Updated 2013-2013 USSMA Race Rules

With there being 3 ISMF sanctioned races in the US this year, we wanted to ensure that everyone was aware of the ISMF rules and of some changes that occurred this year.  The full list of ISMF rules is very detailed.  We recommend that all serious racers review these rules and make sure you are familiar with them.  The official rules are on the ISMF site.

Here are the key rule changes for the 2013-2014 season:

  • Reduced equipment is allows for Sprints, Relay’s, and Vertical races.  See page 10 of the official rules.
  • Boots/bindings must all be locked on all red-flagged portions of the course
  • You can hold your poles while locking/unlocking bindings
  • You can lock/unlock boots while entering the transition area
  • Broken skis/poles can be swapped out anywhere on the course

Here are the key rules that you should be aware of:

  • Uphill is marked with Green, Downhill with Red, Booting sections with Yellow 
  • You must ascend with skins
  • You must descend with boots locked and locked into the ski
  • Skis must be attached to a pack in 2 attachment points for all booters
  • Skins must be fully tucked into suit/jacket prior to leaving the transition area
  • All transitions must occur entirely within the marked transition zone
  • Poles must be flat on the ground during all transitions (skiing to skinning, skinning to skiing, skinning to booting, booting to skinning).  
  • Race and checkpoint officials can require racers to put on jackets at any time

Here is some additional useful information about gear and penalties.  This is a condensed version of the official rules, so please refer to the official rules as the source of truth.  

Required Gear


Penalties