U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services Knowledge Base

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Minimum Standards

Beginning with the 2017-18 membership season, U.S. Ski & Snowboard member clubs will be required to meet the following minimum standards.


· Agree to support and align with U.S. Ski & Snowboard's mission, values and code of conduct.


· Agree to adhere to SafeSport guidelines, U.S. Ski & Snowboard's concussion policy and background screening protocol for all those in a position of authority over athletes.


· Demonstrate that club leadership and those whom the club appoints to positions of authority over athletes are U.S. Ski & Snowboard members. 


 · Provide evidence of legal existence in their state of primary business operations. For example, clubs must show that they are a licensed business entity in good standing. Examples of documentation may include a current business license, certificate of good standing from state of incorporation, a link to the business' page in the Secretary of State's business lookup in the state you are incorporated or other proof of business existence.


  • There are significant advantages to club leaders for incorporating as a legal business entity.  First and foremost is that if you do not operate under a corporate form, the personal assets of the club leaders can be subject to legal seizure should there be a lawsuit filed. 


· Demonstrate that they possess general liability insurance. This requirement may be satisfied either by joining U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s CLIP program or providing U.S. Ski & Snowboard with evidence of coverage similar to that provided by CLIP.

  • If an organization under the U.S. Ski & Snowboard umbrella is not insured, the club’s assets are in jeopardy as are U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s.  In addition, in order to continue appropriate business relationships with our host venues, having insurance while operating on ski area venues is appropriate.  U.S. Ski & Snowboard has provided a very cost effective insurance mechanism to insure club risk.  Clubs are free to seek their own coverage as well.  The only requirement is that it meets U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s coverage standards.


  • General liability policy minimum recommended standards


    • AM Best Rating of “A” or better

    • $1,000,000 each occurrence/$2,000,0000 policy aggregate

    • Sexual Abuse and Molestation Coverage – Coverage for alleged or actual abuse and molestation claims

    • Participant Legal Liability – Coverage for bodily injury claims arising from sports participation, including coverage for concussion/head trauma related claims

    • Spectator Liability – Coverage for bodily injury claims arising from spectators

    • Who Is an Insured – Includes members and supervisory staff of the ski club, officials, coaches and volunteers

    • Coverage for ski and snowboard competition, training, and club activities

  • CLIP Ineligible –  U.S. Ski & Snowboard clubs that are owned or operated by a parent entity (from which insurance may be obtained) such as resort competition centers, resort-run clubs and universities, municipalities are not eligible for CLIP. 


















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