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

  • Alpine Schedule Correction

    Correction to the Alpine schedule for this weekend: first run will be start at 9:30am each day (not 10am). Race checkin will be 7:30-8:30 each day in the Alpine lodge by the fireplace. Lift will open at 8:30 for competitors to provide access to the race venue on Kangaroo.

    Details on post-race party on Saturday are still be finalized; tentatively about an hour after the completion of the race.

    Reminders: all competitors MUST sign the Alpine release form. If you have not already faxed a copy to Alpine or signed the online release, please arrive early at race checkin to ensure sufficient time to complete the required form. There will be no day-of-race signups; you must be on the start list prepared the day before the race in order to complete. Online registration is open until 9pm Thursday 12/18.

    [Thu 18-Dec-2014]

  • Scholarship fundraising for Michael Cooper

    Scholarship program director Eddie Mozen has asked us to share a special fund-raising request with everyone.

    One of our long time scholarship athletes Michael Cooper has been invited to race in Europe with the US Ski Team Development Program. This is a great opportunity for Michael and recognizes his impressive development as an athlete, but it's a very expensive trip (over $3500) that requires funds from the invited athlete.

    The Scholarship Program would like to help support this trip. Michael spoke at our post-race party at the Mammoth races and was very impressive. Eddie has already received donations and pledges for almost half that amount. One of our members agreed to donate up to $1000 to the cause and in addition will match all funds raised by individual donations up to an additional $1000 by a Dec 20th deadline at our Alpine Meadows race.

    So... please contact Eddie Mozen with pledges to this project prior to December 20th so we can raise the total to $1000 and contribute the entire $2000 to Michael. If we can get 10 people to send in $50, we would reach our goal! Make tax deductible checks out to "Far West Masters Scholarship Program" and send c/o Eddie Mozen to PO box 3718, Olympic Valley, Cal 96146. Please notify Eddie by email at ebmozen@gmail.com of your pledge so that we can keep track of contributions by the deadline. Thanks!!

    [15-Dec-2014]

  • Alpine SL event information

    Alpine Meadows will be hosting two SL races on Dec. 20-21, the weekend before the holiday schedule break. We will be racing on Kangaroo, with daily checkin 7:30-9am in the Alpine lodge by the fireplace and first run at 10am. Early registration deadline is Sunday Dec. 14; registration/cancellation deadline is Thursday Dec. 18. There will be no day-of-race signups accepted - you must be registered by the day prior to the race to be on the start list.

    All competitors *MUST* sign the Alpine release form. Competitors are requested to please submit their signed release form prior to the event to simplify race day checkin. You can print the release form and fax to Alpine, or sign online through the squawalpine.com/eStore using the link below (you will need to login or create an account on their site to submit your release form online).

    Saturday social event time/location will be announced when details finalized.

    [10-Dec-2014]

  • Mammoth Season Opener

    The season opening weekend races at Mammoth Mountain were held after a welcome mid-week storm system brought 1-2 feet of much-needed snow to supplement the snowmaking foundation on the ADG (Andy's Double Gold) race hill. The weather cleared for the weekend and the new snow resulted in very good course conditions.

    In an unusual arrangement for all, masters and USSA junior racers all competed together this weekend, as Mammoth's Race Department took on the additional challenge of hosting a USSA open race originally scheduled for the Tahoe area. The masters field was split into two sections, with the women and older men's classes racing first on the girls course and the younger men's classes first on the boys course. After consideration of field size, open class prospects, and season scoring, a course split variation of the standard masters groups was used - the "C/D-" groups took the top end of the usual masters running order, with all women and men's classes down to M09, while the remaining men's classes M08 and younger formed the "A/B+" group.

    The weather was good all weekend - sunny, moderate temps, and light winds - and Mammoth's race crew was out in full force to prepare and maintain both courses. While it was a relatively long day for both racers and crew with so many racer starts between both the masters and juniors fields, many positive comments were made about the event.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page. (Initial season standings for 2015 will be posted after the scoring software is updated to handle the unusual split-courses results from this weekend)

    [07-Dec-2014; updated 12/8]

  • Mammoth Weekend Schedule

    The detailed schedule for this weekend's Mammmoth SL races has been posted tonight by the Mammoth Race Department. The schedule is somewhat different from our usual, as a USSA open race moved from Tahoe will be run following the masters field.

    Race checkin is 7:30-8:30 at the Mammoth Race Department in the Team HQ building just west of the Main Lodge. Please come early so we can get everyone out on the hill. The masters field will be split between two courses this weekend. The C/D- course will start at 9:30, with all women's classes and men's classes 9 and up, in standard masters running order. The USSA girls race will follow the masters field on the first course. Class 8 men and down (A/B+ groups) will run on the second course, starting at 10:30, with the USSA boys field following the masters.

