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BST Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

When does registration open?

Registration begins on October 1st, 2017. The website will have a “REGISTER HERE” icon on the registration page; all payments are made via credit card through the Active Website. A late fee will be applied after . Questions about registration can be sent to

 

 

When does the season start?

The season begins, for training, the first Tuesday or Thursday after Ski Bradford has enough snow to open.  If you can get onto snow somewhere else before that, by all means, do so.  Races begin on the first Sunday in January, 2018.  This year, that is the 7th.

 

 

How long does the season last?

The season ends at the EMBWL Championship Race, usually the last weekend in February or the first weekend in March, depending on when the 1st race is held.  For the 2017/2018 race season, the Championship Race is March 4th.  The Enhanced Group usually has a few more practices due to a slightly elongated season for northern USSA races and post-season races like the Francis Piche Invitational at Gunstock in the middle of March.

 

 

How are the teams created?

There are 5 teams in the league, Bradford, Bogastow, Prospect Hills, Ward, and Nashoba.  Usually, but not a requirement, racers sign up with the team located closest to their home.  

Within the Bradford Ski Team, there are no sub-teams.  Racers are broken into age groups from U8 through U19.  There are no separations by gender, ability within an age group, and no racer is assigned a specific coach.  We rotate coaches due to need.

 

 

When are races scheduled? Are all of the races at "home?"

The league races on Sundays and each team races on almost every Sunday, with one "free" weekend and another non-race Sunday on the closing weekend of vacation.  The league tries to assign each team 3 "home" races and three "away" races, one at each of the other ski areas.

 

 

 

When and how long are the practices? When is the schedule determined?

The Bradford Ski Team practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather and conditions permitting.  The U8's practice from 6:30 until 8:00 PM while the other groups practice from 6:30 until 8:30 PM.  Some practice may extend until 9:00 PM for those who wish to continue and when practices so dictate an advantage of doing so.

 

 

Which level is appropriate for my child?

The Bradford Ski Team is comprised of first time racers to some very advanced racers, so "level" is a bit misleading.  The program is based on Long-Term Athlete Development and, while there are differences in skill levels, we all work on the same skills and drills and coach to the individual.  Thus, each racer is receiving personal attention to help him/her reach their full potential.

 

 

What does my child need for gear to race?

This is an interesting question because the answer is so broad.  Of course, they need skis, boots, poles, helmets, goggles, and appropriate warm clothing.  Other than that, no particular race gear, other than hard-sided helmets, are required.  (U8's may wear soft-sided helmets this year but, beginning in 2019, they will also be required to wear the hard-sided models.)  Those in the Enhanced Group, racing in USSA races, have other requirements which are explained in the Enhanced Section of the website.  

As a racer ages and acquires more skill, there is often a move into actual race skis and even to specific skis for slalom and different ones for GS but this is not a requirement.

The team highly recommends chin guards, pole guards, and shin guards for slalom and padded suits for both slalom and GS (if you have them) even for practices.

 

 

What is the Enhanced Group?

Please visit the Enhanced Group Tab for all details.

 

Can my daughter/son play an additional sport in the Winter?

For families that choose to participate in multiple sports, it is inevitable that there will be some conflicts. Ski racing is one of the few sports that does is not penalize racers due to absence at practices.  All team member race each race.  

We certainly encourage attendance at all practices in order for each racer to improve and therefore have more fun; however, it becomes an individual decision to determine the priority of their interests when conflicts arise.

Our number one goal is to provide a great experience with the sport of ski racing for all participants.

 

 

I don’t see the answer to my question here. Whom can I ask?

 

For questions for the Director of Athletics, please contact Ed "Animal" Bassett at

For questions for Registration, please contact Joy Tewksbury-Pabst at

For general questions about the Bradford Ski Team, please contact Jeff Melville at

 

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Bradford Ski Team!