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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org of your pledge
so that we can keep track of contributions by the deadline.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Nov. 5.
- 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.
- 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
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).
- 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.
- 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
- 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.