    The post-race party will be in town at Giovanni's (in the Vons shopping center) at 4pm.

    [05-Dec-2014]

  • Mammoth Schedule Changes

    Due to limited coverage and hill space, our opening weekend races at Mammoth on Dec. 6-7 are being changed to two SL races - one race Saturday, with the second SL race originally planned for Saturday moved to Sunday to replace the planned GS. It is not currently possible to hold a GS race.

    Mammoth's race crew is doing their best to put on our event under challenging conditions as we enter another race season with continuing dry conditions. Mammoth currently has a number of runs open in the Main Lodge area - Broadway, Stump Alley, Unbound park, Mambo, Saddle Bowl, and Powder Bowl are all open, with race training on Andy's Double Gold, and the snowmaking guns are cranking out as much as posisble.

    We will post additional details on the weekend race schedule early in the week, as soon as evolving plans stabilize. For those coming to the Mammoth Masters training camp next week on Dec. 1-5, all training will be SL. A mix of free-skiing, drills, and gates will be provided. Meeting time is 9:30am at the Super Sign in front of the Main Lodge on Monday and Tuesday, with training from 9:30-1pm. On Wed-Thu-Fri, meet at 9am for drills and gate training until noon. Additional training will be available on Friday Dec 5th on ADG from 12.30pm till 2.30pm.

    [29-Nov-2014]

  • USSA Masters Comp Guide and Newsletter

    The 2015 USSA Masters Alpine Competition Guide with information about USSA masters racing around the country and this season's major regional and national events is available from the ussa.org web site. If you would like a hard copy of this year's guide, email Bill Skinner at bskinner@ussa.org with your mailing address. Far West Masters will also have some copies available at our opening race in Mammoth in December.

    The Fall USSA Masters newsletter has also been sent out to all masters. You should have received a copy in the mail, or you can download a copy using the link below. This issue contains some great articles about technique and tuning as well as reports from all the masters divisions.

    The fall newsletter also features an excellent article about competition rules, highlighting some of the key rules to be aware of this season. New this season, missing a gate in DH, SG, or GS is a DNF - you may no longer hike back if you have missed a gate or have come to a complete stop after a fall. (Hiking is still permitted in SL, as long as you have not been passed and do not interfere with the next competitor.) Important to know about is a new rule coming next season with stricter helmet requirements to meet FIS standards for GS, SG, and DH. Helmets that meet the new standards are recommended this season and will be required for ALL USSA competitors U14 and older in the 2015-2016 season.

    [25-Nov-2015]

  • Race Registration is open!

    Race registration is now open for the 2014-2015 season! Complete information is available on the Season Schedule page. You can register online at SkiRaceReg.com or print and mail an entry form with checks directly to the race organizer. We encourage everyone to use the online race registration, it's easy and reliable, no worrying about whether your entry got delivered by mountain mail!

    You will need to open or re-activate your account on SkiRaceReg before you can sign up for this season's races. If you already have an account, the account signup pages allow you to review and update your contact information, and also to provide current charge card information for charging race entry fees.

    PLEASE NOTE: The first time you log into your SkiRaceReg account for the season, you'll be taken to the signup page "Renew Membership - Far West Masters" with an explanation of the activation process for your online account. Please remember that "membership" in the Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg is only for your race signups; it is *NOT* your annual Far West Masters membership.

    There are no fees for opening your account on the system - charges are made only for race entry fees at the time a race is held. You will get a charge notification message when your account activation is completed, but the amount will be $0 - that's just a confirmation that the system has successfully recorded your account information. You aren't being billed for anything yet!

    The entry deadline is published for all races and you can enter (or cancel without penalty) anytime up to the deadline, which is usually set to provide a one-day setback to allow the race organizers to pull entry lists and prepare the race operations computer systems for the event. Entries after the deadline or on the morning of a race at checkin are at the discretion of the organizing area; day-of-race signups will generally *NOT* be accepted this season - you must be on the start list prepared the day before the race in order to compete.

    New for the 2015 season, the early registration deadline for all races will be midnight of the Sunday prior to the start of the event. After the early registration deadline, there is a $5/race late entry fee. The late fee is designed to encourage early signups so that we can plan and prepare to put on the best possible event and give everyone a good experience on race day. You can cancel without penalty anytime up to the published entry deadline, so there's no downside to early signup if your race plans are tentative - just cancel before the final deadline if you con't make it.

    [07-Nov-2014]

  • Mammoth Masters Camp

    Mammoth will once again offer a masters training camp on Mon-Fri Dec. 1-5, following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is a great way to kick off your season with some time on snow and gate training going into the season opening race weekend on Dec. 6-7.

