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FSC Achieves Gold Certification

By Rebecca Bell, 08/02/22, 11:30AM EDT


U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named  The Franconia Ski Club a Gold-certified club, the highest honor possible. 


The process of achieving Gold level certification as a club provides an opportunity for the National Governing Body, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, to assess a club’s current situation and determine areas of need. Gold certified clubs possess a heightened level of accountability to maintain and build upon areas of both strength and improvement, to ensure the longevity and stability of the organization and to help, through feedback and observation, to grow the cumulative strength of clubs throughout regions and across the country. 


Some of the benefits of being a Gold level club:


  • Unique professional development opportunities for staff

  • Eligible to apply for U.S. Ski and Snowboard High Performance Club Partnership Program and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Development Training Site designation

  • Participation in regional and national leadership forums

  • Access to aggregate data specific to podium certified clubs

  • Discounted rates on specific consulting services

  • Strategic Plan facilitation

  • Board Development

  • Fundraising and Grant Writing

  • Financial Management

  • Legal support

  • Human Resource Management

  • Program and Organizational Strategies


Ellen Adams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager

U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. FSC has demonstrated excellence in all areas and is recognized as an important partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and a leader among ski and snowboard clubs. As a Gold certified club, FSC serves as a model of excellence, both organizationally and athletically, and is a valuable resource to winter sport in the U.S. 


Gar Trayner, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Education Director

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Certification program is a valuable resource for all our clubs.  Our clubs all are working hard to be the best they can be and give all of their athletes a great experience in skiing and snowboarding.  The Certification program gives our clubs the resources they need to assess and improve their structure and programs to meet their organizational goals and the goals of the thousands of U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes across the US.


Anouk Patty, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport

Working in closer partnership with our member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continued improvement is the new frontier for our organization. Our clubs are our sport’s biggest asset to athlete recruitment and development, and working hand-in-hand with them will enhance their levels of achievement and will transform the performance of our athletes and teams at all levels.