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 & Snowboard competition rules, 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 US alpine 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

  • Squaw Schedule Change

    Despite some welcome snowfall this week, the continuing warm weather has not been kind to our planned race venue next weekend on Exhibition at the base of Squaw Valley. The Squaw Race Department and Far West Masters officers have discussed options and agreed that the best plan for next weekend is to move the race up the mountain to Motts and run SL races on the weekend. So there will be NO GS next weekend and NO racing on Friday. Instead, we add a second SL race on Saturday. So there will now be 2 SL races Saturday and one on Sunday as originally scheduled.

    We are certainly disappointed to lose the GS, the Exhibition race hill is long and challenging. On the other hand, Mott's is a very fun SL hill - we had to make a similar schedule change a few seasons back when the lower mountain did not have enough snow for racing and everyone had a really good time with the changed SL venue.

    SkiRaceReg entries: we will keep the GS race entries on SkiRaceReg originally planned for Friday and reschedule that signup as the second SL race on Saturday. Most everyone entered on Friday was also signed up for Saturday, so we think this will accomodate most peoples' plans. If you were signed up for the GS but do NOT want to participate in the second SL on Saturday, please log into your SkiRaceReg account and drop your entry. For those signed up for Saturday who had not planned to race on Friday, please log into your SkiRaceReg account and add the second SL if you wish to do both races.

    Online registration will remain open an additional day until Thursday evening 1/18.

    [12-Jan-2018]

  • Squaw Bernard Cup info

    Happy New Year! After a warm, sunny holiday period we are *very* happy to have a decent winter storm coming into the Sierras this week, bringing much-welcomed snow to the higher elevations around Tahoe and Mammoth.

    Our next scheduled Far West Masters event is the Bernard Cup races at Squaw Valley on Fri-Sat-Sun Jan. 19-21. The schedule is for a GS race on Friday and SL races on Saturday and Sunday. The Bernard Cup trophy will be awarded on Sunday afternoon to the the top-ranked man and woman in the overall weekend rankings for all three races, based on Bob Bernard's age-handicap scoring formula.

    Race registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com - the early registration deadline is Sunday 1/14; online registration closes at 8pm on Wed. 1/17. Far West Masters officers are in constant contact with the Squaw Valley Race Deparment to monitor the conditions as we get closer to the scheduled event date; any updates on schedule or venue will be communicated as available.

    [09-Jan-2018]

  • National Championships and FIS Masters Criterium

    This season, US masters have the opportunity to compete in two major events. The annual Masters national championships will be held at Okemo VT on Feb. 6-10. The unusually early scheduling of our nationals in February was an adjustment made because in March the US will be hosting the FIS Masters World Criterium, the international masters "world championships", at Big Sky MT on Mar. 19-24. Both of these will be first-class events at proven venues known for offering outstanding masters racing conditions.

    The national championships at Okemo VT will have SG, AC (Alpine Combined, formerly called "Super Combined"), GS and SL. The Chief race hill where the SG and GS races will be held is a fantastic race hill - those who competed in the 2014 Nationals or in the Eastern championships in the past few years know that this is a great race hill for masters, with rolling terrain and plenty of speed. The SL races will be held on the adjacent Wardance race hill, also a good venue.

    While the Western US has had a slow start to the winter ski season, the East has been gotten a major dose of winter and has outstanding snow conditions. (And they've promised it will warm up over the coming weeks!) Registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com and the New England masters have provided great information on their web site to help visitors make travel plans.

    The FIS Masters World Criterium is *THE* big event on the international masters calendar and it is a privilege to host this event in the US. Big Sky is a proven and popular venue for masters and they are working hard preparing to host hundreds of masters from around the world. This is going to be a really fun event and interest is very high, so get your registration in and make your travel plans early!

    Note: there is a US entry quota of 200 athletes, which has already been reached. Entries from Group A (younger men 30-55) and Group C (all women) are still being accepted; additional signups for Group B (men 55+) will be put on a wait list in order of registration until we have final entry estimates from other national federations in early March. We hope to be able to get all interested US competitors into the event.

    [DATE_POSTED]

  • Heavenly Cancellation/Reschedule

    The Jan. 5-7 Viva Italia Cup races at Heavenly are CANCELLED due to lack of snow cover from the continuing warm and dry weather conditions across the Far West. With just over a week before the event was scheduled and no change in the current weather pattern, it will unfortunately not be possible to prepare either of the race venues with sufficient coverage for a race event.

    After discussion with Heavenly about options, we have agreed that the Friday SL races will be rescheduled to Friday Mar. 9, immediately prior to the GS races at Mt. Rose on Saturday and Sunday. Although we are disappointed to lose the Heavenly GS races, it was felt that this reschedule plan would be the best solution in the context of our other scheduled events over the coming months. Heavenly and Rose are close enough that it allows a reasonable weekend travel plan to compete at both venues.

    [27-Dec-2017]

  • Heavenly Outlook

    Good news, bad news on the eve of the Christmas holiday... Santa has brought a continuing stretch of sunny and warm weather to the Far West!! Pleasant for celebrating holidays with family and friends. Not quite so good for our Sierra ski areas however.

    The Heavenly race organizers have been in touch with the Far West Masters and the outlook is not good for our Viva Italia Cup races scheduled on Jan. 5-7. Heavenly has been unable to make snow on the World Cup SL race hill due to temperature inversions; snowmaking is underway higher up the mountain on the Stagecoach GS venue but the terrain is limited and coverage is not currently adequate to provide a proper racing surface.

