The ability to measure one competitor's performance against another is the heart of competitive athletics. In a country as large as the USA, it's important to have measurement tools to evaluate the performance of skiers around the nation. Performance of USSA athletes is evaluated through various ranking lists. Athletes competing in scored competitions earn points, which are calculated mathematically to allow ranking lists to be developed. Ranking lists, in turn, are used by U.S. Ski & Snowboard for selection to teams, entry into higher level competitions and for development projects.
Alpine Ranking List Overview
Ski racers are: 1) scored by total points for each seeded competition in which they finish without disqualification, 2) ranked nationally and internationally according to their earned total points, and 3) seeded in subsequent competitions according to their total points earned in previous events. Thus, in ski racing, things are done ‘by the numbers’.
Points are used in ski racing because of the unique character of the sport: there is no precisely defined standard field, track, or course for the competition. To compensate for courses of different length, on widely varying terrain, and on snow surfaces that can differ considerably, the FIS legislated 1) guidelines, such as minimum vertical drop, minimum and maximum number of gates, and gate dimensions, for the setting of courses, and 2) formulas for assigning points by relating a racer’s time to the winner’s time.
Zeroing of National lists to FIS
U.S. Ski & Snowboard lists are zeroed each summer to bring them in line with the FIS points list - so that FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard points for a competitor appearing on both lists will be roughly equivalent. This is done by comparing the FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard points of the top USA-FIS racers in each sex/discipline. The zeroing factors shall be such that the average of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard points of these representative competitors after the factors have been added, approaches the average of the FIS points of these competitors. The adders are applied to every U.S. Ski & Snowboard racer’s points.
|List||National Close||National Valid||FIS Close||FIS Valid||Masters|
|Base List||Aug. 1||June 11|
|List 1||Aug. 1||Aug. 1||June 30||July 1||Dec. 1|
|List 2||Aug. 2||Aug. 6||Aug. 2||Aug. 6||Jan. 5|
|List 3||Aug. 16||Aug. 20||Aug. 16||Aug. 20||Feb. 2|
|List 4||Aug. 30||Sep. 3||Aug. 30||Sep. 3||Mar. 2|
|List 5||Sep. 13||Sep. 17||Sep. 13||Sep. 17||April 6|
|List 6||Sep. 27||Oct. 1||Sep. 27||Oct. 1|
|List 7||Oct. 11||Oct. 15||Oct. 11||Oct. 15|
|List 8||Oct. 25||Oct. 29||Oct. 25||Oct. 29|
|List 9||Nov. 8||Nov. 12||Nov. 8||Nov. 12|
|List 10||Nov. 22||Nov. 26||Nov. 22||Nov. 26|
|List 11||Dec. 6||Dec. 10||Dec. 6||Dec. 10|
|List 12||Dec. 20||Dec. 24||Dec. 20||Dec. 24|
|List 13||Jan. 3||Jan. 7||Jan. 3||Jan. 7|
|List 14||Jan. 17||Jan. 21||Jan. 17||Jan. 21|
|List 15||Jan. 31||Feb. 4||Jan. 31||Feb. 4|
|List 16||Feb. 14||Feb. 18||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|List 17||Feb. 28||Mar. 4||Feb. 28||Mar. 4|
|List 18||Mar. 14||Mar. 18||Mar. 14||Mar. 18|
|List 19||Mar. 28||Apr. 1||Mar. 28||Apr. 1|
|List 20||Apr. 11||Apr. 15||Apr. 11||Apr. 15|
|List 21||Apr. 30||May 1||Apr. 20||May 1|
|List 22||June 1||June 1|
To assure that your membership is processed for inclusion on any list, your membership materials must be received by USSA at least seven days prior to a closing date. Registrations are not considered received until they are complete. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that his or her U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership registration is received; you can contact U.S. Ski & Snowboard member services (435.647.2666) to check the status of your application.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS points are not continually being updated; they are recalculated for each new list. For more information on how points are calculated and closing and valid dates, see chapter 2 of your USSA Alpine Competition Guide which can be found in the Resources section. Closing and Valid dates for the points list are listed above.
Single Penalization Situations (sickness, injury, other obligations)
Competitors who are unable to compete in sufficient scored events to maintain their seed points because of injury, illness, studies, military obligations, or church commitments may protect their points through single penalization. Single penalization cannot be requested for lack of calendar opportunities. U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS membership must be renewed each year in order to maintain points, even when an athlete has single penalty protection. For more detailed information see the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Competition Guide, Chapter 2. The form for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Single Penalty Protection is available on the right. FIS Single Penalty requests need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the athlete and email contact for the athlete. The athlete will receive instructions on how to proceed. Single Penalty requests must be submitted to U.S. Ski & Snowboard for both FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard by April 15.
If you have a question regarding your U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS points or ranking, or an event result, please be sure to provide U.S. Ski & Snowboard with sufficient details to help you. Most notably, indicate your sport (alpine, cross country, freestyle, etc.).
- Name of athlete and U.S. Ski & Snowboardnumber (if known)
- Sport (alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboard)
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS issue
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS event ID (if appropriate and known) or location and date(s)
- Your specific question
Click below to send an email with your specific question or contact:
J.J. Ehlers, National Rankings Coordinator
Alpine Points List Downloads
- 14th National Alpine Points List for season 2020-21 - valid 21 Jan. to 3 Feb. 2021
- 14th FIS Alpine Points List for season 2020-21 - valid 21 Jan. to 3 Feb. 2021
- 14th FIS Alpine List Cover Page for season 2020-21
- 2nd National Masters Membership List for season 2020-21 - updated 6 Jan. 2021
To Lookup an athlete's current points, ranking, and race results use Member History and Results under My USSA. The Rankings Viewer is also found under My USSA.