US Ski and Snowboard has pledged to ban fluorinated waxes from all non-International Ski Federation (FIS)-sanctioned events this season, despite the FIS delaying its ban on the waxes.
The FIS had initially agreed to ban the use of fluorinated waxes in all its disciplines from the start of the 2020-2021 season, but the FIS Council agreed to postpone that until July 1 in 2021 to gather more information.
However, US Ski and Snowboard President Tiger Shaw believes banning fluorinated waxes now is the "smart thing to do" to help the environment and "continue to level the playing field".
The organisation says random testing may take place at select competitions in a bid to "gather information to improve the tracking, measuring and implementation process", with sanctions potentially applied for failed tests.
US Ski and Snowboard voted in favour of eliminating the use of fluorinated wax at a meeting in May.
"Moving forward with banning fluorocarbon is the smart thing to do," said Shaw.
"Not only will we avoid the inevitable, but this will continue to level the playing field and move us in the right direction from an environmental perspective."
In November 2019, the FIS Council decided the use of fluorinated ski wax, which has been proven to harm the environment and have negative health impacts, would be banned.
The governing body has developed a testing device and had implemented testing and sanctioning protocols across all disciplines in time for the upcoming season.
However, the trialling of a hand-held testing device found measurement errors, leading to further testing and design adjustments to ensure consistency in results.
It is claimed the delay in implementing the ban will allow extra time to improve the accuracy of this device.
Athletes could be disqualified if fluorine is detected in their wax once the ban comes into force.