Ski competition in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, and Western Idaho is organized and conducted by the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA). PNSA and its' competitions are organized under the guidelines of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).
The Pacific Northwest Ski Association was originally developed out of the need for uniformity in all phases of ski competition. PNSA works with USSA in establishing the eligibility and qualifications of competitors, setting standards and certifications for coaches and officials, and organizes clinics and training programs for Freestyle skiing. As a division of USSA, PNSA plays a key role in all U. S. Freestyle competitions. PNSA’s competition program is the first step for Freestyle competitors to national and international amateur sports competition. PNSA is a non-profit organization and operates for the benefit of all PNSA and USSA members in the Pacific Northwest division.
The administration of Freestyle Skiing competition in PNSA is the responsibility of the Director of the Freestyle competition committee. The Director, in turn, is responsible to the PNSA Board of Directors. The Director appoints a chairman of the competition committee who appoints various subcommittees to implement policy in their technical areas.
PNSA’s athletic programs are designed and implemented by professional coaches and administrators as well as an active group of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. In addition, PNSA has direct input to the policies, procedures, and guidelines of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) through PNSA’S representation at various committee and subcommittee levels of the national organization.
PNSA maintains a year-round office to support the needs of PNSA competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers, and clubs. The office disseminates important information regarding race schedules, racer qualification and selection to traveling teams, coaches and officials clinics, etc. The office is available to help all PNSA clubs and individuals.