US Ski and Snowboard Covid-19 Policies and Documents
The US Ski and Snowboard Association in cooperation with the CDC and the National Ski Areas Association have come up with a set of guidelines for hosting races and training in the Covid Era. This guidance is always subject to change at any time and should be considered a living set of documents.
General Ski Area, National Ski Areas, CT Ski Area Assoc. and NY Ski Area Assoc Policies -
1. Social Distancing at the Ski Area (base lodges, bathrooms, parking lots, chairlifts, and lift lines, food service pubic areas, etc.)
2. Personal Hygene policies, handwashing, sanitizing, face masks,
3. Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
US Ski and Snowboard Policies for Racing to ensure Social Distancing:
1. 100 athlete maximum at all US Ski and Snowboard Races (U19 and below) FIS races have a 75 racer max.
2. Keep Teams, and Age groups within Teams, in Cohorts, and Eliminate Pinch Points where people naturally gather:
a. No Physical Scoreboards - Times or Referee Reports (Live-Timing Only)
b. No Awards Ceremonies - Awards will need to be mailed or given to team captains.
c. Race Inspection and Racing in Cohorts- teams will have appointed times to inspect and race.
3. Covid Symptom checks before racing and training.
4. Covid Coordinator Position - interfaces between race organizers, local health boards, the ski area management and US Ski and Snowboard to monitor compliance with local, state and NGB rules.
5. No racing out of the TriState Division for any U14 and below racers - so there will be not U14 Eastern Champs, U14 Finals, U12 Future Stars, or Gunstock events.
State of CT Rules for Winter Sports:
The latest guidance from the State of CT on athletic contests was released on Jan. 16, 2021. The "Pause" on Sports was lifted as of Jan 19, but competitions cannot begin until Feb. 1, 2021. Racers from another states, who train with a CT based club can compete with their clubs in CT contests. This is a clarification that benefits many of our out of state members. The converse is also allowed - CT racers training with an out-of-state club can compete with their clubs in the other state. It is still not allowed for Thunder Ridge to compete in our CT races and Vice-versa.