Interschools General Info

How to Ski / Ride for your School

The Interschools Snowsports Championships are a series of snowsports competitions where students compete for their school as part of a team or an individual in any of our 9 discipline events.

Alpine - Skiers are timed on a modified giant slalom course

Skiercross - Skiers are timed individually on a course including jumps and high-banked turns.  

Freestyle Moguls - Skiers are scored on a bumps/jumps course

Snowboard Giant Slalom - Boarders are timed on a modified giant slalom course

Snowboard Cross - Boarders are timed individually on a course including jumps and high-banked turns.  

Cross Country Freestyle - Raced with skate or classic cross country skis or style with a mass start

Cross Country Relay - 3 Person Relay team only event

Ski Slopestyle – Skiers are scored on a variety of obstacles including jumps, rails and/or other terrain park features (Division 1-3 only).

Snowboard Slopestyle - Snowboarders are scored on a variety of obstacles including jumps, rails and/or other terrain park features (Division 1-3 only).

Who can compete?

Competitors from all ability levels are encouraged to enter, with an emphasis on fun and participation in the initial regional championships. As the competitions move into the State and then the National event, the level of competition and the degree of difficulty increases.

Interschools is a team-based competition for students attending the same school, although individuals can enter when insufficient competitors are not available to form a team (except for the Cross Country Relay which is a team only event). 

Teams and Individuals compete in their school divisions: Division 1 Years 11 & 12, Division 2 Years 9 & 10, Division 3 Years 7 & 8 Division 4 Years 5 & 6, Division 5 Year 4 and below, Division 6 Kindergarten to Year 2 (Alpine and Skiercross only) 

Competitors can compete up a division to make a team. However, a primary school competitor can not race in a secondary division. Females can compete in a male team.

The top 3 teams and individuals are awarded in each event, except the Cross Country Relay where only the teams are recognised. The top 5 teams and top 10 individuals from an event are considered for an invitation to the next competition round.

To achieve a team score, teams need to include:

  • 3-4 competitors for Alpine. Fastest 3 times in each run needed to achieve team result.

  • 2-3 competitors for Skiercross, Freestyle Moguls, Snowboard Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross and Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle. Fastest times/scores in each run needed to achieve team result.

  • 3 competitors for the Cross Country Freestyle and Relay. Aggregate of 3 team member finishes used for Freestyle team place.

What Skill Level are the Competitions Suitable For?

School students from all ability levels are encouraged to enter, with an emphasis on fun and participation in the initial Regional Championships. As the competitions move into the NSW State and Australian event, the level of competition and the degree of difficulty increases.

It is advised that all competitors must be able to execute link turns and ride a chairlift/T-bar confidently, prior to competing in Regional Level events.

What are the entry fees?

For the Northern NSW & QLD Interschools Championships, the race entry fees are $47 per event, per competitor. There is a once only annual registration fee of $30 that is due at the Regional Championships. The fee includes event insurance, administration costs and non-voting membership of NSW Snowsports.

The online entry system generates a tax invoice once you have completed your entries. This can be paid by the school or on behalf of the school. Payment can be made by Direct Deposit, B Pay or Cheque. The School Principal must sign the school tax invoice. Cheques and the signed school tax invoice can be sent to: NSW Interschools, PO Box 740 , Jindabyne NSW 2627. 

How and When do Schools Enter?

Entries can only be completed online at the Interschools online entry system https://entryinterschools.com.au  

Online entries for the Regional Interschools Championships open in May each year and typically close in mid-June. Online entries for the State Championships will open after the completion of the three Regional Championships, typically in early August. Online entries for the Australian Championships open after the completion of the NSW State Championships.

Schools need to register for the online entry system only once. If you are a new school, you can register the school at the above link.

If you are not sure whether you need to register the school for the online entry system, please email Interschools first to confirm. The login for the online entry system is the school coordinator email address and password. If you are taking over from another school coordinator, email Interschools to retrieve / amend the school login.

3 Ways to get your school involved

1. Talk to your head of sport or other at your school to drun up interest and ler them know that you will be participating.

2. Put a story in the School Newsletters about the Championships and requesting additional snow sports enthusiasts.

3.Organise an Information Night. Request an Interschools rep to attend to answer any questions