Far West Officials Page

Welcome to the Far West Officials page. You will find information regarding study guides, rules updates, clinics, assignments and general communications from the Officials Chair on this page.

Covid-19 Policy Plan for Officials Certification 2020-21

OC’s should do everything possible within their power to use appropriately certified personnel for all duties within their event that require certified individuals.

  • TD’s, Referees & Course Setters must be certified.
  • CR, CC, JA, RA, TnC – should be certified; however, if a certified individual is not available, the jury may use the most experienced person available to fill this position provided they have at least a CO certification, reviewed the 2021 Alpine Review and Update, and have current official’s membership.

The possibility for non-certified officials and coaches to serve in a mentee capacity with the jury to gain experience as assistants is possible and can be logged by the individual (MPF 70 AO Personal Activity Record) to be used by their division for future officials upgrades.   Exams for certification will be available at a later time once the current pandemic situation has changed to a more favorable situation.   Online Course Official training and exam are currently being developed and will be made available once complete.

Due to COVID-19 Alpine Officials and Referee exams will not be provided until the health situation changes to more favorable place. Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions to this policy.  Please use the best possible people to serve your events and be sure to provide access to training materials like the AO Manual and the Specialty Study Guides for each.   It is all of our responsibility to make sure that all parties assigned in an official capacity have appropriate time to learn their position, the requirements of the position and how to execute the position. In effect studying the material so as prepared to complete a successful exam.

Becoming and Official
Interested in becoming an official or wondering how to move to the next level in your certification?

1. Competition Officials course. This course can be completed either in person or you can complete it from the comfort of your own home.
2. Choose an area of certification: Chief of Race, Chief of Course, Race Administration, Timing and Calcuations, Referee(coaches) or Jury Advisor(start and finish ref). Starting with the 17-18 season all Start and Finish referees must be a certified JA or REF for all non-scored and scored events.
3. How do you advance your certification: letters of rec or days served? Click here for the certification guide to advancement To keep track of your officials history, please use the AO Personal Activity Record.

Further questions can be sent to the Far West Skiing Office, [email protected]
Thank you for taking the time to help make ski racing a success in the Far West Division!

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2020-2021 Officials Course Study Guides - 


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Far West Clinic Standards

Requests for clinics must be submitted in writing (USPS, E-mail or Fax) to: Current Divisional AO Chair

Clinic requests must contain complete clinic information: type of clinic, potential clinic date(s) and times, clinic location and contact information for person responsible for submitting request. Unless there are unusual circumstances all clinics above the CO level will be held after the Annual Fall update clinic.

CO and Update Clinics require a scheduled minimum of two (2) hours. Full clinics which include testing require a minimum of six and one-half hours (6.5)

Instructors are coordinated and approved by the Divisional AO Chair prior to the clinic. In general, the most experienced, qualified, and currently certified available officials are selected to instruct in each specialty area. Preferred level of experience for instructors is level 3 in the specialty area of the class.

The number of instructors assigned to each specialty area class is determined based on class size. In general, one qualified and approved instructor is acceptable. For larger classes two is preferred, and in all cases, those senior officials in attendance are invited to assist as additional instructors.

Exams are printed in color and distributed to Instructor at clinic by Divisional AO Chair. Exams are proctored in person at clinic and completed within designated time with exceptions for special needs. Results of attendance with pass or fail are mailed out to attendees within thirty days of clinic.

All clinics follow study guidelines recommendations (ie: use USSA approved study guidelines and PPT’s)

Certifications are updated on FW Officials list and forwarded to USSA twice a year. Only the Divisional AO Chair may forward certifications, advancements, and continuing education participation to USSA for registration in the USSA national database.

If clinic request is approved by RMSRO, USSA clinic standards must be followed:

  1. Competition Official (CO) prerequisite for specialty area certification must be observed.
  2. Current education materials must be used.
  3. Downloading, printing, and/or reading the applicable Study Guide is not accepted in lieu of actual attendance at a clinic.
  4. On-line clinics are not authorized.
  5. If scheduled clinic requires an exam, only current exam may be administered. Exams expire on June 1 of competition year.
  6. Exams must be completed at the clinic site; “take-home” exams are not authorized.
  7. Computers are not allowed for calculations and/or 2 nd-run Start List preparation in applicable exams.
  8. Study Guides are not allowed as replacement for current rule books when completing applicable exams.
  9. Use of prior years’ exams, whether intended as a “practice exam” or as a replacement for current exam, must not be allowed.

Any clinic that does not follow the above policy will not be accepted for credit towards USSA Alpine Official Certification.


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