How to get started in competitive snowboarding & free skiing!
The USASA Mt. Hood Series offers opportunities for riders & skiers of all ages to compete against one and other in Slopestyle, Boarder & Skier Cross, Halfpipe, and RailJams. Snowboarding and freeskiing is not just about competing. Its important that you're having fun playing on your equipment before you start down the competition path. Its a tough road with a lot of waiting around. If you're not ready to compete it might be better for you to spend more time practicing and honing your skills with a club or a coach until you are ready.
Competitive snowboarding and free skiing have certain inherent risks that participants and parents alike should recognize. These hazards include, but are not limited to changes in weather or snow conditions, natural and man made obstacles, structures, and features, equipment failure, high speed collisions with objects and structures, variations in steepness of the terrain, being struck by other skiers/riders or equipment, and exceeding one’s own ability. Participants should recognize that competitive snowboarding and free skiing might be more hazardous than participating in the sport recreationally. The risk of severe injury, permanent disability or death is present when engaging in these activities and the risk of severe economic and property loss and damage, exists in all training and competition locations and activities.
But if you're good to go and been working hard in the park & pipe here's what you'll need to do before hand and what you can expect.
Before you can register for an event:
To compete in the USASA events at the Mt. Hood Series you need to be USASA member. The best way to join the USASA is online, go to for more information or to join / renew today!
You must hold the proper credentials in order to compete in an event.
The burden of membership proof is on the athlete. It is strongly suggested that you bring your membership cards with you when attending a riders meeting or picking up you bib. If your membership is in question, you will NOT be allowed to compete.
You've got your USASA Membership.........Now what?
1. HOW TO ENTER: A contestant can enter a Contest by completing the appropriate Entry Form and the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (to be signed by contestant’s parent or legal guardian if contestant is under 18 years of age) that are available online during the registration process. Registration for each event closes at MIDNIGHT the Thursday evening before the contest. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.
2. USASA ELIGIBILITY: The USASA Mt. Hood Series events are open to all current USASA Members in the following age categories for both men and women:
Ruggie (7 under) Grommet (8-9) Menehune (10-11)
Breakers (12-13) Youth (14-15) Juniors (16-17)
Jams (18-22) Senior (23-29) Master (30-39)
Legend (40-49) Kahuna (50-59) Methuselah (60 & over)
Open Class Snowboarder * Skiers 9 under Skiers 10-12
Skiers 13-15 Skiers 16-18 Skiers 19-29
Open Class Skiers * Skies 30+ Adaptive Snowboarder
∙ Competitors must complete the resort release and waiver of liability, image release and rider / parent contract before being permitted to participate at any USASA competition.
∙ Competitors must have a current medical insurance policy.
Entry fees will be refunded only if requested 24 hours prior to the close of registration. Participants must have valid medical reason and each case will be reviewed. Refunds are at the sole discretion of Mt. Hood Series, LLC. Riders may be required to provide proof of medical excuse and each case will be reviewed. A $15.00 processing fee per entry will apply to all refunds, however we'll gladly transfer your entry fee to any other Mt. Hood Series event and waive the fee.