Job Descriptions

Here is a list of key personnel and jobs that volunteers will encounter while working on a Whistler downhill.  Some of the crews listed here are described in our 'Crews' section. Note: The 'ICR' is the FIS International Competition Rules (the little blue book).

A-Net Crew
Assistant Referee
Assistant Starter
Assistant Timekeepers
B-Net Crew
Chief of Race
Chief of Course
Chief Gate Judge
Chief of Timing 
Chief of Radio Communicataions
Chief Timekeeper
Course Coordinator
Course Crew Leaders
Crew Chief
Dye Crew
Finish Controller
Finish Referee
Equipment Manager
Gate Runners
Race Secretary
Section Chief
Steward or Security
Slipper Crew 
Start Referee
Technical Delegate (TD)

The Chief of Race (lCR 603.3.1)

The Chief of Race directs all preparation of the competition and supervises the activities in the technical area. He/She summons meetings for consideration of technical questions and leads the team captains' meetings after consultation with the Technical Delegate.

The Chief of Course (lCR 603.3.2

The Chief of Course is responsible for the preparation of courses in accordance with the directives and decisions of the Jury. He/She must be familiar with local snow conditions on the terrain concerned.

The Chief Gate Judge (lCR 603.3.5)

The Chief Gate Judge organizes and supervises the work of the gate judges. He/She designates the gates each gate judge will supervise and places them in position. At the end of the first round and at the end of the race he/she will collect the gate judges' control cards for delivery to the Referee. He She must distribute, in good time, to each gate judge the material that he needs (control card, pencil start list, etc.) and be prepared to offer assistance either to help keep the spectators off the course or to help maintain the course, etc. He/She must make sure that the numbering and the marking of the gates are done within the required time.  He/She may be given the responsibility to coordinate with the Equipment Manager to ensure an adequate number of proper gates and gate panels are distributed and available for course set and maintenance.   Must be a minimum Level 2 official.

The Chief Gate Judge reports to the Chief of Race.

The Chief of Timing and Calculations (lCR 603.3.6)

The Chief of Timing and Calculations is responsible for the coordination of officials at the start and finish, including timing and calculations and backup timing. In slalom, he/she or a special assistant will decide the intervals between starts. Responsibilities also include:

  • Set up and operation of the timing system including the testing and trouble shooting
  • Coordination of electronic and hand timing volunteers
  • Coordination with professional scoring staff
  • Coordination of electronic and hand timing volunteers
  • Responsible for the operation of the speed trap

The following officials are under his/her direction:

  • Starter
  • Assistant Starter
  • Start Recorder
  • Chief Timekeeper
  • Assistant Timekeepers
  • Finish Controller
  • Chief of calculations and his assistants

The Chief of Timing and Calculations reports to the Chief of Race.

The Start Referee (SR)

The start referee must remain at the start throughout training and competition. The SR is responsible for the organization and supervision of the start and observance of all regulation. Responsibilities include:

  •  to make sure that the regulations for the start and the start organization are properly observed
  •  to determine late and false starts
  •  to be able to communicate immediately with the jury at all times.
  •  to report the names of all competitors who did not start have made a false or late start or other rule infringement.

The Start Referee reports to the Chief of Race.

The Finish Referee (FR)

The finish referee must remain at the finish throughout training and competition. The SR is responsible for the organization and supervision of the start and observance of all regulation. Responsibilities include:

  •  to ensure that the regulations for the organization of the finish and the finish in-run and outrun are properly observed.
  •  to supervise the finish controller, the timing and the crowd control in the finish area.
  •  tot be able to communicate immediately with the Jury at all times. 

The Finish Referee reports to the Chief of Race.

The Referee and the Assistant Referee

The Referee is appointed by the Technical Deletage, usually from the participating team coaches.  The Referee is reqired to:

  • to conduct the draw of start times.
  • to inspect the course after it is set, either alone or accompanied by other members of the Jury
  • to change the course by taking out or adding gates.
  • to receives reports from the Start & Finish Referees and Chief Gate Judge regarding rule infractions and gate faults at the end of each run/race.
  • to check , sign and post the Referee report after each run on the officials notice board

The Assistant Referee is expected to assist the Referee in all of the above duties. In addition, both the Referee and Assistant Referee are the representatives of the competitors on the Jury. 

The Chief of Radio Communications

  •   Programs race course radio’s
  •   Manage the check-out of radios and equipment to Jury

The Chief of Radio Communications reports to the Chief of Race.

The Race Secretary (lCR 603.3.7)

The Race Secretary is responsible for all secretarial work for the technical aspects of the competition and, with others, for the preparation of the draw. He/She must ensure that the official results contain the information required by article 617.3.4. He/She is responsible for the minutes of the technical officials, the jury and team captains' meeting. He/She must ensure that all forms for the start, finish, timing, calculations, and gate judging are well prepared, and handed over to the officials concerned in good order at the proper time. He/She receives official protests and distributes them to the appropriate people. He/She must facilitate the calculation of results by appropriate preparation and ensure that they are duplicated and published as quickly as possible after the completion of the competition.

