US Ski & Snowboard License Information

Updated May 2020


Get your US Ski & Snowboard license here.


U.S. Ski & Snowboard is now accepting registrations for the 2020-21 membership season. We urge members turning 18 or older to register early due to membership requirements which may include background screening, SafeSport training and the new Introduction to Avalanches training. Early registration is also important for those attending camps this summer.

Sign into your account or create an account if needed. All members turning 18 or older must have their own My USSA account. The account is necessary to complete educational courses such as Introduction to Avalanches, as well as Coaching Fundamentals which is required for some coaches.

If you are the primary member on the account, your renew member link will appear in the status line on the left in the my account box.

If you are a linked member on the account, click your box in the linked member section of the my account box and your renew member link will appear above in the status line.
Renewing members please check the membership cart to the right as your membership may already be populated. Be certain you’ve chosen the correct membership prior to completing your registration.

Complete the renewal process for each member you wish to renew.

Check your emailed receipt and membership card to be sure all your information is correct, including the membership category and member’s date of birth. Contact member services immediately with any changes or corrections.

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard offers a family cap for immediate family members purchasing their membership on the same day whose U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships total in excess of $500. To take advantage of the Family Cap Refund please email member services at with the names and membership numbers of each family member. Member Services will audit the request and provide a credit or refund of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership fees in excess of $500 for those meeting the criteria. Please note the Family Cap does not include division dues, FIS or merchandise.
Thank you for your early renewal.

Beginning 2019-20 Season:

All athletes over 18 are required to complete SafeSport Training as part of their US Ski & Snowboard license requirement. Please make sure to allow for time to complete this course when purchasing your US Ski & Snowboard license. This is required of all athletes over 18 and all athletes who turn 18 between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 202.


General License for:

  • U08/U10/U12 skiers

  • U14 skiers who are trying to make Team Alaska for Arctic Winter Games*

  • U16 and older skiers not trying to make Team Alaska for Arctic Winter Games or Junior Nationals

  • Skiers over 18 who do not wish to be scored within the US Ski & Snowboard points system (new for 2020-2021 season).


Competitive License for:

  • U16 and older skiers trying to make Team Alaska for either the Arctic Winter Games or Junior Nationals

  • Skiers over 18 who wish to be scored within the US Ski & Snowboard points system

The one-day general license is no longer available.


*U14 skiers are only required to purchase a General license; but a benefit of purchasing a Competitive 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 future Besh Cup races. Points are calculated on the races competed in the previous 12 months. See CCAK Seed Points.
The Besh Cup online race registration form requires a current US Ski & Snowboard license number and to indicate "General" or "Competitive". Athletes who indicate General in their online registration will not show up on the Junior Nationals points list. Athletes who indicate Competitive and only have a General license at the time of competition are not eligible to earn Team Alaska points for races in which skier was in possession of the General license.

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

US Ski & Snowboard Q & A

What is the rule regarding US Ski & Snowboard 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 US Ski & Snowboard license to tryout for Arctic Winter Games?
All skiers in this age group at a minimum need the annual general membership license. It is beneficial for U14 skiers to have a Competitive license as they usually have two opportunities in a season to race with U16 skiers. When this occurs, the U14 skiers also are scored within the US Ski & Snowboard points system; gaining them better seed positions in Besh Cup races.


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

I want to ski in ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races, but I am not trying out for Arctic Winter Games or Junior Nationals. Do I need a US Ski & Snowboard license?
Yes. US Ski & Snowboard offers a general license.
However, we strongly suggest that top Senior and Master skiers likely to finish in the top ten get a Competitive license. Our top skiers are penalized in their national ranking if other top racers do not have a Competitive license.

I signed up for my US Ski & Snowboard license, what else do I have to do?
Provide the US Ski & Snowboard number when you complete online race registration.

I have a US Ski & Snowboard number from last year. Is that sufficient?
Only if you have renewed your license for this season. All US Ski & Snowboard licenses expire on June 30 every year, so you must renew to keep your US Ski & Snowboard number valid.


I have a General license and would like to upgrade to a Competitive license. What do I do?
Contact US Ski & Snowboard directly at 435-647-2666 to upgrade from a General to Competitive license.


FIS License   


  • FIS license is not required to compete in the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup race series.   

  • FIS license 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 often sanctioned by FIS. Skiers who possess FIS licenses for FIS-sanctioned races will receive priority seeding over non FIS-licensed skiers.   


FIS licenses may be purchased on the US Ski & Snowboard membership site.

Competition Guides

FIS Rules & Competition Guide

US Ski & Snowboard Nordic Competition Guide

Regarding race-day cancellation because of weather, FIS and US Ski & Snowboard rules state:


  • The Jury must clarify and decide whether a competition shall be postponed, interrupted or cancelled.

  • If the temperature is below -20 ° C, measured at the coldest point of the course, a competition will be postponed or cancelled by the Jury. With difficult weather conditions (e.g., strong wind, high air humidity, heavy snowfall, or high temperature) the Jury may, in consultation with the Team Captains of the participating teams and the doctor responsible for the competition, postpone or cancel the competition.

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