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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.

New as of July 15, 2017:

  • FVSEF and the Montana Ski Heritage are holding a fundraiser to support the museum along with a Coaches Education Fund to help support coaching skills improvement.  Both fundraisers are to be tied to Tim Hinderman's' bicycle tour of Montana ski areas:  
    • Visit EVERY Ski Area in Montana – 15 in all
    • Total Distance: 2084 miles
    • 70% off-pavement, mainly county and Forest Service roads and trails
    • Total vertical 110,178 feet
    • Highest point – 10,947 feet, Beartooth Pass

    A Press Release and Flyer are available for distribution to YOUR club members.  Those who want to help the division out in funding a "Coaches Education Fund" can fill out the second page of the flyer, designate a Pledge amount, and then STIPULATE "Northern Division" in their email to him and he will forward those to Sherri.  Also, if ANYONE from your club is interested in "riding along" with him along the way as he travels to YOUR ski area, please let him know before he departs on July 22nd!  Please SHARE this with your club members and help us to ensure that we can help clubs to help fund their coaches education!

  • Information on the Banff Thanksgiving Camp has been updated.  Deposit due September 30.
  • BSF will be having a summer camp in Italy this year.  Dates are July 18 - August 2.  Camp cost is $3000.  More info is here.
  • The calendar draft has been updated.  
  • Documents from the USSA Congress have been posted.  A summary is here.  2017-2018 equipment rules and Alpine Course Setting have been posted.  There are proposals for U16 athletes, US Alpine Championships, and US Nationals Quotas.  There is also the WR Congress Calendar proposal.
  • Information on the Western Region U16 SL Project has been posted.  This camp is by invite only.  Deadline to accept the invite is June 16th.
  • The Spring ACC meeting will take place Friday, May 19th, beginning at 5pm SHARP at the StoneCreek Lodge Board Room in Missoula.  Calendaring will take place after that meeting.  The calendaring philosophy is available on the site.  The draft for calendar start is here.  For those of you wanting to know what governance is happening at the regional and national level, go to the governance section on the Western Region Page and read up.   http://usskiteam.com/alpine-programs/regions/western-region/governance  Proposals by John Steitz and Jeremy Ueland have been posted.
  • The minutes have been posted for the 2017 Winter ACC meeting.
  • Information on the FWSA Athletic Scholarship has been posted.  
  • The link to the BSSEF Camp at Mt. Hood this summer has been posted.  
  • Information on two summer camps at Beartooth Basin has been posted.  
  • The ND Awards have been posted.
  • New Alpine Course Setting regulations have been posted.  
  • The 16-17 Northern Division handbook has been posted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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.  
  • Teams providing "comps" to selected racers will need to send in the Division Head Tax form, located here.

2016 - 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 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, 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.

Northern Division Handbook 2015 - 2016


    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


    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:  

      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)
406-560-5021 (C)


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