    Drills, gates, and video sessions will be provided, with coaches from the Mammoth masters and ski team. You can attend by the day or for the full week; see the camp information flyer for details or visit the Race Department's web page on mammothmountain.com

    [05-Nov-2014]

  • Fall Newsletter and Membership Package

    The Fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter is in the mail! All members who have joined within the past few seasons will receive a copy. Click the link below to view online; previous issues of the Forerunner are available on the Newsletters page.

    The fall issue also includes the Far West Masters membership package, with information on the 2015 program and membership application for new and renewing members. Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership chair Mary Feddis by Oct. 31 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.

    New bibs for 2014-2015!! All members will be getting new bibs this season. You must renew by the Oct. 31 renewal deadline to be assured of retaining your current bib number. After the renewal deadline, all bib numbers from 21 up not assigned to current 2015 members can be requested by any new or renewing member. So if you like your bib number, get your membership application off to Mary ASAP!

    Reminder: don't forget your USSA masters competition license! Renewals are charged a $25 late fee after Oct. 15, so get your license renewal in to USSA if you haven't already! You can print and mail the USSA license form, or use USSA's online member service to renew online. Details and links are available on the How to Join membership information page:

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

    [06-Oct-2014]

  • Officials Clinics

    The annual Far West division officials education and certification clinics will be held on Sat-Sun Nov. 8-9 at Squaw Valley' Village. If you've ever considered getting more involved in our Far West Masters racing program, becoming an official is a great way to contribute as well as to learn more about our sport (many of us who have gone through the USSA officials training have been surprised how much there is to learn - turns out we masters don't know it all yet!). For our current officials, attendance at an update clinic is required every other year in order to maintain your officials status.

    For details and an information flyer with registration info, see the links below to the Officials Education announcement on the fwskiing.us web site. The annual update session will be at 8am on Sunday Nov. 9, followed by certification clinics for various specialties (masters will generally be interested in attending the referee clinic). For first-time competition officials, there is also an introductory session on Saturday afternoon.

    In addition, Rees Palermo will conduct a Masters specific overview on Saturday afternoon/evening at the Truckee home of FWM president Dan Simmons. The annual review session with our Far West Masters officials is very valuable to allow us to focus on masters-specific issues and procedures, so attendance at Rees's session is strongly encouraged for both new and prospective officials. Please RSVP to Dan at president@farwestmasters.org no later than Nov. 5.

    [04-Oct-2014]

  • Passing of Don Frinell

    We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Don Frinell, husband of Marietta Frinell, who lost his long battle with cancer early Sunday, September 28th. Marietta and Don's children were with him in his last hours.

    Don was an avid skier and outdoorsman. Don and Marietta had a full calendar of activities throughout the year that kept them constantly busy, trading the skis of winter for kayaks, hunting and fishing, dirt biking, Harleys, and horses in other seasons.

    Please keep Marietta and the rest of Don's family in your thoughts, and on behalf of all of our masters racing family, we express our sympathy as well. A memorial service will be held in November, and we will share details regarding the service when they are finalized.

    [28-Sep-2014]

  • 2015 Scholarship Application

    Attention junior athletes, parents, and friends there-of! The submission period for applications for 2015 scholarships awards from the Far West Masters Scholarship Program is open! Applications are due by 5pm Monday Sep 15.

    We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes 14-20 years old to apply! We will occasionally fund exceptional athletes who are 13 years old. We consider ALL eligible applications - first-time applicants, past scholarship winners, and applicants who were not awarded scholarships in previous years are all given equal consideration by the review board. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, financial need, and race results.

    Athlete awards will be announced in November and funds placed in racers' accounts from which they may draw on during the season for racing expenses. In return for funding, the Masters ask that recipients forerun one of their races and speak at an awards ceremony. This experience has proven to valuable and fun for the both athletes and the masters racers and sponsors who support this program with their donations.

    Questions? Contact program chairman Eddie Mozen (contact details are on the application form, see links below).

    [12-Aug-2014]

  • Preliminary 2015 Race Schedule

    The preliminary 2014-2015 race schedule is now available. Schedule VP Mike Braun has worked hard to put together a race schedule which offers competitors opportunities to compete in all disciplines at areas around the 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.

    The season opens in December at Mammoth Mountain with a SL/SL/GS weekend on Dec. 6-7, following the now-traditional post Thanksgiving masters training camp week (preseason training camp details will be posted when available). A north shore event prior to the holidays comes on Dec. 20-21 with 2 SL's at Alpine Meadows.

