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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 April 8, 2018:

  • The awards for the 2017-2018 season have been posted.  Congrats to all of you!
  • Information on the Beartooth Basin Summer Camps for U10 - U21 athletes has been posted.  There are 4 -day mini-camps focused on free-skiing, alpine skills and drills, Slalom and Giant Slalom gate training, video, and dryland activities.  All lane and coaching fees included.  Daily transportation from Red Lodge to the ski area.
  • Information on BSSEF's Mt Hood camp has been posted.  Dates are July 11-22, 2018, for U14 to U19.  Cost is $1900 with Transportation.
  • Missoula has posted a head coach opening.  See Staffing page for details.
  • Each year, U.S. Ski & Snowboard recognizes deserving individuals and organizations for their contributions to the success of our programs.  The awards process is managed by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Awards Working Group, comprised of leaders from each sport along with additional ad hoc members.  The Awards Working Group manages the award nomination and selection process for all U.S. Ski & Snowboard annual awards.  The Silver awards are open for nominations from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard general membership.  As a U.S. Ski & Snowboard individual or club member, you are eligible to make a nomination.  You may submit nominations using this form:  https://goo.gl/forms/Eqq9bOhJZCt604jJ3  Please submit all nominations via the online form no later than March 21 at 5 p.m. MDT. If you have questions, please contact sporteducation@usskiandsnowboard.org.  Following is the protocol:  
    • Nominations must be submitted by a current individual or club member using the online form.  In Section 1 of the nomination form, a valid email address, name and U.S. Ski & Snowboard member number is required.
    • Completed nominations will be accepted up to Wednesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. MDT.
    • Before making a nomination, nominators should review the criteria for each award, paying particular attention to specific criteria for nominees as well as the list of past recipients.  Summaries for each award are listed on the nomination form.  You may also use this link to the full Awards Manual for more detailed description of all awards and past recipients.
    • Nominators should pay careful attention to the criteria of each award and address the nominees qualifications in a short, succinct manner.  Word count is limited.
    • Accomplishments of each nominee must have come from the 2017-18 season, although past work may be used as additional support.
    • Nominations will be vetted by an Awards Working Group to ensure that nominees meet the criteria of the award.
    • Those nominees that meet the criteria will be placed onto the Awards Working Group ballot for voting on final award honorees by the respective voting groups for each award.
    • Each form is valid for one nomination.  If you wish to submit nominations for multiple awards, please submit a separate form for each award nomination.  There is an option at the end of the form to submit another nomination.
  • If you are having issues with the US Ski and Snowboard payment and registration portal, you can call Membership at 435-647-2666 to take registration manually.  Hopefully, this will be fixed by the end of the week.  
  • Information on US Ski and Snowboard's Club Excellence conference can be found here.
  • Lost and Found reports:
    • Missing from Bridger YSL Sunday Race:  A pair of freeskis, Line Soulmates, 165cm, Tyrolia Attack 11 Bindings.  Lost on 2-11-18 at 4pm at the Jim Bridger Lodge.  There was another pair of Line Soulmates, 158 cm, Salomon Bindings on the rack at Jim Bridger Lodge 5pm.  Someone may have accidentally taken the wrong pair of skis home from the race.  If found, please message Sherri Hale.
    • Whitefish race:  A Blue Helly Hanson FVSEF Academy jacket was reported missing by Jordan Jurasek.  If found, please call 871-3850 or 270-2881
  • Clubs, consider sending some Club leaders to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Excellence Conference.  This year it is one week EARLY.  They have moved the dates to roll right into the Spring Congress Meetings starting the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1st.
    • Where: DoubleTree, 1800 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060; 435.649.7000
    • When: Monday, April 30th - Tuesday, May 1st
    • Early Bird Registration: Opens Thursday, February 15th along with the program schedule
  • 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
  • The 17-18 Northern Division Handbook has been posted.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is 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
  • 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:
    • 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.)
      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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