Alpine Rules

USSA Alpine and Masters Rules

The Alpine Competition Guides have been updated for 2016-17.

2018 Alpine Competition Guide - posted 28 September 2017

2018 Alpine Precisions - posted 16 November 2017

2018 Alpine Masters Competition Guide - posted 29 September 2017

Other Rules and Regulations

2017-18 Alpine Equipment Guide - These are the new equipment rules for the 2017-18 season, approved at the 2017 USSA Congress. Posted 18 May 2017.

2017-18 Course Setting Guide - This is the new course setting matrix for the 2017-18 season, approved at the 2017 USSA Congress. Posted 18 May 2017.

Alpine FIS Competition Suit Regulations - This is an update on the new FIS competition suit regulations.  Posted 16 November 2017.

Ski Helmet Regulations - This is an excerpt from the 2016 Alpine Competition Guide regarding ski helmet regulations. Posted 22 October 2015.

Gate Panel Regulations - This is an excerpt from the Competition Guide regarding gate panel regulations.


FIS Alpine Rules

FIS alpine rules, includeing the ICR and precisions, can be found at the FIS website

FIS alpine masters rules can be found at the FIS website


Alpine Membership Rules

Following is a summary of the membership requirements for participation in USSA alpine races this season. Each participant at all levels must have an appropriate current season membership; submission of a signed Waiver and Release of Liability is not sufficient by itself.

FIS Events

All participants in FIS competitions must have a current FIS license. For USA athletes, those competitors must be at least 16 years old by Dec. 31 of the current season, must have a valid USSA “Competitor” membership U16 or older, and be registered with FIS through USSA. Athletes who appear on the FIS list are properly registered. Short Term Memberships are not eligible for FIS participation.

USSA Scored Events

All participants in USSA scored events must have a valid USSA “Competitor” membership or a Short Term Membership. Note: for the convenience of organizers, all membership types appear on the USSA points lists, however, “Competitor U14” and under members do not show any points (999), and are not eligible for USSA points. Short Term Memberships are also not eligible for USSA points.

Collegiate/Scholastic Events

All participants in USSA Collegiate/Scholastic events are subject to the same membership requirements as any other USSA Scored or Non-Scored event.

Junior Championships and all Junior Championship Qualifying Events

All participants must have a valid USSA “Competitor” membership for the appropriate age group. Short Term Memberships will not allow a competitor in the events.

Non-Scored Events

Participation requires a valid USSA “Competitor” membership or a Short Term Membership.

Masters Events

All participants must have a valid USSA "Masters” membership or a Short Term Masters Membership. "Competitor" and "Coach" members ages 18 and older may register for a free add-on Masters membership and participant in Masters events. To participate in the Masters Regional or Masters Championships, athletes must be at least 18 years old and hold a Masters membership - a Short Term Membership is not eligible for these championship events. Masters competitions are not scored to the USSA points list.

USSA Member Club Introductory Event

USSA member clubs conducting introductory events which include non-members must contact USSA, the Park City office, in advance of their events regarding non-member participation. Short Term Memberships may be used for these events.

If there are questions regarding these requirements, please contact the USSA regional or divisional office serving your location or the alpine domestic department in Park City.



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