning of your 2022-23 season.  You can put your nose to the grindstone and be WAY ahead for starting out next season. The kids who were at training this weekend made improvements.  As a coach, it was so great to see.  So like the song says, "don't stop believin'". 


WR U16 CHAMPS: March 14-17  Linnea made it!

TRI-DIV. CHAMPS: March 24-27  Aubrey made it!

Sowbird Snowcup: March 31-April 5 - Open race.  I would suggest you go to the IMD website and look over the race announcement for all the details.  In order to participate, you do not have to race in all 3 events.  Whatever fits your schedule.


Let's be sure we are careful about a couple of issues:  1.  Eyewear.  Goggles when running gates and at least sunglasses at other times.  Very bad idea not to have the eyes covered at this time of year.  2.  Sunscreen.  Every day.  Even if it is cloudy.  Let's avoid the "bobbing for french fries" look.

That's about it, I'm going to start enjoying my day off.

Auf wiedersehen,


U16/19 FIS Head Coach



Happy valentine's day!

We wrapped up a very productive GS block of training yesterday.  Our focus for most of the week was centered around important tactical elements in GS and how they impact - positively OR negatively - an individual's ability to use their best technical skiing.  Developing a strong tactical base takes time and hard work to gain a high level of skill.  It is not something that is learned over a weekend or a short period of time.  We will be taking what we have learned so far and utilize and strengthen those skills in the future.

I have passed along the story to the kids of watching Ted Ligety with his coach when Ted was 13 or 14 years old.  His tactics were SO bad, I told his coach that bowling might be a better sport unless he started to knuckle down and change his habits.  Turns out he decided to change his habits.  He didn't own a bowling ball!


*  We will go into a block of SL on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.  REMEMBER:  There is no training on Saturday 2/19 for anyone in the club.  The training center will be locked with no access.  

*  I will find out what lifts are running on President's Day to determine training.


1.  It would be a good idea to bring water to our training sessions with the warmer weather we are experiencing.  It is one of the best things you can do to make sure you are not prematurely getting "gassed".

2.  I know you get tired of hearing this but make sure your SL gear is tuned and tight!  If you need help, let me know.

3.  When we break for lunch, it is a very good idea to practice good nutrition habits that you will bring to the races.  Please stay away from the fried foods and heavier meals that make you lethargic in the afternoon.  I good salad with some protien is a better alternative (even though it may not taste a good as those french fries).

4.  Up to this point in the season, I have given you 2 options when we train SL.  If you blow out of the course, you could 1. hike or 2. abandon.  I believe in options.  From here on out your options are:  1. hike properly or 2. hike properly faster!  It's time to put on your big boy/girl pants and get junk yard dog mean.  I want to see fight and determination to stay in a course.  THAT is what I want you to bring to your training and most importantly to your races.


Please make sure the kids are checking their equipment!  It is their job.

Please make sure the kids READ bullet point #4 above.  I will be holding them accountable.

That is about it for now.  See you on the hill.



U16/19 FIS Head Coach



Hello BBSEF U14, 16/18, FIS, and Tuesday Ski up families,

This week's van poll includes next Monday the 21st. We will be providing van transport to training on Monday for those who need it. Monday's training schedule is TBD based on Bogus's operations plan for the holiday. We will not be training on Saturday the 19th, enjoy sleeping in, time with family, or whatever else suits your fancy. Find the link to the poll in your email.




Good morning everyone,

I tried to send this yesterday, one more try.  I basically have 3 pieces of info to share today.


*  We had a very productive session of training last week.  We were in a SL block and the gang really worked hard in the courses and when we did drills on our SL skis outside the course.

*  This gave us the chance to revisit basic skill elements we explored earlier in the season and improve on those pieces.

*  It's easy to forget some of those pieces as new directions are taken so going back in review pays huge dividends.

*  Any of our struggles in courses have been of a tactical nature and we are taking steps to strengthen that area.


Oh yeah, it is that time of the season again.  Please go through ALL the equipment: skis, bindings, boots -rivets/screws, poles (especially Leki), helmets and face guards, basically the whole guacamole!  Mr. Murphy always shows up on race day.

3.  FEBRUARY 19:

I wanted to give everyone a heads up that the entire club will be taking off Saturday, Feb. 19th.  That is the Saturday of President's weekend.  We wanted to give the kids a day to spend with the family, sleep in and veg out.  We will be training on Sun. and Mon..  I suggest pancakes for everyone!!!!

