Beech Mountain Academy (Youth Sports Team)

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Registration will be open from Oct. 12th 2020 through Dec. 15th, 2020

Beech Mountain Academy is an inclusive team of young athletes dedicated to ski racing, free skiing and snowboarding. We are located in the North Carolina High Country and our athletes range in age from 5 to 18. Many of our families travel from cities all around North Carolina and Tennessee. Beech Mountain Academy is supported by a non-profit 501-C organization, BMSEF, that is managed by the families that make up the team. Without the help of the parents of these young athletes our programs would not be possible.

We have a passion for winter sports through programs that instill the values of goal setting, discipline, sportsmanship, work ethic, determination, commitment and fun. Our athletes are prepared for local, regional and national events through the Academy’s affiliation with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA), as well as the High Country Junior Race Series (HCJRS). We are inclusive of all athletes with the desire to learn and grow.

Fees for the 2020-2021 Beech Mountain Academy are $375 per athlete. Team passes are $350 per athlete. 

To Register: This year, registration will be done through the website platform. Registration begins October 12th and ends firmly on December 15th. Click HERE to get registered. Select Beech Mountain Academy Pass once on the ECommerce platform. Development Phases listed below, please check before registering.

Our Mission: Beech Mountain Academy’s goal is to make it possible for every interested young athlete, regardless of economic background, to take advantage of the programs offered by its competitive ski and snowboard teams.

Beech Mountain Academy strives to:

  • Assist participants to progress athletically, socially, and educationally
  • Strengthen athletes’ self-esteem
  • Encourage respect for others and
  • Promote good sportsmanship

In order to achieve its goals, BMSEF relies on fundraising efforts, community assistance, and volunteers.

Our History

Beech Mountain Academy (Formerly Beech Mountain Ski Education Foundation) began as a 501-C non-profit corporation in 1991 to provide the North Carolina High Country with educational and charitable activities in alpine ski racing and snowboarding.  We have open practice every Friday night from 6pm-9pm and team practice every Saturday from 8:30am-12:30pm.

For a full list of events for Beech Mountain Academy 2020/2021, click HERE.

Development Phases by Discipline:

Alpine Ski Racing Development Phases

o Phase 1: Making wedge turns and stops. Comfortable on green and blue terrain

o Phase 2: Can make parallel turns and stops on green terrain, working on parallel on more advanced terrain. Comfortable on all slopes at Beech Mountain. Can ride the lift without an adult.

o Phase 3: Parallel on all terrain, working on carved turns.

o Phase 4: Can carve turns on any slope at Beech Mountain. Working on clearing slalom gates.

o Phase 5: Carves turns in a course, taking a very aggressive line, and clearing slalom gates.

Freestyle Snowboard Development Phases

o Phase 1: Working on linking toe side and heel side turns. Primarily comfortable on green terrain.

o Phase 2: Linking turns, comfortable on green and blue terrain. Maybe hitting in-ground features and small jumps.

o Phase 3: Comfortable on all terrain at Beech Mountain. Working on carving turns and hitting small or in-ground features as well as small-medium jumps

o Phase 4: Can carve turns and hit medium sized features and jumps, doing basic tricks such as grabs and 180s.

o Phase 5: Hitting large features and jumps, doing 360s and other intermediate/advanced tricks.

o Phase 6: Can hit any feature in the Beech Mountain Park, working on advanced and inverted tricks.

Freeski Development Phases

o Phase 1: Making wedge turns and stops. Comfortable on green and blue terrain

o Phase 2: Can make parallel turns and stops on green terrain, working on parallel on more advanced terrain. Comfortable on all slopes at Beech and on small jumps or in-ground features.

o Phase 3: Parallel on all terrain, working on carved turns and small-medium jumps and features.

o Phase 4: Can carve turns and hit medium sized features and jumps, doing basic tricks such as grabs and 180s.

o Phase 5: Hitting large features and jumps, doing 360s and other intermediate/advanced tricks.

o Phase 6: Can hit any feature in the Beech Mountain Park, working on advanced and inverted tricks.

Snowboard Racing Development Phases

o Phase 1: Working on linking toe side and heel side turns. Primarily comfortable on green terrain.

o Phase 2: Linking turns, comfortable on green and blue terrain.

o Phase 3: Comfortable on any terrain at Beech Mountain, working on carving turns.

o Phase 4: Can carve turns on any terrain at Beech Mountain, may be familiar with snowboard racing.

o Phase 5: Competitively snowboard racing, has a good understanding of what line to take when racing in gates.

  For more information please email [email protected]

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