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 June 9, 2015:
The ACC meeting will take place Friday, June 5th at NOON and will likely go until 8pm (hopefully not longer), at Stone Creek Lodge (formerly Hawthorne Suites) in Missoula. The minutes from the last meeting are here. The agenda (including four proposals) for this coming meeting is here. The draft calendar is here. We encourage any possible changes to our handbook rules to send proposals AHEAD of that time to Jeremy and Sherri so that we can have them on the agenda. Sherri will try to get those out a week prior. Also,
calendaring will take place after the meeting. Club Presidents are encouraged to attend and clubs need to be able to adhere to our calendaring policy and be prepared to name your certified officials for the events. ACC Members who will miss the meeting and have not notified Jeremy or Sherri, please do so and let us know who you will give your proxy to. (Must be coach from your area) Board Members and athlete representatives please attend if at all possible. Others may attend, with the Chair will directing the meeting. Please be respectful of this.
Bridger has been honored as a USSA Gold club. Read about it here. Members from BSF will be at our Summer Meeting June 5th Noon - 8pm at the Stone Creek Lodge in Missoula and would be happy to share how they went about the process, the value of the process, encourage others to do the same, share their practices, etc… They found the process very rewarding and awesome for their entire ski club and also think other Northern clubs would also benefit from this process.
As the division begins to prepare for the next season, here are "bid forms" for teams to declare for events and the current draft spreadsheet for "top down" race planning.
The Silver Run camp has been cancelled due to lack of snow at Beartooth Basin. However, they do have a "Plan B".
Photos have been posted from the Tri-Divisional races. BE AWARE that these are full-sized, high resolution photos before you blow out your data plan.
CLUB Presidents and Board Members: Consider attending Club Excellence this year. There is always a wealth of information for Clubs to draw from. The 2015 Club Excellence Conference will be held May 12th and 13th, 2015, Yarrow Hotel and Conference Center, 1800 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060
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.
Please note that there has been an increase in the cost of using your credit card to pay this year from 4% to 5%.
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
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.
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.
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: