Spring Greetings!

The 2017/18 Ski Mountaineering Race Season is almost over.  The final race is May 5th, the Mammoth Cinco de Skimo.

Well done to all USSMA members and future members on another incredible race season.  A special thanks to all the race directors, organizers and volunteers.

During this past season the USSMA sanctioned 15 races across the country.  Our new Race Director Guidelines, published last fall, has been a big help.  This has streamlined our sanctioning process and provided race directors a great deal of information and access to resources.  

Season Champions and Rankings

2019 World Championships
Switzerland will host the 2019 World Championships.  We will look to improve on our results from 2017 when we achieved our highest result ever (6th) and had record participation.  

Worlds Team selection process and guide

Olympic Inclusion Will Have to Wait
It was recently announced that Ski Mountaineering will not occur at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China.  The IOC placed the final determination in the hands of the Beijing Olympic Committee.  Ultimately the Beijing committee decided against including any of the possible three sports (ski mountaineering, bandy, ice climbing).  Recent reports suggest that the 2026 Winter Olympics location will return to Western Europe or North America which, in addition to another few years of growth and development, will significantly increase the chances of the sport’s inevitable inclusion in the Olympic Games.  

USSMA Growth and Status Development
The USSMA has officially gained official 501c3 status.  If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation you can now do so, from the button on our website homepage.

Summer Events and Planning Ahead
The first USSMA Annual Board Meeting will be held in June.  A formal agenda is in the works and will include discussion on vision, goals, strategy and all of our Standing and Functional Committees.  There are currently open positions on many committees including the Nominating & Governance Committee.  Come July there will also be a few open Board positions (Directors / Treasurer).  You can find details on roles on the website . Please reach out to Ram (ram@ussma.org) if you have any questions or interest.

Enjoy the spring skiing!

USSMA Board

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