North Series Updates

North Series Philosophy

North Series (U10/U12) Comp Schedule

U10/U12 RACERS

January 15-16, 2022 at Grand Targhee (girls-15th, boys-16th)
February 5-6, 2022 at Sun Valley (boys-5th, girls 6th)
February 25-27, 2022 at Brundage Mountain (gender split TBD)
March 18-21, 2022 at Sun Valley (Championships) (boys-18th/19th, girls 20th/21st)
March 26-27, 2022 at Snowbird (IMD Finals)
April 8-10, 2022 @ Grand Targhee (2nd year U12 project, no gender split)
 
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Coach Update

Date: 1/12/22

Hello North Series,

I hope that everyone is getting excited for the first weekend of racing this season at Grand Targhee. Dave Hall has been filling you in on the details and logistics. I want to go over a couple of bigger picture aspects of this puzzle and team jackets for those who don't have them.

Team jackets:

We don't require team jackets, but recommend them. It sounds like the order from McU's has been stalled and a several of you need/want jackets. We have a small back stock of used red BBSEF team jackets that work quite well in a variety of sizes. These are available for loan to anyone who needs one if we have one that fits. Return them in the spring or whenever the jackets you've ordered comes in. I will bring them to the Jason Harper Training Center this afternoon. They will be in the conference room of the JHTC for your athlete to try one on and grab if one fits. I'll bring them back down to the office so you can pick one up on Thursday or Friday if it doesn't work to grab one this afternoon. 

North Series Philosophy:

We have set up the North Series team to be an inclusive entry point to more committed "travel team" style alpine ski racing. As a mid size club in a community that values the outdoors but that is not specifically a "ski town" we seek to take advantage of the range of backgrounds of our team members and make it a strength. Many of our athletes draw from families with a lifelong love of skiing and ski racing, many do not. This range gives us strength and creates an environment where each member of the team can make the sport their own in a way that is personally meaningful. By being open to a range of ages and entry points, we create opportunities for younger and less experienced team members to learn from and be inspired by their older and/or more experienced teammates. In the spirit of the adage "you don't truly understand something until you can teach it," the opportunity to share their understanding with teammates helps strengthen the knowledge, skill and ability level of our older and/or more experienced team members. 

In terms of the athletic goals we support we strive to make the North Series team a place where some will be supported as they jump off into an athletic career that could take them deep into national and international levels of competition as well as those who may move onto other things after a few seasons. In all cases we seek to create an environment where athletes can be proud of their hard work and the skills they develop and the time they spend on this team. We seek to make the best use of each athlete's time and focus knowing that for some alpine skiing and racing is a primary focus and for others it is a secondary or tertiary focus in their lives. 

This may sound as though we are trying to be all things to all people. In many ways we are--these are not easy things to balance. Our focus on equipment and fundamental skills serves as the lowest common denominator that ensures that all of these goals and backgrounds are well supported. In our planning processes and in the moment we ask ourselves if we are supporting the range of goals and backgrounds represented on our team. When we identify a situation where the mark has been missed, we adjust and improve. As coaches we seek to advocate for the athletes in our charge in many of the same ways that parents advocate for their children. We advocate for safety, fairness of competition, and access to learning and competitive opportunities aligned with each athletes goals.

Grand Targhee Race Logistics and approach:

We have 26 athletes registered for the Grand Targhee races, 9 girls and 17 boys. To ensure that all athletes are well supported, we are sending five coaches for the weekend. The intent is that we have some buffer for contingencies such as coaches being unavailable due to a Covid exposure. With the difference in numbers by gender we are also looking to ensure that we are well staffed to assist the boys group when they race on Sunday.

Grand Targhee presents a challenge for our younger and less experienced athletes because it is a long way from the top of the chairlift to the start of the race course. The route isn't entirely obvious and although the forecast for the weekend looks good, Targhee is known for fog, wind, and snow. By staffing in the manner we have, Dave and I anticipate being able to support our less experienced athletes with a coach to help shepherd them along the way without taking attention away from our team members who are more comfortable being autonomous in that environment.

This being the first race of the year, please know that there will be hiccups. Everyone involved in the race is seeking to create a fun and rewarding environment for the athletes competing and their families. If something goes sideways for you, pause don't panic, let us know so we can address it. We are here to help and will do so to the best of our ability. 

Staff:

Dave Hall will be leading the group. Jordan Akers and Vivienne Wiegers as our regular season coaches will be there. We will also have two special guest coaches: Sam Harrigan who has been working with us over his school break is an alumnus of BBSEF and we're excited to have him with us this weekend. Brooke Bohus worked with us at Mt Hood this summer and a little bit over the holiday break. Brooke was the head coach of the Pebble Creek program in Pocatello and will be supporting the North Series and U14 groups periodically at races and training this season. 

That is all for now. Thank you for being part of the BBSEF and North Series team. We're honored to work with you and support your athletes. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Drive safe and ski fast this weekend!

Thanks,

Ben

 

1/7/22

Hello North Series Team, Associate members, and Wednesday Night add on athletes,

Our Wednesday night charter bus and training sessions are starting this week! You will be receiving a more detailed message on Tuesday, however for planning purposes this is the info you'd probably like to have sooner than later.

