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About the Northern Division


Age Groups and Types of Racing

Division Rules and Procedures


The U.S. Ski & Snowboard 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard, FIS and Western Region Programs, procedures and rules.

Ski competition within the Northern Division is administered by the Northern Division Alpine Competition Committee (ACC), which is comprised of six representatives, and a chairperson.  The ACC coordinates race schedules and development programs, establishes competition guidelines, and makes team selections for regional and national events. Racing in the Northern Division is available to individuals and organized clubs.

Competitor Classification

Junior Racing Age Classification is based on your age as of December 31.


Age in Season
(as of Dec. 31)

Year of Birth in Season
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Competitor or Student Membership

21 and older

1996 1997 1998 1999


1997 1998 1999 2000


1998 1999 2000 2001


1999 2000 2001 2002


2000 2001 2002 2003


2001 2002 2003 2004


2002 2003 2004 2005


2003 2004 2005 2006
Youth Membership


2004 2005 2006 2007


2005 2006 2007 2008


2006 2007 2008 2009


2007 2008 2009 2010


2008 2009 2010 2011


2009 2010 2011 2012

7 and younger

2010 2011 2012 2013


U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitions are run in accordance with the ICR of the FIS with certain modifications by U.S. Ski & Snowboard regions and divisions.  It is every competitor's responsibility to know and observe the current rules.  Coaches are expected to support the rules by instructing competitors in proper observance and respect.

The FIS reorganizes and rewrites some of its rules as the sport evolves, placing these changes in new rule books issues after the Rules Congress.  The changes made at the current Rules congress have been incorporated into the new provisions/rules of the ICR.   The current edition is available through the divisional/state Officials' representative, the office serving your division or the U.S. Ski & Snowboard.  Amendments, or "precisionings", are published each November as necessary.

All competitors are required to be current members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard to race in the following levels of U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events:

Youth Ski League (YSL):  Entry level racing for racers ages 13 and younger.  A U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership is required to compete in these events.  14 and 15 year olds are allowed to participate in these Non-scored events with their U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor or Student licenses and not be scored..

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Scored Races:  Ranges from local to statewide participation for racers aged 14 and older.   Results give competitors national U.S. Ski & Snowboard rankings, known as U.S. Ski & Snowboard points.  A U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor License is required to compete in these Scored events.  In Northern Division, specific races will allow for U14's (ages 12 and 13) to compete against this group of older athletes with their U.S. Ski & Snowboard Youth License, but not score.

Regional and National Championships:  U18 and U21 racers qualify for National and Regional Championship events in their age group.  Qualification is based on certain Western Region races and Northern races.  Please see Western Region and Northern Handbook for clarification.  A Competitor뭩 License and FIS License is required for athletes to compete in these events.  U16 racers qualify for Regional Championship events at all Northern Division U.S. Ski & Snowboard races.  A Competitor뭩 License is required for these athletes to compete in these events.  U14 racers qualify for a tri-divisional Championship at all Northern Division YSL races.  A Youth License is required for these athletes to compete at this event.  These Championship events bring together the best junior skiers in each group for these final competitions.

FIS Series:  FIS is the international governing body of skiing.  Racers 16 and older may be selected to compete in these events in the Western Region.  Results from these events give competitors an international FIS ranking, known as FIS points.  A U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor License is required to compete in these events.  A FIS license is required to gain a FIS ranking.  These races are scored for both U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS points.

Divisional Rules and Procedures

Membership and Licensing:  All competitors are required to be current members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and hold a current U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Competition License in order to compete in U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored races.  YSL or Student membership is required for all non-scored events.

Entry Deadlines and Entry Fees: Race entries, accompanied by entry fees, must be received by the host club by the entry deadline as noted on the race announcement.

Handbook:  The most recent Northern Division handbook is here.



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