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.
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 March 14, 2018:
- ND Academic Awards: Recognition of those athletes who have displayed both academic and athletic success will occur at the Over the Hill Gang races. Athletes are responsible for submitting a copy of their transcript to the Northern Division Manager by March 15, 2018 to be considered. Criteria: athletes must have at least a 3.50 grade point average and be selected (or named as an alternate) to attend the U21-U19 Western Region Championships or U16 Junior Championships. NOTE: Academic Awards are only awarded to U16’s and older - named as alternates or competitors in the WR U16 Champs and WRJC. These awards are given at OHG - our Championship event for that age group. It is much like a high school all state award. Sherri has been getting report cards for U14’s and some Tri- Divisional athletes but we do not recognize academics until U16 and then only those mentioned above.
- Information has been posted for the TriDivisional races at Snowbasin. Sherri is still finalizing details on the coaching staff for Tri-Divisionals, but wanted to get this information out to you. This is a four day event and yes, SG training is mandatory. She will handle all entries and lifts. She will only secure coaches' lodging. Athletes lodge with their family on
this trip unless you arrange for them to stay with someone else. There is a block of rooms on hold until March 16th.
(See the estimate for the link and name of hotel and block).
The race announcement also lists another hotel which is one block from
the one our coaches will be at and doing all the waxing and holding the
team meetings. You are welcome to stay anywhere as long as your athlete
makes all team meetings and wax sessions. Once a head coach is named and the rest of the coaching staff determined, you will be notified again via email. Please note full payment is due to the divisional office BY 3/20/18 -
checks written out to Northern Division - at P.O. Box 217, Whitefish,
MT 59937. Use the registration form and include signature and credit card
info if you want to pay that way.
- The Spring Fling sale mentioned previously as being available at Schweitzer is actually not going to work for the race. Athletes will just have to pay the difference $52 (full series) to the mountain or $45 for four days.
- Alyeska News: The race info and registration forms have been posted. In addition, there have been updates to the General Info (baggage, buses, meal cards, etc.) posted earler. Payment in full is due 3/16/2018. Make sure to sign and BRING the waiver! Please read to the very the bottom of selections regarding airfare! Also, see our website for the race
announcement and a "link to Alaska's divisional site" which has more information for parents. If parents want to attend the Welcome breakfast, they should purchase tickets soon as they are limited. Coaches and Athletes are already included. Please remember that all athletes stay together as a team. As for meals, any plans for that must be approved and managed through the Head Coach, Roger Bay (BSF). Please feel free to share this infomation with anyone Sherri may have missed.
- The selections for the Western Regional Junior Champs at Schweitzer have been posted. FIS License and FIS equipment required!! Some of you Sherri will email separately to tell you your cost
adjustments due to different number of starts. If you have a credit
balance, she will also email you. Also, all athletes must go online and fill out a waiver. Scroll down to find it. Head Coach on this project is Curtis Shuck, email email@example.com, 360.567.7521. BSF will have a vehicle going, so if you need to get info about that, contact Kenny 808.345.9804. Payment due for this trip by Monday, March 12th! Email Sherri how you want to pay and she will direct invoice you.
- Jackson U14 Champs News: Congratulations to our Northern athletes who have been named as alternates or selected to attend Western Region U14 Junior Championships in Jackson Hole! The cost estimate for WR U14 Championships at Jackson Hole has been posted. Sherri will handle all lifts, entries and seeding. NOTE! If any athletes or coaches want to go a day ahead to train or ski, that must be arranged through Roy Loman. She has only included lodging and lifts for dates of March 15-18th since not everyone was on board with that. Head Coach is Mark Selby firstname.lastname@example.org, cell 406.670.8500. Roy's contact info is email@example.com, cell 802.236.1057. Coaches are traveling from Whitefish and Bozeman areas. Contact them directly should you need to. Full payment and registration is due to the divisional office by March 13, 2018! Also, athletes must all fill out an online waiver at: https://jhskiclub.org/athlete-raceevent-waiver.
- Roy Loman (WMRT and ND VP) is planning a Youth Development Task Force Meeting to be held Friday evening during YSL Champs at BSF office at 6PM ~ ALL are welcome! Agenda ~ starting points and discussion ~ goal is to have a plan by mid April!:
- 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.
- Information on a Speed Camp for U12's at Discovery has been posted. Due to the changes to YSL Champs, this camp will now include an SL and GS course set on Sunday. They are looking for all coaches present to assist with this additional day of training.
- 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
- 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
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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:
- 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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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