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United States Ski Association Northern Division

Welcome to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Division Pages, where you'll find information on alpine skiing and ski racing, including event schedules and the latest racing results.

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 Division ACC Chairman or President at the address and telephone number listed below.  U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern programs are conducted by volunteers working with U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff in the Western Regional office.

New as of January 17, 2018:

  • Information, registration form and selections for the Schweitzer race have been posted.  At first, intents showed all athletes for the full series, then after Sherri put selections out she began hearing from parents and finally coaches at Big Sky that they were only planning on attending SG's. Please note she has tried to adjust fees accordingly as fairly as possible, but ALL athletes must share in the cost of coaches lodging, per diem and transportation to and from event.  Also, be aware that weather CAN change a schedule at anytime, so those planning on doing SG only need to be ready to get there in case that call comes.  SG athletes pay SG total.  Full series pay Full Amount.  Please NOTE!  There is a liability release that must be filled out by each athlete online.  You will need to scroll down that page to find it.  Speed events are costly for these reasons:  1) requires time (longer lodging stay for coaches and athletes,more coaching per diem, days more of athlete lift tickets) as well as additional entry cost of training runs,  and 2) ratio of coaches/athletes - important to have more eyes/support on the hill for athletes.  Payment is due in full BY January 26th, 2018.  Sherri has already deducted your intent deposit in the fees.  Email her if you would like to pay through the Intuit Payment Network and she will invoice you - just let her know bank account or credit card and she will email the correct one.  And as always, you have time to put a check in the mail.  Address is on the form.  
  • Just a reminder ~ we have a development committee (last strategic planning session) and ACC meeting planned for Friday eve, February 9th during the Big Sky Speed series.  We also will have a General Meeting Saturday evening, February 10th, to follow up on our one small change to the by-laws to keep past president on board for one year.  Hope to have most clubs represented.  Agenda, times and minutes forthcoming.  
  • The GS Races that were supposed to take place at Park City for the Elite Tech race series were changed to SL's.  The Snowbird SL's remain the qualifiers for the Nationals.  
  • The Snowbasin race on Jan. 18 and 19 has been changed from a SG to a GS due to snow conditions.
  • Lost and Found reports:
    • Whitefish race:  A Blue Helly Hanson FVSEF Academy jacket was reported missing by Jordan Jurasek.  If found, please call 871-3850 or 270-2881
  • TD Assignments have been posted.  Please contact Sherri Hale, Tony Nunnikhoven, and Bob Petitt if you need to switch.
  • Scholarship opportunities:  Starting in the Fall 2018, The College of Idaho Ski Team will be offering multiple athletic scholarships options for our divisional alpine skiers.  The ski team is seeking to add 3-4 men and women to the roster with $3,000/year offer, with out-of-state athletes (seeking diversity) being offered an additional $2,500/year.  Furthermore, there will be merit scholarship available based on academic prowess.  The preference is that the athletes are members of the divisional team, regardless of their point profile.  However, equally as important is your recommendation regarding their quality of character.  Please reach out if you have questions to Ron Bonneau, The College of Idaho Ski Team, 208.761.6411
  • Information on the RTG Project at Big Sky has been posted.  Divisional athletes that were already selected to the regional project were Octavia Fisher and Colin Harper.  Now, the following athletes were selected by the division to fill the remaining 2 Men/2 Women spots for this project based on last year's results. Any other development requests must be made to the region which would include Jeff Pickering, Gywnn Watkins and Bill Gunesch.  Development requests must be submitted by December 28.   
    • Mikaela Daniels (FVSEF- WMRT)
    • Sydney Rogers (BSF)
    • Colter Upton (FVSEF- WMRT)
    • Caleb Unger (BSSEF)

    CONFIRMATIONS must be made via the Google link in the announcment by Thursday, December 28th 5 pm.  A final project announcement will be sent out on January 3rd with details and cost.  This will be a regional project handled by the region, but please let Sherri know if your athlete cannot attend.  