Hope to see you this weekend.



Hi gang,

Thank you to all the parents for the quick responses on the Snowbird race series Jan. 28 - 30.  The individual email really helped me ensure that I could quickly see who had responded and your information.  You are dealing with a mental midget when it comes to most things "tech".

Please keep in mind IF any of your plans change, Pam and I need to know.   Our travel day is 1/27/2022.  I will send out departure time and other details as we go.


I think everyone knows that I am in Big Sky for FIS races through Monday and back at training on Tuesday.  The plan is for the kids to be running SL each morning and then going through some SL drills/exercises in the afternoon.  Archie will be coaching the U16s both days.


I know I sent the parents information about this time.  If we were going to the races at Jackson in between the qualifiers, the kids would have a maximum of 12 days of training.  By not going, we have a super block of 18 days to do our best to make improvements in performance.

One of our athletes has an early dismissal from school.I realize that is not the case for everyone BUT, there just might be that odd day where your child is just feeling way too well to be in school and viola, up to the mountain they go!  I will let you know the extra times we will be training and every one of our crew is welcome to join if it fits your schedule.  

I have been using spare time to take "inventory" of performance of our team.  This is helping me to create a training plan for the gang to help focus the training course sets and skiing time to the greatest benefit.  I am really hoping that the kids can all make it when their schedule allows.

Thanks again to Pam for all she is doing to get people registered and lodging.  I get so cranky when I have to sleep on the park bench.

Have a good evening.


Good morning,

I got home kind of late last night to send a message.

We will be training SL this week to start gearing up for the next races at Snowbird.

TUESDAY:  We will run panel SL so kids do not need shinners or face guards on helmets.  Panel SL is super beneficial to take the turn initiation skills we have developed from GS/SG and adapting the tempo to SL without focusing on cross blocking the gate.

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday plan on running SL courses in full protective gear.

I will be conducting training on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Archie will be doing the training on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  I have given him the technical and tactical directions we are working on for those days.  I will be heading to Big Sky for FIS races and will be back on Monday night and on the hill Tuesday.

Please keep in mind that our club (like every club I have talked to) is short of coaches.  It is keeping us all busy and plugging in where necessary.  The head coach from Romark asked me, "where have all the coaches gone?"  Yeah!

Pam and I will talk a little later and I will be back to you with a wrap up of Jackson and future details.

See you on the hill,



Hello again,

I was hasty in sending my last email and there is a discrepencyt on the van departure time from the BBSEF office--Van departs from the BBSEF office at 3:45. See modified original email below. Thanks Shannon for catching that!


Hello BBSEF Alpine Comp Team and Tuesday ski up athletes and families,

It has been quite a weekend! I hope that the racing went well for everyone who was at Jackson and Targhee. This week we will be training on the usual Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings (U16/FIS and U14s who have added the third weekday train all three days, U14s train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and North Series athletes who add a ski up day train on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). We will be sticking with the 3:45 van for training on-snow from 4:45 to 7:00. The van departs the BBSEF offices at 4:45 3:45, depart the Jason Harper Training Center at 7:30 and return to the BBSEF office at 8:15.

Please complete the google form in your email for the week so we can be sure to have room in the vans for you and know to expect you on hill for training:

You may have already received communication from your group's lead coach but all groups can plan on three days of Slalom! As always, let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.




Hello Alpine Competition Team,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. It sounds like the U16/18/FIS group had some good training. The U14 group had a good weekend of racing at Snowbird. Night training starts this week! This email is to go over the van schedule for the week, gauge interest in adding an early van starting next week and briefly go over the training schedule. 

Team/Group training schedule (this will occasionally deviate to account for competition schedules and other factors):

  • Tuesdays:
    • U16/18
    • FIS 
    • U14
    • North Series 4th day add on 
    • Freeride 4th day add on ​
  • Wednesdays:
    • U16/18
    • FIS
    • North Series and ski up add-ons (on charter school bus)
    • Freeride (mainly on charter school bus)
  • Thursdays:
    • U16/18
    • FIS 
    • U14

Van schedule:

This week we will be offering transport on the late van. We plan to offer an early van starting next week if there is interest. Please complete the google poll link below to let us know you;re coming and if you'd be regularly able to ride an earlier van to training starting the week of 1/17.

