The Mission of the United States Ski Mountaineering Association (USSMA) shall be to promote and grow the sport of ski mountaineering racing in the United States. The USSMA sanctions and governs competitive ski mountaineering racing in the US and promotes and fosters recreational ski mountaineering through access, resources, education and community. It also endeavors to enable United States athletes to achieve competitive excellence in the sport of ski mountaineering.
USSMA BYLAWS: Adopted 9/25/2017
Bylaws – Organizational Structure Summary
The sport of competitive ski mountaineering racing is typically a timed racing event that follows an established trail through challenging winter alpine terrain while passing through a series of checkpoints. Racers climb and descend under their own power using backcountry skiing equipment and techniques. Recreational and competitive events are held throughout the United States.
The International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) has been ‘recognized’ by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the governing body for the sport of ski mountaineering. The USSMA works directly with the ISMF to uphold their rules and regulation and meet their standards in the US.
The ISMF along with many national sport organizations have been working to get ski mountaineering racing included in the Winter Olympic Games. In July 2017 the IOC accepted the sport to be included in the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. This is a big step forward in getting the sport included in the Olympics. The ISMF is currently applying for ski mountaineering racing to be included in the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
The USSMA is currently working with the US Olympic Committee to apply and become a “Recognized Sport Organization” and “National Governing Body” for the sport of ski mountaineering racing in the US. The USSMA will be expanding the depth of our organization by developing an Olympic development program to properly train, select and take a team to the Winter Olympic Games.
USSMA Past and Present Activities
Establish and maintain race rules documentation and educate and communicate rules to athletes, coaches, event organizers, referees and race directors.
Sanction ski mountaineering races in the United States.
Maintain a points rankings system for US licensed athletes.
Select a US national team and facilitate athlete competition at the World Championships every two years.
Initiate awareness to promote the overall growth of the sport.
Develop youth programs to educate young athletes about the sport and provide learning opportunities for them to develop their skills.
Be a resource for the public, race directors, athletes, and more to answer questions and provide information about the sport to promote awareness, education, and growth.
USSMA Planned Activities
Continue the past and present activities.
Continue to build our relationship with the USOPC.
Develop an Olympic development program for the sport of Ski Mountaineering racing in the US.
Develop a referee training and development program for the sport of Ski Mountaineering racing in the US.
Develop a coaching training and development program for the sport of Ski Mountaineering racing in the US.
Select and take a youth Olympic team to the Youth Olympic Games.
Select and take a US Olympic team to the Olympics.
Donate to non-profit organizations that support and/or partner with ski mountaineering racing.
Develop grant opportunities for youth athlete participants of Ski Mountaineering racing to assist athletes in paying for coaches, training, competition and equipment.
Expand marketing to increase awareness and to promote the overall growth of the sport.
USSMA Strategic Plan
Below is a summary of the approved USSMA Strategic Plan.
The United States Ski Mountaineering Association is committed to the sustained growth of the sport through competitive excellence.
The mission of the United States Ski Mountaineering Association (USSMA) shall be to promote and grow the sport of Ski Mountaineering Racing in the United States. The USSMA sanctions and governs competitive ski mountaineering racing in the US and promotes and fosters recreational ski mountaineering through access, resources, education and community. It also endeavors to enable United States athletes to achieve competitive excellence in the sport of ski mountaineering.
The USSMA is inspired by the following ideals in all sport contexts. Our values guide our behaviors.
Integrity through honesty and respect for fair play
Teamwork through coordinated effort to utilize individual capabilities
Tradition through respect for the history of the sport
Relationships through sustained personal interactions, competition, and social engagements
Spirit through embracing the ski mountaineering community through experiences
STRATEGIC FOCUS (GOALS & OBJECTIVES):
Each area has a number of associated goals and objectives.
Governance – Position USSMA structure to run as a Non-Profit National Governing Body and become the Registered Sports Organization and future NGB of the US Olympic Committee.
Financial Sustainability – Generate revenue and develop business in order to become fiscally stable and support the growth, sanctioning, and athletic competition initiatives. Increase annual gross revenue of USSMA.
Grow the Sport – Program Development, awareness and recruitment; intro clinics for youth, female, adult combined.
Increase Athletic Performance – Achieve consistent international competitive success and maintain and strengthen the depth of talent in the USA; Achieve sustained competitive excellence on the field of play; Build up athlete pool; advanced youth clinics & programs.