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.

U9 and Under

Program Director: Jeff Jenkins
Lead Coach: Dave Farrell or Scott Batterson
Coordinator: Mike Serve
Meets: 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Coaching: Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp

U9 racers are 7 or 8 years old as of January 1st, 2019 (unless you have been in BMRC previously, and get an exemption from the club for U10 status).  This U9 program does not require NYSSRA, and USSS membership and therefore does not offer any races to the athletes with exception of our new Aloha Series races that will be offered to all BMRC athletes at Bristol Mountain throughout the season.  This program allows for inclusion into all preseason dryland training, the BMRC Christmas Camp, and regular training during the season on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Athletes that wish to join this program should be prior Bristol Mountain Forerunners participants, or comfortable skiing the entire mountain.

U10/U12

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

U10 racers racers are 8 and 9 years old and participate with the U12s for most races. U10’s DO participate in Kandahar but not Kandahar Champs (other than “exceptional” U10’s).  U8’s are not allowed to race at 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. RUN WINNERS at the Kandahar FESTIVALS are eligible to participate at the Piche Memorial Race at 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: Jamie Heagney
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

These racers  are 12 and 13 years old and compete in the 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. Additionally, racers must participate in 2 days of SG camp in order to be eligible for State Championships. 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 may choose to race in the NYSSRA Council Cup Series with the U10/12 age group (though this is generally not recommended).

U14 racers not qualifying for States can compete in U14 Kandahar. Regional Kandahars break NY State into 3 regions (East, Central and West). The West festival is usually 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 race 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. Race winners (not runs) from the Kandahar Festivals are eligible to participate in the Piche Memorial Race at Gunstock, NH which pulls racers from across the East Coast (12 states).

U16/U19/U21 Racing

Program Director: Jeff Jenkins
Lead Coach: Jeff Jenkins
CoordinatorJen Werges
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

All U16 and older racers compete in NYSSRA’s Empire Cup Series throughout the season including the U16 or U19/21 State Champs in late Feb/early March.  Top performers in all groups can qualify for the Empire Winter Games in early Feb.
U16: Top performers at State Champs can progress to U16 Eastern Champs or U16 Eastern Finals and then on to Am-Cans or Nationals
U19/21: Top performers at States can qualify for Eastern USSA Finals.  Those seeking further challenges may pursue FIS racing with the potential to qualify to numerous regional and national Series, Projects, and Championships.

High School Plus Training Program (U16/U19 only)

2018-2019 Fee: $675 (family fee and volunteer deposit are waived)

  • Training offered any EVENING or WEEKEND that age group is training at the mountain.
  • Designed for any high school ski racer that would like additional training with BMRC and an option for a light USSS race schedule
  • NYSSRA / USSS membership optional o If you choose to join NYSSRA / USSS, we will support racer at up to (4) races within program timeframe
  • This program runs from dryland training, includes Christmas Camp, and goes through High School Sectionals, and also includes training up to high school states for those who qualify.
  • Training offered anytime that age group is training at the mountain
  • No Family Fee
  • No volunteer deposit / responsibilities

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.)

U16+ Meets: 4 weekdays (Mon–Thu 3:30–5:30 p.m.); 2 weekend days (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

Coaching: Races, Dryland Training and Christmas Camp

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 2018-19: Athletes must fill out the BMRC Afternoon Program Application by Aug 27th 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

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