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United States Ski Association Northern Division

Welcome to the USSA Northern Division Pages, where you'll find information on alpine skiing and ski racing, including event schedules and the latest racing results.

The USSA Northern Division organizes alpine competition in Montana, Yellowstone National Park, and in the northern Wyoming counties of Park, Hot Springs, Big Horn, Washakie, Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook Weston, Natrona, Converse and South Dakota west of the Missouri River, within the framework of USSA, FIS and Western Region Programs, procedures and rules.

The USSA Northern Division Board of Directors, through its Alpine Competition Committee, coordinates and supervises activities in the area.  For the name of the ski program in your area contact the Northern ACC Division Chairman or President at the address and telephone number listed below.  USSA Northern programs are conducted by volunteers working with USSA staff in the Western Regional office.

The Third Annual Northern Division Performance Fund Drive

Brochure for printing

New as of October 2, 2015:

  • INTENTS PROCESS!  Here is the link:  http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/regions/intents/west.  You have to register first and then you can go ahead and click on the West tab and go from there to intend your racers for the Western Region events that Sherri does selections for:  the Western Region FIS elites, Opens and out of Division FIS (ie; Schweitzer, Alyeska).  Make sure and intend as NORTHERN DIVISION for those events!  NOTE that the event "CLOSE" is 28 days prior to the start of the event, which means you must complete your entry BY then.  Sherri will do selections at or around 21 days prior depending on the timing of points lists.  Once she does selections, she will email you and you can go to the Google doc and you MUST confirm within a 72 hour time period.  The entire season is on the calendar, so feel free to check with your athletes and intend now.  Please call or email Sherri with any questions you might have.  Out of division USSA races can still use the intent form.  Consider this your November Intents reminder!
  • The standard web version of the coming season's calendar has been posted.  It is based on the "draft schedule", but changes found on the FIS schedule have been incorporated.  As always, the calendar will be in a "fluid state" for the next two months.  Check back often.  
  • MSU will be holding a Meet and Greet for the ski community on October 8th.  
  • Those who would like to be either ON or OFF Sherri's Divisional email distribution list should let her know.  
  • Our Fall General Meeting will be held in Bozeman on Saturday, October 17th at 9:00 a.m. at the Hampton Inn Bozeman, 406-522-8000.  Rooms have been blocked out for Friday evening under "Northern Division USSA" at $99 plus tax, but you will need to make your own call to pay and reserve those at that rate BY OCTOBER 5th.  If you plan on staying Saturday, also let them know then.  (Rick Duncan and Sherri already have reservations for Friday night.)  We have some changes to our by-laws to approve, this season's calendar to finalize and  go over our finances as always.  
  • Officials training will be held immediately following the General Meeting.  NOTE:  This will be the one Timing and Race Administration Clinic as those take a full 8 hours including the test, so plan to stay late into the evening if you are needing that!  We will also offer the UPDATE, if you are already certified and just need that.  Make sure you have renewed your USSA Membership (online, best way!) by the time you take your official's clinic, so that our Official's Chair can send in your results to USSA.  Please register and send the form to Sherri.  Bob Petitt, our Officials Chair, will be able to offer an update and clinics for your organization prior to the season, but you will have to schedule that through him.  (Updates are needed every other year, so check your license.  You do not test again if you just want to renew the license that you already have, you just go to the update.)
  • The ACC meeting and calendar finalization will happen Friday, October 16th at 6 p.m.  (The current 2015-16 draft schedule has been posted.  It was determined at our Summer meeting that we would hold Congress every other year.  
  • Northern Division forms are due for all U14's and older by December 1st to show up on any selection board.  All U14's and older are REQUIRED to have all four of these forms ON FILE at the Northern Division office:  Team Agreement, Medical Release, Indemnity Form (Hold Harmless), and Financial Agreement.  Coaches must have a Team agreement signed and on file.  Preferred delivery is 1) by FAX or 2) by scanning and emailing back to Sherri (once filled out).  Otherwise, put them in the mail.  College athletes must sign a Hold Harmless agreement and Medical Release.  (Generally College coach submits all at once)  We would also like to have a team roster from the colleges.  PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, AS SHERRI NEEDS TO PROCESS THESE FORMS AS WELL.  
  • The information for the annual Thanksgiving training camp at Banff has been posted.  The deposit to hold your place is due by September 30.  
  • Attention Parents of U14's and older:  As we notified you last season, HELMET RULES go in effect THIS coming season!  Make sure the helmet has this sticker:  
    1. HELMETS: All competitors and forerunners must wear a helmet for Giant Slalom, Super G, Downhill and Downhill Training and Alpine Combined that meets current equipment specifications. [606.4, 707, 807, 907, 1007, and additional USSA and FIS regulations.]
      1. Athletes U14 and older must use helmets that meet the new FIS standards for all USSA Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill. U14 and older competitors whose helmets are not in compliance will not be permitted to start. 
      2. Regulations for helmets for Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill are applicable without exception at all levels of FIS competition [2.3.3]

