Levels

See the NYSSRA Competition Guide for more details on the different levels and rules for racing in New York State. There are also more details on the Resources page.

Sibling Program

Age: 7 and 8 year olds
Meets:
Sundays (Saturday if GVSC race on Sunday) 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Coaching: At Bristol Council Races Only (if skier is registered with USSA) and Christmas Camp (12/26-27)

The sibling program is for young skiers who have a sibling in one of the age groups. The sibling program is for young skiers who have a sibling in one of the age groups. Acceptance into the program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Jim Wolford. Siblings in the program must be able to ski the entire mountain confidently. You also may consider the Bristol Mountain Forerunners program in lieu of this program. The program starts once the Eclipse trail (The Loop) is open. Children in this group do not participate in races.

U10/U12

Program Director: Jeff Jenkins
Lead Coach: Dave Farrell or Scott Batterson
Coordinator: Max Heagney
Meets: 1 weeknight (Wed 6-8 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Coaching: Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp (12/26–12/30)

U10 racers racers are 9 years old and younger and participate with the U12s for most races, but are not eligible for the U12 post-season competition (Kandahar). U12 racers are 10 and 11 years old and compete in the NYSSRA Council Cup series (Kombi, Stubbi or Panel SL, GS and Skills Events) and then an end of the season regional Kandahar.  The regional Kandahars break NY State into 3 races (East, Central and West). The West race is held at either Holimont or Holiday Valley each year and is comprised of racers from the Niagara Frontier and Genesee Valley Ski Councils. Kandahar is 4 GS runs over 2 days. The top regional Kandahar finishers will qualify for the Kandahar Champs race. The Kandahar Champs race is held in a different place each year and is 3 GS runs in 1 day. Top finishers for Kandahar Champs will qualify for the Piche Invitational in Gunstock, NH which pulls racers from across the East Coast (12 states). U10, U12 and some U14 racers participate together in regular season NYSSRA Council Cup races. 

U14 Evening

Program Director: Jeff Jenkins
Lead Coach: Paul Swartz
Coordinator: Jen Fox-Werges
Meets: 2 weeknights (Tue/Wed 6-8 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Coaching: Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp (12/26–12/30)

These racers  are 12 and 13 years old and compete in NYSSRA Council Cup Series (see U10/U12 section) or NY West Excelsior Cup (SL, GS and SG). The top U14 racers qualify to compete in U14 States.  Quotas for the number of racers that qualify from each Council are posted on www.nyssra.org in the middle of January. Top finishers in States qualify for the U14 Championships race held in VT, NH or ME and then to Can-Am Series. U14 athletes in the Excelsior Cup series do not race in the Council Cup Series. U14 athletes who are new to ski racing and do not wish to try to qualify for NYSSRA State Championships should race in the NYSSRA Council Cup Series.

U14 racers not qualifying for States can compete in U14 Kandahar. Regional Kandahars break NY State into 3 races (East, Central and West). The West race is held at either Holimont or Holiday Valley each year and is comprised of racers from the Niagara Frontier and Genesee Valley Ski Councils. Kandahar is 4 GS runs over 2 days. The best 2 places on individual runs for each racer are used to determine who will qualify for the Kandahar Champs race. The Kandahar Champs race is held in a different place each year and is 3 GS runs in 1 day. Top finishers for Kandahar Champs will qualify for the Piche Invitational in Gunstock, NH which pulls racers from across the East Coast (12 states). U14, U12, and U10 racers participate together in regular season NYSSRA Council races.

U16 Evening

Program Director: Jeff Jenkins
Lead Coach: Jeff Jenkins
CoordinatorJohn Schantz
Meets: 2 weeknights (Tue/Thu 6–8 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Coaching: Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp (12/26–12/30)

14 and 15 year old BMRC racers participate in the NYSSRA West Division Cup Series along with U19 and U21 racers. Top U16 racers may also participate in the NY Empire State Games at Whiteface. For the post-season, top racers qualify for U16 States. U16 racers must attend their Division’s SG camp to qualify for U16 States which include GS, SL and SG races. Top U16 State finishers can progress to U16 Eastern Finals or U16 Eastern Championships and then to U16 Am-Cans and Nationals.

U19/U21 Evening

Program Director: Jeff Jenkins
Lead Coach: Jeff Jenkins
CoordinatorJohn Schantz
Meets: 2 weeknights (Tue/Thu 6–8 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Coaching:
 Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp (12/26–12/30)

U19 and U21 racers compete in NYSSRA’s Empire Cup Series (2 GS, 1SG and 2 SL) and Winter Carnival Series (SG, GS, SL). All racers qualify for NYS Championship Series. Beyond that, racers can qualify for FIS U19 Championships or USSA Jr. Eastern Finals and National Championships.

U19/U21 Limited Evening Program

2016-2017 Fee: $620
Meets: Any 2 training or race days per week. Post season training is not included.

There’s also a Limited Program for U19+, training or racing 2 days per week. Enrollment is limited to 4 racers, first come, first served. If an athlete wishes to change to a different program after the season has started he/she must pay full difference in program cost. See registration page for details.

Afternoon Program (U14+, by application only)

U14 Meets: 3 weekdays (Mon–Wed 3:30–5:30 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
2016-17 U14 fee: $1,290
U16+ Meets: 4 weekdays (Mon–Thu 3:30–5:30 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
2016-17 U16+ fee: $1,590
Coaching: Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp (12/26–12/30)

For committed and dedicated U19/21, U16 and U14* athletes, an Afternoon Training Program has been designed to maximize their training and racing potential. The program will be limited to a number of athletes and specific application is necessary. There is a three practice sessions per week minimum required. Monday and Thursday are mandatory training days allowing athletes to choose between Tuesday and Wednesday which are very close in training content. This schedule tries to avoid conflicts with both the Monroe County and Finger Lakes high school ski league schedules. On non-race weekends, afternoon program participants will train with the entire appropriate age group and coaches.

New for 2017-18: Athletes must fill out the BMRC Afternoon Program Application by Aug 15th in order to be considered. Registration for all programs will open Sept 1st and only those authorized/accepted by pre-approval will be allowed to register for the AP.  All others will be able to register for the standard evening programs.

Read more about the afternoon program