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I need information on the FY16 Alpine Equipment Info and FIS, where can I find this?

Helmets: Beginning season 2015/16 athletes U14 and older must use helmets that meet the new FIS standards for all U.S. Ski & Snowboard GS, SG and DH competitions.


Poles: Beginning season 2015/16, SL poles for U14 and younger will be required to be 60” in height off the snow and 27mm in diameter. Stubby poles may still be used. This applies to events that are exclusive to U14 and younger; it is not applicable to mixed age races which include athletes U14 and older.


GS PanelsBeginning in season 2015/16, all U.S. Ski & Snowboard GS, SG and DH competitions (including Masters) must use currently homologated GS panels.  


Equipment Matrix: The updated equipment matrix approved for 2015/16 is posted on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website:



FIS racing eligibility requirement outside the U.S.: To compete in FIS races outside the United States, a FIS age athlete is required to have a minimum of 120.00 U.S. Ski & Snowboard points in any event at the time of selection.  The current U.S. Ski & Snowboard points list valid at the time of selection will be used.


Eligibility to enter FIS events in Canada:In order to enter FIS events in Canada, USA competitors must be registered to appear on the FIS points list, meet the international U.S. Ski & Snowboard point-racing standard (minimum of 120 U.S. Ski & Snowboard points in any event) and adhere to national quota procedure and criteria. 

Southern Hemisphere racing for 1st Year FIS athletes: First year age eligible FIS athletes are eligible to start in Southern Hemisphere races as long as they meet the international U.S. Ski & Snowboard point-racing standard (minimum of 120 U.S. Ski & Snowboard points in any event). 

FIS Children’s Competitions:The U.S. Ski & Snowboard may field teams of U16 athletes to compete in FIS Children’s competitions through approved regional and national projects.  Each region may select a race to be a part of an international regional project.

U19 Age Classification:The existing two-year U18 Age Classification (16 and 17 year olds) will be replaced with a three year U19 Age Classification (16, 17, and 18 year olds) and therefore, the U18 Alpine National Championships will become the U19 Alpine National Championships.  The field size will remain unaltered.

Trial Ability Class Racing:  The continued trial of ability class racing was approved for 2015/16.

Concurrent U.S. Ski & Snowboard/FIS speed events: The ASC approved the continuation of up to two concurrent FIS/U.S. Ski & Snowboard speed events in each region. The vertical drop and the course set would be the same for both events. The top five athletes in the points would be the same for both events, however they would not be required to race the course twice.

Rules for Parallel racing: Modified FIS Alpine Parallel rules were adopted.  These rules will be published in the 2015/16 Alpine Competition Guide.


Race Confirmation Deadline:  The deadlines to intend and confirm race participation was changed from 28/14 to 28 days for intents and 16 days out to confirm.


Masters Helmet Ruling: FIS helmets are recommended for use by Masters ski racers



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