Each year we receive many questions about why we pay a registration fee. For 10 years or so we have been paying $75 at the time of registration, but how exactly is that money used?
Most people have the misconception that the fee covers only racing, when in fact very little goes to the races.
Jackson Hole in 2013 is a prime example how a ski resort breaks down the fee:
Monday night party: $15/person
Wed night Theme party: $25/person
Thursday night awards dinner: $20/person
NAASF sanction fee: $10/person (this is paid back to NAASF to cover our cost, this past year a lot of that money was spent on raffle prices in support of the NAASF Foundation)
Misc. expenses for the resort: $ 5/person (This is supposed to cover staff for registration, printing of credentials, creating the brochure, race and practice courses)
As you can see a resort is limited in what they can and will offer our group when our numbers are as low as they are. Steamboat this winter was happy because we brought a large group, Crested Butte was happy with our low numbers because it was at the end of the season for them. At CB more than 80% of the registered skiers raced, JH had similar numbers. For 2014, Sun Valley wanted $5 more per person for the registration in order to host us to cover the increasing cost of doing business with us.
Bottom line is that our registration cost hasn’t kept up with the increasing cost of hosting our group. Many resorts (all resorts under the Vail Resorts umbrella) will not even submit a bid because we ask for a lot more than what our fee covers. Big Sky and Winter Park in their bids asked that we guarantee a certain number of attendance, and wanted to penalize anyone who didn’t book lodging at their resort properties with an extra $100 to register.
For the first time since 2003, we proposed to increase the registration fee by $10 for the 2015 season. This was voted on and passed unanimously at the NAASF summer meeting. We will most likely be forced to increase this fee again in a few years should our numbers continue to stagnate.
In conclusion, the registration fee pays for the parties and some of the administrative costs associated with hosting a NAASF ski week. The race training courses and the races they hold for us is mostly absorbed since we bring in additional revenue for the resort. By hosting us as a group, we are also offered discounts that are better than the normal travel industry rate