Race Day

Tips for Race Day 

  • Car pool  – it’s fun for the kids and adults 

  • Arrive early, especially if you are not familiar with the resort. Plan ahead for weather, road closures, accidents, getting lost, lines of cars into the parking lot, and lines of parents trying to register and purchase lift tickets.

  • Bring water and snacks to the hill for your racer 

  • Be positive and supportive to your racer- be prepared for every outcome 

  • Remember that times posted to the scoreboard are provisional. This means that the results are not official until you see the printed or online version.  

  • If you believe a mistake has been made, contact your racer’s coach; NEVER confront a volunteer.

Race Day Program 

  • The Lead Coach will communicate to the athletes and parents via e-mail when and where to meet with boots on, tickets purchased, and ready to go. The coach will go over the schedule for the day.

  • The start order for a race is random at younger ages, and changes for the 2nd run or race of the day. Start lists should be available from the race organizers. 

  • Racers meet their coach at the top of the race course for inspection. Only racers and registered coaches are allowed on the course. 

  • After inspection, racers will ski warm-up runs or go right back to the top of the course to get ready for the race, depending on their bib number. 

  • Age class and YSL races are generally two races in one day. What a racer did their first run does not effect their 2nd race start order.

  • After the first run, the course will be re-set or re-dressed , and the whole process begins again.

  • Athletes inspect the course with their coach, and then take their second run. 

  • Provisional times are recorded on a scoreboard at the bottom of the course.  Results are not official until the Technical Delegate (official in charge of the race) has signed off on them, at which point they will be published as “official results”. 

  •  The awards ceremony usually takes place as soon as possible after the completion of the race. It shows respect to the award recipients and the race organizer to attend the awards ceremony. Represent by wearing your team jacket!



Who Puts on a Race? 

A lot of work goes into staging a race, much of which happens off the hill before race day.  Calendars are set, agreements are made between sites and USSA, seeding lists are created, start lists, team captains’ meetings, score boards, bib allotments and so on.  Volunteers are a vital part of the organization – parents like you!  Without volunteer support, there would be no ski racing. 

Below is a list of positions involved in hosting a ski race: 

  • Race Committee – positions requiring training 

  • Chief of Race – responsible for making sure everyone on the hill is communicating, keeping the race safe. 

  • Chief of Course – responsible for keeping the race course safe and fair 

  • Chief of Timing and Calculations 

  • Chief Gate Judge – coordinates the reports of all gate judges, who stand alongside the course to ensure racers navigate the course correctly. 

  • Race Administrator – prepares all entries and compiles results 

  • Start Referee 

  • Finish Referee 


  • Other Volunteer Positions – positions which require little to no training 

  • Gate judge 

  • Bib collector 

  • Hand timer 

  • Scoreboard 

  • Other positions which vary by club, such as announcer, helping with lunches and so on.