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Becoming an Official

Officials are an important part of every ski race – Alpine or Nordic.  They help the athletes register, run the timing, make sure the rules of the race are followed, and finish up with awards and making sure the race results get in the right hands at the completion of an event.   Officials ensure the events are run safely and in the spirit of fair and fun competition.

Official Certification is overseen nationally by the US Ski and Snowboard Alpine and Nordic Officials Working Group.  This group works closely with FIS to ensure that rules of competition have consistency and are age appropriate as athletes move through the ranks.  PNW handles Officials Training and Testing each fall based on nationally established guidelines.

Alpine Certifications

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Official Certifications offered: 

Technical Delegate      Referee                      Jury Adviser

Chief of Race               Chief of Course          Race Administration             

Timing and Calculations

Certified Alpine Officials Must attend an Update Clinic every 2 years to maintain certification

Certified Technical Delegates and Race Administrators must take an update clinic every year specific to their roles.

Nordic certifications

The Technical Delegate is the only member of a Nordic race crew who attains certification. 

A Nordic Technical Delegate can attain 3 levels of certification:

Level I – In Training

Level II – National TD

Level III – FIS TD 

Requirements for Becoming an official

  • Become a US Ski and Snowboard Member with an Officials License
  • Take a certification clinic
  • Take the test
  • Work a race in your chosen officials area
  • Attend an Update Clinic every 2 years to maintain certification
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