Late Van schedule Tues/Wed/Thurs:

  • 3:45 depart BBSEF office
  • 4:45-7:00 On-snow 
  • 7:30 depart mountain
  • 8:15 arrive BBSEF office

Proposed early van schedule Tues/Wed/Thurs:

  • 2:30 depart BBSEF office
  • 3:30-6:00 On-snow 
  • 6:30/6:45 depart Mountain
  • 7:20 arrive BBSEF office

Let us know if you plan to ride in a team van to training this week. Filling out this form is required to ensure that we have a seat for you in our vehicle plan each day. We are not scheduling an early van for training this week, use this poll to let us know if your schedule would allow you to regularly take advantage of an early van.

If you plan to come to training on Tuesday (tomorrow), please complete the form by 10:00am Tuesday morning.


Ben and the BBSEF staff


Good afternoon everyone,

Yowzaa, I can't believe the holiday weeks are already behind us.  We certainly saw our conditions go from rather sparse to a much more ample snowpack and at least we are not suffering from too much snow like the Sierras and the NW.

It was great to finally be allowed to train on Bitterroot the last 2 days.  Free ski time on the SG skis yesterday followed up by 2 intro SG courses today was valuable and productive.  Everyone used the first course to "shake out the boogeries" and develop stronger runs in the second course.

I know Lulu gate training is short and not very steep.  However, our time spent there was super important for developing core movement patterns and stronger tactical elements that we can bring to steeper terrain and race courses later on.  When an athlete trains on shorter courses, their focus must be on making every run count and focus on the pertinent elements for each run.  Let's face it, the alternative was no gate training at all.  Now that we have a decent snowpack, we will be getting to train on different parts of the mountain.  Ooh yeah.


1.  We will be night training this week - girls on Tues., Wed. and boys on Tues., Wed., and Thurs.  We will be sending out the van logistics after Ben returns and he and I can talk.

2.  I have a little assignment for you.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be sure that your child reads the next part of the message.  It will help them be a more knowledgeable and confident competitor in the future.



Your skis can be World Cup prepped - grind, tune and wax - and get ruined by improper care.  Here are some of the basics.

1.  ALWAYS use good ski straps - 2 minimum and 3 is much better.  At tip and tail, be sure the padded piece prevents the bases from touching.  The third stap in front of the toe piece.

2.  Straps should be on in transport, up the lift and coming off the hill.

3.  At the start, your skis should be laid out in the area designated by the coach and unstrapped BEFORE inspection. (Moment 1 of panic at a race is when you show up a bit late and your skis are not ready to click in)

4.  Whenever you are approaching the base area, be observant for ANY area where there has been foot traffic.  People bring all kinds of sand, salt and crud from the parking lot and the lodge.  Take your skis off well away form these areas and walk (yes, walk) them to a ski rack.  I know, OMG, that is so hard!

Ignoring my advice on staps and high traffic areas will insure that your skis will become slower to the point where you can't catch a pig in a ditch.

5.  When you return to the hotel, bring them in your room or ski storage area, separate them, dry them off and get them to room temp before waxing.  Take care of the walls.


1.  Label your skis and poles!!! (Moment 2 of panic happens when you show up in the start and someone made their run on your skis or with your poles.

2.  Skis get laid out as a team - I will show you how to have them race ready at the start.

3.   Before you leave Boise, CHECK YOUR GEAR!!!  All boot screws and rivets.  Binding screws and DINS.  Coaches have the tools to fix anything up to a full engine rebuild.

4.  Have you packed what you need to race in the appropriate discipline?  You don't get to throw your parents under the bus because THEY didn't pack it.  Your job, your responsibility.

5.  I will have a gear bag at the start for jackets and pants if I deem the weather makes it necessary.  We only bring down what has been put in the bag. (Better ponder that one a while)


1.  You are now U16s and U18s.  As coach Reynolds used to say "if you can't be on time, be early".  Know where you need to be and when.  We will help with this information.

2.  Coaches are not your servants.  In Europe, they are called "trainers".  We have a role to perform at races and each athlete has their role.  Our goal is to help each individual achieve their best performance.  We need to be focused on our job as much as possible.

3.  Do not count on a coach to be in the lodge to move the group along like a herd of musk ox.  That is for younger groups who need that kind of attention

4.  Get in the habit of knowing the length of the lift ride.  How many minutes?  Lift lines?  Total time to get to the start.


1.  Cell phones.  I want your head in the game.  IF you have to check something, it should be done in the lodge.  Those goofy things should not be a detractor of your performance!!!

