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FIS card fee in your country?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I just renewed my (soon to be 18yr old) son's FIS card for 2015/16 and wanted to get a feel for what others are being charged. I hear through the grapevine that we pay a lot more for our cards because of the extra 3rd party insurance.

 

For Alpine Canada - Ontario Canada FIS, Alpine Discipline registration fees are:

 

FIS - Ontario only racing - $295 Cdn

FIS - Canada only racing  - $395 Cdn

FIS - International Races - $664 Cdn

post #2 of 15
US FIS: $85 if you register now.

But you must have USSA to register for that, at $150.


$292 CDN?

You also may need a regional fee roughly $35-50 depending on where you are.
Edited by sibhusky - 6/8/15 at 10:51am
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

For the record, the Alpine Canada "membership" is part of the FIS card fees (oh yeah and we pay 13% tax on that too)

 

Is there any kind of accident/medical insurance with USST fees?

post #4 of 15
Some. Excess over what your own insurance provides. Your own insurance is primary and you are required to have it.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

OK, the same as here then but I am always amazed that the insurance is so much when the National Organization's coverage is at least second, if not third or fourth on the list of insurers.

 

1) Provincial Medical Coverage

2) Any third party (i.e. work, purchased)

3) Alpine Canada Insurance

 

Found out the hard way when my son needed an X-ray then a MRI in Switzerland (total bill of ~1500 Cdn)

 

1) Ontario paid $40 out of the $120 for the X-ray, denied coverage of the $1300 for the MRI

2) Blue Cross paid $0 -  out of country insurance doesn't cover skiing as it is a "dangerous activity". Buried deep in the fine print, shame on me.

3) Alpine Canada's insurance took several months, and numerous emails and phone calls to get reimbursed.

 

Moral: Don't expect the government plan to cover anything, hope your work insurance does, Blue Cross sucks, and eventually you can get your claim paid after 9 months.

post #6 of 15
But your MRI was relatively cheap. Less than what I just paid to have it done on my dog.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

But your MRI was relatively cheap. Less than what I just paid to have it done on my dog.

 

My knee MRI would have been about $1500 had it been payed out of pocket. They aren't that expensive anymore.

post #8 of 15
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But your MRI was relatively cheap. Less than what I just paid to have it done on my dog.

 

 

No argument about the actual cost, but it is also why we had multiple levels of insurance, four actually, I omitted my work coverage as well. It took nine months of corresponding, submitting receipts, requesting and waiting for said receipts to be returned when claim denied to send to the next one, and finally paid by the fourth one.

 

I can only imagine what it would have been like had it been a serious injury that required hospitalization or surgery, mind you the Swiss medical system seems to reasonable.

post #9 of 15
I was hospitalized for a week in Austria and fortunately had trip insurance. Covered everything except $50. I didn't even contact my insurance. The exit bill was so cheap I handed them my Visa card. Spent some time getting it from the travel insurance company, but ultimately it was covered. If I recall correctly it was about $7000? Maybe $8000? For a whole week in the hospital, including the operation. I kicked at the cost of the insurance at the time, but it's the best "lottery ticket" I ever bought.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

I wonder what the same stay in a US hospital would have cost.

 

Learning from the first go around, another MRI the following year in Switzerland, before the appointment, we called the insurance company through my employer, claim open and approved, they even worked directly with the hospital and paid direct, couldn't have been easier.

post #11 of 15
Sibhuski, what kind if trip insurance did you have?
post #12 of 15
Travel Insured. But they've changed their underwriter and packages since then.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

US FIS: $85 if you register now.

But you must have USSA to register for that, at $150.


$292 CDN?

You also may need a regional fee roughly $35-50 depending on where you are.


USSA has actually made some improvements and reductions in fees this year.  Masters license has gone down to $90 from ~$125 .  My FIS Masters reg is IIRC another $30.

 

However the biggest plus this year is that USSA has removed the need to pay for multiple licenses for coaches and racers.  Previously I had to pay the $150 for my coaches license as well as the $125 Masters race license.  Now I only pay for the highest cost one and I can register for the lower ones, a definite plus.  Means coaches can also register for Masters racing at no extra cost.  Or a USSA registered racer (over 21) could also register for masters at no extra.  A nice change in approach for a change by USSA

post #14 of 15

Yeah,not that 20 bucks is a big deal, but I was pleased to see that next years USSA Masters licence went from $110.00 to $90.00. Anything that will encourage more participation in racing is a positive step.

post #15 of 15
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Yeah,not that 20 bucks is a big deal, but I was pleased to see that next years USSA Masters licence went from $110.00 to $90.00. Anything that will encourage more participation in racing is a positive step.

Plus now I have $20 more to spend on wax!

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