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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. 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.

QRP Ranking Lists
Qualifying Race Point ranking lists utilize finishes in Nor-Am and U19 Series competitions to rank junior athletes. 

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.

Fall Adders

Zeroing of National lists to FIS 2018

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.

  DH SL GS SG AC
Men 28.07 7.34 6.79 11.27 13.06
Women 20.94 8.54 7.44 15.11 17.92
2018-19 Alpine Points List Dates
List National Close National Valid FIS Close FIS Valid Masters
Fall/Base List Aug. 1     June 13  
List 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 1 June 30 July 1 Dec. 1
List 2 Aug. 12 Aug. 16 Aug. 12 Aug. 16 Jan. 5
List 3 Sep. 2 Sep. 6 Sep. 2 Sep. 6 Feb. 2
List 4 Sep. 23 Sep. 27 Sep. 23 Sep. 27 Mar. 2
List 5 Oct. 14 Oct. 18 Oct. 14 Oct. 18 April 1
List 6 Oct. 28 Nov. 1 Oct. 28 Nov. 1  
List 7 Nov. 11 Nov. 15 Nov. 11 Nov. 15  
List 8 Nov. 25 Nov. 29 Nov. 25 Nov. 29  
List 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 13 Dec. 9 Dec. 13  
List 10 Dec. 23 Dec. 27 Dec. 23 Dec. 27  
List 11 Jan. 6 Jan. 10 Jan. 6 Jan. 10  
List 12 Jan. 20 Jan. 24 Jan. 20 Jan. 24  
List 13 Feb. 3 Feb. 7 Feb. 3 Feb. 7  
List 14 Feb. 17 Feb. 21 Feb. 17 Feb. 21  
List 15 Mar. 3 Mar. 7 Mar. 3 Mar. 7  
List 16 Mar. 17 Mar. 21 Mar. 17 Mar. 21  
List 17 Mar. 31 Apr. 4 Mar. 31 Apr. 4  
List 18 Apr. 14 Apr. 18 Apr. 14 Apr. 18  
List 19 Apr. 30 May 2 Apr. 30 May 2  
List 19 June 30 July 1      
Alpine Points Information

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, pages 25 & 26. Forms for both FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Single Penalty Protection are available below.  Single Penalty requests must be submitted to U.S. Ski & Snowboard for both FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard by April 15.

Contact

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:

J.J. Ehlers, National Rankings Coordinator
435.647.2037
jehlers@ussa.org

Resources
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2019 Alpine Competition Guide
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 Member History and Results under My USSA. The Rankings Viewer is also found under My USSA.