2.  Plan on where you will wear your lift pass.  Your bib is not your lift pass and the pass must be on you.  Most new speed suits have a pocket - great.  If not, you need to put it where it won't fall out if you take off the top and it gets lost.  Some people tape it to the underlayer.  I have seen it way too many times.  Big crocodile tears.

I know this was long and perhaps you know many of the above items.  The goal is to show up well prepared so you can perform to your best and the coaches can do their job to best support your success and fun at the race.

I am really looking forward to being with all of you at our first races of the season.  Who wins tomorrow, Alabama or Georgia?

Have a good evening.  I will send the training program for the week, with transportation info tomorrow morning.


U16/19 FIS Head Coach  


Good morning parents,

I will attempt to keep this brief.  I want to give you a brief overview of the thought process behind the schedule next week - days training and days off.  I have had some questions in this area.

Let me start by saying that in my experience, a schedule presents a challenge to some folks.  Kind of like flights that are not exactly what you need.  When kids make the jump to th U16 level, there is more of a competition focus and it becomes necessary to closely monitor the volume and intensity of training.  At this time we are training GS on fairly easy terrain and a short course.  While we are able to work on learning valuable movement patterns that will serve us well in all disciplines, I need to watch for boredome setting in along with tired athletes.

The two days off this weekend are really needed for those that train all this week.  At least one of those days should be totally OFF.  The other, depending on personal athlete choice should be either off or active rest to recharge.  Next week they will train 3 days on snow, day off, then 3 days on snow.  Training 6 out of 7 days is a full schedule.  I planned Sunday afternoon. off to give the kids time to decompress before returning to school.

As of yesterday afternoon, I have had a personal schedule change.  I will be going to the FIS races in Jackson Hole from the 1st - 4th.  Training will go on as planned.  This change needed to happen because Archie as the program director is needed at home.  As you probably know we are short on staff and it is not a good idea for him to be away.  Archie will be conducting the U16 training in my absence.  He has the qualifications and experience over the years to jump into the program and keep things rolling for the kids.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Archie or me.

Thank you,


Good afternoon,

A bit nippy out there today but it is an outdoor winter sport!  Training has been going well and we have been taking advantage of the new snow and short training blocks when they are available.  I wanted to give everyone the schedule for the rest of the holiday period.

NOTE:  Please be aware that we are playng a little bit of a weather game.  The forecast is one thing, we have to see what mama nature actually delivers.  If conditions permit, we will get in our training gate time.  If there is too much new snow, we will free ski either as a group with a focus or the kids are welcome to join friends/family for skiing.

SCHEDULE:  DECEMBER 29, 2021 - JANUARY 9, 2022

DEC. 29 - 31 Training each day GS if we can run. gates.  9am - 3pm Wed. & Thurs. 1/2 day Fri.  9am - 12pm.

JAN. 1 -2 OFF.  We will be wrapping up 5 straight days and the kids need a rest.  Also, I think this Sunday could be a very busy day at the mountain given the current conditions.  The training center will be open so the kids can access their gear on Sunday if they wish to ski with the family.  I recommend rest or a short ski day.

JAN. 3 -5: Monday - Wednesday:  Training 9am - 3pm

JAN. 6:  OFF

JAN. 7 - 8: Training 9am - 3pm

JAN. 9:  Training 9am - 12pm

We need to manage our time on snow with balanced rest and relaxation time.  Our days are long and the cold drains energy.  One of my goals is to make sure we do not peak too early in the seasson and "run out of gas" before our important races.

I will get back to everyone at the end of the week with details about our upcoming races.

Stay warm,


U16/19 FIS Head Coach  



Good morning everyone,

Merry Christmas!  I hope you had a great day yesterday with family and friends.  Here are some details from last week and training for the upcoming week.  I know some families are away for different periods of time so individuals can join in when it fits your schedule.


I am VERY pleased with the progress of the group to this point in the season.  The time we have had to free ski with a focus has really paid off.  The individual effort, attention to tasks, questions/interactions has produced significant changes.  I like it!

When we used the brushes above the gate as helpers the athletes really paid attention to the components of the drill and it made a huge difference in turn transitions, developing a strong arc above and back to the gate and helped eliminate grinding under the gate.  You can't catch a pig in a ditch grinding under the gate!!!!


I am calling this "Gracie Day".  She is prepping for Tuesday to join the Sun Valley FIS ladies in SL.  The entire group is welcome to join and I encourage you to do so.  It will give us a little break from GS and give me a chance to assess some of the elements needed for our SL training in the future.  We will be running tall gates so be sure to bring your SL skis and full protection.  If you are not interested in a day of SL, plan on free skiing.  We will meet in front of the training center at 8:45.


