Racing Essentials

Race Licences

To compete in cross country skiing state and national championships at open, junior (over the age of 12) or masters level, or to be eligible to be selected for the National Team, athletes need to be a member of Ski & Snowboard Australia and to hold a Race Licence. There are three categories of Race Licence – International, National and Sport.

To compete in school, club, Worldloppet or or any other citizen races it is not necessary to have a race licence. However all skiers are encouraged to sign up for Snowracer membership, which includes a Snow ID and also provides complimentary insurance cover.

Race Licence Types

Sport Racer

Sport Racer  includes Associate SSA Membership and is for skiers competing in Sports Class (including Masters) at Senior Championship events and all Junior (U20) Championship events. Please note junior athletes wishing to be eligible for  National Team selection will require ‘National Racer’ registration. Junior athletes requiring FIS registration will need to purchase ‘International Racer’ registration.

National Racer

National Racer includes Individual SSA Membership and Cross Country Registration. This category is for athletes of all ages who wish to compete domestically in Australian Championships and State Championships. Competitors in this category are eligible for all National Team selection.

International Racer

International Racer includes Individual SSA Membership, National Cross Country Registration, FIS Registration and the SSA International Competition Licence. Applicants must be 15 or over at the end of the year to be eligible for this registration. Please note that the ICL will only be activated once confirmation of insurance covering Cross Country Ski Races is provided to the SSA Office.

Non-Racing SSA Membership

Anyone is welcome to join Ski & Snowboard Australia as a non-racing member, which provides them with full voting rights and other membership benefits.

Snowracer

To compete in school, club, Worldloppet or or any other citizen races it is not necessary to have a race licence. However all skiers are encouraged to sign up for the free Snowracer membership, which includes a Snow ID and also provides complimentary insurance cover.

Race Licence FAQs

Do Worldloppet events need a licence to compete in?

No licences are needed for Worldloppet events or most other citizen or loppet races around the world.

What if I want to compete in the Sport class and have SSA voting rights?

A Sport Licence does not enable SSA voting rights. Those people who wish to have full SSA individual membership and to compete in a Sport class should register first as a Non-Competitor and then upgrade to the Sport Cross Country Racer registration at no cost.

What should I do if I’m a Junior athlete?

If you are not interested in senior level National Team or Ranking, and you are not concerned with SSA voting rights, then you should register as a Sport Cross Country Racer. Junior athletes wishing to be eligible for senior National Ranking and senior National Team selection will require National Cross Country Racer registration. Junior athletes requiring FIS registration will need to purchase International Cross Country Racer registration.

What should I do if I’m a Masters athlete?

If you are not interested in a senior level National Team or Ranking, AND you are not concerned with SSA voting rights then you should register as a Sport Cross Country Racer. You can compete in the same championship events as the National Cross Country Racer and will be eligible to win and be placed in the age classes at these events.

What if I’m not into racing at all?

For anyone interested in recreational cross country skiing or to join a club or other community of other like-minded cross country ski enthusiasts, Discover XC has comprehensive information on available opportunities.

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