    Current weather forecasts provide some hope for changes in the current pattern during the first week of January, but that is still in the iffy stages of reliability. We will be considering options over the next few days and will try to make a definite announcement by later in the week to allow everyone to make any necessary adjustments to travel and race plans.

    [24-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth GS results

    Our second event of the 2018 season returned to Mammoth Mountain for a pair of GS races on the weekend of Dec. 16-17. After several weeks of excellent weather and skiing conditions, the race venue on Andrea's Double Gold (ADG)) was firm and consistent - an outstanding racing surface for the entire field. A small front moving through at the start of the weekend brought Saturday weather with moderate winds, although less than expected, and a chilling fog, quite unexpected!

    The low visibility on Saturday was a major challenge to all competitors, with the fog thicker on the second run and some competitors struggling with freezing moisture on their goggles. Tough conditions! And a disappointing end of the day for first-run leader Brian Welch, who went down on the second run and headed home with a knee injury. We all send good wishes to Brian and hope for a good recovery.

    Sunday flipped the switch to gorgeous, with bright sun and warming temperatures that made for spectacular racing conditions. Jodi Melton made her 2018 season debut with a pair of smoking runs to dominate the women's field. On the men's side, Chris Adams and Doug Fulton clearly enjoyed the conditions, nudging aside Saturday winner Jeff Anderson to join leader Mike Braun on the podium.

    Many thanks to the Mammoth Race Department for hosting another outstanding event for us, and congratulations to everyone who competed!! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2018.

    [20-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth GS Race Info

    Our next races will be two GS races at Mammoth on Sat-Sun Dec. 16-17. Early season conditions are very good at Mammoth and weather forecasts call for warm and sunny weather to continue all week.

    We will be racing on ADG's (Andy's Double Gold), the same race hill as last week's SL races, but we expect to have a higher start above the entry to ADG on the road and an extended finish line lower down the race hill. The juniors raced GS on this course this weekend and had excellent race conditions.

    Our Saturday afternoon social will be a post-race party at Mammoth Rock 'n Bowl at 3:30. Mammoth's Night of Lights celebration is happening at Canyon Lodge on Saturday evening, a fun family event (it's free!)

    The early registration deadline is Sunday night 12/10, so get your entries submitted on SkiRaceReg.com before prices go up on Monday!! Online registration will be open until 8pm Thursday 12/14. Remember that you can cancel entries until the close of online registration, so even if you may have to change plans go ahead and register early.

    [10-Dec-2017]

  • January Schedule Updates

    We have some additional information and one change in our January race schedule. The Viva Italia Cup will be held at Heavenly on Fri-Sat-Sun Jan. 5-7. On Friday we will have 2 SL races on the World Cup run at the California base of Heavenly. On Saturday and Sunday we will move up the mountain to a new venue for GS races on the Emily's Run-Stagecoach race hill.

    The schedule for the Bernard Cup event at Squaw Valley on Jan. 19-21 has been modified from two GS races and a SL to one GS race on Friday with SL races on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule change was made by Far West Masters in conjunction with the Squaw Valley Race Department.

    [10-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth SL results

    The 2017-2018 race season opened with two SL races at Mammoth on Saturday Dec. 2. On a sunny and breezy day, competitors were challenged to complete 4 full SL runs - definitely an ambitious task for our first races of the season! Despite strong winds on the upper mountain ahead of a small storm coming in Saturday night, the conditions on Andy's Double Gold were good all day. The crack Mammoth Mountain Race Department crew nailed their schedule for the day, with every run starting precisely on time, and provided us with 4 excellent courses for the day's competition.

    Along with many familiar faces, we were pleased to welcome several new racers to our Far West Masters racing. Newcomer Casey Edgeton paced a strong women's field in her first masters race, demonstrating that her SL roots from Buck Hill were not forgotten by posting the fastest time of the day for the entire field in the first race. Quick-footed Andrea Levy recovered her focus after a first run DNF to take the women's title in the second race, placing a very impressive 5th overall.

    Newcomer Bjorn Vandug also made an impressive debut on the Far West circuit, winning the men's Open class in the first race and placing second in the afternoon race. Scott Peer topped the field in the second race for his first-ever MOP victory.

    Many thanks to the Mammoth Race Department for hosting an excellent season opening event for us, and congratulations to everyone who competed!! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the first Season Standings rankings for 2018.

    [03-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth Training Camp ond SL Races

    Hope everyone is enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Our opening races of the 2017-2018 season will be next Saturday Dec. 2. The early registration deadline is Sunday night 11/25, so get your entries submitted on SkiRaceReg.com before prices go up on Monday!! Online registration will be open until 8pm Thursday 11/30. Remember that you can cancel entries until the close of online registration, so even if you may have to change plans go ahead and register early.

    If you have any questions or difficulties with submitting your SkiRaceReg entries, contact us at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org for support assistance.

    Mammoth will be providing masters training all week - you can attend the masters training camp for the entire week, or on a daily basis as your schedule permits. The plan is to train GS on Monday and Tuesday, switching to SL on Wed-Thu-Fri to prepare for Saturday's races.

    Mammoth has quite a few runs open and the coverage is quite good for early season conditions, so come on out and get tuned up to kick off the new season! The Mammoth masters team has been out this weekend and reports that you can bring out good skis.

    [25-Nov-2018]

  • 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.

    [15-Nov-2017]

  • 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.

    [08-Oct-2017]

  • 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!

    [01-Oct-2017]

  • 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.)

    [01-Oct-2017]

  • 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.

    [25-Aug-2017]

  • 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.

    [04-Jun-2017]