About Alpine

Alpine ski competition in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, and Northern Idaho is organized and conducted by the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNW). PNW and its’ competitions are organized under the guidelines of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

The Pacific Northwest Ski Association was organized in 1930 and developed out of the need for uniformity in all phases of ski competition. PNW works with U.S. Ski & Snowboard in establishing the eligibility and qualifications of competitors, setting standards and certifications for coaches and officials, and organizes clinics and training programs for all alpine skiing disciplines. As a division of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Western Region, PNW plays a key role in all U.S. Ski & Snowboard ski competitions. PNW’s programs are the first step for ski competitors to national and international amateur sports competitions. PNW is a non-profit organization and operates for the benefit of all PNW and U.S. Ski & Snowboard members in the Pacific Northwest division.

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A leader in attracting, developing and retaining competitive snow sport enthusiasts in the United States. PNW brings together the Pacific Northwest community to govern, administer, support and grow competitive snow sports in a fun and learning environment.


The PNW vision is to be a leader in attracting, developing and retaining competitive snow sport enthusiasts in the United States.


Everyone has the opportunity to participate.


We strive to do the right thing every day, regardless of personal interests or outcomes. 


Foster a culture of cooperation among our resorts, clubs, coaches, athletes, and officials.


Cultivate fellowship, unity, and respect among the snow sports community.


Committed to efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in all we do.


The administration of alpine competition in PNW is the responsibility of the Director of the Alpine competition committee. This Director, in turn, is responsible to the PNW Board of Directors. The Director appoints a chairman of each subcommittee to implement policy in their technical areas.

PNW’s athletic programs are designed and implemented by professional coaches and administrators as well as an active group of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. In addition, PNW has direct input to the policies, procedures, and guidelines of U.S. Ski & Snowboard through PNW’S representation at various committee and subcommittee levels of the national organization.

PNW maintains a year-round office to support the needs of PNW competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers, and clubs. The office disseminates important information regarding race schedules, racer qualification and selection to traveling teams, coaches and officials’ clinics, etc. The office is available to help all PNW clubs and individuals. 

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