The Blue Ribbon is a way for skiers to measure their progress and achievements in downhill slalom racing. It provides a benchmark of each skier's performance and records their Personal Best time (known by all as a PB) for completing the course. Skiers try to improve their PB at each Blue Ribbon race, and those achieving a PB are awarded a medal at the end of the session.
A Blue Ribbon race is normally held on the first Saturday of each month and each skier gets the chance to ski a timed course. There are six runs, three on stubbie (small) poles and three on full size poles. The coaches are on hand during the Blue Ribbon races to give advice and tips to the skiers, and often the coaches themselves participate in the races.