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Alpine Points

Alpine Points

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. Athlete performance 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 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.

For more information on how the points are calculated, see Chapter 2, Points and Rankings, of the Alpine Competition Guide which can be found on the rules page.

Season 2023-24 Alpine Adders

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.

Men 10.60 2.60 2.61 7.75 25.00
Women 5.92 3.53 4.56 13.79 25.00
Season 2023-24 Alpine Points List Dates
List National Close National Valid FIS Close FIS Valid Masters
Base List   July 1   July 1  
List 1 July 15 July 15 July 1 July 1 Nov 01
List 2 July 16 July 20 July 16 July 20 Dec 01
List 3 July 30 Aug 3 July 30 Aug 3 Jan 01
List 4 Aug 13 Aug 17 Aug 13 Aug 17 Feb 01
List 5 Aug 27 Aug 31 Aug 27 Aug 31 Feb 20
List 6 Sept 10 Sept 14 Sept 10 Sept 14 March 01
List 7 Sept 24 Sept 28 Sept 24 Sept 28 April 01
List 8 Oct 8 Oct 12 Oct 8 Oct 12  
List 9 Oct 22 Oct 26 Oct 22 Oct 26  
List 10 Nov 5 Nov 9 Nov 5  Nov 9  
List 11 Nov 19 Nov 23 Nov 19 Nov 23  
List 12 Dec 3 Dec 7 Dec 3 Dec 7  
List 13 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 17 Dec 21  
List 14 Dec 31 Jan 4 Dec 31 Jan 4  
List 15 Jan 14 Jan 18 Jan 14 Jan 18  
List 16 Jan 28 Feb 1 Jan 28 Feb 1  
List 17 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 11 Feb 15  
List 18 Feb 25 Feb 29 Feb 25 Feb 29  
List 19 March 10 March 14 March 10 March 14  
List 20 March 24 March 28 March 24 March 28  
List 21 April 7 April 11 April 7 April 11  
List 22 April 30 May 1 April 30 May 1  
List 23 June 1 June 1      
Alpine Points Information

To assure that your membership is processed for inclusion on any list, your membership materials must be received 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 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 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.).

  1. Name of athlete and U.S. Ski & Snowboardnumber (if known)
  2. Sport (alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboard)
  3. U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS issue
  4. U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS event ID (if appropriate and known) or location and date(s)
  5. Your specific question

Click below to send an email with your specific question or contact:

Margo Yatkeman, National Rankings Coordinator

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2024 Alpine Competition Guide
Current status of athletes who have requested injury protection.
Current FIS Points List
Listing of foreign athletes with travel letter on file.
Alpine Points List Downloads

To Lookup an athlete's current points, ranking, and race results use the Member tools.