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Club Development

Club Development

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Program assists member clubs striving to improve the athletic experience for all constituents by supporting clubs in their increasingly complex environments through education, certification, recognition, and resources.Well organized and managed clubs are key to a successful experience for athletes and their families, coaches and other stakeholders.

The cornerstone of the Club Development Program is the Podium Certification Program. This certification process is mission-driven and self-reflective and allows a club to benchmark their performance against established standards; creating a platform for setting goals and measuring success. It provides a club with a roadmap for ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement.

Clubs that are not yet ready to engage in the certification application process, or are not sure if they have the capacity to start, can still benefit greatly from reviewing and discussing the materials and exercises related to the process. It will give them tools to understand best principles and practices and how they can improve as a club, as well as give them a realistic idea if they have the structure and resources in place to initiate the certification process. 

Club Certification

Podium Level Club Certification is designed for clubs that want to perform a comprehensive organizational assessment in order to verify and demonstrate their understanding of the best principles and implementation of best practices. The process is a partnership between U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the individual club, supported by education and resources, and culminates with a club interview (bronze level candidates) or club visit (silver/gold level candidates).

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Podium Certified Clubs are expected to engage in a continuous process of self-assessment, reflection and on-going improvement that enables them to stay relevant to their missions and to the athletes and families they serve. Clubs demonstrate this commitment by working continuously to improve their programs, actively participating in professional development opportunities and pursuing and maintaining certification.

Bronze-certified club: Podium level of certification for established or new clubs that have all the required elements in place for organizational and athletic success. The certification process involves a comprehensive organizational assessment putting the club on the path to continual improvement. The Bronze certification process is open to all clubs.

Silver-certified club: Podium level of certification for well-established and highly functioning clubs both organizationally and athletically. These clubs serve as a model in these areas, have consistent and long-standing track records of organizational and/or athletic success. Silver-level certification requires the approval of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager before starting the process.

Gold-certified club: This level of certification is reserved for the highest performing clubs in the country - organizationally and athletically. The standards for Gold are based on the ability to provide year 'round holistic support to athletes, including the availability of sports psychology, nutrition, strength and condition and rehab/recovery programs.

2024 Club Excellence Conference


2024 Hybrid Club Excellence Conference 

Friday May 17th, 2024 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday May 18th, 2024 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We're thrilled to host this dynamic event, catering to both in-person attendees and virtual participants from around the nation. Whether you're joining us onsite or logging in remotely, get ready to dive into a world of practical insights and collaborative opportunities across all disciplines. All registrants will receive recorded sessions following the event. 

$200.00 - $120.00 early bird special until April 26th for in person attendees.
*Includes continental breakfast both days and lunch at Blair Education Center, and a post- conference reception at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard USANA Center of Excellence on Friday. 

$80.00 - $48.00 early bird special until April 26th for virtual attendees.


Sheraton Hotel
1895 Sidewinder Drive Park City, Utah 84060

Book your group rate for US Ski & Snowboard Annual Congress & Club Excellence Conference


  • Please note all sessions will be recorded so if you are interested in registering for the sessions but cannot make the live dates, we will provide you all of the webinar recordings, all resources, and you will still qualify for continuing education credits.
  • We are unable to accommodate group registrations, please register individually for the conference
  • Attendance will earn you 8 continuing education credits to keep your coach certification current. 
  • Anyone who has already registered will be refunded for the early bird special price. Credits will be $32.00 for virtual and $80.00 for in person attendees. You will see this credited back on your card within 5-10 days. 


Thank you to our Club Excellence Conference Title Sponsor –World Cup Supply


2023-24 Club Insurance Webinar

The 2023/24 CLIP Insurance Webinar was held on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. 

To view the recording, please copy the passcode, then click on the link below and paste the passcode when prompted.

Passcode: x#%1=#u!  

CLIP Insurance Webinar Recording

Club Insurance Resources

To find out more about the 2023/24 Club Liability Insurance Program (CLIP), request a Certificate of Insurance (COI) or file a claim, please click here.  

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Comprehensive handbook for ski and snowboard clubs in line with established best principles and practices. Includes a Resource Library with Tools, Templates and Examples.
List of clubs who have met podium level certification criteria
All you need to know about becoming a certified club
Podium Certification Component
Visit here to see the recipients over the years.
Look for current club job openings.