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.
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 January 18, 2017:
- The Winter ACC meeting will be Saturday eve at Bridger Ski Foundation. Monday the 23rd will be our Northern DIvision Planning Session from 8:00 - 3 pm at the Homewood Suites in Bozeman. Some of you actually RSVP'd for that event; many did not. Sherri had to order food. There might not have enough if you did not let her know, but we still want you to show up. (Let her know, though, as she may need a bigger room. She is not sure she can increase the food at this point). Zak will be unable to attend (new baby at home he has to tend to (CONGRATS ZAK!!) Roy will have his proxy.
- The minutes of the Fall 2016 ACC meeting have been posted.
- The leaders for the Gold Awards have been posted.
- For the upcoming Bridger races, Jason Moore has put together a google doc spreadsheet to get some course setting and ref positions assigned ahead of time. This will help speed things up in the morning and get course setters, jury, etc., promptly on the 8:15 chair. Please fill in a course setting or ref spot if interested. This would also be a great place for new refs to get started with some great veteran refs there to help along. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s5j8ilpbjH_E5zc2rIYn5VY7QaeAUDXVMcsz8UW8a1c/edit?usp=sharing With mid-week racing, they are light on gatekeepers at the moment. If you have some parents that would like to help, pass along Jason's email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or cell # (802-272-0961). Double check hard-earred helmets for GS (U12's and younger) and FIS approved helmets for GS (U14 and older).
- The Big Sky Speed Series announcement has been posted. Post grads and college skiers, please note: In order to qualify for WR
Champs, racers need one tech start in our qualfiers and one speed start
at these and they must submit an intent for the event.
- For the races at Whitefish, January 13 - 16, there will be space available for Slalom warm-up on Friday and Saturday morning. The available space is on “Heaven, to the skiers right of the race
hill. Courses must be pulled by 9:30 am. We cannot provide gates so
teams will need to bring their own. Space is limited so teams are
encouraged to work together. More information to be available at the
Team Captains meeting.
- Clubs: Please send your coaches information (Names and USSA Numbers) to email@example.com by 1/11/16, 10 pm. Note: They must have coaches' license and be current with USSA. The organizers will follow Northern's coaches policy.
- Sherri is finding that a few athletes purchased GENERAL memberships instead of Competitor Memberships. Note the USSA site says: "General Membership - All Ages - USCSA/High School/Club Participant - Not eligible to compete in USSA events, Rankings, or Points Lists $15" Quite a few of the college club athletes (USCSA) purchased these General memberships. The Stano Cup is BOTH a USSA and a USCSA event. Therefore, if the athletes at that event are General members and not Competitors, they can participate in the race, but will not be considered for USSA points and ranking. The organizers are making sure that the event is sanctioned by both organizations.
- Registration deadlines. Intents for Schweitzer Western Region FIS Speed must be done on the WEST site by 1/5. Whitefish Qualfier Registration closes 1/6. Terry Peak Registration was just extended through 1/3.
- The TD assignments have been posted. Organizers contact your TD well in advance of your event.
- One of our athletes is in need of GS poles, 125 cm. If you can help her out, contact Natalie at 406-570-9369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Alpine Course Setting regulations have been posted.
- This season's equipment specs have been updated. In regard to those rules, Western Region wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of the three decisions that the ASC Executive Committee made:
- The ASCEC voted unanimously to table the proposal from Central, to modify the U19 and older GS rules as recommendations rather than rules, until it goes through the proper channels of approval by the Rocky/Central Regional ACC and the Regional Subcommittee at next spring’s Congress.
- The ASCEC voted unanimously to approve moving the women’s U19 and older GS radius rule from 25m for the 2016-17 season to 30m for the 2017-18 season. This proposal will now be moved to the ASC for approval on the fall conference call.
- On the fall conference call, the ASCEC will recommend a review of the FIS and USSA equipment regulations this winter in order to make a proposal at next year’s Congress that USSA adopt FIS equipment rules in SL and GS.
Please note, you must meet all equipment specs for the age group and race. There are now three sheets of specs to view.
The 16-17 Northern Division handbook has been posted.
Please note that the Intents Deadlines have been corrected. A couple races jumped forward a month, notably Mammoth and Snowbird. Get registered again and watch for Sherri's emails for selections and confirms/pulls deadline. Once you register, you go to the appropriate tabs and then click on the EVENT under Entry Forms and Confirmation.
You can check who has intented by clicking on the "View Intents" for that event. Call or email Sherri if you have any questions regarding the site. Remember non-college athletes must make a $200 deposit which will be forfeited should they pull after confirming. She will send them a bill for the deposit once she has confirmations and that will be due within 24 hours of confirmation.
A Gatekeeper Training Video has been posted on the USSA site. Please make sure your Head Gatekeepers and Chief of Race knows how to find this resource, so that it can be viewed by gatekeepers.
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),
Agreement. All travelling 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.
The latest Master Packet of USSA forms is here.
Intents to compete at FIS events happen at http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/regions/intents. Coaches need to register annually as this keeps the site contact info current. Intent deadlines have also been published for FIS races to assist you. Sherri will send reminders throughout the season for these as well. For most events, you would click
on the West tab in the USSA link and intend there. Sherri handles the selections for the West FIS Series with the exception of FIS-U's. Gywnn handles all the out of region FIS intents and FIS-U's. Please feel free to call Sherri if you have any questions. Once selections are done, Sherri will send them to you to confirm/pull, giving you a deadline to meet. Non-College athletes pay a $200 non-refundable deposit BY the confirmation deadline. Should they pull after that date, the deposit
is forfeited. If they attend, that deposit is applies to that trip cost.
Sherri is still missing a Northern Division banner. If anyone can help with that, let her know. These banners are roughly 5' by 7' and they have just the Northern Division logo on them.
The 16-17 Alpine Skiing Physical Assessment presentation has been posted, along with some audio files.
Quote info on a B Net order that Ryan (Discovery) is putting together for any clubs who need some. Contact him for info on that. email@example.com, 406.546.5148
Information on the results of the USSA Congress are here. It includes links to equipment changes, course setting rules, etc.
Coach openings in the division and regionally have been posted.
Those who would like to be either ON or OFF Sherri's Divisional email distribution list should let her know.
Please note that the cost of using your credit card to pay this year is 5%.
REMINDER! USSA Membership Renewal Deadline was October 15th! 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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:
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:
- 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.
- 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.)
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.
Teams providing "comps" to selected racers
will need to send in the Division Head Tax form, located here.
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.
2017 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, 2016 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.
Division Handbook 2015 - 2016
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,
Like any organization which supports youth athletics, we are always happy to get donations to help with the staging of events, prizes, etc. We are a 501 (c) 3 NonProfit. Should you wish to help out, contact:
2248 West River Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
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