Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation (BBSEF) is the Treasure Valley's premier ski and snowboard program. Located in Boise and operating at Bogus Basin, we offer winter programs for children and adults. Whether you are a recreational skier or snowboarder l
We are sending a shout out of appreciation to BBSEF A-Team member, Jeremy Mihaylo. Jeremy scheduled time away from work and traveled from his home in Washington State to serve as Chief of Race for the IMD Championships in March. Days prior to the event, he was already hard at work on course and race prep at Bogus Basin.
Jeremy brings considerable race and course expertise to BBSEF events in support of Alpine racers throughout the Intermountain Division. It is competition he knows well. He stepped into his first start gate as a BBSRA Mitey Mite and was coached by Mark Wedeking as he advanced through the program. Jeremy raced through his junior year in high school, competing in the Junior Olympics twice.
Jeremy transitioned to coaching Mitey Mites for a time and helped out with races whenever he could before heading off to flight school in Arizona. He earned his wings and resumed working Alpine events when his flight schedule allowed. Before long, his efforts garnered the attention U.S Ski & Snowboard race organizers. His resume now includes the Birds of Prey Downhill as both a volunteer and paid staff and the 2015 World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado.
“The greatest challenges in race prep are managing all of the behind-the-scenes details and the weather. We spend days prior to an event installing b-net and preparing the venue,” said Jeremy. He is known for pivoting quickly and forging ahead through changing conditions to provide safe and exciting courses for competitors.
This year though, the hazards for competitors and their families extended far beyond the slopes. Jeremy and a crew of coaches, volunteers and Bogus Basin personnel were 90% through preparation of the spectator-friendly venue when competitions throughout the division, country and world were called off in response to the spread of COVID-19. Jeremy pivoted again and got to work dismantling all that they had just constructed.
“Our goal is to provide a seamless race for the kids,” said Jeremy. “With no time delays or course repairs. Unfortunately, this event’s goal shifted to one of helping the kids, their families and their communities remain as healthy as possible. I am disappointed on the kids’ behalf, but I look forward to seeing them back on skis and racing another day.”
Thank you for all that you do to make that possible Jeremy!
The competitive season came to an abrupt end before we could properly thank some of the outstanding folks who help BBSEF athletes and coaches from behind the scenes. So for the next few weeks, we will introduce you to them via features originally published during the BBSEF 50-year celebration. First up: The hidden forces who time all BBSEF events.
Bobby and James Garrison
Hidden forces are hard at work at every BBSEF event, and they like it best that way. “A good day is one in which everything goes smoothly, and we get no attention at all.” Most days though present at least a handful of challenges that Bobby and James Garrison, resolutely tick off one by one. The Garrisons are the stewards of the timing system and the recorders of every competitor’s effort, be it a Mitey Mite in his or her first start, a Freerider dropping in, or a U16-U21 shopping for the fastest finish at the Trudi Bolinder Super G.
Bobby has been at it the longest. He was a Pro Patroller at Bogus in the 70’s. Back then, Patrol took care of the race equipment. They did it all, from setting up and taking down race courses, to digging the trenches and hand-timing each racer. He spent seven days a week in ski boots for five or six years.
The boots came off briefly, but then James came along. It turns out that James liked to ski, and he liked to race. James became a Mitey Mite, and Bobby became a volunteer. One day, the head timekeeper had to leave the hill, and Bobby jumped in to help. Timing had changed a bit since his days on Patrol. So that night he took the manuals home and learned it all.
Meanwhile, James tore through race courses one by one. One of the youngest athletes to participate in the Mount Hood Ski Camp, he went on to race throughout the Northwest for 16 years. Once he finished racing, James turned his attention to coaching. He coached Mitey Mites and Freeride for four or five years. Then came a rare day when Bobby could not be in the timing shack. Just like his father before him, James jumped in to get the job done.
Both James and Bobby are get-the-job-done kind of guys. When the door to the timing shack is closed, there is no distracting them. “You have to remain focused on what is going on,” said Bobby. “The timing shack is the one place where you have the full picture of what is happening. It can set the pace and you must remain connected with everyone else.”
“It is not like course crew,” said James, “where you do your work on the course and then get a break on the lift on your way back to the top.” During a race, electronics spanning the length of the course are out in the elements. One, two or even three racers can be on different points of the course at any given time. Gusting wind or blowing snow can interfere; an errant spectator might jostle a beam. Bobby and James move quickly to resolve it, no matter the cause. They monitor all race-related communications and keep the momentum going. “It is either a cakewalk, or it is not,” he added. “Panic is not an option. You must work with all the data to keep things going.”
All this, and they make the most of the pre-dawn hours of each event. An 0 dark:30 tram ride with the avalanche crew to the top of Snowbird offers the most spectacular view of the lights of Salt Lake City. Here at home, long before the coaches or athletes arrive on the hill, Steve Shake used to run Bobby to the top of Chair 6 in the snow cat so that he could set headsets for the day’s event. Bobby would turn up the music and run the pigtail from one point along the course to the next, listening to Modest Mouse in the dark.
Bobby and James have seen a lot of racers come and go, work hard and grow. “Whether or not your kid ever stands on the podium,” said Bobby, “whether they are super star racers or not, by the time they leave high school, they will be among the top 90th percentile of skiers in the country.” He and James ought to know. They have timed every single one.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING THE HEALTH OF BBSEF ATHLETES, COACHES & THE COMMUNITY.
On Monday March 23, the Idaho State Board of Education directed public school districts and charters to close all classroom or in-person learning through Monday, April 20, 2020.
In keeping with this guideline, BBSEF Mountain Bike Team practices are temporarily suspended. We will begin training as soon as school resumes.
We also work closely with U.S. Cycling to operate in the best interests of our athletes. In the event that school is cancelled, we will rely on their guidelines to determine when it is safe to begin formal training.