Alpine Competition Teams

Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 Ski Season. 

Alpine Competition Teams: (North Series U10-U12, U14, U16 and U18/FIS ) – Are designed for athletes U10-U21(age 9 and older), this program is focused on advanced alpine race skiing development. Athletes in this program train three-five days per week.  This team participates in the Intermountain Division of USSA.  U18/FIS Team members may have the opportunity to travel all over the western United States to competitions. Each athlete has a personal race schedule designed to help the racer attain his or her optimal skiing goals. There is a significant amount of time spent working with athlete management to ensure each competitor’s success. Varsity on-snow training begins when Bogus Basin opens and finishes when its closed. Athletes travel to races as a team with coaches and team members.

U14, (Age 12-13).  This group is included in the Alpine Competition Program. Use of the Skills Quest will be a part of the team.  There is a USSA/IMD race series to attend. This involves three qualifying series events and a Championship event with the Northern (Montana) Division. This program will be a three day program with the ability  to upgrade to four days.  The three day program will offer Wednesday after school training with transportation on the Bus. The four day program will offer an extra weekday training on Thursdays. The four day program includes usage of the team vans for weekday training.

Summer and Fall Dryland is included in this Program.  Members receive a locker in the Jason Harper Training Center. Travel to the away events will be with parents.  Season will start Mid December thru the end of April.

U14 (Ages 12 and 13)

  • Focus: Skiing with coaches and learning fundamentals of upper level skiing. Develop skills of Alpine racing including Slalom, GS, Super G and some elements of Speed. Usage of standard Gates in slalom and GS.
  • Duration: Mid December thru the third week of March with Camp opportunities November and December.
  • Training days: Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday after school.
  • Optional upgrade to a four day plan with midweek van privileges.
  • Dryland: June thru Dec 1. Two days to three days a week.
  • Events: IMD U14 series including the IMD U14 Championships. This series is non-scored and division wide.  Opportunity to race in IMD scored open races for age 13 only (1999).  Local events including McCall and Anthony Lakes (Non USSA events). The Coaches Cup and Michael B Young All Mountain Event and Skills Quest evaluation.
  • Licensing Requirements: USSA Student license for U14. A  USSA Competitor license will be needed if you choose to race in Scored IM Open series races.
  • All away travel is with parents.
  • Alpine Comp. Team Coaches

U16, (Age 14-15)-  This group is included in the Alpine Competition Program. Use of the Skill’s Quest will be a part of the team.  There is a USSA/IMD race series to attend. This involves three qualifying series events and a Championship event in the region known as the U16 WRJC’s. Summer and Fall Dryland is included in this Program. Training will be four days per week with van privileges for midweek training. There is an upgrade option to a five day program with adding Tuesday as a training day and the option for early  afternoon training.  Members receive a locker in the Jason Harper Training center. Travel to the away events will be with the Ski Team Vehicles.  Season will start Mid December thru the end of April.

U16 (Ages 14 to 15)

  • Focus: Skiing with coaches and learning the refinement   of upper level skiing. Develop the skills of Alpine racing included in Slalom, GS, Super G and Downhill. Usage of standard Gates in slalom and GS.
  • Duration: Early December thru April 1 with Camp opportunities November and December.
  • Training days: Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. Weekdays  after school.
  • Optional upgrade to a five day plan adding Tuesday and early afternoon training..
  • Dryland: June thru Dec 1. Two days to three days a week.
  • Events: IMD U16 series including the IMD U16 Championships. Qualification to the WR U16 Championships. This series is scored and division wide.  Opportunity to race in IM scored open races. The Coaches Cup and Michael B Young All Mountain Event and Skills Quest evaluation.
  • Licensing Requirements: USSA Competition license.
  • Alpine Comp. Team Coaches

U18, U21 and FIS, Age (16-20) This group is included in the Alpine Competition Program and will attend the FIS/USSA/IMD race series. This involves three qualifying series events and a Championship event in the region known as the U18, U21 WRJC’s. There will be other opportunities for FIS racing and opportunities to qualify for the U18 National Championships with the provision based on coach’s evaluation that the athlete is a serious contender for upper level competition. Summer and Fall Dryland is included in this Program. Training will be five days per week with van privileges for midweek training. Members receive a locker in the Jason Harper Training center. Travel to the away events will be with the Ski Team Vehicles.  Season will start Mid December thru the end of April.

