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Rules and Procedures


Membership in U.S. Ski & Snowboard is a requirement for participation in all Northern Races.  A U.S. Ski & Snowboard alpine competition membership is required for all competitors participating in U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored races.  A special YSL membership is available for racers who will participate in non-scored Northern races only.  Racers must have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership before they will be able to purchase a Northern membership.

Membership applications are available from the Northern Alpine Competition Committee or the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Office.

A racer shall race in the region/division/state in which he/she resides, or in which he/she is attending school and/or training on a long-term basis.  The choice (designation) should be based on where the racer spends the greatest part of his/her ski season.  The designation must be made at the start of the season and must be abided by the racer, for the entire season.  Any conflicts must be resolved before participation contact the regional office.

Requests for in-season changes of affiliation must be made in writing to the national competition director.  Such in-season changes may result in loss or default of regional/divisional/state qualifying status.

Northern ACC Office

2017-2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Division License Fees

These are in addition to U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership.


Until Oct. 15 

After Oct. 15

Alpine Competitor U16 and over



Alpine Competitor U14



Alpine Competitor U12 and under

$22 $37

Entry Deadlines and Entry Fees

All fees associated with participation in divisionally-conducted training and/or Northern Division competition projects are due prior to the start (travel day if applicable) of the project in the divisional office.  No services will be rendered to athletes who have not made payment prior to the beginning of any project.  Applicable fees are announced at the time of the selection list or quota is announced.  

If an athlete chooses not to participate in team lodging, then that athlete must notify the divisional manager at the time that selections are announced and confirmation is made.

Athletes not in good standing with Northern as of travel day of all divisional quota events are subject to immediate sanctioning.  Good standing is defined as current U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Northern Division membership and no outstanding debts owed the division.

Refunds will be granted for withdrawal from projects or competition trips or for partial attendance for injury, illness or family emergency on the following schedule:

    • 100% -- 14 days prior to the first day of the project (includes travel day)
    • 75% -- 7 days prior to the first day of the project
    • 50% -- 0 to 6 days prior to the first day of the project
    • $? -- Recoverable costs only after the beginning of the project.
    • Also, with regard to Northern Division race entries, entry fees will only be refundable (except in the case of injury, illness, or family emergency) if the athlete is pulled from the Northern event by 5 p.m. the previous day.  

Medical Release Form

All athletes must sign a medical release form and have it to their coaches or Sherri Hale, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Manager Northern Division, P.O. Box 217, Whitefish, MT  59937, nodivmanager@northernussa.org, by December 1 for the coming competition and training season.

Racing out of Northern Division

Northern Division racers wishing to compete in out-of-division events must submit a request to the ACC Chairman at least three weeks for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, four weeks for FIS prior to the entry deadline for the event.   Where the number of requests exceeds the number of entries that Northern is allowed, racers will be selected on the basis of their seeding points.

Racers will not normally be allowed to compete in out-of-division races that conflict with Northern Division races.   Racers who compete in out-of-division races without the permission of the ACC Chairman will be ineligible for Western Region and Northern Division quota teams.


U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern's quotas for events where Northern representation is by quota, but for which a procedure is not established, will be filled by the Northern ACC, using criteria described here.   The Northern ACC will also consider special circumstances, such as illness, injury, and conflicts of races, in making selections.  

For a discussion of Western Region quotas for National and International races, click here.   The rights and restrictions for foreign athletes are also covered in that document.

Northern Division Code of Conduct

All athletes who are members of Northern Division must sign the Code of Conduct.   This must be turned into their coach or Sherri Hale, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Division Manager, P.O. Box 217, Whitefish, MT  59937, nodivmanager@northernussa.org, by December 1.

Out of Division Team Conduct

Racers who do not participate in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern programs will not be eligible for selection to teams representing U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern, and current members who do not continue to participate may be dropped.   The Northern Division has established guidelines for selection of teams.

Out-of-division team members represent the division.  Team members' appearance and conduct shall be of the highest quality at all times.  Any unreasonable conduct or undesirable personal appearance will result in being dropped from the out-of-division team.  All team members shall follow training schedules and other reasonable demands made of them by the team coach.


At all races, there shall be a set of awards for each of the A, U 21, U18, U16, U14, U12, U10, and U8 classes.


Seeding and start orders for Northern Division events shall be as for all U.S. Ski & Snowboard events where competitors are scored (see national section of this Guide).  In non-scored events and where designated, the TRS Method of seeding will be used.  The TRS Method is as follows:

    First Run:  All races are run starting with youngest class proceeding to oldest class.  All racers are drawn at random within class.

    Second Run:  The order of the first run is reversed within the class.  All classes will run beginning with the youngest class proceeding to the oldest class.  All age class competitors will receive second runs regardless of DSQ's and DNF's in the first run.  The DSQ's and DNF's will run at the end of their respective classes.  Distinguishing medals shall be presented to first second, and third places.  Ribbons may be presented to subsequent places.

Equipment Rules

A chart which shows the length, turning radius, etc. for each event is here.


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