About PARA

The Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association (PARA) is the governing body of sanctioned racing in Pennsylvania. We are 1,000 members who are passionate about alpine ski racing. PARA members are located throughout most Pennsylvania ski areas. PARA is one division of the Eastern Region of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).

USSA is the primary governing body of alpine skiing and snowboarding in the United States and is one of over 40 Olympic sports organizations in America. It is the backbone of U.S. alpine ski racing and snowboard competition. It is responsible for developing competition programs in skiing and snowboarding including well-managed competitions and professional coaching programs to provide young athletes with an opportunity to reach an Olympic dream.

PARA schedules a full calendar of sanctioned races. Qualifying races are used to rank athletes and invite the top racers to compete at various Pennsylvania State Championship races. Though state championships, racers are selected to a PARA State Team and may advance to invitational ski camps and races, including the Eastern Regional Finals or Eastern Regional Junior Olympics.

To compete in PARA races, the competitor must be a USSA Alpine member and a member of PARA or another USSA division or region. State Championship eligibility is limited to USSA PARA members.

PARA By-laws


PARA Rules and Procedures