It takes a village to host an Alpine ski race. On this page, you'll find descriptions of some of the most common volunteer roles. At the bottom of the page is an excerpt from the Alpine Officials' Manual that provides an overview of how a U.S Ski & Snowboard race is organized. You can learn more on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Officials Resources page.
All parents are encouraged to get their Competition Official (CO) certification. Watch for announcements of upcoming training seminars. You'll enjoy the race experience more if you understand how races are structured.
These roles are suitable for volunteers who are new to Alpine ski racing.
These volunteer roles don't require U.S. Ski & Snowboard certification but do require familiarity with Alpine ski racing.
These roles require either certification from U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS or significant experience.
These roles require you to ski or snowboard. Big Sky Resort prohibits uphill hiking.
Race administration tasks typically do not require that you ski or snowboard. Some other roles, such as Scoreboard Reporter and Poster, may not require that you ski or snowboard depending on the location of the finish area. When in doubt, ask the volunteer coordinator.
Each gate judge who has recorded a disqualifying fault or who has been witness to an incident leading to a re-run must be available to the Jury until after the settlement of any protests. It is the responsibility of the Technical Delegate to dismiss a gate judge who is waiting to be called by the Jury. (ACR 666)