Welcome to the Snow Summit Race Team! The race team provides ski programs for athletes from age 7-18 and a variety of skill levels.
All new members to the team start by joining the Development Team. The Development Team (“D-Team”) is a weekend 9 AM to 1:30 PM program. Minimum age for D-Team attendance is 7, though very independent 6 year olds may be accepted. D-Team members need to be able to:
Development Team Information
The D-Team program is a 16-week program with 9 hours of training each week, 4.5 hours on Saturday and 4.5 hours on Sunday. This season the first date of training is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018 and the final date of training will be Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Once the D-Team members progress through the skill levels, they will be invited to take a skills test. Upon successful completion of the test, the D-Team member will be invited to join the All Mountain Team or the Race Team.
The membership fee for the Development Team is $1,500. For this fee, we will ask parents to provide one donation item valued at $50 per family and to pay the fundraising fee of $100. In addition to the membership fee, athletes pay for their Big Bear Mountain Resorts pass, uniform rental, fundraising fee, and Goldsmith race entries. The greatly reduced pass fee for team members is $50 for athletes 13 and under or $100 for athletes 14 and over. (If you have already purchased the Ikon pass, your racer may use that pass, instead. It will take the place of the Big Bear Mountain Resorts pass and there will be no additional charge for the local pass.) The uniform deposit and rental is $100, and the Goldsmith entry fee is $75. Thus, the total fee is $1,825 for 13 and under, or $1,875 for 14 and older. Finally, all team members must join US Ski and Snowboard Association and Far West. This is done through www.usskiandsnowboard.org. The membership category is Alpine General Membership and the fee is $15 for USSA and $10 for Far West.
Returning Development Team members will most likely already have their $50 uniform rental fee paid from the prior year, so they only pay an additional $50 on subsequent years, thus their final fees are $1,775 for 13 and under, or $1,825 for 14 and older. They also need to renew their US Ski and Snowboard Association and Far West memberships prior to October 15 through www.usskiandsnowboard.org.
Once the athletes have mastered the skills, taken the test, and been invited to move up, then they can choose to move up to the Full Time Race Team, the Weekend Race Team, or the All Mountain Team.
Race Team Information
The Full Time Race Team and Weekend Race Team are for skiers who are at least 8 years old and wish to prepare to become racers. They are grouped by age and ability levels. Each level will work on the skills necessary to improve their skiing and racing technique. The schedule and activities for the program will be determined by the coaching staff and the US Ski and Snowboard Association/Far West race schedule.
The Full Time program for racers 8-13 is an 18-week program with 19 hours of training per week. For racers 14-18, the program is an 18- to 20-week program with 22 hours of training per week. In addition, Full Time race team members also have training during holiday camps at no additional cost. These camps feature focused training and fun activities during mid-week sessions over school holidays.
Full Time racers also have Tyndall Haus privileges. They are assigned a locker in the team room for the storage of their gear. They have ski racks for their skis and poles, and they have boot dryers. This is a great convenience for our full time team.
Membership fees for Full Time Race Team members are $2,000 for 8 to13 year olds (U10-U14) and $2,100 for 14 to 18 year olds (U16-U19). They also have the same Big Bear Mountain Resorts pass fees as the other program levels. Passes for 8-13 year olds are $50. Passes for 14-18 year olds are $100. (There is no pass fee for those who are using an Ikon pass.) The uniform rental is $50 (assuming that they have a carry-over of $50 from prior years), the fundraising fee of $100, and the Goldsmith race entries are $50. So the total for 8-13 year olds is $2,200 and for 14-18 year olds is $2,400. For these fees, families have 8 hours of race work and one donation valued at $50 for the major fundraiser, the “Think Snow!”
US Ski and Snowboard Association and Far West memberships are required of all members. Go to www.usskiandsnowboard.org prior to October 15 to renew your athlete’s membership. Memberships for 8-9 year olds (U10) are $63 ($25 for USSA and $38 for Far West). 10-11 year olds (U12) are $88 ($50 for USSA and $38 for Far West). 12-13 year olds (U14) are $128 ($75 for USSA and $53 for Far West). 15-18 year olds (U16-U19) are $203 ($150 for USSA and $53 for Far West). Fees get more expensive as the athlete ages because of the additional record-keeping to keep track of points.
