The BMA Junior Program is an official U.S. Ski and Snowboard member club offering weekday and weekend training/racing for alpine skiers ages 7-15. Utilizing a fundamentals-based ski curriculum, the goal of the BMA Junior Program is to create avenues for children to develop skills and habits that will engender future success both in ski racing and in other pursuits. Families provide the core strength of our Junior Program, and we rely on their volunteerism and support for our success.
With strategic intent for a smaller Junior Program than many neighboring resorts, we place significantly less emphasis on races and results through these critical years of youth development. In our program, the core philosophy revolves around all mountain skiing, skill acquisition, confidence on skis in a variety of conditions, and technique/technical discovery. The program also provides age and skill appropriate gate training progressions in conjunction with directed, highly valuable free skiing, as there is a strong correlation between the volume of skiing as a young child and achievement at the high school level and beyond.
Strategic Intent: An alpine development program dedicated to supporting youth ski racing progression in a fun, healthy, and safe environment that fosters a life-long love of the sport.
New Programming: Striving to grow the program in its accessibility and improve the level of training for athletes and staff, while changing some nomenclature with an eye on the future.
Future Vision: The vision for our program moving forward is to be fully aligned with the athletic development progression of Burke Mountain Academy, to ensure that every participating athlete has the opportunity to achieve their goals in the sport. We will work closely with the academy coaches using a curriculum to support skill development appropriate for age and ability. The Burke Mountain Academy Junior Program is a starting line for families to explore youth ski racing and pursue excellence at all levels.
The program is headed by Diann Roffe, a Burke Alumna, who has an extensive background representing the United States in Olympic and World Championship competitions. She embodies a great passion and appreciation for our sport and has administrative experience running a successful program of 100 athletes and 22 coaches at her former club of Ski Roundtop, Pennyslyvania. There, facing challenging snow conditions and a short season, the program was able to put athletes on Eastern Championship trajectories and podiums. She attributes that success to a positive culture where athletes, parents, and staff embrace the concept of working together to enable the athletes to become confident young adults, accept accountability, and establish a life-long love for the sport. She aspires to bring the same strong focus on fundamentals to the BMA Junior Program by creating technically solid skiers and the creation of a powerful team culture. The program will embrace process elements and accountability for our actions and results, and strive toward a winning season by every measure.
Fee structures & Programming:
- Includes programming for Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday training.
- Regular attendance is not required, but highly encouraged.
- Coaches travel to VARA Northern Vermont Council (NVC) races and other competitions, supporting athletes ready and involved in race environments.
- Burke Mountain racer pass required.
Club membership fee of $100 per family.
- Includes programming for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, and Saturday and Sunday training. Friday programming is restricted, and we highly discourage 6 days of training for children in these ages. Regular attendance is expected.
- A slightly higher emphasis on structure, coaching intensity, and athlete commitment.
- Includes Summer and Fall Camp eligibility. November Colorado camp participation is highly recommended.
- Burke Mountain racer pass required.
- Available to U12 and U14 athletes.
Fee for all eligible ages: $2,000 + 3-Day base cost.
- Staff/Coach discount of $650 from the participant program fees
- $100 discount for registering more than 1 child
BMA Jr. Program Membership Grant Program (NEK Families):
Through the generosity of Burke Mountain Academy community donors, we now have a grant program for the Junior Program. This grant program is intended to ensure that local (NEK) children have the opportunity to participate without cost becoming a prohibitive variable. Local families are essential to the quality of the program and the culture of the club and the hope is that this grant program encourages local participation. BMA has secured funding up to $10,000 in financial support for these local families for at least the next three years and hope to increase that fund long term. Information on the eligibility requirements and details are provided HERE.
Online Registration: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/232286
Registration is currently FULL. Once we have more detail related to COVID-19 operations and planning, we MAY reopen on October 15, 2020 for additional registrations. If you missed the first round of registration, please be patient while we work with our mountain management and coaches to plan for a productive program this 20-21 season.
The TeamSnap online registration will allow us to capture important participant and parent information more accurately. Please know that sensitive information being asked for is kept confidential and for administration only. We will be able to communicate training and race schedules, track coach assignments, and send important alerts based on weather or where to meet coaches at races. There is a mobile app you can download for your phone after registration is complete. Parents will also have access to your child’s teammates parent contact information if the parents choose to share it. (Parents can check a box to share their information or not.) This will help parents organize rides, dinners or just ask another parent a question. After registering your children, online payment is also taken at checkout by credit card, ACH, and credit card installment payments are an option.
If in your registration process you have any questions, your progress will be saved, and you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
BMA Junior Program contacts:
Diann Roffe ’85, Director of BMA Junior Program – email@example.com