U18 FIS Team

  • Ages 16 to 18, thru the end of High School
  • Focus: Skiing with coaches and refining the fundamentals of skiing. Develop skills of Alpine racing included in Slalom, GS Super G and Downhill. Usage of standard FIS Gates in slalom and GS.
  • Duration: Early December thru April 1 with Camp opportunities November and December.
  • Training days: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.  Weekdays offer early afternoon and/or after school training.
  • Dryland: June thru Dec 1. Two days to three days a week.
  • Events: IMD Cup series with opportunity to qualify for the Western Region Junior Championships. This series is scored and division wide.  Opportunity to race in IM scored open races. The Coaches Cup and Michael B Young all mountain event and Skills Quest evaluation.
  • Licensing Requirements: USSA Competition license and FIS License for IM Cup tech and other FIS opportunities.  If you qualify for the WRJC’s you will need a FIS license.
  • Alpine Comp. Team Coaches

U 21 PG Program- This group is included in the Alpine Competition Program and will serve as the highest program offered in the Alpine side of BBSEF.  This program is a stepping stone towards national and International alpine ski racing.  This program is run as a joint venture with the Jackson Hole Ski Club, with training at Both Bogus Basin and Snow King at Jackson   There is a FIS/USSA/IMD race series to attend. This involves three qualifying series events and a Championship event in the region known as the U18,U21 WRJC’s. There will be other opportunities for FIS racing and opportunities to qualify for the US National Championships, World Junior Championships as well as NOR AM ski racing  with the provision based on coaches evaluation that the athlete is a serious contender for those upper level competitions. Summer and Fall Dryland is included in this Program. Training will be five days per week with van privileges for midweek training. Members receive a locker in the Jason Harper Training center. Travel to the away events will be with the Ski Team Vehicles.  Season will start Mid December thru the end of April. 

U21 PG Team

  • Ages: Post high school. This program is run in conjunction with the JHSC.
  • Focus: Skiing with coaches and refining the fundamentals of skiing. Develop skills of Alpine racing included in Slalom, GS, Super G and Downhill. Usage of standard FIS Gates in slalom and GS.
  • Duration: Early November thru April 15 with Camp opportunities November and December.
  • Training days: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. . Weekdays offer early afternoon and/or after school training.
  • Training at SnowKing in Jackson December and January with the JHSC.
  • Dryland: June thru Dec 1. Two days to three days a week.
  • Events: IMD Cup series with opportunity to qualify for the Western region Junior Championships. Regional and out of region FIS opportunities.  Preparation for College or US Ski Team.
  • Licensing Requirements: USSA Competition license for U21 and younger. FIS Licence
  • Alpine Comp. Team Coaches 

Alpine Definitions  and  Specific Information

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
follows:

U-21 – ages 18-19-20

U-18 – ages 16-17

U-16 – ages 14-15

U-14 – ages 12-13

U-12 – ages 10-11

U-10 – ages 7-8-9

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 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 all-mountain skis that are
not too fat.

Development Team 1 of all mountain skis.

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

U14 Team – 2 to 3 pairs of skis, specifically Slalom and GS skis. (Super G
optional or loaners).  A pair of all mountain skis.

U16 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.

U18/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:http://ussa.org/ 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):  http://www.ussawest.com/
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): http://ussa-imd.org/
We are a part of the Intermountain Division which consists of clubs in the
states of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

FIS: http://www.fis-ski.com/ 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 Coaches Cup  is open to BBSEF Mitey Mites, Devo Team and Shred Home Team members.  These include the Coaches Cup Giant Slalom and Slalom races, as well as the Coaches Cup Finale 4 way event which includes Slalom, GS, Galende jumping and Skier Cross.

Michael B Young Big Mountain Event is a IFSA sanctioned Big Mountain event hosted by BBSEF and all BBSEF teams are welcome to register for this event.  Participation is limited to the first 100 competitors to sign up.

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 mid-March.

Intermountain Championships:  A U-10 and U-12 Intermountain Division Championship event. Athletes qualify through an Intermountain Division qualification  of North series 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 Region Junior  Championships: A U-16 Western Region Championship event. Athletes qualify through an Intermountain Division qualification series of races.

U-18 Nationals: A U-18 class national event. Invitations to compete are
based on a Western Region U-18 qualification series.

Western Junior Champs: A U-18/U-21 Western Region Championship event in all disciplines. Qualification is based on an Intermountain Division race series.

Alpine Comp Team updates