FAQ's

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How to complete a U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Far West Membership
How to find an athletes membership number/card 
How to register for a U.S. Ski & Snowboard race

My athlete is now a U19, what is this new world called FIS? 

How to apply for an Out of Division Race


How to Complete a U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Far West Membership

All athletes in the Far West Division must hold a U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Far West Membership in order to compete in sanctioned events. In order to obtain that membership, please follow these few steps.

  1. visit www.ussa.org
  2. click on 'Become a Member'
  3. either 'Create an Account' or 'Log In' to your My U.S. Ski & Snowboard account.
  4. from you 'My Account' box choose 'Register a new U.S. Ski & Snowboard member'
  5. you will need to choose a competitor license based on your age and choose the Far West Division, plus include your club.
  6. you will complete all steps and check out at the end.
  7. Questions? contact membership@ussa.org, your team administration or  lucy@fwskiing.org

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How to find an athletes membership number/card
   1. go to www.ussa.org
   2. log into your "My U.S. Ski & Snowboard Account"
   3. your number will show up on your dashboard.

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Online Entries

Online entry is available for all race series in the Far West Division. For all races, except Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, follow these step by step directions

  1. head to www.adminskiracing.com
  2. Create an Account

    Using the website link on the front page, create your account and you will be sent an email. You must verify your account information before you can proceed. 

  3. Add A Participant

    When you verify your account information via the email, you will be redirected to your Participants page. Here you will start by adding your Participants.  If you are a U.S. Ski & Snowboard member, you can add your U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS numbers using the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Members option.  If you are not a U.S. Ski & Snowboard member, you will add your FIS number using the FIS Members option. 

  4. Register for Races

    Once your Participants have been created, you can follow the link to Race Signup, where you will see the options to register your Participants for races they are eligible for. You will select the race, add to cart, and checkout!

    If you have any questions about a specific race or what qualifications your Participant will need to meet in order to qualify for a race, contact the Race Administrator, who will be located on the Host Site Information by clicking the name of the Host Site.  

For further information refer to the AdminSkiRacing.com FAQ page.
 

For Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows...please review directions listed on their race announcements.
 

Faxed/mailed in entries:

  1. Download the race announcement and waiver from the race schedule and results page. Read the announcement for date and registration details.
  2. Download an alpine entry card from the top of the race schedule and results page.
  3. Fill out the information on the alpine entry card. 
  4. To pay for the race you can either create your own credit card authorization form, or place it on the 'date paid' line, or send in a check. Please write legibly.
  5. Fill out the waiver for this event location
  6. Fax/mail in the waiver, payment and the alpine entry card to the race organizer.

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My Child is a first year FIS athlete, now what?

The world seems to change and many questions come up when your child becomes a first year U19 and a FIS athlete. Hopefully this will help during the transition. Please remember that this is a guide and for detailed information regarding your athletes FIS participation and schedule you will need to contact your coach.

First item when becoming a FIS athlete is to make sure that the athlete has both a U.S. Ski & Snowboard /Far West membership and a FIS membership. All memberships can be taken care of at one time through the membership department at USSA. FIS memberships must be completed by August 15th in order to be on time, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Divisional membership are also required. All three of these memberships can be completed through your 'My U.S. Ski & Snowboard ' account. Please contact membership@ussa.org with further questions.

Qualifying for races/Selection Boards
Registration for U.S. Ski & Snowboard /Far West races remains the same. For FIS events athletes must qualify in order to participate in these events. Qualifications are based on the current U.S. Ski & Snowboard points list. The points list that will be used to create selection boards for each event are posted on the U19/U21/SRs Schedule and Results page, along with the quota and date the selections will open.

December 8-11, 2016 Mammoth 2 SL.2 GS WR FIS U19+ Registration Package
Open on 11.21.16
Selections
Quota 50M/50W   Points List 5   Men   Ladies

These selection boards open approximately 2 ot 3 weeks prior to an event. An email will go out to the U19+ hotline, and a posting will be made on the homepage of the Far West Skiing website as a notification that the selection boards are open. Athletes have 72 hours to respond to an open selection board. Selections continue down the alternate list until all selection spots have been filled. Many times alternate spots will become filled close to the the event date. 

Registering for a FIS event:
Once selections have been made an athlete will have 72 hours to respond to the Far West office if they 'will' or 'will not' be filling that selection/alternate spot, along with all registration paperwork, please follow the directions listed for that specific event. No athlete can register directly with the race organizer for a FIS event. All selected and alternate athletes that respond with a yes must send in their registration pages to the Far West office within that 72 hour time period.

Different tiers of FIS races:
There are tiers of FIS racing that the Far West helps select athletes for.
*Elite FIS series is the top tier of FIS racing in the Western Region. Invitations are open to Automatics plus the Far West Divisional quota.
*The WR FIS series is a level of FIS racing in the Western Region. Invitations are open to the Far West Divisional Quota, which is a larger quota than the Elite Series. 
*WR NJR FIS Invitations are open to U19 and U21 athletes only.

What is an automatic?:
Each year the Western Region selects 40 men and 40 women as automatics for the Western Region FIS Series, based on a point cut off. Selection criteria is listed in the Western Region manual on their website. Click here for WR website. Once an athlete is on the Automatics list they cannot drop off the list for the season, and more athletes can become automatics as their points drop below the cutoff set by Western Region. Automatics are not included in the selection board process for Elite FIS events.
 

What is Western Region?: 
Western Region is one of three U.S. Ski & Snowboard regions and is responsible for the regulation of the Alpine Ski Competition within the geographical area of the Western United States. It consists of the five Western Divisions: Alaska, Far West, Intermountain(IMD), Northern and Pacific Northwest(PNSA). 

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How to apply for an Out of Division U.S. Ski & Snowboard ​race

No one (competitor, coach, parent, legal guardian) may enter an athlete in a race in another division/region without prior approval from the Far West office. The philosophy of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard is to discourage unnecessary out-of-division travel. The following policy will apply:

  1. All requests must be made by the athlete’s coach.
  2. All requests must be submitted to the Far West office, in writing, at least three weeks (21 days) prior to the race
  3. Racers must meet all qualifications of the host division/region
  4. Out-of-Division races will only be considered when the Far West is not sponsoring a race of equal caliber, at or about the same time
  5. Exceptions may be applied for through the FWS office and will be considered by the FWS ACC
  6. If a request is granted, entries and fees must be submitted to the race organizer before the established deadline

 

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