2020-2021 U16/U19 IMC Team
Age: 14 to 18 years old U16/U19 Intermountain Cup (IMC) Team
Training Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (evenings), all day Saturday and Sunday.
U16/19 Team – The U16/19 Team is part of BBSEF’s Alpine Competition Team (ACT). The U16/19 team is primarily for 14 to 18 year old skiers. Team members become increasingly independent and self-reliant, traveling with the team and learning to balance their academic and athletic goals in a supportive team environment.
Focus -- The team’s focus builds on the work done on the U14 team and is intended to continue refining skiing fundamentals while applying these fundamentals to advanced tactics in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super-G ski races. The U16/19’s culture and focus is designed to be supportive of athletes who have chosen to specialize in alpine ski racing as well as those for whom alpine ski racing is one of the many sports and activities they take part in. The BBSEF staff works to ensure U16/19 team athletes develop as skiers and as people with a focus on developing independence, continuing to develop team and social skills, mental skills and self-regulation, and decision making and problem-solving. The U16/19 team supports athletes who are developing towards individual goals of their own choosing and can include preparation for the FIS Team, college ski racing, becoming a coach or instructor themselves or simply being among the more skillful skiers on the mountain.
Ability--The U16/19 team’s approach is intended to effectively support skiers ranging from those who are tracking with top skiers in their age group nationally and preparing for FIS racing to those who are relatively new to alpine ski racing or who may be starting to wind down their alpine ski racing career. Skiers should be comfortable skiing independently all over the mountain and able to make decisions safely and independently.
Competition--The U16/19 Team competes in the Intermountain Division of the US Ski & Snowboard Association (IMD) Intermountain Cup (IMC) race series. These races serve as qualifying races for U16 Western Regional Championships and the U14/16 Tri-Divisional Championships. The IMD includes Southern Idaho, Southwestern Wyoming and all of Utah. The US Ski & Snowboard Association’s Western Region is composed of five regional divisions; the IMD, Alaska Division, Northern Division, Far West Division, and the Pacific Northwest (PNSA) Division. The Junior IMC races are three-day race weekends, generally taking place Friday-Sunday. There are three IMC race weekends, these common race locations are Park City, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Bogus Basin, Jackson Hole, Snow King, and Sun Valley. There are also opportunities to compete in open races.
Travel to IMC races is with the team. Travel competitions also carry an additional fee based on expenses in addition to team fees and will vary by event.
U16/19 Team athletes are required to purchase a U.S. Ski & Snowboard license in addition to base tuition fees.
On Snow Training--December 1st to April 1st. The training commitment during the winter season moves to five days a week. On-snow training supports a season-long progression and consists of fundamental skill development and event and tactically specific skill development work, both in and out of gates. Training will include a variety of drills, targeted free skiing on and off-piste, gate training, timing, and video analysis to achieve this aim. Weekday training is typically Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday. Van transportation to and from Bogus Basin is provided for weekday and holiday training sessions.
Camps--The BBSEF Alpine Competition Team offers training camps taking place between May and November. These camps are optional, however, U16/19 team members are strongly encouraged to take part in off-season on-snow training opportunities. Each training camp has a separate cost in addition to tuition.
Dryland Training--Training and conditioning is offered July – November. The U16/U19 Team dryland program seeks to provide a basic athletic framework for our athletes. Many of the athletes participate in other sports, which is encouraged. A core mission of the conditioning program is to incorporate sport-specific movements in support the USSA Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Module.
Equipment--BBSEF staff works with each U16/19 athlete and their specific needs throughout the year and off-season to ensure that athletes have the gear they need to effectively develop skills and achieve their competition goals. BBSEF has Super-G skis and other equipment available for loan and we facilitate the exchange of lightly used gear between families. U16/19 team members should have good fitting ski boots, with fit and alignment checked by a boot fitter, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super-G skis, a pair of all-around freeskiing skis, poles, a race suit, Slalom protective gear, and a FIS approved helmet. U16/19 team members should also have basic tools and equipment to sharpen and wax their skis.
A Bogus Basin Season pass is required and must be purchased directly through Bogus Basin season pass office. Pass prices are not included in BBSEF Team Fees.
More information about BBSEF, our programs, fundraisers and volunteer information is available in the BBSEF Parent/Athlete Handbook.