The bus will be loading at 3:55 at The Collective Church (the Church whose name changes regularly in the old Smiths that also has Lulu's Pizza in it). Athletes will ski from 5:00 to 7:00 the bus departs Bogus at 7:30 for an 8:15 arrival back at The Collective. For those not riding the bus, plan to meet at the Jason Harper Training Center (JHTC) ready to go at 5:00. We will be training Giant Slalom this Wednesday (it will be final prep for the North Series athlete racing at Grand Targhee that weekend).

The email on Tuesday will include some specifics on Covid guidelines, who athletes will be meeting at the JHTC and other useful information.

Thanks,

Ben

 

12/28/21

Hello North Series,

We made it through a great and cold day today. We had a few more athletes than we'd anticipated at training today and I want to thank Coach Jordan for making it happen for the morning's session of focused skiing on GS skis. Coach Sam will be back to assist Jordan tomorrow so our coach:athlete ratio will be better. I will tag and upload the video I shot today later this evening and send out links later tonight or first thing in the morning. The group is skiing well and making great progress. Please check in with your athlete to see if they had everything they needed to stay warm today. I'm pretty sure that we have a few members of the group who might benefit from an additional layer, a different pair of gloves or mittens, or a fresh (dry) pair of socks at lunch on cold days like these. 

Tomorrow we will continue with a GS focus. There is quite a bit of snow in the forecast so there is a high likelihood that some or all of the day will be a fun all mountain ski day. We'll assess in the morning and let everyone know. We'll stay with GS on Thursday and then shift to Slalom on Friday. 

Summary:

  • Bring GS skis and gear tomorrow
  • Have freeskiing skis at the ready

Thanks,

Ben, Dave, and the BBSEF staff

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12/23/21

Hello North Series Crew,

First--thanks everyone for a great three days of training. Everyone is making progress, the group is getting to know each other and it is fun to see and be part of. Here are the details for next week (always have your freeskiing skis with you):

  • Full day training Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Half day Friday
  • We have a charter school bus for transport Monday--Thursday (thank you Shannon!) Archie will be the chaperone all four days. Thanks Archie! 
    • The bus will be in front of the Collective church (2590 Bogus Basin Rd) 7:45 am departure to JHTC.  Return departs from the JHTC parking lot at 3:30 pm returning to the Collective around 4:15.
  • Those not riding the bus should plan to meet in front of the JHTC at 9:00 each morning. We will train until 3:00 each day with a lunch break in the middle.
  • Monday and Tuesday sessions: Giant Slalom! Bring GS skis and gear. 
    • Wednesday and Thursday sessions are TBD.

That is everything for now. I'm going to try to be off the radar for the next few days and reemerge Sunday afternoon. Have a great holiday and enjoy the time with family and friends!

Thanks,

Ben, Dave and the BBSEF staff

 

12/20/21

Hello North Series,

Thanks everyone for a great weekend, it was awesome seeing the group around the mountain and hearing Dave's recap of the weekend. We will have training this week Tuesday-Thursday as planned and will be providing van transportation for those who need it. 

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 plan:

First--a big thanks to Nate Shake and Bogus Basin for making additional training time available this week and to Archie for his role in coordinating these efforts. With the relatively low snowpack thus far there are not many venues available and having the opportunity to train on Lulu this week is a big deal and speaks to the ongoing strength of our partnership with Bogus Basin. Props also to Mark Wedeking (retired BBSEF Program Director) for his role in developing these relationships and negotiating opening the Lulu training venue when snowmaking was added four seasons ago.

Jordan will be coaching all three days. I'd like to welcome Brooke Bohus back to the group for Tuesday and Wednesday. Brooke coached with us this summer at Mt Hood and was able to make it over to help out this week. We're excited to have her. Sam Harrigan is a BBSEF alumnus and will be coaching with us on Thursday and for the remainder of the holiday training period. 

To ensure that everyone has the coaching attention they need to progress and develop we may invite a few of the older members of our North Series team to "ski up" and join the U14 group for a Slalom session on Wednesday. Dave Hall or I will be in touch with those athletes and families. Let us know if you have any questions about this.

  • Meet outside the JHSC ready to ski at 9:45 every day
    • Tuesday 12/21:
      • GS focus:
      • Bring freeskiing skis and GS skis
      • 10:00-11:15--focused freeskiing on GS skis
      • 11:15--12:00 lunch
      • 12:00-2:00 Brush and stubbie GS courses on Lulu
      • 2:00-3:00: Short break and fun freeski session as time allows
    • Wednesday 12/22
      • GS focus
      • Bring freeskiing skis and GS skis 
      • 10:00-12:00: focused freeskiing on GS skis
      • 12:00-1:00: lunch
      • 1:00-3:00 fun skiing on the mountain
    • Thursday 12/23
      • GS focus
      • Bring freeskiing skis and GS skis 
      • 10:00-11:15--focused freeskiing on GS skis
      • 11:15--12:00 lunch
      • 12:00-2:00 Panel progression GS courses on Lulu
      • 2:00-3:00: Short break and fun freeski session as time allows

That is all for now. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. 

Thanks,

Dave and Ben