    Following a break over the holiday period, which is always a busy time for most with family gatherings and early season skiing, racing resumes on Fri Jan. 9 with the classic Viva Italia SL double-header at Heavenly Valley, followed by two days of GS racing at Sierra at Tahoe on the weekend. January wraps up with a feature event for speed racers at the 4-day Grania Feddis Anderson Memorial DH/SG speed races at Mammoth on Jan. 22-25. This season we're adding DH back into the program, with 2 DH training runs on Thursday followed by two DH races on Friday, continuing with 2 SG races each day on Saturday and Sunday. Two of these races will count as part of the season-long National Speed Series.

    Our Far West division schedule takes a short break in early February as competitors from throughout the western region gather at Aspen CO the first week of February. The week will open with the National Downhill Championships and Speed Series on February 2-4, with two days scheduled for training followed by two DH races on Wednesday. The only 2015 US stop on the FIS International Masters Cup calendar follows with the FIS Masters Cup races on Feb. 5-8 - SG on Thursday, GS races on Friday and Saturday, and SL on Sunday. All racing will be conveniently located at Buttermilk, with very attractively priced lift and lodging packages put together by the event organizers.

    Racing moves back to the Tahoe region with the Bernard Cup SL/SL/GS event at Squaw Valley on Feb. 21-22. March follows with two SG races at Northstar on Fri. Mar. 6 and then another Far West Masters classic, the McKinney Cup at Mt. Rose on Mar. 7-8, which this year will feature 2 days of GS racing.

    The highlight of the competition season for many is the annual Masters National Championship in March. This year's championship returns to Sun Valley ID the week of Mar. 16-20, hosted by Intermountain division. Racing starts on Monday and Tuesday with a Super Combined (SC), followed by the SG, GS, and SL events on Wed-Fri. All racing will located at the Warm Springs base area.

    The season finals returns to the south again this season, where we'll wrap up with 3 days of racing at Mammoth on Apr. 2-4. The finals will feature two SG races on Thursday, GS and SL on Fri/Sat, and the season banquet on Saturday evening providing a chance for all to relax and socialize after the end of racing.

    [14-Jul-2014]

  • 2015 Major Events

    It may be summer now, but we've already got information on the major events scheduled for next season to help you start planning for winter adventures. The national championships will be hosted by Sun Valley in March, while Aspen will host a week of racing in early February starting with a speed event and the national DH championship, followed by a weekend of the FIS Masters Cup.

    Aspen will be putting on a full week of racing. The week will open with the National Downhill Championships and Speed Series on February 2-4, with two days scheduled for training followed by two DH races on Wednesday. On Thu-Fri Feb. 5-8 are the FIS Masters Cup races - SG on Thursday, two GS races on Friday and Saturday, and SL on Sunday. All racing will be located at Buttermilk. We have a very attractively priced lift and lodging package, with choices including the Inn at Aspen at the Buttermilk base area as well as in nearly Basalt.

    The national championships will be hosted at Sun Valley on March 15-20. Racing starts on Monday and Tuesday with a Super Combined (SC), followed by the SG, GS, and SL events on Wed-Fri. All racing will located at the Warm Springs base area.

    [23-Jun-2014]

  • Wattenmaker Scholarship Awards

    Jeff Wattenmaker was an avid Masters ski racer who supported the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. Prior to his passing, he generously arranged to donate funds for a university education scholarship. This year the quality of the athlete scholars who applied was deep and so evenly divided that it was virtually impossible to pick a single winner. In fact of the 10 athletes that applied, there were 6 separate athletes that received first place votes from the selection committee. A single winner could not be decided on and instead three $7000 scholarships were awarded.

    This years winners are Claire DeAngeli, Foreste Peterson and Madeline Riffel. Claire will graduate from Reno High School and attend St Olaf College in Minnesota in the fall where she will ski race. Claire is an active Nationally ranked FIS alpine ski racer from the Squaw Valley Ski Team. Foreste Peterson graduated from Berkeley High School and will be attending Dartmouth in the fall. Foreste was named as a member of the US Ski Team in 2010. Madeline Riffel graduated from Mammoth High School and is attending UCLA. A member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, she was a successful Alpine ski racer that shifted her focus to Skier Cross and was on track to represent the US at the Sochi Olympics before a training accident put a premature end to her 2014 season.

    The 7 athletes that did not receive a scholarship were all outstanding and deserves praise. They are Alexa Wehsener from Mammoth Mountain, Jessica Tidd from Squaw Valley, Riley Plant from Sugar Bowl, Nico Monforte from Squaw Valley, Maddie Johnson from Lake Tahoe Racing, Hannah Johnson from Sugar Bowl, and Garret Driller from Squaw Valley.

    Additional information about the Wattenmaker scholarship program and this year's winners is provided in the announcement (link below). A story on the Wattenmaker awards was also published by Ski Racing.

    [15-Jun-2015]