Gate Judge Certification

Thank you for your interest in becoming a more educated and confident gate judge. The success and fairness of PARA racing depends on volunteers like you. Recognizing that the fairness of ski racing is often determined by the quality of the gate judging, PARA and its member clubs have created this program to give gate judges an opportunity to increase their knowledge.

Volunteers will become eligible for additional incentives at most races if they choose the option of becoming a certified Gate Judge. At some point in your child’s racing career, you WILL be asked to be a Gate Judge. Whether you are interested in certification or not, we strongly encourage all PARA members to attend a Gate Judge educational clinic or watch the United States Ski and Snowboard video and review the self - study materials available on the links below. By learning this material, you are helping to ensure that your club will continue hosting races in the future, that races are conducted fairly for your child and all others, and that you can help your child learn some of the basic rules of ski racing.

HOW the Gate Judge Certification & Incentive Program Works:

If you choose the option of becoming a certified gate judge, you must pass the “open book” online gate judge certification exam. Exams will be graded within two weeks of submission. Members who pass the exam will be eligible for the additional incentive of two complimentary lift tickets when you are accepted as a gate judge at most PARA races. The clinic and online self - study course each take approximately 60 minutes (you do not need both), and the exam takes about 30 minutes. Only gate judges that have passed the certification exam will be eligible for the additional incentives explained above.

Most clubs consider it mandatory for their own members to volunteer at races at their home mountain. You should not expect any additional incentive when volunteering at a race hosted by your own club even if non - members have been offered the incentive.

Note: where two complimentary lift tickets are offered, one of them must be used by the Gate Judge and one by his/her spouse, child or athlete. Certified Gate Judges who volunteer but do not fulfill their duties will lose their certification.

Contact - [email protected] with questions.



Click to view the USSA Gate Judge educational video

Download the Gate Judge self - study materials

Download the Gate Judge certification exam.

Save the file and send as an email attachment to [email protected]

Thank you for your interest.