The Race Secretary reports to the Chief of Race.

Equipment Management & Control

The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure that the proper tools and equipment are where they need to be when they need to be there and that they are in the appropriate numbers. The Equipment Management and Control Team will work closely with the Chief of Course.  SeeEquipment Crew.

Course Coordinator(s)

The Course Coordinator(s) are the key component in the overall success of efficient course work. They are responsible for the orderly disbursement of crew and tools to specific job sites along the course as requested by the Chief of Race, Chief of Course, and Section Leaders. All Crew Leaders must go through Course Coordinators for work assignments prior to heading out on the course.

Section Leaders (Crews will be assigned based on work requirements)

Section Leaders (Section Chiefs) are assigned specific geographic locations along the course. The Section Leader's primary job is to ensure all aspects of his or her section of the course is made "competition ready" and maintained to the highest standards. On snow removal days, the Section Leader, in conjunction with the Chief of Course, will determine the specific work to be done, as well as the number and the type of people needed to accomplish the task. During Course setup, the Section Leader is responsible for deterimining necesarry work and for organizing materials prior to the arrival of assigned Course Crews. During training and race days the Section Leaders and assigned crews will remain in place to assist with course maintenance, including gate and fencing repair.

Course Crew Leaders & Crew

The Course Crew Leaders (Crew Chiefs) are assigned crews of five to eight volunteers.  Their primary responsibility is to assist the Section Leaders in the preparation of the course. Their initial direction will come from the Chief of Course via the Course Coordinators. Once assigned a section or other specific job,  Course Crew Leaders will assist the Section Leader in organizing the efficient work of the crew. The Course Crew Leaders must keep their Crew together and report work status to the Section Leader, either via radio or directly.   Upon completion of an assigned job, the Crew Leader must report to the the Course Coordinators to receive the next assignmen, or to advise the Coordinator of any plan to 'take a break'..

Slipper Crew Leaders/Slipper Crew/Slipper Chief

The Slipper Crew Leaders will be assigned crews of five members. Their primary responsibility will be to familiarize their crews to the proper slipping procedures as well as to insure that all crew members know the locations and protocol at each slip station on race days. On snow removal days,  Slip Crews will assist the Section and Course Crews in course preparation at the direction of the Chief of Course, via the Course Coordinators. There will be a Slipper Crew Leader that will control the movement and direction of Slippers at the direction of the Chief of Race or the Chief of Course.


The Bullets are crews of the strongest skiers available, which is utilized to shuttle tools and other miscellaneous equipment during course preparation, and on training and race days. Theytake direction from the Chief of Course and the Course Coordinators.

Steward or Security

The Steward (Security Crew) monitor all entrances to the competition and training areas, ensuring that only those with appropriate accreditation are allowe onto the course. Attention should be paid to ensure enough space exists behind the barriers to permit circulation of spectators.

Gate Runners

The Gate Runners are a select group having a strong skiing and racecourse background.  They assist in the Course Set, Course Triangulation and immediate gate repair or change during a race interval.

A-Net Crew

The A-Net crew (also known as the Safety Crew) supervises the maintenance of all A-Nets on a daily basis. They coordinate with the Chief of Course and Section Leaders for specific work that needs to be done, such as cleaning fresh snowfall from the nets.  No rigging may be changed on any A-Net without the approval of the A-Net Supervisor.

 B-Net Crew

The B-Net crew supervises the maintenance of all B-Nets on a daily basis. They will coordinate with the Chief of Course and Section Leaders for specific work that needs to be done. They will assist Section Leaders during training and racing.

Dye Crew

The Dye Crew comprises four to six strong skiers who apply the final application of vegetable dye lines and cross hatches prior to training and racing.  They maintain the lines during training and races at the direction of the Jury and the Chief of Course.

Technical Delegate (TD)

The Technical Delegate  has advisory control over pre-race and post-race operation and, together with the other members of the Jury, has complete control over the operation of the race during its competitive operation. Along with the Jury, the TD has the final decision in all matters of safety and has the authority to cancel, postpone or annul the race if necessary. In all cases the Technical Delegate is the representative of the governing body by whom he/she is appointed, usually the FIS


The Jury controls an Alpine Ski Race and rules on all questions on the interpretation or applicability of the rules of competition.  Depending on the type of race, the Jury is made up of the following voting members:  Technical Delegate,  Referee, Assistant Referee, Chief of Race.  The Jury also comprises the following non-voting advisors:  Start Referee, Finish Referee.   The Jury is responsible for all decisions concerning the race, and concerning protests and for upholding all the rules relevant to the event. All members of the Jury become members of the Organizing Committee upon their appointment.