The BMA Junior Program is an official USSA member club offering weekend training and racing for 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.
We tend to have a smaller Junior Program that many neighboring resorts, and we place significantly less emphasis on accomplishments and races through these developmental years. In our program, the emphasis is on free skiing, overall comfort, ability and confidence on skis in a variety of conditions, technique and technical consistency. We note that there tends to be a strong correlation between volume of skiing as a young child and athletes who are ultimately accepted into Burke Mountain Academy from the Junior Program.
The BMA Junior Program meets daily on weekends during the ski season starting at the Mid-Burke lodge from 9 a.m. (for U14/U16s) or 9:30 a.m. (U8/U10/U12s) to about 1:30 p.m. The day is typically broken up into two sessions: a free ski block and a technical skills block. Athletes also participate in Northern Vermont Council races in the Vermont Alpine Racing Association according to age class.
Learn about more advanced programs offered at Burke Mountain Academy here.
BMA Junior Program contacts:
Mardi Haskell ’12, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid – firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Leafe, BMA Junior Program Coordinator – email@example.com