USSA Region One – 2019-2020 Alpine Officials Update and Training Opportunities
It typically takes 35 to 40 parent volunteers to put on a race for even our youngest athletes and we need everyone’s help to put on a fair and fun event. Our great group of current parent volunteers, most of whom started also started as “newbies”, will provide shadowing/mentoring opportunities throughout the season for new volunteers to ease the transition into alpine ski volunteering. There are a number of Alpine Officials training opportunities this fall.

1. “Competition Official” Training (On-line)
The “Competition Officials” class will be offered as an on-line class by USSA for the first time this year. The “Competition Official” course is a great place to start for parents new to racing. Most Region One USSA ski clubs will also be providing their own introductory “Competition Official” classes this fall. Please check with your own race club for their schedule. We would encourage all new volunteers to participate in the class or take the course on-line. We do not plan to offer it at the Alpine Officials training in early November.

The Online Competition Official document is now open. Once completed there is a one-page quiz at the end of the CO study guide. Please print out the quiz page, answer the questions, and sign the answer page. The completed answer page can be handed in at the AO Clinic or emailed to Bake Baker, the Region One AO clinic chair.

CO Online CO document link here

2. Race Day Set-up – both days in the afternoon (Buck Hill)
A Race Day Set-up tutorial will be provided at Buck Hill in the afternoon both days of the Alpine Official Clinic and Update, November 2-3, This is an excellent way for volunteers to learn how to actually set up the start, finish and timing equipment on a real ski hill (in warm weather, too). For those that are attending please plan to meet at the Hutch at Buck Hill at 12:45 pm.

3. Rules Update & Specialty Training Classes (Duluth) – Date and Time to Be Determined
Team Duluth will be hosting an Alpine Officials Rules Update & Training for 2019-2020 Season. Team Duluth will be announcing the clinic date shortly.

4. Rules Update & Specialty Training Classes – Saturday & Sunday, November 2 and 3 (Buck Hill)
Alpine Officials Rules Update &Training will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 & 3 at Buck Hill. Coffee will be provided in the morning, as well as lunch both days. We will start each day with a general rules update that typically takes about an hour and a half, followed by the specialty classes. The specialty classes typically wrap up by mid-afternoon each day. The class schedule for each day is shown below:

Saturday, November 2

  • 8 am Arrive and sign-in
  • 8:30 am USSA & FIS 2019-2020 Rules Update
  • 10:30 am Specialty Classes:
    • Chief of Timing and Calculations
    • Chief of Race
    • Race Office Refresher
    • Race Day Equipment Set-up

Sunday, November 3

  • 8 am Arrive and sign-in
  • 8:30 am USSA & FIS 2019-2020 Rules Update
  • 10:00 am Specialty Classes:
    • Chief of Course
    • Jury Advisor/Referee

This year you will again be able to register in advance for the classes online. We would appreciate advance registration so that we can have adequate teaching materials and lunches on hand. A registration link will be posted soon.


The Study Guides for each Specialty Class for the 2019-2020 season can be found on the USSA website at (the USSA Officials Resources have been.

The 2019-2020 Rules Update attendees should have reviewed the current posting of the USSA ACR updates at USSA alpine resources site (the USSA Officials Update has been updated for the 2019-2020 season) and the updated FIS ICR available at:

If you have questions please contact: Bake Baker
612-508-3691 cell
USSA Region One Alpine Training Coordinator