Alpine Glossary of Terms and Information


Age Class: Your age class is the age group that you compete with. Each age class covers 2 years (except for U19). It is determined by the year you were born. You can refer to the matrix below to determine your age class.

USSA: The United States Ski and Snowboard Association. USSA is the national governing body for the sport of skiing in the US. It comprises three regions (Western, Eastern and Rocky/Central).

Western Region: This arm of USSA acts to govern races in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Included in the Region are five Divisions: Intermountain Division (ID/UT/WY), Far West Division (California/Nevada), Northern Division (Montana), Alaska Division and the Pacific Northwest Ski Association.

Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA): MRT is a member club within this Division of the Western Region.  The Division includes other clubs in Oregon, Washington and parts of Idaho.

FIS: The International Federation of Skiing is the world governing body for the sport of alpine skiing. It sets the rules for all international competitions from World Cup to Children's races.  This body produces the international ranking system that is separate from USSA's national ranking system. Athletes must be 16 and have a FIS license in order to race in a FIS Race. Athletes will be advised when they are eligible and when they need to purchase the license.

Points Lists: Once you have a competitive USSA license (U14 and older), you will have access to the Points List, which is broken down by discipline (Slalom, GS, Super G and DH). Your points will be tabulated by USSA and your standing on the points list will both qualify you for certain competitions including Junior Olympics, and Junior Nationals. It's like golf - the lower the points the better.