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
- 2013 Wattenmaker Scholarship Award
The Far West Masters Scholarship Program has awarded Morganne Murphy the 2013 Jeff Wattenmaker $10,000 college scholarship.
Jeff Wattenmaker was an avid Masters ski racer who supported the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals.
Prior to his recent passing, he generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Masters Scholarship Program
and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program.
Morganne graduated from Forest Charter High School in Truckee and will be attending Colby-Sawyer College
in New Hampshire in the fall. She has been sponsored by the Masters Scholarship Program for the past 4 years.
She is an active Nationally ranked FIS alpine ski racer on the Squaw Valley Ski Team
and competes internationally in skier cross as well. She sustained a season ending knee injury last year
and with hard work and persistence recovered to come back stronger than ever. She is an outstanding student
who graduated at the top of her class and has served on the Board of Directors for Far West Skiing
as the athlete representative for the past 2 years.
The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college expenses.
It is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program.
Applications for the 2013-14 Far West Masters Scholarship Program will be available
soon and are due on September 15, 2013.
- Spring News
The spring issue of the USSA Masters newsletter is out and all licensed masters
will receive a print copy in the mail. You can also download a copy from the Alpine Masters page
on ussa.org using the link below.
Spring skiing and camps are still in progress at Mammoth!
You can celebrate the closing weekend on Memorial Day by getting out for a few turns,
or for something different sign up for speed camp training at the
Stacey Cook and Friends Speed Camp, featuring Olympians (and Far West junior athlete alumni!)
Stacey Cook and Marco Sullivan, along with local star John Teller and T.J. Lanning from
the US national speed team. The 3-day camp on May 25 - 27 is designed to handle
all ages and abilities and Stacey is welcoming all interested masters.
- Season Wrapup
The 2012-2013 race season is a wrap! Sierra ski areas are shutting down and shifting
to spring/summer activities, with sking continuing at Mammoth through Memorial Day.
We'll post any news that comes up over the summer and in August/September the tentative
race schedule for next season will be posted.
Looking ahead to next season, the national committee has selected Okemo VT
to host the 2014 national championships on Mar 17-22. Okemo did a great job hosting
this year's eastern regionals and is reported to have excellent race venues for masters.
They will host a four-event championship, with both the national championship DH
and the three-event SG/GS/SL technical nationals. With a good race crew and venues this
should be an excellent event, so give some thought to an eastern adventure when planning
your calendar for next season!
With the nationals returning to Eastern division for the first time in five seasons,
planning is still in progress for a "big event" in the west next season. We'll post an
update when calendaring decisions have been finalized for whether there'll be a western
regional championship or a FIS international masters event.
- Race Ski Sales
As most of you already know, Mike Braun is the Rossi, Dynastar, Look and Lange race rep for the Far West.
He is now taking preseason orders for Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange race products
and is able to offer racer pricing to Far West Masters members.
Orders must be placed by May 1 and will be delivered in the fall to your nearest
Rossignol Race Center (Footloose or Kittredge in Mammoth, Reno Mountain Sports and The StartHaus in Truckee.)
The attached flyer provides additional information, contact Mike for futher information.
He'll have demo gear available at spring camps in Mammoth.
- Squaw Season Finale
The final races of the 2013 Far West masters season were held at Squaw Valley
on April 5-7. The determined Squaw race crew battled the onrush of warm spring
weather and the rapidly diminishing coverage on the race hill and succeeded in
getting the races off. After the scheduled SG on Thursday was cancelled, the
drizzle cleared out on Friday and good conditions ensued through the weekend.
With a bit of creative course-setting, the final GS and SL races were successfully
completed for a satisfying end to another season of racing.
Saturday evening brought everyone together for the season banquet. Along with the
the day's race awards and the overall season awards, the evening featured
raffle prizes and auction items to benefit the junior athlete scholarship fund.
Along with the season awards to the top 3 finishers in each age class, the "leader bibs"
for next season awarded to the top 10 men and top 5 women in the overall standings
were awarded. Several classes for both the men and women came down to the final day
of racing to determine final rankings and the overall class champions, making for
some exciting racing and tactical decisions on the final day of racing.
The Rookie of the Year awards recognizing new racers went to Tatjana Polyakova (W04)
and Tom Bullard (M08) - we welcome them and everyone else who competed this
season for the first time. The Most-Improved awards recognizing the racers
who have most impressed their peers with significant improvement went to
Ingrid Braun (W05) and Randall Sussek (M06). The Teddy Cantanho
"Spirit of Masters" award was presented to Elizabeth and Mike Kennedy,
who together have contributed greatly to our program for many years
now by organizing race day checkin, helping both new and returning competitors
to get registered and out on the hill racing.