    More on helmets can be found here:  http://northernussa.bloomfire.com/posts/879946-helmet-rules-for-fis-gs-sg-dh-read-to-bottom-for-2014-2015.  

  • As the division begins to prepare for the next season, here are "bid forms" for teams to declare for events and the current 2015-16 draft spreadsheet for "top down" race planning.  
  • A new Fall 2015 training venue will be available at Snow King for the 2015-16 season.  
  • Please note that there has been an increase in the cost of using your credit card to pay this year from 4% to 5%.  
  • The new Northern Division handbook has been posted.
  • The latest Master Packet of USSA forms is here.
  • Team Scoring has been approved by the USSA Alpine Sports Committee (National)!  Our division will be adopting this and we are hopeful that the SPLIT second (FIS) software will be updated in time for this season's events and our organizers can use this feature!  
  • A new type of Ability Class (vs. Age Class) Seeding and Trial Racing is being tested out across the nation (also approved by the USSA Alpine Sports Committee).  We here at Northern have the option of trying this out this season if we decide to on a limited basis (up to three scored events) and at some non-scored events.  This will  have to be cleared through our Northern ACC and appear on the Race Announcement should any organizer want to try this.
  • There have been equipment changes from last season.  Please note a recent clarification from USSA to those changes, due to the problem of getting the new equipment:
    • U16 and U14 athletes may use the equipment of their choice in 2014/15, EXCEPT for athletes competing at the U16 National Championship and Assessment Project, where the standards in the matrix must be adhered to.  In addition, any athletes participating in NTG projects in Europe will also be expected to use skis conforming to these standards.

  • REMINDER!  USSA Membership Renewal Deadline is October 15th!  The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) urges members to save now by renewing their membership prior to Wednesday, October 15, 2015.  USSA Member Services recommends members use the convenient online membership registration by visiting my.ussa.org.  Late fees past this deadline will occur for the following membership categories: Coaches, Masters and Athletes.  Additional Division or State late fees may also apply!  Membership questions can be answered through the online chat support button, email (membership@ussa.org) or by phone at 435-647-2666.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Race Administrators throughout the division have asked us to remind you of proper entry procedures:
    • Use ONLY the USSA Team Entry form.  A sample of that form, filled out, is here.  Do NOT use a copied Google form or Excel spreadsheet.
    • Fill out the form completely using the event columns
    • Use a separate form for EACH gender!  
    • Put coaches names and USSA #'s on the bottom and any additional info the RA might need.  
    • Do NOT enter, pull, add or change the entry WITHOUT using this form as an ATTACHMENT.  In the subject line of your email, put your team's name and what event they are for, i.e, MSEF Entries for Stano Cup.  
    • Once again DO NOT use emails for changes, pulls or adds.  Too many emails back and forth are too difficult to follow.  
    • IF there is a deadline and a late fee, you WILL be charged.  
    • If after you submit your entries, something changes - make the changes in RED and attach the same form with the changes and date the changes!  This clarifies things much easier for the RA.  
    • Northern Policy is that you must pull athletes by 5 pm the night prior to the event (except in cases of illness or injury) or PAY the full entry fee for all days.
  • We now have a Payment method to accept Donations (see orange button at the bottom of the page).  We also have a Intuit Payment Network page to accept your race payments.  Please note that the Intuit method presents you with two options -- the use of your credit card or the use of your bank account.  If you decide to use your credit card, you must still add on the 5% credit card processing fees.  
  • USSA is insisting that coaches be members of USSA.  Coaches without current USSA membership must not be allowed to participate in the event in any capacity.  This includes on-hill coaching for their teams.  (This does not apply to foreign coaches at FIS events.)  ROC's/RA's will not only have to verify status of membership/Officials' certifications (RF, CR, JA, etc.), they will now have to verify membership for all coaches who wish to be involved with an event.  Some suggestions are:
    1. Print a list of current coaches and verify against it.  This might be easier than having a computer available at registration and verifying coaches' memberships one at a time
    2. Require that coaches present their membership card prior to being issued event credentials/lift tickets.
    3. Require that teams submit a list of coaches accompanying their athletes 24 hours prior to the event

