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Officials - Getting Started

Officials - Getting Started

Why become a U.S. Ski & Snowboard official? Taking part as a competition official is exciting -- it brings you into the heart of the action! And it's a way of helping the thousands of young athletes who enter U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitions to have fun and to achieve personal goals.

It's simple to get started. Just join U.S. Ski & Snowboard as an official. And work with your local U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club to volunteer at an entry-level position.

Who becomes an official? Oftentimes it starts with parents of young athletes who want to be more actively involved. Former athletes and coaches are also great candidates with their background in the sport. But it can be anyone who has an interest in helping young athletes and playing an important role in their success.

What Do Judges and Officials Do?

Officials ensure that U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitions run efficiently and fairly by the rules. They are responsible for the safe conduct of the event and the accurate timing, judging, and scoring. They also play a key role in ensuring that the spirit of the sport and competition is maintained.

In the end, officials are responsible for providing the best possible experience for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes.


Officials are a lot like athletes. Once you start, you'll want to increase your level of expertise. U.S. Ski & Snowboard offers a wide range of local, divisional and regional clinics where you can learn new skills and take on new positions.

Various levels of officials' certification are offered by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Check out the detailed information on officials in each of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard's sports.

As you grow in experience as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard official, you may want to consider becoming certified internationally as a FIS (International Ski Federation) official. FIS officials work international events domestically and may be considered for international assignments.

  • Certification Program
  • Seminar Program
  • Specialty Areas
  • Alpine Officials
  • Homologation
    • Alpine
    • Cross Country
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