Frequently Asked Questions About USSA Licenses

Important information for all skiers trying out for Junior Nationals (JN) and Arctic Winter Games (AWG).

Beginning at the start of the 2015-16 season, USSA will require annual membership license for every skier who skis in USSA sanctioned races (Besh Cups).

There now is an annual general membership license available at a cost of $15. This is required for all skiers who are not vying for a position on Team Alaska (for either JN or AWG teams). This means Senior and Masters skiers as well. Please purchase before you sign up for the ConocoPhillips Besh Races. The registration system requires that you provide your current membership number to register. The full USSA license is $95 – a decrease in price from previous years. Visit the USSA website to purchase your license.

  • A skier only needs one license – either an annual general membership license ($15) or a full license ($95).
    • A one-day license ($10) will be available for those who sign up on race day. It’s highly suggested you get your general or full license long before season race sign-up begins! If you do two races, it’s cheaper to purchase the annual license for $15 instead of two one-day licenses.
  • U16/U18/U20 skiers trying to make Team Alaska for Junior Nationals need a full USSA license.
  • U16/U18 skiers trying to make Team Alaska for AWG need a full USSA license.
  • U14 skiers trying to make Team Alaska for AWG need an annual general membership USSA license.
  • All other skiers (of any age) who want to ski in the ConocoPhillips Besh Cups need an annual general membership license.

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What is the rule regarding USSA licenses for Junior Nationals and Arctic Winter Games hopefuls?

Only skiers who have their USSA license numbers on file with Cross Country Alaska PRIOR to a race will earn points in that race. It is possible that a skier will ski fast enough to make the team, but will not score points because he/she didn’t have a license at the time of the race. That is why we are mounting an educational effort to make sure everyone knows the rule beforehand. We want all of our fastest skiers on Team Alaska.

Do U14 skiers need a USSA license to tryout for Arctic Winter Games?

All skiers in this age group at a minimum need the $15 annual general membership license.

I am a U16 (or U18)  only trying to qualify for Arctic Winter Games, not Junior Nationals. Why do I need a USSA license?

The Arctic Winter Games and Junior Nationals use the same qualifying procedure and the same points list. In order to be on that list, you need a USSA license.

Visit www.ussa.org for more information and to apply for your USSA Competitor License

I want to ski in Conoco Phillips Besh Cup races, but I am not trying out for Arctic Winter Games nor Junior Nationals. Do I need a USSA license?

Yes. USSA now offers a $15 annual general membership license.

However, we strongly suggest that top (likely to finish in the top ten) Senior and Master skiers who race Besh Cups get a full USSA license (our fast skiers are penalized in their national ranking if other top racers do not have a USSA license).

I signed up for my USSA license, what else do I have to do?

You also need to make sure that we have your USSA number on file. When you receive your USSA number, please enter it on your race registration and/or email it to us.

I have a USSA number from last year, does that mean I have a USSA license?

Only if you have renewed your license for this season. All USSA licenses expire on June 30 every year, so you must renew to keep your USSA number valid.

I purchased a USSA license just prior to Junior Nationals last year. Is it still good?

No. All USSA licenses expire on June 30 every year, so you must renew to keep your license valid. CCAK suggests you get your license before October 1. If you wait too long, your results from last year may not be reflected on the USSA points lists that are used for Besh race seeding.

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