What is the USCSA Southwest?


The Southwest Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Conference (USCSA Southwest) is Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Arizona’s outlet for collegiate ski and snowboard competition.  Part of the Far West region of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association, the governing body of ski and snowboard racing at the collegiate level, the USCSA Southwest brings competition to the area. 


Since its inception in the 1970’s, the USCSA Southwest has been the regional stepping-stone to the USCSA National Championships, which brings together top caliber athletes and Olympic hopefuls from all over the United States and Southern Canada.

Where are USCSA Southwest Competitions?

The USCSA Southwest holds local conference competitions at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, located in Mammoth Lakes, CA, approximately five hours north of Los Angeles. With thirty lifts and unparalleled skiing terrain, Mammoth Mountain is Southern California’s most popular ski resort, averaging 12,000 ski and snowboard visitors every weekend. The USCSA Southwest offers Slalom, Giant Slalom, Boarder/Skier Cross, Rail Jam and Slopestyle competitions, held over 5 race weekends from December to April. Nordic competitions can be arranged upon request.


Other races held during the season include the Far West Regional Championships (Regionals) which alternate from northern to southern California annually, and the USCSA National Championships (Nationals) which rotates from east to west coast on an annual basis.

Who competes in the USCSA Southwest?

The USCSA Southwest is currently comprised of approximately 500 student athletes from 12 universities in California & Arizona, including:


***Any school in the Southern California, Southern Nevada or Arizona area that offers a minimum of an Associate or Bachelor’s degree is eligible for regular membership in the USCSA Southwest.  Contact info@sccsc.com for more information on starting a team at your school.

Who competes in the USCSA?

The USCSA is the collegiate home for all Colleges and Universities who are not currently competing in an NCAA conference program.  There are over 500 member schools nationwide, with competitions in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Snowboard Giant Slalom, Boarder & Skier Cross, Slopestyle, Rail Jam, Nordic Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Nordic Sprint, and Classic races & relays.

How do I join the USCSA Southwest?

Interested in starting a new team at your school? It’s easy; just contact the USCSA Southwest by sending us an email at info@sccsc.com to find out how. You can also get in touch with any of the officers and they will be able to help you. Check out our contact information. The USCSA Southwest will work with you to make starting a team and joining the USCSA as easy as possible.

Who is eligible to compete?

Any full time undergraduate student of any skill level, from beginners to expert is eligible to participate. The USCSA Southwest also offers restricted memberships to students at the graduate level, depending on past athletic competition.  As an intercollegiate athletic program, to participate all members must be eligible under NCAA Division II guidelines.  For more information, visit www.uscsa.com

What Benefits are there for athletes?

Aside from participating in intercollegiate athletics in action sports such as Alpine/Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, USCSA Southwest athletes enjoy great benefits such as reduced lift ticket prices, great deals on ski and snowboard equipment through Our Sponsors, an annual awards banquet, and the chance to meet skiers and snowboarders from all over Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. 

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