The Weekend Race Team only meets on weekends. They train for and attend races. They have locker room privileges, lockers, ski storage, and boot dryer space. They are not eligible to attend mid-week training at any time. Their training is an 18-week program at 10 hours a week.
Membership fees for Weekend Race Team members is $1,700. They also have the same Big Bear Mountain Resorts pass fees as the other program levels. Passes for 8-13 year olds are $50. Passes for 14-18 year olds are $100. The uniform rental is $50 (assuming that they have a carry-over of $50 from prior years), the fundraising fee is $100, and the Goldsmith race entries are $75. The total for 8-13 year olds is $1,925, and for 14-18 year olds is $2,025. For these fees, parents have 8 race work hours and one donation valued at $50 or more for the “Think Snow!” fundraiser.
All Mountain Team Information
The All Mountain Team is another option once the athlete has passed the Race Team placement test. The All Mountain Team is also a weekend only program. Training is provided 10 hours a week for 17 to 18 weeks. While the underlying focus of weekend race team is designed to prepare racers for competitive racing, the All Mountain Team focuses on further skill development with more time on the snow in a variety of terrain. The team will ski at Summit, Bear Mountain, and most likely make at least one travel trip to Mammoth Mountain (see the SSRT Team Travel Guidelines booklet for information on team travel).
Membership fees for All Mountain Team members is $1,700, just like the Weekend Race Team. In addition to the membership fee, athletes pay for their anytime Big Bear Mountain Resorts pass. The greatly reduced pass fee for team members is $50 for athletes 13 and under or $100 for athletes 14 and over. (There is no local pass fee if they are using the Ikon pass.) They also pay the $100 fundraising fee. The All Mountain Team (AMT) does not rent their uniforms. They purchase them, either new or from a prior team member at the ski swap in November. Since their primary focus is not racing, AMT chooses whether they will enter the Goldsmith race series. If they decide to race, the entry is $75. AMT fee totals range from $1,850 to $1,975, depending upon their age and whether they choose to race. For this fee, parents have no race work but need to supply one donation valued at least $50 for our major fundraiser, the “Think Snow!”
AMT members must join US Ski and Snowboard Association and Far West. This is done through www.usskiandsnowboard.org. Since they are not participating in US Ski and Snowboard Association or Far West races, their membership category is General Membership and the fee is $15 for US Ski and Snowboard and $10 for Far West.
Service Hours Policy
In order for the SSRT and BBSEF to host top level races for the racers, we need all families to learn proper race administration with well-run professional race workers. To master that goal, we need everyone to take the entry level Competition Official class and to work at least one race.
General: Every race team family is required to donate a minimum of 8 hours US Ski and Snowboard Association race work for the 2018-2019 race season. These mandatory 8 hours may be fulfilled by working an 8-hour job or a combination of jobs for which the combined value is 8 hours.
This season we will be hosting 4 US Ski and Snowboard races: January 12, January 13, February 2, and February 3. We will host 5 Goldsmith races. This season there are very few dates that are not already filled with US Ski and Snowboard races, so we have decided to run races on Saturdays as well as Sundays. The Goldsmith race dates are: Sunday, December 20; Saturday, January 19; Sunday, January 30; Saturday, February 9; and Sunday, February 10. The Victor Alvarez Memorial Race will be held on Saturday, March 9.
In addition to the mandatory 8 hours, each family may work additional hours, which will earn credit toward membership or travel costs for away races. Most US Ski and Snowboard race jobs and the Victor Alvarez race job are 8-hour jobs, while Goldsmith race jobs are typically 6-hour jobs. If a parent was going to work full days on every race date, the total number of hours available would be 62 hours beyond the mandatory 8 hours. For the purpose of figuring out the race credit, we are going to value the hourly effort at $12.50. Thus, an 8-hour work effort will earn a $100 credit, and all 62 hours above the required 8 hours would give a credit of $775. The family credit may be earned per racer, with a maximum of two racers.
When family workers sign in at the designated arrival time from the race worker schedule, their shift will begin. During the race, the race work committee will monitor work progress. Work credits will be issued after the work effort is completed.
Development Team and All Mountain Team Families will not have a mandatory work donation this season, but they may volunteer to work the additional race dates as described above.
