European International Schools Ski Race

EISSR Competition Rules Issue 2024

1. General

  1. By entering into this competition, all participants agree to adhere to the rules as specified here, and to follow all instructions of the Jury, Race Organising Committee or other officials as designated by the Race Organising Committee.
  2. Races will be run according to FIS ICR (International Competition Rules), except as amended in the rules below.
  3. All competitors must be sufficiently advanced in ski racing in order to compete. Team managers/coaches shall be responsible for deciding whether their competitors are capable of taking part.
  4. Every participant shall be responsible for their own insurance (accident and third party liability).
  5. It is compulsory for competitors to wear a helmet that is specifically designed for ski racing and bears a CE or EN 1077 or equivalent mark or a FIS conformance sticker (see FIS Equipment Regulations).
  6. No participant shall have any claim against the Organising Committee of EISSR for any damages or injury to any person or persons or for damage to any equipment arising from the competition or during practice.
  7. The Organising Committee reserve the right:
    1. to alter the race programme or timetable as necessary (for example in response to adverse weather conditions or technical issues).
    2. to prevent any competitor from starting on safety grounds (for example if their performance in Slalom or Giant Slalom indicates that they are not capable of safely competing in the Super-G).
    3. in extraordinary circumstances to alter or amend these rules.
    4. to decide on any matter not otherwise covered by the rules.
  8. Any changes to rules, programme or other arrangements will be notified to all teams as early as possible.

2. Entries

  1. There will be separate divisions for boys and girls and for age groups (see below).
  2. Each school will be permitted to enter no more than six skiers in any one of the eight groups.
  3. Entry lists must include surname, forename, gender and year of birth.
  4. Entry lists must rank skiers by ability, with the best skier first in each group.
  5. Entries must be made on the Official Entry Form.
  6. Entries beyond the cap of six per group may be accepted at the organisers discretion if overall entry numbers permit, but these entries must be agreed in writing with the organisers beforehand. Such entries will be eligible for individual places but their results will not contribute towards the team competition.

3. Age Divisions

  1. Age groups will be based without exception on the competitors year of birth, as listed below. These may differ from the classification used at other Schools competitions or at FIS events, but have been chosen to balance out the number of entries across the groups.
  2. Groups will thus be defined as:



    2024 Event

    2025 Event

    SeniorsA 2004-20072005-2008
    B 2008-20092009-2010
    JuniorsC 2010-20112011-2012
    D 2012 and younger2013 and younger

4. Awards and Prizes

  1. Individual Competitions : 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed boys and girls in each age group in each race.
  2. Combined Competition : 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed boys and girls in Senior (A & B) and Junior (C & D) divisions, based on combined times of all individual (i.e. Slalom, GS and Super-G) races.
  3. Overall Champions : 1st placed boy and girl overall, based on combined times of all individual races.

5. Team Competition

  1. Results from each individual race will count towards the Team Competition.
  2. Points will be awarded to the team of the first 15 placed competitors in each age group, gender and discipline.
  3. 25 points will be awarded for 1st place, 20 for 2nd, 15 for 3rd, 12 for 4th, then 11, 10, 9...and finally 1 for 15th.
  4. The winner of the Team Competition shall be the team that has amassed the largest number of points.
  5. Trophies will be awarded for the best Junior (C & D), Senior (A & B) and overall team scores.

6. Team Managers Meeting

  1. A Team Managers Meeting will be held during the evening prior to the first days racing, at the time and location as indicated on the Timetable.
  2. Representatives of each team must attend the Team Managers Meeting so they can be notified of any security or organisational issues or changes to the programme.
  3. The names of any skiers who were on the entry list but will not actually be competing should be notified no later than 24 hours before the Meeting, to allow the most accurate start lists to be produced.
  4. Start lists for the first run of the first day will be distributed during the meeting.
  5. Start numbers (bibs) will be distributed during the meeting. Racers keep the same start number for all races, the bibs will be collected in the Finish area at the end of the last race.

7. Start Order

  1. The start order for the individual races will be D girls, C girls, D boys, C boys (Junior Division) followed by B girls, A girls, B boys and A boys (Senior division).
  2. Start numbers will be allocated on a round-robin basis, selecting the next skier from the relevant age group in each school in turn. The order of selection of schools will be determined by random draw before the start of the first race.
  3. The same start (bib) number will be worn for all races. Bibs should be retained by competitors after each race except for the final race, when provision will be made to collect bibs in the Finish area.
  4. The order of racing for the first run of each race will be in ascending numerical order, that is starting with bib 1 and going upwards.
  5. The order of racing for the second run of Slalom and Giant Slalom will again be in age groups, with the order of each group from the first run simply reversed. Thus if there are 11 girls in the D group (the first group to race), they will run in bib order 1 through 11 in the first run, and from 11 downwards to 1 in the second run.
  6. Those who did not complete their first run (i.e. they did not start, did not finish or were disqualified) will still be allowed to take their second run in their proper position according to the start list, but their times may not appear on the results and they will not be eligible for medals.
  7. Start lists will be distributed at the Team Managers Meeting. The same start list will be used for all the races as the bib numbers are the same each time.

8. Start Procedures

  1. Racers must be on time at the start.
  2. Racers who are not at the start on time may not be permitted to start, unless there is a valid reason for their delay (ie lifts stopping).
  3. It must be stressed very strongly that trainers and managers must organise their teams in such a way that they do not risk any of their racers being sanctioned for being late at the start.

9. Re-runs

  1. Any racer who feels that they were impeded during the course of the race must report to the nearest gatekeeper or other race official and request a re-run. The racer must then ski in control down the side of the course (not through the course) and report to the Finish Referee in the Finish area, where they will be told whether their request will be granted.
  2. A re-run can only be granted by a member of the Race Jury.
  3. No skier who passes through the finishing gate and crosses the finish line to record a time will be permitted a re-run.
  4. If the racer is granted a re-run, they should then return as quickly as possible to the start and report to the Start Referee. Their re-run will take place as soon as the Start Referee deems it appropriate to do so.
  5. A re-run that has been granted by the Race Jury is only 'provisional', it does not necessarily count. The Race Jury will decide whether the re-run was valid or invalid, after consultation with the gatekeeper or other officials concerned.

10. Referee's Reports

  1. As soon as possible after the end of the each run, a Referee's Report listing those racers who were disqualified (DSQ), not permitted to start (NPS), did not start (DNS) or did not finish (DNF) in that run will be published.
  2. As the Gate Judge's paperwork is processed at the Finish, the Referee's Report will be officially published and announced at the Finish.
  3. Teams are strongly encouraged to ensure that a coach, manager or other representative is present at the Finish shortly after the end of every run to check the Referee's Report for any issues relating to their team.
  4. Any Protests concerning disqualifications or other matters relating to the Referee's Report must be made to a member of the Race Jury (preferably at the Finish) within 15 minutes of the publication of the Referee's Report.
  5. In accordance with FIS ICR 644.6 no protest can be considered or discussed after this 15 minute period has elapsed.
  6. The Organising Committee will make its best efforts to relay the information contained on the Referee's Report to the Start, but cannot guarantee to do so within the 15 minute protest period.

11. Results

  1. Results sheets (printed and/or via the web site) will be made available as soon as possible after each race.
  2. Where possible, results from the previous day will be posted in the Start area at the beginning of the second and third day of racing.
  3. Full results will be published on the web site as soon as possible after the competition has finished.