    (If an ROC/RA chooses to use either suggestion 2 or 3, Sherry recommends that they make note of the requirement in their Race Announcement.)
    USSA Coach Membership will not be required for Canadian coaches accompanying competitors entered in CAN-AM events; however, if any of the Coaches wish to serve as Course Setters, etc., the USSA membership requirement will apply.

  • A reminder of the Travel Policy, found here.  Lodging and transportation arrangements are made with a certain number of athletes in mind.  Please acquaint yourself with the Travel Policy for Northern Division when it comes to payments and refunds.  
  • USSA now has online events scheduling for sanctioned events.  Coaches or club presidents will need to register and have your Club ID # ready.  Note there is a late fee after November 15th!  Please note that events fees increased this year.
  • Teams providing "comps" to selected racers will need to send in the Division Head Tax form, located here.

2014 - 2015 USSA Deadlines and Form

It's time to get your racing license for next season!  You need to renew by October 15th to avoid paying late fees.  To compete in a USSA Sanctioned Event, an athlete must be a member of USSA.  This year you can apply for your license ONLINE.  Late fees past this deadline will occur for the following membership categories: Coaches, Masters and Athletes.  Additional Division or State late fees may also apply!

Please note completed applications will only be processed with proper payment.   USSA accepts Visa, Mastercard, personal and cashiers checks.   The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association prefers Visa.

The deadline to be included on the first alpine FIS points lists is May 31st.  To assure that your membership is processed for inclusion on any list, your membership materials must be received by USSA at least seven days prior to the closing date for that list.  Registrations are not considered received until they are complete.  It is the athlete's responsibility to ensure that his or her USSA and/or FIS membership registration is received.  You can contact USSA member services (435-647-2666) to check the status of your application.  Remember to include your Northern Division fees.

Please note:  USSA and FIS points are not continually being updated they are recalculated for each new list.   For more information on how points are calculated, see chapter 3 of your USSA Alpine Competition Guide.

FIS License Applications

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association alpine competitors registering for FIS who have not sent in their FIS registration by August 15, 2014 will have to pay $155, compared to $85.  To complete registration USSA must have a completed USSA Alpine Competitor application or renewal form, a completed FIS declaration and payment for USSA, FIS and any other applicable division or state dues.  This year, you can register online.  Or click here to go and download the Adobe registration application.

The FIS and USSA hardcopy forms require the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free here.

Northern Division Handbook 2014 - 2015

Download this useful guide to racing rules for the Northern Division.  


Payments for racing fees can be made to the following.  If you are using credit card payment, please note that we only accept American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.  

    Sherri Hale
    Northern Division USSA Manager
    P.O. Box 217
    Whitefish, MT  59937
    (FAX) 406-545-2289
    (406) 871-7429

You can also use our direct payment page.  The direct payment option is done though our Quickbooks/Intuit Payment Network.  Intuit safely handles financial data and transactions for millions of customers.  Payment Network adheres to rigorous online banking industry protection standard and works hard to protect your information.  Please note that if you use this method and select a Credit Card (as opposed the Bank Account) option, you must add 5% to cover our credit card processing fees.  


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We are a 501 (c) 3 NonProfit

    Sherri Hale
    Northern Division USSA Manager
    P.O. Box 217
    Whitefish, MT  59937
    (FAX) 406-545-2289
    (406) 871-7429

Northern ACC Chairman

Jeremy Ueland
(406) 579-7005


Northern Division President

Rick Duncan
2248 West River Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
406-846-9631 (H)
406-846-2757, ext. 26(W)
406-560-5021 (C)


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