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.
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.
New as of February 26, 2015:
The information for the Western Region U21/U18 Championships at Mammoth has been posted. Payment and registration is due March 14. Sherri has done her best to keep the cost around $1000, but this estimate includes a little extra for lodging along the way and back if necessary. Plan tentatively is to leave from Bozeman on Saturday, March 7th if BSF allows Roger to take a sprinter. Should this not transpire, coaches transportation costs will go up, unfortunately. Two of the Missoula athletes are flying with an adult to Vegas and renting a vehicle (on their own) to get there. They can deduct $54 from lodging since they won't need extra night's lodging. They are hoping their equipment will be able to go from Missoula to Bozeman with Graham. (Anyone wanting to catch a ride to Bozeman (such as the WMRT athletes) might check with Graham. Perhaps one of the Bozeman athletes can house you for a night prior to departure.) Creel is the only athlete over 18 and his lifts will be $212 as opposed to $164 for everyone else 18 and under. Sherri has booked two identical VRBO's (links in estimate attached) right next to each other. The double queen rooms have separate locked entrances, so those would be best for the ladies. The owner asked that a coach be housed in each unit and that our Athletes please be respectful of the properties. Best way to pay is through the IPN Network. If you put in your bank account (Sherri will not see account numbers) and pay by EFT check, there is no fee. If you choose to pay by Credit Card, make sure you add the additional 5%. That network is safe, secure and encrypted. You will get an email receipt and Northern will be notified of a payment by Intuit. Thank you and congratulations to our Western Region Junior Champion Athletes for 2015!
U16 Champsselections and seeding order (revised) have been posted. The seeding order order may change if anyone declines and alternates go. Please CONFIRM attendance via email by SUNDAY, February 22nd! Teams please send coach nomination ASAP to Sherri! Lodging info: At this point, lodging in Bend is filling quickly due to some big basketball tournament in town. Sherri has tentatively booked out rooms for athletes and coaches at the Hampton Inn. She has also found two very decent VRBO's big enough and not too far apart, but so far the owner says they are non-refundable. She doesn't feel comfortable with that based on snow situations in FW, PNSA, or Northern right now, so will hold off on those for the time being. There will be a day ahead available for lane training ~ not sure of your thoughts on this as a division or if you want it to be optional. It raises the cost of the project of course, but might be easier to decide to whether go a day early or not as a group. Otherwise, the lodging thing and transportation of coaches gets complicated. Additionally, they will be offering a Breakfast and Lunch option.
The Big Sky DH/SC race has been canceled due to lack of participation.
OPPORTUNITY: USSA is reaching out to Western Region about a unique opportunity. They are looking for Latino, African American, Asian, or anyone with a little diversity in their background. The event is about celebrating diversity, and apart from the Aspen racers, some National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) racers, they would like some other kids to come and be part of it, too. We asked about financial support, logistics etc. They said
they have a substantial amount in their budget to subsidize these athletes. They have a block of rooms booked and would cover the cost of a coach accompanying a group. Below is what was received from Schone Malliet, one of the organizers providing some more information. Schone's phone number: 973-570-3128, email@example.com
The NWSEF and NBS, with Smartwool, along with the USSA Rocky Mountain Division and Aspen Valley Ski Club, is hosting an Alpine Race event for U16 – U21 competitors at Aspen Highlands, February 21st and 22nd, 2015. The honoree for this event will be Martin Richard. Martin was a member of the NBS’ Boston Ski Party, the YES program in Boston, and whose family was an integral part of the YouthFest Event held at Pats
Peak each year. He lost his life at the Boston Marathon tragedy. Consistent with the Richard’s family perspective we would like to have representation from each region especially diverse athletes. NWSEF will extend invitation to the athletes that you identify and may provide transportation support to attending athletes and coaches. Ideally a region would identify a coach for attending athletes. Please contact me for details and with questions. I can be reached by return email
or at 973-570-3128. Thank you for being part of this extraordinary event.
Making this event part of the opening weekend of the bi-annual Summit of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, this event will showcase “diverse” alpine racing opportunities for skiers and demonstrate the opportunities and access available to athletes of all backgrounds to experience the athleticism and excitement of alpine racing. An additional goal is to increase the competition pool and recruit alpine competitors to USSA members clubs
joining the governing body.
