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

  • 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]