Volunteers are always welcome and are the backbone of ski racing, from the entry-level Nancy Greene to the World Cup and Olympic Levels. Without the dedication of volunteers, we couldn’t put on races for our young athletes, or run a ski club for that matter. Help is always appreciated during practices. For races, we are encouraged to provide one volunteer for every 3 racers. It is recommended that you take the Alberta Alpine’s Level 1 Officials Course. The club can arrange the training for our new parents. Volunteering is fun and easy and is a great way to get up close to the action!
Other Benefits to being a Volunteer:
Free lunch, coffee…sometimes with a shot of Baileys!
Provided with a lift ticket for the day
Skiing is optional (all races except for the JJO’s are within easy walking distance)
Meet members from other teams
Made to feel welcome and appreciated
Are given the best viewing positions of all races
Hand Timer (top of course): Hand timers time and/or record the exact starting time using time of day timing. They work under the direction of the Chief of Timing.
Hand Timer (bottom of course): Hand timers time and/or record the exact starting time using time of day timing. They work under the direction of the Chief of Timing.
Bib Collector: Collects bibs from the competitors at the end of the race.
Scoreboard Operator: Posts the unofficial time of each racer on the scoreboard as soon as they are known.
Gatekeepers: Gate judges are positioned along the course in strategic positions that allow them to evaluate whether racers properly passed through each gate. It is very important role. Gate judges should have thorough knowledge of competition rules. They must follow instructions from the Jury. They work under the direction of the Chief of Gates.
Course Workers: This job involves course maintenance during the race. Crews must be good skiers. Job involves raking, shoveling, resetting gates and gate panels when necessary. Course workers work under the direction of the Chief of Course.
Course Set-Up: Course set-up workers should be good skiers. They assist the Chief of Course with setting up fencing, setting the start and finish areas and setting gates.