Alpine Coaches

Professional, fun and energetic coaches are the USSA's greatest asset. The USSA Sport Education Department delivers high quality education programs at all levels of the pipeline for coaches of skiing and snowboarding in the United States. Our philosophy, based on the USSA Training Systems, is to coach athletes to become great skiers first, with a broad fundamental skill base and a love for their sport. Only then can they develop into great competitors for the long run. With this long-term development focus, USSA recognizes that it takes the leadership of quality coaches at each level of the training system for athletes to reach their full potential in sport and in life.

At the USSA, we start off all coaches with some basic education through the on-line USSA Fast Start Course. Then USSA Sport Education offers in-person coaching clinics throughout the year and around the country designed to give you a solid background in fundamental skiing skills, racing and in teaching sport. Try to attend a Level 100 clinic within the first year of your coaching.

A USSA coach membership is required for coaches to work at many USSA clubs. It is required to be in the venue for USSA sanctioned competitions as a coach. To become a USSA coach member:

  • Register on-line here
  • Complete a background screening (cost included in your membership dues)
  • Complete the USSA Fast Start course on-line

Once you've completed your membership, we encourage you to continue to pursue education in coaching through the USSA coaches certification program and to seek entry level officials training to help learn the rules of the sport (competition official or referee). Join USSA Sport Education on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop. Check out Center of Excellence TV, a fantastic video resource for coaches. And take advantage of our coaching resources and get discounts with your membership at the USSA Education Shop.

To find a coaching job, contact your local ski areas or ski clubs, or some clubs post open coaching positions here.

Each year, USSA recognizes coaches for outstanding achievement and contribution at the domestic and international level. See award recipients here.

For more information about coaching resources and education, contact USSA Sport Education by phone 435.647.2050 or email.

Coaching clinics

Take your coaching to the next level! USSA coaching clinics are offered in every region, learn more here.


Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level. Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted.

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