Skiing is expensive! How can I get a break?

We feel your pain. We’re helped immensely by our sponsors, and we do our best to keep our overhead low in order to keep program prices in check. Nevertheless, program fees, equipment, and travel conspire to make skiing and ski racing expensive. To make it less so, take advantage of early season program pricing and[…]

How do BSSEF’s programs differ from those offered by Big Sky Resort?

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[…]

When and where do the kids eat lunch?

The team typically eats lunch between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Timing can be a bit flexible, depending on conditions and the day’s training agenda. Coaches accompany the athletes, but athletes are responsible for getting their own lunches. Starting in the 2019-20 season, athletes will have lunch in the new BSSEF clubhouse.

How do I get information about competitions?

There are a number of resources related to Alpine and Freeride competitions: Start with the events calendar. We do our best to keep information on the event pages up-to-date, relevant, and complete. The definitive source of information for Northern Division Alpine races is the Northern Division website. The race calendar there includes links to race[…]

What race gear does my YSL athlete really need?

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[…]

Do we have to attend all scheduled races or competitions?

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[…]