What to Expect on Race Day

Interclub Races

Interclub races are comprised of a series of five races at local ski mountains within Western Massachusetts. Each child will compete against kids in their own age category, youngest to oldest, girls and boys. Categories are:

    Girls 6-7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13-14
    Boys 6-7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13-14

The start order is drawn by alternating between race clubs in the order they are presented by individual coaches.

To compete in a race, each child must have an active USSA membership. Each racer will pay an entry fee due at race registration. Racers do not need to send in payment vouchers in advance to the race secretaries.

Review Interclub requirements


Race Day

  • Each racer must have been pre-registered by their coach. Parent must pay the entry fee and pick up the racer’s bib the morning of the race. Most mountains open racer registration around 7:30am (it is generally busiest between 8 and 8:45).
  • Coaches will be in and around the registration area and notify all racers (or parents) when “course inspection” will begin. This is the time when the coaches and racers get a preview of the course and discuss strategy for the run.
  • The race is run in age group order from the youngest to the oldest, with girls in the age group first. Generally the start time is between 9 and 9:30.
  • The coaches will be present at the start and make sure that the racers are lined up in their correct order. Additionally, for the older racers, the coaches at the start will let them know if they need to wait at the start or if they have time for a few runs before their bib number needs to line up.
  • Once the first run is completed (this depends on the number of entrants) a short break will be taken. Sometimes there are adjustments to the race course made during this break.
  • Shortly after the first run is complete, the coaches will come to the lodge for their lunch and will know the timing for the second course inspection (if necessary) and start time for the second run, generally around 1:00pm.
  • Once racing is completed for the day, the coaches have a meeting. Once the coaches meeting is concluded, the awards ceremony begins. Awards are presented within each age and gender based upon timing and a review of any disqualifications. Medals are given to the 4th and 5th place finishers in each age and gender group and trophies area presented to the top 3 finishers within the same groups.

Read about Parent’s Role on Competition Days

There you have it in a nutshell! Please remember that Interclub is an introduction to racing and my motto to my racers has always been – Ski Hard, Ski Clean and have FUN.

Victoria Lehning

Written by Victoria Lehning
Butternut racer parent