An additional discount will also be available to those parents who choose to take the Official’s classes and get a license. We need US Ski and Snowboard Officials with licenses as Referee, Chief of Race, Chief of Course, Chief of Timing and Calculations, Jury Advisor, Race Administrator, and Technical Delegate. Most of these certifications require attendance at the Official’s Clinic in Tahoe (typically Squaw Valley) in November. For this wonderful commitment to the sport and our team, officials will receive an additional 16-hour credit.
The BBSEF relies upon fundraising to bridge the gap between the coaching budget and membership dues. This season we request that each member family from the race team, development team, and the All Mountain Team donate one $50 value basket to the major BBSEF fundraiser, the “Think Snow!” We would like you to donate something that you would want to buy from a business or concession near you.
In addition to the 1 mandatory donation valued at $50 or more from each family, those who wish to earn work or travel credit may donate two baked goods, valued at 4 hours each; provide up to 4 donations valued at least $50 each, valued at 4 hours each; and work up to 8 hours of set up, event work, or clean up, valued at 1-hour of credit per hour worked. This additional work off will provide up to $400 credit per racer, up to 2.
This season we will be providing hors d’oeuvres with the meal, rather than dessert. We will be encouraging the guests to buy the baked goods for their dessert, so do your best to “wow” them with your presentation! We will have at least 20 tables of 10 guests, so we will need at least 20 platters or baskets of enticing sweet treats.
In March we will host the Victor Alvarez Memorial Race. We provide silent auction items for the race. Each family may provide donations for the race, also for 4 hours per $50 value.
Save These Dates
This season our Welcome Back BBQ will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Please plan to attend. We will be meeting the new families and skiers, explaining the new BBSEF service hours policy, raffling off sample donation baskets, and view sample baked good presentation, as well as holding a mandatory race work clinic.
Last season we ended up with a ski swap during the End of Season Awards BBQ. This season, rather than hold another swap during the Welcome Back BBQ, we will hold a Community Snow Sports Swap on Saturday, November 10 in the overflow parking lot off of Brownie directly behind Goldsmith’s Board House. We are inviting the local shops, Team Bear, and our teams, plus the community to attend. Dallas Goldsmith says he will have the equipment pre-checked for safety and suitability for sale.
The Membership online registration will open for sign ups on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Memberships are due by Sunday, October 21, 2018. There is a $100 Late Fee assessed for each returning skier whose membership is received after October 21, 2018. That includes payment, releases, and US Ski and Snowboard Association membership. Payment may be online, in cash or by check. Members will be allowed to make payment by check in up to three checks, all of which are due with the membership materials. Checks may be dated October 21, 2018, November 15, 2018, and January 15, 2019. If you are making three payments, each payment should be equal to at least one-third of the total balance. If you need to write checks dated into the future, staple a post it note on the check with one staple so it is obvious that that check needs to be held and not deposited right away.
Please note: Work credits have cut offs. If your membership is submitted after the membership deadline of October 21, work opportunities may be closed. If you join after December 2, there will most likely be no available work positions. You may volunteer as a substitute, but you will need to pay full fees and receive credits for your work shifts. By that time, work schedules will have been generated, the major fundraiser will have been completed, and our ability to provide you with a work off position can no longer be assured.
If you have to mail your checks, use the following address and make sure that your postmark will be by October 12. If you are ordering your check to be mailed by your bank, order it by October 12.
Snow Summit Race Team
PO Box 1384
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
If you have a problem or a question, contact SSRT President, Barbara Boucher (rhymes with “voucher”) at (909) 556-2864 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All new members start on D-Team.
Part Time Race Teams
Only train on Saturday and Sunday, even during holidays. May not participate in holiday camps.
** Members who have IKON passes will not be charged for a race team pass.
Full Time Race Teams
Ages 8-13 train for 5 (five) days a week. Ages 14-19 train for 6 (six) days a week.
Early membership ends October 21, 2018. A late fee of $100 is charged after the 14th.
Large Family Discount
Because the traditional family just has two parents, families with more than two racers will receive a discount of $750 for the number of racers after the first two.
Families of coaches (RT, DT, AMT) will receive a discount of $200 for each of their racers on team.