Intro to Alpine Race Timing

  • Date Saturday, 4 June 2022
    Sunday, 5 June 2022
  • Location Queenstown
  • Resort(s) Coronet Peak
  • Price(s)
04 Jun 05 Jun
Event for
  • Membership required

Snow Sports NZ is the national governing body for Alpine Ski Racing in NZ. We provide training and mentoring for race dept staff and club volunteers in all aspects of ski race organisation through a framework of nationally recognised qualifications.

The Intro to Alpine Race Timing course is designed to develop skilled and knowledgeable timers to support top quality race organisation in NZ. This 2-day course covers how to set up timing equipment for a race, the roles of starter, finish referee, hand-timer and timing assistant and will set the trainee up for further on-snow training towards the national level timer certification. This instructor led course will be backed up with at-home self-paced learning using our online resources and support during the winter from their timing mentor in person, over the phone or via email.

To register for this course please email [email protected]

What you need to bring each day:

  • A laptop (ideally PC as apple is not easily compatible with timing software) and charger
  • The course resources folder saved to your desktop (emailed to registered course attendees)
  • If you or your club have your own timing gear which you would like to train on, please bring this with you each day.
  • A notebook and pencil
  • For winter courses, please bring your skis and boots
  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Sunglasses or goggles, sun cream
  • A packed lunch or lunch money

Coronet Peak Course: We will meet each day at 8:45 in the boardroom of the admin building

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course timers will:

  • be able to correctly install the appropriate timing solution for all Snow Sports NZ level races.
  • be aware of common problems and know the protocol by which to implement the solutions.
  • Be able to create start lists, time races and process results accurately and in a timely manner
  • Be able to fill the role of Starter, Finish referee, Hand timer and timing assistant at all race levels.

Course Resource Materials

  • FIS Timing Booklet
  • Tag Heuer Manuals
  • Alge Manuals
  • FIS ICR
  • NZCR
  • SSNZ Timing Team Dropbox
  • Vola Ski Pro 2.27
  • SSNZ 2022 Configuration Files
  • SSNZ Ski Pro guidebook
  • SSNZ Timing installation checklist

Day 1: Timing Foundations

The first day of our course will cover all aspects needed for a solid foundational understanding of race timing. Including how times are calculated, how the timing equipment functions, how to set up the basic timing solution and the roles of the team who operate the timing system.

Day 2: Chief of Timing

On the second day we will cover the role and responsibilities of the chief of timing. Including creating start lists, race timing and processing results using ski pro software. We will also cover how the chief of timing leads the on-hill timing team and radio protocols.

Course Conclusion and Further Training

At the end of this Intro to Alpine Race Timing course you will know how to set up and run a SSNZ race and would be able to be part of the timing team, acting as a hand timer, starter or finish referee or timing assistant at FIS Level races.

You will be assigned a timing mentor who will be available to you during the winter via phone or email and you will be invited to be members of the timing team at SSNZ and FIS races. For 2022 our timing mentors are Hannah Hazeldine,  Arno Marten and Melissa Vistoli.

Course Fees

This 2-day course is free of charge to all Snow Sports NZ members.

About the National Timers Certification

To become a registered National Timer with Snow Sports NZ you will need to gain experience in each of the timing team roles at SSNZ and FIS races and continue further on-snow training with your assigned mentor. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 4 races, 1 race in each of the timing team roles, Hand Timer, Start Referee, Finish Referee and Assistant Timer, completed across at least two different mountains.

To be a part of the New Zealand National Timers, one must complete a supervised, chief of timing for a national youth level race.

National Timer candidates will be assessed on race at their home mountain and will be marked on:

  • Preparation
  • Team Captains Meeting Procedure
  • Equipment Set Up
  • Race Communication
  • Race Timing
  • Results Processing
  • Equipment Care

Intro to Alpine Race Timing

04 Jun 05 Jun
Event for
  • Membership required
  • Date Saturday, 4 June 2022
    Sunday, 5 June 2022
  • Location Queenstown
  • Resort(s) Coronet Peak
  • Price(s)

Snow Sports NZ is the national governing body for Alpine Ski Racing in NZ. We provide training and mentoring for race dept staff and club volunteers in all aspects of ski race organisation through a framework of nationally recognised qualifications.

The Intro to Alpine Race Timing course is designed to develop skilled and knowledgeable timers to support top quality race organisation in NZ. This 2-day course covers how to set up timing equipment for a race, the roles of starter, finish referee, hand-timer and timing assistant and will set the trainee up for further on-snow training towards the national level timer certification. This instructor led course will be backed up with at-home self-paced learning using our online resources and support during the winter from their timing mentor in person, over the phone or via email.

To register for this course please email [email protected]

What you need to bring each day:

  • A laptop (ideally PC as apple is not easily compatible with timing software) and charger
  • The course resources folder saved to your desktop (emailed to registered course attendees)
  • If you or your club have your own timing gear which you would like to train on, please bring this with you each day.
  • A notebook and pencil
  • For winter courses, please bring your skis and boots
  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Sunglasses or goggles, sun cream
  • A packed lunch or lunch money

Coronet Peak Course: We will meet each day at 8:45 in the boardroom of the admin building

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course timers will:

  • be able to correctly install the appropriate timing solution for all Snow Sports NZ level races.
  • be aware of common problems and know the protocol by which to implement the solutions.
  • Be able to create start lists, time races and process results accurately and in a timely manner
  • Be able to fill the role of Starter, Finish referee, Hand timer and timing assistant at all race levels.

Course Resource Materials

  • FIS Timing Booklet
  • Tag Heuer Manuals
  • Alge Manuals
  • FIS ICR
  • NZCR
  • SSNZ Timing Team Dropbox
  • Vola Ski Pro 2.27
  • SSNZ 2022 Configuration Files
  • SSNZ Ski Pro guidebook
  • SSNZ Timing installation checklist

Day 1: Timing Foundations

The first day of our course will cover all aspects needed for a solid foundational understanding of race timing. Including how times are calculated, how the timing equipment functions, how to set up the basic timing solution and the roles of the team who operate the timing system.

Day 2: Chief of Timing

On the second day we will cover the role and responsibilities of the chief of timing. Including creating start lists, race timing and processing results using ski pro software. We will also cover how the chief of timing leads the on-hill timing team and radio protocols.

Course Conclusion and Further Training

At the end of this Intro to Alpine Race Timing course you will know how to set up and run a SSNZ race and would be able to be part of the timing team, acting as a hand timer, starter or finish referee or timing assistant at FIS Level races.

You will be assigned a timing mentor who will be available to you during the winter via phone or email and you will be invited to be members of the timing team at SSNZ and FIS races. For 2022 our timing mentors are Hannah Hazeldine,  Arno Marten and Melissa Vistoli.

Course Fees

This 2-day course is free of charge to all Snow Sports NZ members.

About the National Timers Certification

To become a registered National Timer with Snow Sports NZ you will need to gain experience in each of the timing team roles at SSNZ and FIS races and continue further on-snow training with your assigned mentor. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 4 races, 1 race in each of the timing team roles, Hand Timer, Start Referee, Finish Referee and Assistant Timer, completed across at least two different mountains.

To be a part of the New Zealand National Timers, one must complete a supervised, chief of timing for a national youth level race.

National Timer candidates will be assessed on race at their home mountain and will be marked on:

  • Preparation
  • Team Captains Meeting Procedure
  • Equipment Set Up
  • Race Communication
  • Race Timing
  • Results Processing
  • Equipment Care