Welcome to the Far West Masters! If you are a new visitor to our site, you may wish to visit the Information pages to learn more About masters racing. See the How To Join page for membership information and applications. We are open to all and welcome new racers!

Masters ski racing is the premier adult ski racing series in the country. We are governed by United States Ski Association (USSA), the sanctioning body in the US for organized ski racing at all levels from juniors up through international and Olympic competition.

Far West Masters organizes USSA masters competition in the Far West division. Our yearly schedule includes all disciplines (SL, GS, SG, and DH), with races held mainly at ski areas in the central Sierras. Racers from 21 to over 80 years old compete in ten-year age groups.

Top News Items

  • Training Info and Season Opener

    The start of the 2017-2018 season is only a few weeks away and Sierra ski areas are opening up as early season snowstorms start to come through! We've updated the Training information page on the web site to pull together information on masters training opportunities in Far West.

    There are several active Masters training programs in our division that provide regular opportunities for race training. You can find regular masters training groups whose members compete in Far West Masters races at Squaw, Mammoth, Mt Rose, and Diamond Peak. Most offer both season-long participation as well as daily drop-in opportunities. These programs all offer gate training and work with competitors of a wide range of abilities - novice racers as well as experienced competitors are welcome!!

    Mammoth will once again be offering a full-week masters training camp the week after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27-Dec. 1, leading in to our season-opening SL races on Sat. Dec 2. This is a week-long camp geared towards the serious racer with GS and SL training including drills, progressions and gate training, and video analysis. Participants can join on a per-day basis or sign up for the entire week. Discounted lodging options are available until the room block cutoff date on Sun. Nov. 26 - great deals to stay slope-side!

    The opening races of the season with be a SL doubleheader at Mammoth on Saturday Dec. 2. Mammoth is a reliable early season race venue, so this is a good weekend to come a few days early or attend the full week training camp to get your ski legs tuned up before kicking out of the start gate on Saturday. Race registration is open online at SkiRaceReg.com - early entry deadline is Sun. 11/26; registration for online entries closes Thu 11/30.


  • Fall Newsletter and Membership Package

    The Fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The Fall newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter last season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    The Fall issue is packed with news about the upcoming season, including the complete season schedule and the Far West Masters membership package containing information on the 2017-2018 program and membership options for new and renewing members. Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership chair Mary Feddis by Nov. 13 so she has time to process everyone's application and ensure that our membership records and bib assignments are up-to-date for the coming season. Membership renewals received after the deadline are subject to a $5 late fee.

    (Note: late fees are only applicable to renewals. New members may join anytime during the season without late fees!)

    Online Membership Renewal: We're excited to be able to offer online membership renewal again this season through our Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg.com. The online membership options allow you to pay your membership dues using the same online account that you use to sign up for races and pay race entry fees. You will also have the option to purchase a print subscription to the Forerunner newsletter if you wish to receive a copy in the mail in addition to the electronic copy distributed to all members. Joining online is quick and easy, highly recommended!!

    Note: the first time you sign into your SkiRaceReg.com account at the start of the season, you will be told that your account is "inactive" and needs to be reactivated for the new season. You didn't do anything wrong, this happens every year!! We need to make sure that the contact and payment information for your account is up-to-date, so just follow the instructions on each page, it should only take a few minutes. We've put together a "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions) on about your SkiRaceReg.com account and the signup/renewal process, so take a look at that if you're not sure what's going on, or contact the Far West series administrators at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org if you need assistance.


  • 2018 Far West Membership

    Far West Masters membership will open on SkiRaceReg.com for the 2018 season in the first week of October, along with race registration for the coming season. The season membership information is now available and the fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter will be published soon!


  • 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Membership

    We are no longer USSA masters - USSA is gone. (say what?!)

    But fear not - our familiar USSA has relaunched the organization with a new name and imaging this summer to better represent its role in an increasingly diverse world of snow sports competition. Alpine sking is part of a larger family along with nordic skiing, snowboarding, freestyle, and freeskiing. So we are now part of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with a #OneTeam theme that emphasizes the collaboration and sharing among snow sports competitors.

    Alpine masters membership renewals are due Oct. 15. Masters membership dues has increased by $10 this season to $100. Late fees apply to all renewals after the deadline, so don't procrastinate! Short-term masters memberships will cost $20 per day and may be purchased for two events during the season (one or more days per event purchase).

    If you are interested in competing in the FIS Masters World Criterium at Big Sky MT in March, you must also purchase a FIS Masters license with your masters membership. (If not purchased with your membership, the FIS license can be added later in the season by contacting U.S. Ski & Snowboard Membership.)


  • Preliminary 2018 Schedule

    The preliminary 2017-2018 race schedule is now available. Schedule VP Mike Braun has worked hard to put together a race schedule which offers diverse competition opportunities at areas in Far West with a proven ability to host excellent events. Although there are still a few details being settled, we believe the preliminary schedule is essentially complete and should provide a fun season of racing opportunities.

    Returning competitors will notice a few changes from "the usual" in this season's schedule. The annual masters national championships will be held in the East this season, on the relatively early dates of Feb. 6-10 which in previous seasons has typically been when the western region championships are held. The national championship Downhill will be hosted by Rocky Mountain at Ski Cooper on Mar. 8-11. Our "big event" in the west this season is a big deal for masters everywhere: the FIS Masters World Criterium will be held at Big Sky MT on Mar. 19-24. This is the world championships of international masters racing and we expect a big field from around the world attending. The last Criterium held in North America at Mammoth Mountain in 2012, so it's a big deal to be able to have this fun event once again returning to the US.

    Our Far West season opens in December with a few changes from recent seasons as well. The season kicks off at Mammoth Mountain with two SL races on Saturday Dec. 2, following the traditional post Thanksgiving masters training camp week (preseason training camp details will be posted when available). We return to Mammoth two weeks later for two GS races on Dec. 16-17. Mammoth is one of the few areas with reliable early season conditions that can host a GS before the holiday break, so we think this is a great opportunity to add GS to our early season mix of disciplines.

    Following a break over the holiday period, racing resumes on Tahoe's South Shore with a 3 day event at Heavenly Valley on Jan. 5-7. Friday features two SL races leading into GS races on Saturday and Sunday. The Viva Italia Cup weekend is one of our classic events and we're looking forward to exploring some new race terrain as Heavenly has renewed their commitment to racing in recent seasons.

    Our second event in January is another classic: the Bernard Cup at Squaw Valley on Jan. 19-21. We will be racing GS on Friday and Saturday, wrapping up with SL on Sunday.

    February opens with 3 days of SG racing at Mammoth Mountain on Feb. 2-4. After a break for the Okemo national championships the week of Feb. 6-10, Far West racing resumes with a three-day event at Northstar on Feb. 23-25, featuring 2 SG races on Friday and GS races on Saturday and Sunday.

    On March 10-11, the McKinney Cup will offer two days of GS racing at Mt. Rose. Our Far West schedule takes another break in mid-March to allow competitors the opportunity to head to Big Sky for the FIS Masters World Criterium. Big Sky is a rightfully popular venue for masters, with great race hills and a welcoming Montana ambience, and the international flavor will add spice to the event.

    The season finals will be held at Mammoth on April 12-14. There will be two SG races on Thursday, GS on Friday, and wrap up with SL and the season finals banquet on Saturday.


  • Spring Forerunner newsletter

    The spring edition of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Editor Hamish Butler has pulled together stories from the final part of our 2017 Far West season, including our March races and the National Championships at Mammoth, blessed by a sunny break from our stormy weather!

    Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The Spring newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter thus season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.