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Alpine Homologation

Alpine Homologation

Homologation or “course approval” is an important aspect of developing venues in which U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes can perform at their highest levels. All courses on which FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard alpine races are conducted must be homologated or ‘registered’. This process includes preparation of specific documents describing the course, a site visit and report by a recognized inspector, and payment of the applicable fees.

The homologation process confirms that technical requirements have been met. It provides the organizer and technical delegates with a recommended plan for protective installations. It catalogs important information about courses in use. And it provides an opportunity for areas, clubs and organizers to discuss protective installations such as ‘B-nets/fencing’, course preparation and use of the facility with the inspector.

The application for requesting an inspection for homologation and information about the homologation process, inspection, report, documentation and fees, and lists of homologated alpine courses in U.S. Ski & Snowboard, is available in the Resources section.

Due Dates / Deadlines
Priority for assignment of inspectors: May 1 (prior to the USSA Congress)
Next Season Homologation: Jan 1 (first late fee applies after this date)
For FIS re/homologations: August 15 (2nd late fee applies after this date)
For U.S. Ski & Snowboard re/homologations: September 15 (2nd late fee applies after this date)

(There is no guarantee that inspections can be scheduled and homologations completed for any applications submitted after October 15)

Completed reports with required documentation normally are due:

For FIS re/homologations: September 30
For U.S. Ski & Snowboard re/homologations: October 31
Fees / Inspector's Expenses
FIS re/homologation* $250.00 per course per event (includes both genders)
U.S. Ski & Snowboard re/homologation** $150.00 per course per event (includes both genders)
Late application fee:

Max $50.00 per course per event

Replacement of FIS or U.S. Ski & Snowboard homologation file (electronic copy): $25.00 per file/course

* FIS homologation includes USSA homologation for same event on that course
** Exception – U.S. Ski & Snowboard GS and SL on same trail, one common report:              $150.00 per course

Fees for FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard homologations are due and payable to “U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Course Approvals” and are to be submitted with the application. These fees are applied as the homologation fees, with changes as appropriate following the inspection (additional or refund).

Inspector’s Expenses

Inspectors’ expenses, for both FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard homologation or rehomologation, are the responsibility of the venue (place) and must be reimbursed on request of the inspector.

In addition to expenses (travel, meals, etc.) inspectors are paid a daily rate of $120.00 per day for FIS inspections and U.S. Ski & Snowboard inspections. Inspectors are paid for travel days of four hours or greater as well as inspection days.

Alpine Homologation Contacts

For further information on alpine course homologations, you may wish to contact an inspector near you.  While this may not be the inspector assigned to your ski area in response to your application, he or she can give you more information on requirements and procedures.

Name   email
Ron Bonneau Western - ID
Mike Browne Eastern - VT
Jeff Byrne Eastern - NY
Dan Chayes Eastern - PA
Kurt Engel Western - CA, NV
Ellen Galbraith Western - CA
Brad Ghent Rocky
Stanley Goldschmidt Western - UT
Douglas Hall Eastern
John Jacobs Eastern - NY
Grant Lindemer Central
Paul Mahre Western - WA, OR, MT
John Norton Eastern -  NY
Roger Perricone Rocky - CO
Ron Rupert Rocky - CO
Ted Sutton Eastern - NH
Art Tokle Eastern - NJ
Jacob Treadwell Western - UT
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General Information 2018
Information and Application Form This is a writable PDF
Use the FTP site to get Homologation Reports
Homologated Equipment