Youth Ski League Short Program

The Youth Ski League Short Program is for athletes ages 7 to 12 (as of December 31st). Participants must be able to do the following:

  • Put on their own boots and skis
  • Ski with poles
  • Easily navigate blue (intermediate) terrain, and
  • Load and unload from the chairlift without assistance.

All participants are required to wear a helmet at all times.

BSSEF Program Comparison

The focus of instruction is on developing well-rounded skiing skills and a lifelong appreciation of the sport. Coaching techniques incorporate free-skiing, obstacle courses, games, drills, and gate training.

Small groups (8 or fewer) will work with the same coach during the course of the ski day including breaks and lunch. However, participants will have the opportunity to work with several coaches over the course of the season. Groups are arranged by U.S. Ski & Snowboard age class (see FAQs below) and ability.

Participation in competitions is expected. Athletes who wish to participate in sanctioned ski races must be a member of the USSA. (If you would prefer your child not compete, please consider Big Sky Resort’s Youth Local Programs.)  U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership, race fees, lift tickets, lodging, and transportation costs related to races are not covered by the program fee.

A Volunteer Deposit is required per the terms of the BSSEF Handbook and will be automatically added to your cart. Multi-program purchase discounts applied at checkout.

Volunteer Deposit Information

BSSEF Handbook

2018-19 program dates: January 5, 2019 – February 2, 2019

Training day: Saturday

Included in the base program fee: Team jacket lease for the season; NASTAR season pass

Optional: Christmas Camp

This will also add the following products to your cart:

  • Volunteer Deposit

FAQs

BSSEF’s programs – Alpine and Freeride – incorporate sanctioned competitions; Big Sky Resort’s youth programs do not. The resort offers several instructional programs for area athletes aged 7 to 15. For purposes of comparison, the most relevant of the resort’s Youth Local Programs are Wolverines and Big Sky Rippers:

  • The Wolverines program (ages 7-14) is similar to BSSEF’s Youth Ski League programs.
  • The resort’s Rippers program is most comparable to BSSEF’s Buddy Werner or Freeride programs and emphasizes advanced terrain.

The age classifications for the 2018-19 ski season are as follows:

Age ClassAges as of 12/31/18Birth Year
U87 and younger2011 and later
U108 and 92009 or 2010
U1210 and 112007 or 2008
U1412 and 132005 or 2006
U1614 and 152003 or 2004
U1916 - 182000, 2001 or 2002
U2119 and 201998 or 1999
SR21 and older1997 or earlier

The head coaches of each program are responsible for posting and updating training schedules to each program’s respective TeamReach group.

LEARN ABOUT TEAMREACH

The team’s meeting place is directly below the Summit Hotel clock tower. Athletes should be ready to go at 8:45 AM in order to board the lift promptly at 9:00 AM. Backpacks should be stored in the Mammoth Room on the second floor of the Mountain Mall. All skis should be placed in the racks by the Summit Hotel.

A hard-ear race helmet, a pair of four-buckle boots that fit well and aren’t too stiff, and a single pair of multi-event race skis are initially sufficient. Is a speed suit a necessity for your 8-year-old?  Not really…but she will probably want one after she competes in her first few races. The bad news is that kids grow out of speed suits almost instantly. The good news is that there is, as a consequence, a thriving second-hand market. See the equipment page for more information.

No. Out-of-town races are time-consuming, expensive, and can distract from school and other commitments. You should not feel as if your athlete and family need to commit to every competition on the schedule. Even for highly engaged athletes, it’s possible to place too much emphasis on competitions.

That said, competitions are an integral part of the BSSEF experience, and they are a lot of fun. Not only does the experience of traveling to, and participating in, out-of-town races foster friendships among the kids, it does so for parents, too.

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