US Ski & Snowboard / FIS License Categories

US Ski & Snowboard / FIS Licenses

US Ski & Snowboard requires all who ski in sanctioned races (this includes ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races) to purchase one of two categories of a US Ski & Snowboard license.

Get your US Ski & Snowboard license here.

General License

  • U08/U10/U12 skiers
  • Skiers not trying to make Team Alaska for Arctic Winter Games or Junior Nationals.
    • This includes Masters and Senior skiers who do not wish to be scored within the US Ski & Snowboard points system.
  • Any U14 skier who is trying to make Team Alaska for Arctic Winter Games.

Competitive License

  • U16 and older skiers trying to make Team Alaska for either the Arctic Winter Games or Junior Nationals.
  • U14 skiers are only required to purchase a General license; but a benefit to U14 skiers to purchase a Competitor license is when they race the same distance with U16 skiers, they will be scored within the US Ski & Snowboard points system. This will help their race seeding for Besh Cup races within the current system and the future season. Points are calculated on the races competed in the previous 12 months. See The Points Lists – Explained.
  • Masters or Senior skiers who wish to be scored within the US Ski & Snowboard points system.

The online Besh Cup race registration form requires you to enter a current US Ski & Snowboard license (General or Competitor). Athletes who enter General in their online registration will not show up on the Junior Nationals points list.

Athletes may contact US Ski & Snowboard directly at 435-647-2666 to upgrade from a General to Competitive license.

US Ski & Snowboard Competition Guides

FIS License

  • Is not required to compete in the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup race series.
  • Is recommended for skiers who plan to attend US Nationals competitions.
    • Skiers who attend US Nationals and qualify for an international team (World Juniors & U18) need to have an FIS license to compete on the international team and should purchase this license prior to attending US Nationals.
    • The first two races of the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup race series are usually sanctioned by FIS. Therefore, U16 & older athletes who have an FIS license accumulate FIS points and have an advantage for current season & next season seeding. Points are calculated on the races competed in the previous 12 months.
  • FIS licenses may be purchased on the US Ski & Snowboard membership site.
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