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USSMA World Team Qualifier Race Weekend - ISMF Races - Arapahoe Basin


Big thanks to Arapahoe Basin for hosting this event!!!

This Individual race & Vertical will determine who qualifies for the USSMA Worlds Team for the “INDIVIDUAL RACE” & “VERTICAL RACE” discipline, respectively.

Race Designations…

< USSMA Worlds Team Qualifier Race

> USSMA National Cup Series Race

> ISMF Pan American Cup Series Race

COSMIC is the official Race Organizer and will be working closely with USSMA, ISMF, and Abasin.


USSMA membership / license is required to complete in the USSMA / ISMF Race Divisions, and are the only divisions competing to qualify for the USSMA National / Worlds Team.  


USSMA / ISMF Race Divisions: (male/female for each) *USSMA member / license REQUIRED.

  • Cadet (U17): Reduced distance/vert category – short course

  • Junior (18, 19, 20): Long course

  • Espoir (21, 22, 23): Long course

  • Open (21+): Long course

  • Masters (45+):  Long course


Recreation Divisions: (male/female for each) *No USSMA member / license needed.

  • Youth (U17): Reduced distance/vert category – short course

  • Adult (21+): Reduced distance/vert category – short course



For the 2018/19 season, your racing age is the age you will be on Dec 31st 2019.  For example, if a kid is currently 17, but will be 18 by the end of the year, their racing age is 18 and they will need to sign up for a Junior (18,19,20) member/license.

Long Course – Approximately 4000 vertical feet, four boot packs, one via ferrata section, final ascent finish at top.  Details to come.

Short Course – Approximately 2500 vertical feet, four boot packs, final ascent finish at top.  Details to come.

Tentative Schedule:

Fri Dec 14th – Vertical Race

> 2-4pm On site registration 

> 3:30pm Mandatory Racer meeting 

> 5pm Vertical Race start

> 6pm Awards / Mandatory racer meeting for Sat Individual race 


Sat Dec 15th – Individual Race

> 6-7am On site registration 

> 6:30am Mandatory Racer meeting (15 mins)

> 7am Individual Race start

> 12pm Awards

***The individual race will be technical and include multiple boot packs and one via ferrata section!!! ***


Sun Dec 16th – USSMA/ISMF Youth Development Clinic

> 7-9am On site check in / registration 

> 9-11am On hill clinic

> 11am-1pm Indoor video review and lunch 

> 1-4pm On hill clinic



Vertical – skis/boots/poles/helmet

Individual – skis/boots/poles/helmet/beacon/shovel/probe

Long course additions – harness/via ferrata

(More details to come on gear and rules.)


An avalanche detector also called DVA or ARVA, that conforms to standard EN 300718 457 kHz frequency.
The DVA has to be equipped with a 3 antennas emission system.
The DVA has to be worn in a closed pocket (zipped lock only) opening on the inside of the racing suit, and at the belly level.A helmet conforming to:
– UIAA 106 and EN 1077 classB standards.
– EN 12492 and EN 1077 classB standards.
Helmets must be used (chin-strap has to be fastened) during the whole race (from the start to the finish line).A snow shovel conforming to ISMF standards (Appendix 4).
A snow probe conforming to ISMF standards (Appendix 3).
A survival blanket with a minimum surface area of 1.80 m2. Modifications subsequent to manufacture are not allowed. The term “survival blanket” is as defined by the manufacturer.