  • The 17-18 Northern Division Handbook has been posted.  
  • Coming this Spring!  There will be a ski test/demo for race skis in Big Sky for Saturday, April 14th.  This event will be open to all Northern Division athletes U14 and older.  This is the Saturday after all spring series are over, and our best shot at having good snow quality and athletes in town for testing on the hill.  The event is tentatively scheduled to take place on Hangman's, with both GS and SL set.  They are planning on setting up timing so athletes can compare times on different gear.  Race program directors from several different brands have committed to being there with the next season's race product in several sizes for athletes to try.  The benefits to testing skis are fairly obvious to us as a coaching staff.  The best reason is that athletes are making an informed decision based on hard data rather than what the top sheet looks like, or what their big brother skied on.  They are hoping to make this an annual event.  The viability of this event will depend on athletes and coach participation at this event.  As many of these folks are traveling from great distances at significant cost, they would like to see athletes attend.  This should be a low key, fun event but incredibly helpful for all of our divisional athletes.  A sample ski test form that will be available to athletes to fill out is posted here.  We'll plan on an athlete meeting at 8:30 am to brief all coaches and athletes.
  • Changes to the Comp Guide have been posted here.
  • DUE BY DECEMBER 1:   Team Agreement, Medical Release, Indemnity, and Payment Agreement for the division.  For the current list of forms received, click here.  All athletes U14 and Older must have all FOUR of these forms on file at the divisional office on or preferably BEFORE December 1st!  College Rostered athletes must have a Medical Release and Hold Harmless (Indemnification) on file.  (She has MSU's).  Athletes will not appear on any selection boards without these on file.  Sherri prefers to have them faxed to her at the number towards the bottom of the page or scanned PDF if at all possible.  Jpegs will work also.  Snail mail is also acceptable.  All coaches are to have a Team Agreement on file at the office as well.
  • We have a NEW email distribution list sign-up.  Please encourage parents, athletes, coaches and officials to sign up here:  https://northernussa.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=042d33d3592ec326b9f5ba68a&id=3e027fd011
  • The season's Intent Dates have been posted.  Coaches, remember to head over to http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/regions/intents and update your coaches contact information for this season (in bold print and click on year 2018).  Then, click on the Tabs for the events you would like your athletes to intend for.  You may do that at any time, but do not miss the deadlines.  
  • A new Concussion Guide and Checklist have been posted.
  • Officials Clinics Registration: https://northernussa.wufoo.com/forms/qyvov7i1myzz88/  Sherri will be adding education materials to our learning network as they start to be available or watch the ussa.org website for materials.  PLEASE SHARE the link with your contact list and have them register early so that we can plan on finding enough instructors!  Education Materials (except the updated VOLA Powerpoint and the rebranded Gate Judge Video) can be found on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website here or by going to our Northern Division Learning Network (located under the resources tab on our website) - Note: you will have to join in order to print and download from there.  Please make sure anyone who will be attending clinics has the appropriate material printed out and reviewed ahead of our sessions!  We are still missing new Comp Guide, Vola Powerpoint and rebranded Gate Judge Video.
  • We now have a new way to donate to the Division, by shopping online!  See the bottom of the page for the link.
  • REMINDER!  U.S. Ski & Snowboard Membership Renewal Deadline was October 15th!  U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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:  In Northern Division, athletes need a Competitor's License even for our "YSL" events.  Since the events we call "YSL" are, in fact, U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned alpine events, even when they are not scored, a competitor license for the appropriate age is required.  This is confusing, admittedly.  The exception is for USCSA athletes competing in our one USCSA/U.S.Ski & Snowboard event.  Forerunners may use a General Membership, however, as they are not competing.  
  • Important rule change for season 17-18:  All non-scored events will now be required to use CERTIFIED start and finish referee's, just like scored events.  Be sure that you have your people trained up by getting them to a JA/RF clinic this fall.  Non-scored races will also need to submit TDTR reports, same as the scored events.  All certified officials must update every other year to remain current and will lose certification is update is more than 3 years ago.
  • Homogulation News:  From John Jett, Chairman, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Timing Working Group.  "Beginning in 1997 FIS set up criteria for timing equipment and phased in the requirement for its Homologation.  First was timers followed with Start Gates and Photocells.  All homologations were set with a shelf life of 15 years after which, another homologation test would need to be performed or the device would no longer be valid for use at FIS events.  Scheduled for expiration in June 2018 was a significant number of photocells and start gates.  In early June of this year, the FIS Timing working group met and decided to extend the expiration of start gates and photocells homologated in 2003.  These devices will now expire in 2023 enjoying a 5 year extension.  There has been, and will be, no significant changes in the FIS homologated timing equipment list this year and if your gear was good last winter, you can keep using it for some years to come.  The next significant expiration of timing equipment homologations is scheduled occur in June of 2023.  Please review the list of homologated timing equipment prior to each season as unexpected changes may occur.  https://data.fis-ski.com/services/timing-and-data/homologated-timing-equipment.html"
  • Documents from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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.
  • New Alpine Course Setting regulations have been posted.  
  • A Gatekeeper Training Video has been posted on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard forms is here.
  • Please note that the cost of using your credit card to pay this year is 5%.  
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Race Administrators throughout the division have asked us to remind you of proper entry procedures:
    • Use ONLY the U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard #'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.
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard is insisting that coaches be members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.  Coaches without current U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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.)
    U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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.

2017 - 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sanctioned Event, an athlete must be a member of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.  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.  U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard and/or FIS membership registration is received.  You can contact U.S. Ski & Snowboard member services (435-647-2666) to check the status of your application.  Remember to include your Northern Division fees.

    Please note:  U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard must have a completed U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Competitor application or renewal form, a completed FIS declaration and payment for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, 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 2017 - 2018

Payment

    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
      U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Division Manager
      P.O. Box 217
      Whitefish, MT  59937
      (FAX) 406-545-2289
      (Cell)
      (406) 871-7429
      nodivmanager@northernussa.org

 

Donations

    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
      U.S. Ski & Snowboard Northern Division Manager
      P.O. Box 217
      Whitefish, MT  59937
      (FAX) 406-545-2289
      (Cell)
      (406) 871-7429
      nodivmanager@northernussa.org

    Or use this link to donate while shopping online:  

Northern ACC Chairman

Jeremy Ueland
(406) 579-7005
acc-chair@northernussa.org

 

Northern Division President

Rick Duncan
2248 West River Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
406-846-9631 (H)
406-560-5021 (C)
president@northernussa.org

 

 

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