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. However, in addition to its relative emphasis on racing, the YSL program includes a multi-day training option.
- The resort’s Rippers program is most comparable to BSSEF’s Buddy Werner or Freeride programs and emphasizes advanced terrain.