All Freeride program participants are required to have the following equipment:
- A digital, two or three-antenna avalanche transceiver
- An avalanche probe
- A metal avalanche shovel
- A sturdy and comfortable backpack with straps for attaching and carrying skis
- Skis suitable for firm snow and gate training less than 75 millimeters underfoot with camber
- Skis suitable for freeride training and competition no more than 108 millimeters underfoot with camber and, ideally, tip rocker
- A skiing certified helmet
- Properly fitting ski boots, preferably without walk mode,
- and other equipment related to Alpine skiing (i.e. for U12s) including hard-ear helmets suitable for competition
For everyone’s safety, prospective Freeride program participants who are 10 or 11 years old as of December 31st of the current ski season must pass an on-mountain skills assessment before they will be allowed to join the Freeride team. The Freeride Head Coach will determine the sufficiency of an applicant’s skills at his or her sole discretion. Those athletes who aren’t yet ready for the Freeride program will be encouraged to participate in one of BSSEF’s Alpine programs (e.g. Youth Ski League or Buddy Werner).
All U12 Freeride Team members must compete in a) BSSEF’s Freeride competition and b) at least one other regional IFSA-sanctioned competition. U12 athletes are encouraged, but not required, to participate in U.S. Ski & Snowboard-sanctioned Alpine race competitions, too.
Being a competent Freeride competitor requires an athlete to be a strong skier. Consequently, all U12 Freeride Team members must also participate in Alpine training—including gate training. The objective is to help you become an excellent all-around skier, not necessarily a racer. (However, U12 Freeride Team members are strongly encouraged to participate in Alpine races.) To meet this Alpine training requirement, U12 Freeride Team members must a) participate in one day of midweek Alpine training for every two days of weekend Freeride training or b) participate in one weekend of Alpine training for every three weekends of Freeride training per month.