Skiing is an art in which people create their own ways to carve their unique signature in the snow. The sport provides for individual self-expression and skill development in a healthy pursuit of happiness. And of course, it creates engagement with others that builds enduring friendships that share meaningful common threads.
The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation is devoted to sharing the sport widely, helping to prime the pump of skiing by ensuring all children have equal opportunity to bring skiing with their schoolmates into their life experiences.
Our board of directors seeks out passionate entrepreneurs building skiing programs for kids. We identify and implement ways for us to increase the number of children and elevate their fun.
In addition to our work with children, we protect and promote the legacy of Bob Beattie and his World Pro Skiing Tour. After all, you’re only a legend if someone is telling your story. Beattie’s legacy includes his advocacy for the head-to-head format he created for his own tour, World Pro Skiing, intended to build ski racing fans among the American television audience. The format, with its jumps, parallel courses 12 feet apart, time difference at the finish line leading to drama when competitors switch courses for a rematch…. It is today the most exciting and fairest format in skiing, deserving further advocacy.
And finally, we love our pirates, pioneers and original thinkers, culture crafters, and spectators. We will continue to focus on joy, bringing people together as we did for the World Pro Skiing Reunion events, the 50th Anniversary of the World Cup party, and the recent work on the documentary and Hall of Fame induction of American skiing hero, the late Spider Sabich, and more.
Please support us financially with a tax-deductible (we are a 501c3) gift to succeed and do more, trust us to invest wisely in programs, people, and prospects. We are a 100% volunteer organization, meaning all your money goes to programs. Welcome aboard our pirate ship.
The Bob Beattie Legacy
Bob Beattie was ski racing’s biggest fan. He created the US Ski Team, co-created ski racing’s World Cup Tour, popularized NASTAR, and founded the head-to-head World Pro Skiing Tour. Of them all, Bob thought dual racing best among equals because it is easy to set-up on hills of any size, and for the benefits enjoyed by any skier, anywhere, for minimal cost.
The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation (BBSF) is honoring Bob’s memory and legacy by advocating for dual racing as one of the pillars of a mission to grow and strengthen the sport overall. Our vision is to see the dual format flourish at ski areas everywhere, with racing as popular and accessible as terrain parks—similarly free and without inhibiting waivers—sparking an explosion in participation.
A key part of our vision is the Horse Gate Start: a system in which two doors per skier, set closely side by side, fling open simultaneously to start the duel! A set of these professional- quality gates, replete with descending lights and electronic timing, cost around $10,000 apiece to manufacture, and BBSF raises funds each year to provide them to programs which are committed to building grassroots participation in the sport.
Join Our Team
Bob was all about team, and ours can’t do it without you. Here’s the math: My donation + your donation + our friends’ donations = more gates supplied to more programs. And that means more skiers turned onto the sport, affordably.
Help us honor Bob’s legacy by expanding ski racing across the country, igniting tomorrow’s great skiers, building character, and bringing more fun to the ski experience at every level. We are making needed change happen, and that’s what Bob Beattie was about. Thank you in advance for your support!
- The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation advocates for expanding affordable access to skiing and ski racing.
- We seek to help athletes leverage their unique skills and character traits by connecting athletes to business opportunities and mentors.
- BBSF is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of head-to-head ski racing, especially the short but highly influential heritage of the World Pro Skiing Tour.
- We champion head-to-head racing as a primary form of ski racing at all levels.