Back to our GS focus.  I will let the gang know specific training times on Monday.  Meet every day at 8:45 in front of the training center.



I am sure you have seen the forecast for the coming week.  It is important that every athlete is dressed WARM.  A few suggestions: layers (speed suits are a terrible insulating layer - I wouldn't wear one), warm face coverings, hand/toe warmers.  Be sure to check each other for signs of facial frost bite and if you are cold, GO INSIDE, don't wait to tell me! 

The colder temps affect my video camera (and my fingers) so I probably won't shoot as often.


We will have van transportation from the BBSEF office Monday - Friday.  Departiure time 7:20am.  We leave the mountain at 3:20pm to arrive office by 4:00ish.  please text me the days you are riding the van.This will be a long training week so pacing and quality rest are super important.

That is it for now.  See you tomorrow if you are joining us.


U16/19 FIS Head Coach  


Good morning,

This email is regarding our training plan and our transportation options for the week.  If your athlete needs a van ride to training, please fill out the google poll so Ben and I can plan appropriately for vans.    

Van transport:

  • Masks required at all times--no food or drink in the vans at this time
  • 8:20 depart BBSEF office
    • Meet in the BBSEF office parking lot
    • Arrive by 8:15 to load up for 8:20 departure
    • Please be mindful of the dentist office business traffic in the parking lot
  • 3:20 depart Bogus basin for a 4:00 arrival back at the BBSEF office.
  • Complete this google form so we know you're planning to ride with us:

Training Outline:

Tuesday, 12/21 - first day of winter!  Meet at 9:45.  Please be on GS skis if you have them.

Wednesday, 12/22 - Meet at 9:45.  We will have a short morning warm-up, lunch then train GS gates from 12:00-2:00.  The afternoon will wrap up at 3:00ish.

Thursday, 12/23 - Meet at 9:45.  Train GS gates from 10:00-12:00.  After lunch we will free ski on GS skis working on elements from our gate time.  Note:  I will be shooting video on at least one of the gate sessions so be sure your make-up is at its best!  You want to look good.

I apologize for the short notice on the above information.  I have been dealing with a family matter and this is the first chance I had to get to my computer.

This is going to be a great week!  See you up at BB.




Good afternoon,

I hope everyone got my first email about training for this week.  Now I want to give an overview of last week's training for the kids as a reminder of some of what we worked on and for the parents to keep you up to speed.

This weekend marked the first time having the entire group of U16/U18/FIS athletes together on snow.  It was really great to see everyone together.  I know through the holidays families have plans and participation will vary quite a bit.  I will coach whoever is there for the day.  School schedules are all over the place.

I am REALLY pleased with the progress I am seeing for so early in the season.  The attention and effort is paying off.  Part of what we are doing is making the adjustment to being U16s and older.  This means each athlete needs to be more responsible for their time spent with the group.  The days of being like a musk ox herd are over.  We don't move as one group and wait to get our feedback one at a time once we stop.  The process needs to change where the coach gives directions explaining what we are working on, how proper performance is achieved and why it is valid/important to the athlete.  This promotes more opportunity for experimentation with trial and error. The gang has been great about asking questions about anything that is unclear or commenting on what is working or feeling better.

When we get on snow in the mornings, I choose a focus pertinent for the day.  It is worth sharing with the adults that the exercises and drills that are used are not the focus.  The important things are the ELEMENTS of the drill that will improve performance.  The top skiers in the world have been exposed to a wide variety to tasks.  Each individual then chooses the tasks that produce the best personal resuilts in their skiing.  This is the process I am begining with your kids.

The afternoons we have spent burning laps all over the mountain.  While we are free skiing I can give small tips to individuals, work on boot canting and address personal needs.  The ski time is critical!

Thanks to all the kids for letting me know when you will not be around - either for the afternoon or the next day.  This keeps my mind at ease knowing you are safe.

Thanks to the parents that have already gotten back to me about the 2 race series coming up in January.  Since the Jackson races are split gener, I am working on a plan for transportation so no one has to stick around for the 2 days they are not racing.  I will stay in touch on this issue.  Note:  I did not do a "google poll" on the races because the first time I tried, I screwed it up.

That is about it for now.  Have a great week.