It will be hosted on February 21-22 at the Aspen Highlands Training Center on the Goldenhorn and Thunderbowl venue. Giant slalom and slalom events will be contested for licensed USSA alpine competitors for both men and women in classes: U16, U18 and U21. These events will be sanctioned and insured by USSA and will score to the USSA Competitor Classification System (USSA Points).
Remembering Austin King. A friend of Austin has printed up helmet stickers. Anyone who would like one should contact Vicki Neill, firstname.lastname@example.org. Austin King began racing in 2007 as a six year old J7. He enjoyed successes throughout his career. In 2012 coaches
were asked to inform race starters if
their racer was a "rocket" in response to Austin overtaking the racer started ahead of him. Austin's energy and zeal will be missed by all as he was loved by all. He was 13. Austin died at home December 16th.
Race administrators: Just to remind you, please send results DAILY (so we can post them for all to see!) It also helps Sherri get her work done at the division level quickly instead of AFTER the weekend. Text results overall and by class for each gender each day go to both Sherri (email@example.com) and the webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sherri also needs the ACTUAL race file, the working file once you have results, so she can get in there and use the data. The webmaster does not need those.
CLARIFICATION: U14's with EITHER a YSL or Competitor's License may compete in the WMR event, SG's at Big Sky and OHG.
ONLY those with a Competitor's license will SCORE USSA points. That is the only difference.
Please note that there has been an increase in the cost of using your credit card to pay this year from 4% to 5%.
We are VERY excited to finally promote our NEWEST fundraiser ~ A Northern Division Zazzle store! For every product we sell from OUR page, we earn a royalty and if others from the general public purchase products from our page, we make even more royalty from the referral! So please, SHARE our products and pages
with your friends and family on Facebook! This is the best part~ Our athletes can submit ideas, slogans and artwork (jpegs) to our fundraising committee (use Sherr's email address) and if we LOVE them, we will use them in a product of some sort and promote that athlete's name in the description of the product. These do not necessarily have to be ski related...whatever would sell and interest others is what we want as long as it is appropriate. Here
is the link to our store to visit and share ~ you can also share one product at a time from that page, so please do share the love and purchase our products!
Northern Division forms were 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. College athletes must sign a Hold Harmless agreement and Medical Release on file. (Generally College coach submits all at once). Preferred delivery is 1) by FAX or 2) by scanning and emailing back to me (once filled out). Otherwise, put them in the mail.
New helmet rules are coming to USSA for U14's and older starting 2015-2016 for GS/SG/DH. FIS athletes for this year MUST have these helmets which have certified labels EN 1077 A or ASTM 2040! So, if you are purchasing new helmets this year, make sure you comply so you do not have to buy another one next season. Read rules for helmets here: http://northernussa.bloomfire.com/posts/879946-helmet-rules-for-fis-gs-sg-dh-read-to-bottom-for-2014-2015.
While you are there, check out all the GREAT info on our learning network site! (This can be easily accessed under resources on our home page!)
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
There is a change this year for U14's (but NO pressure!) Please check with your Head Coach regarding whether you should UPGRADE your YOUTH license to A COMPETITOR's License (it costs more, but allows you to score USSA points.) This would allow you to ski with the older athletes at a few select events that our Alpine Sports Committee has calendared for this season. You may still compete at the BIg Sky SG's with a YOUTH license. Upgrading
is NOT a necessity, just an option for those who are ready! You would have to contact USSA Membership and pay the difference to make this happen, Sheryl: 435-647-2013
CHANGE TO INTENTS PROCESS! Northern will be utilizing the same intents page that you already use for out of region intents and FIS U's. here is the link: http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/regions/intents. 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!
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 was October 15th! The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) urges members to save now by renewing their membership prior to Wednesday, October 15, 2014. 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 (email@example.com) or by phone at 435-647-2666.
We now have a Sponsor page to honor those whose help is so important to us.
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
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:
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
Require that coaches present their membership card prior to being issued event credentials/lift tickets.
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.
Big Sky has set up a site for racers in Northern Division to swap/sell/buy skis and other racing equipment.
Dave Bayliss has put together a website for Northern Division for collaborative learning for ski race officials, coaches, and parents. Learn from and teach your peers from across the USSA about managing and officiating a successful ski race. Ask questions; get answers. Check it out, here.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(as opposed the Bank Account) option, you must add 5% to cover our credit card processing fees.
Like any organization which supports youth athletics, we are always happy to get donations to help with the staging of events, prizes, etc. Should you wish to help out, click here: