The mission of the Bear Valley Snow Sports Team Program is to develop recreational
and racing skiing/boarding skills in a positive and encouraging atmosphere while
developing a lifelong passion for snow sports.

Program Management

Josh Bridges, Snow Sports Manager
209-753-2301 x 680

Jeff Millar, Snow Sports Team Supervisor

Nick Shawkey, Head Race Team Coach

Program Overview

The Bear Valley Teams Program provides an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders who desire to improve their recreational or racing skiing/boarding skills in a team environment. The program focuses on developing and improving the fundamental skills necessary for a strong skiing/boarding foundation. Bear Valley’s coaching staff strives to provide individual training so each athlete may reach their full potential with the goal of being able to successfully navigate all terrain and snow conditions in a safe, confident manner.

Our Teams Program curriculum is based on the Professional Ski instructors of America (PSIA), American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), and U.S. Ski and Snowboard (USSS) Training Systems. These systems are focused on age appropriate content based on cognitive and physical stages of development.

The All-Mountain Teams train athletes on a variety of slopes and focus on mastering ski and snowboard fundamentals. The ultimate goal is to develop skiers and snowboarders who are proficient in all terrain and snow conditions. The season long program also helps to foster lasting relationships and build community to share the fun of the mountain environment with.

The Race Teams are for those athletes who want to further develop skiing skills with an emphasis on learning ski racing techniques. This program is ideally suited for skiers who want to participate in ski races, such as NASTAR, the Central Sierra Series, or Far West competitions. Bear Valley Race Team offers members the opportunity to travel to other Sierra resorts to compete in competitions. Many skiers move from the All-Mountain Teams to the Race Teams as their skills improve or when they desire the challenge of a more competitive environment.