Crosscut Elite Team

The Crosscut Elite Team is designed to provide athletes with opportunities to pursue competition at the highest levels of biathlon and cross country skiing.

Applications for the 2020-21 Elite Team are closed, but we will be naming the team soon!
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Crosscut Mountain Sports Center is a premiere training site for biathletes and cross country skiers. During the 2019-20 season, Crosscut piloted an Elite Team, extending the programming options for athletes over age 18 who are pursuing the highest levels of the sport. With collaboration from US Paralympics Nordic Skiing, we have effectively facilitated development for eight full-time high performance athletes.

In our first year, we have qualified Bozeman athletes for IBU World Junior Championships, IBU Open European Championships, IPC World Cups, and now FIS World Cup races.

2019-20 Roster

Ari Woods
Eli Neilsen
Felicia Gesior
Hannah Cole
Kelly Kjorlien
Luke Brown
Mikayla Maier
Ruslan Reiter


2019-20 Highlights


In its first year, Crosscut Elite Team qualified athletes for the following events:
  • Youth Olympic Games
  • FIS World Cup
  • WPNS World Cup
  • IBU Open European Championships
  • IBU World Junior Championships
  • IBU Cup
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2020-2021 Elite Team

The Crosscut Elite Team offers several levels of programming to biathletes and cross country skiers. Information about the different teams is available below. Applications are open from now until April 15th, 2020, and announcements will be made about team selection by May 1st, 2020. Click here to read more about the application process.

Tier 1 Team

A high performance team for athletes age 23 and up who are representing the United States at a World Cup level.

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Tier 2 Team

A place for dedicated biathletes and cross country skiers to push themselves and step up onto the international circuit.

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PG/Collegiate Team

A team where athletes aged 18-22 can pursue excellence in training and results.

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Tier 1 Team

A high performance program for athletes aged 23+ who are racing for the United States at a World Cup level. This training group will focus on building and adhering to an intentional training plan by applying supportive, educated, and autonomy-driven coaching. 

Tier 1 Team appointments are as follows:
Biathlon
-
Top 3 placing at National Event
- Qualify for European World Cup
- National Team Member
- Discretion

Nordic
- Top 3 placing at National Event
- Qualify for European World Cup
- National Team Member
- Discretion

Para
- National Team Member

Athletes on the T1 team will receive the following support:
- Training plan with individualized support  (3-6 sessions/week supported training)
- Ammunition
- Uniform and Gear
- Lactate Profiling/Physio Testing
- Race support at key local and international races

T1 athletes may participate in a 10-week summer session or a full year program, both of which are fully funded by Crosscut Mountain Sports Center.

Tier 2 Team

A high performance program for athletes aged 23+ who aspire to race for the United States Internationally. This training group will focus on building and adhering to an intentional training plan by applying supportive, educated, and autonomy-driven coaching. 

In order to be named to the T2 team, an athlete must meet the following qualifications:
Biathlon
Qualified for IBU Cup
Top 10 at national Biathlon Event
Qualify for World Juniors
NCAA Championships
USBA Talent ID Camp
Discretion

Nordic
Top 20 placing at a National event (XC Nationals, Super Tour Finals)
Top 30 on either distance or sprint USSA List
Top 50 on combined USSA List
Qualify for OPA Cup/World Juniors
NCAA Championships
Discretion

Para
- Development Team Member
- Minimum 400 IPCNS Points in any Event
- Discretion

Summer
Jun 1 - Aug 15, 2020

$1,000.00

Fall
Sep 15 - Nov 15, 2020

$900.00

Winter
Nov 24, 2020-Mar 31, 2021

$2,100.00

Full Year
May 20, 2020-Mar 31, 2021

$3,500.00

PG Collegiate Team

A high performance program for athletes aged 18-23 who aspire to grow as athletes and improve their performance. This training group will focus on building and adhering to an intentional training plan by applying supportive, educated, and autonomy-driven coaching.

This program is also designed to accommodate the special scheduling needs of athletes who are attending Montana State University. 

In order to be named to the PG/Collegiate team, an athlete must be a High School Graduate committed to the process of development to build the skills needed to advance as an athlete.

PG/Collegiate Team athletes may participate in full year of programming, or any of the seasonal programs as outlined below:

Summer
Jun 1 - Aug 15, 2020

$1,250.00

Fall
Sep 15 - Nov 15, 2020

$1,100.00

Winter
Nov 24, 2020-Mar 31, 2021

$2,850.00

Full Year
May 20, 2020-Mar 31, 2021

$5,000.00

Application Process

To learn more, please contact: info@crosscutmt.org. To apply for the Crosscut Elite Team, please download and fill out the application form. All application materials including your Application Form, your Cover Letter, and your Athlete Resume should be submitted via email to info@crosscutmt.org. Applications for the Full Year and Summer programs must be submitted no later than April 29th, 2020. Application deadlines for fall and winter only programming will be announced mid-summer 2020.

After the application deadline, the selection committee will review all applications and will contact athletes with decisions by May 6th, 2020. Athletes who have received an invitation must confirm or deny their participation by May 15th, 2020.

Application Form