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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 October 21, 2016:

  • Silver Run will be hosting a Slalom Camp Dec. 16 - 18.
  • Our Fall ACC, General meeting and Official's Updates are scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd in Helena at MT. Hospital Association - 2526 Winne Ave.  
    • ACC at 9:00 am.  Agenda is here.  Minutes from Spring/Summer ACC are here.  
    • General Meeting (and Voting) at 10:45 am - Agenda is here.  Note:  Treasurer position is OPEN  - we re-elect President and Treasurer positions in even years.  Also, we are looking for another athlete representative, one who will attend meetings.  It can be anyone who has competed within past 10 years.  Emily is already one of ours.  Calendar for this season will be finalized.  
    • Officials Updates at Noon.  Register for update and clinics ONLINE here ASAP please!   https://northernussa.wufoo.com/forms/officials-clinic-nd-ussa-registration/  Please have your USSA Membership PAID and ALL Materials for your Update or Clinic PRINTED Out!
  • Sherri is 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.  
  • Our Officials Clinics are scheduled following our Fall Meeting on October 22nd in Helena.  Registration for the 10/22 training in Helena is here.  Once you register, Sherri will email you an invoice with a direct payment link.  Please feel free to share this link with your coaches and officials.  Clinics will begin immediately following the ACC and General Meeting or approximately at noon.  (Sherri will bring in some lunch and beverages.)  Please help get the word out and get your coaches/parents/volunteers all on board.  Sherri has uploaded the rest of the study guides to our learning network.  They may also now be found on the USSA website under Alpine Officials Resources.  Anyone attending the Officials Update or registering for New Certifications, please come prepared with a valid, current USSA# and the appropriate material printed out and read ahead of the clinics.  Several items are NOT yet available, but should be SOON.  Watch sites for 2016-2017 Alpine Competition Guide and Western Region Policies & Procedures.
  • The 16-17 Alpine Skiing Physical Assessment presentation has been posted, along with some audio files.
  • This season's equipment specs have been posted.  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 last Friday:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  • Northern Division forms are 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), and Financial 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 draft calendar in Excel format has been posted.  This draft is "as of" August 29.  There may be later drafts.
  • Fall Meetings (both ACC and General) are scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd in Helena (same location as last summer).  We will try to get some Officials training in as well in the afternoon and into Sunday for the Timers and RA's.  Club dues must be paid for clubs to vote.  Invoices are going out now.
  • 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.  rludemann276@gmail.com, 406.546.5148
  • Information on the Thanksgiving Camp at Banff has been posted.  This camp is for U14 - U14 racers, and runs from November 21 - 25.  The cost is $729.  
  • 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.
  • The minutes of the Winter 2016 meeting have been posted.
  • Northern Division Awards have been posted.  
  • Lost and now a FOUND section:
    • FOUND items, Snowbird.  Contact Ellen Tolstad, etolstad@hotmail.com:
      • Sweatshirt, red, small, "Northern Division".  (Can be mailed.)
      • Bridger Ski Foundation team jacket, appears to be for a coach or parent (adult size XL).  (Can be mailed.)
      • New Leki GS pole, labeled "Hannah W."  (That is being left in the yurt for someone coming down for the Snow Cup to retrieve.)
    • Lost items:  
      • On the last day of the Whitefish race, someone accidentally grabbed Camas' Swix 52cm GS poles from the start area while he was pulling b-net.  Please let us know if you locate them.
      • White Leki Gloves were lost at the Big Sky YSL on Monday of the event.  Let Sherri know if you have any info.  
      • Spyder boys size 12 (maybe 14?) full side-zip out ski pants with zip off suspenders at the Bridger Race this weekend.  Seems like maybe someone packed them by mistake on Saturday, February 6th.  If anyone gets home and discovers they have them, please contact Levi Long at 406-443-1427 or leviandbuckle@gmail.com.  
  • The 15-16 Northern Division handbook has been posted.
  • Second Run YSL seeding:  For all YSL's, 1st run will be by class random draw (TRS) beginning with youngest age class and in age class order (U8-U16).  Second run ~ reversal of 1st Run order within their age class.  (even if they DNF, DNS or DSQ!)
  • 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%.  
  • The latest Master Packet of USSA forms is here.
  • 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, 2014 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.

The FIS and USSA hardcopy forms require the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free here.

Northern Division Handbook 2015 - 2016

Download 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, 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)
406-846-2757, ext. 26(W)
406-560-5021 (C)


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