U16/19 FIS Head Coach  

Bogus Basin Ski Ed Foundation / BBSEF 

1675 Hill Road Suite A

Boise ID 83702

Office 208-336-5295 FAX 208-336-1337 / Website


Date: 12/15/21

Bonne apres-midi,

Here is the information regarding upcoming training for the weekend and next week.

Saturday & Sunday, 12/18 - 12/19

MEET: The Clubhouse - 8:45am.  We will ski to around 3:00 both days.

SKI RECOMMENDATIONS:  All mountain skis.  Please bring GS trainers as well.  If the conditions permit, we will make some turns on the longer skis.  I would suggest that the kids not be on SL skis.  That is a long session for free skiing and a lot of extra work if the conditions get choppy. 

Monday - 12/20 - Off day

Tuesday - Thursday, 12/21 - 12/23

MEET:  The Clubhouse - 9:45am.  We will ski to around 3:00 all 3 days.  NOTE: As of press time, the mountain plans to be on regular weekday operating hours.  If this changes, I will let you know ASAP.

SKI RECOMMENDATIONS:  Same as above.  If the next storm hits as projected, the conditions and snow cover should improve.


1.  After skiing on Thursday 12/23, the clubhouse will be locked with no member access until the morning of Monday 12/27.  If you plan to ski over our days off, you need to take your gear home.

2.  Please do not feel like you have to stay each day until 3:00.  If you need/want to end the day early, that is fine.  I just ask that you let me know so I can be sure you are safe.

Looking forward to seeing the gang this weekend.  In the meantime, learn something in school!

Au revoir les enfants,



Date: 12/14/21

Good afternoon everyone,

Well, the snow is finally starting to arrive.  It happened the day after I put on my snow tires - you're welcome!

We had another good weekend of training each day before the crowds became too heavy.  New lifts and terrain are opening as the additional snow allows and the public is venturing off piste, although I don't have the confidence just yet to go off piste.

I was able to shoot video on Sunday for the 4 athletes who were there and each individual received it on their phone.  Hopefully it was shared with the parents.  We will be shooting video on a fairly regular basis, but not every day.  Video can be a valuable learning tool and I will plan the best times for its use to support our progress during the season.

I was asked this weekend when we will start running gates?  Patience Grasshopper! We need to take advantage of this crucial time on snow when gate training is not an option to make the most of our time to improve basic skiing skills.  It is important to know the focus for each run and put in a quality effort in order to make that run count. As a ski racer, you work on strengthening technical skills OUTSIDE the course and improving TACTICAL skills in the gates.

PARENTS - Please make sure the kids read my emails.

KIDS - Read my emails!

Information for the season:

My gang are the older kids and it is time to break out of the "may I" culture from when they were younger and be more responsible for themselves.  Here are some of the things the kids need to know:

1.  I start training on time.  Sometimes life gets in the way and an athlete may be running late (don't worry parents, I won't let them throw you under the bus).  They can join us when they can - we don't wait.

2.  The group rarely gets cold or needs the restroom all at the same time.  Asking permission to go inside is not necessary.  Take care of your individual needs, just let me know so I am not worried about your safety.  BTW, I have found that no one needs a "support group" to use the restroom.

3.  When the group and the coach get split up (this happened this weekend after video) and you are not sure what to do, take a free run.  Going skiing is always better than standing around AND it is far better for the coach to be waiting for the athletes than the other way around.


I am meeting with Ben first thing tomorrow morning in order to nail down the holiday training plans: which days we are on snow, transportation options, hours of on-hill time and scheduled days off snow for Xmas.  I will get back to everyone as soon as I have all that info. 

That is about it for now.



Date: 12/9/21

Guten morgen,

I hope everyone is having a good week and looking forward to the projected change in weather coming our way.  (Fingers crossed)


**  Let's meet at the ski racks behind the beginner chair at 8:45.  

**  I plan to ski with the gang from 9 - 12ish.  If you miss the meeting time, we will be on Showcase.  

**  At this time, the mountain planned on refreshing the snow surface of the 2 trails that were open last week.  New terrain is not anticipated just yet.  We have found 2-3 hours of ski time on one trail to be sufficient.  It is perfectly fine if any of you wants to stay and ski with family or friends.

**  Our focus will be on getting back on snow, finding a good stance and setting general directions for the season.  Additionally this gives me the time to assess what each athlete needs to further their progress and evaluate equipment setup (especially boot canting and ramp angle).

Trivia question of the week:

When geese fly in a "V" formation, why is one line always longer than the other?

I hope to see you this weekend.