- Squaw SG Cancelled
Due to lack of people signing up for the Super G, we had to cancel the race.
The event organizer, Squaw Valley, needed a minimum of 50 people to make it worthwhile for them to hold the race.
As we had under 30 people sign up for the race as of 12:00 PM Tuesday, I have decided to cancel the race now,
as to allow our racers to alter their travel plans accordingly. Our final cutoff date for registration was this evening,
however we only had two new entrants in the last two days.
***Entry deadline extended*** The entry deadline for the Fri-Sat-Sun GS-SL-dual events as well as
Saturday's season banquet has been extended for an additional day to allow signups through Wednesday evening.
Please enter online at SkiRaceReg.com
if you will be competing or attending the banquet.
Our banquet location has been changed to the Palisades Room. This is a much better site than we originally had planned for.
The Palisades Room is in the main registration area of the Squaw Valley Village, at the extreme east end of the
Village Buildings. It is adjacent to parking for everyone's ease.
Sorry to have to cancel the Super G for all of those who had signed up, and for those that did not, please
support our variety of races by signing up in the future when possible.
[Mark Mirviss - President]
- Season Finals
We're only a few days away from the final races of the 2013 Far West Masters season.
We have 3 final races scheduled that count in the season standings scoring,
starting with a SG on Thursday Apr. 4, followed by GS/SL races on Friday and Saturday,
and a fun-race dual on Sunday with teams formed from masters, family and friends,
and junior scholarship athletes. The entry deadline is Tuesday 4/2,
so please get your entries submitted.
The season finals banquet will be held on Saturday Apr. 6 at the Squaw Valley Olympic House,
in the O Lounge of the Olympic House (above where we have race checkin).
Dinner will be a buffet meal with chicken and appetizers. Once again, the banquet
will include raffles prizes as well as a number of auction items donated by
members, sponsors and supports whose proceeds go directly to the junior athlete scholarship fund.
Auction item details are provided in the announcement flyer; for those who may not be able
to attend the banquet in person, you can submit bids to Eddie Mozen by email or phone.
- Big Sky National Championships
The 2013 masters national championships were held at Big Sky MT on Mar. 18-23.
Big Sky's excellent race venues handled a 4-event championship, with the first 3 days
for the national DH championship followed by 3 days of SG-GS-SL racing of the nationals.
While the calendar and daylight-savings changeover said "spring", the Montana weather
countered with "it's still winter here!". The week brought snow showers and increasingly
cold weather, with a glorious sunny day on Tuesday for the second day of DH training
followed by powder, showers, and single-digit temperatures through the weekend.
Nonetheless, the racing conditions were excellent, with the cold temperatures producing
firm, consistent racing surfaces on all venues. The Big Sky race crews and volunteers
worked hard all week and put on an outstanding event.
Nearly 200 racers from around the country as well as Canada competed in this year's national
championships. While Far West's 17-member team was relatively small, we had good results
from everyone and were proud to bring the Divisions Cup back home to Far West. Former Far West
chairman Don Smith was reportedly floating home with the trophy after capping his week by claiming
the title of M10 national SL champion on the final day. Mihai Filimon (M03) and Deb Lewis (W07)
took the overall in their age classes with 1st place sweeps, with Gate de Mattei taking the M12 title
by winning the final SL. Good skiing was produced by everyone, including DH and SL victories in M04 by Ara
Papazian and medal performances by numerous Far West racers, including Sandy Hogan (W10), Jim Dugan (M10),
Don Merritt (M10), Ingrid Braun (W05), Tim Stewart (M08), Pierre Jeangirard (M07), and Mike Braun (M06).
Even strong performances don't necessarily produce podiums in competitive nationals fields, and everyone
from Far West skiied well.
Complete event results are posted on ussamasters.org.
Excellent race photos by Marshall Tate of bigskyphotos.com can be
found on his web site, nicely organized in event galleries as well as by individual racer.
- Mt. Rose McKinney Cup
The annual Mt. Rose McKinney Cup races were held in beautiful, sunny spring conditions
on the weekend of Mar. 9-10. Saturday featured a long SL on Sunrise, while Sunday offered
a full-length challenging GS on Silver Dollar. Mt. Rose once again outdid themselves welcoming
the masters, with a breakfast spread at checkin each morning and a tasty buffet for the afternoon
post-race party. Out on the hill, race director Rees Palermo and the Mt. Rose race crew and volunteers
teamed up to put together two excellent days of racing.
The McKinney Cup is sponsored by Tamara McKinney in memory of members of her family, Steve, McLane, and Frances McKinney.
The McKinney family started out skiing in Far West at Mt. Rose and the Cup is a perpetual trophy
on display over the mantle of the fireplace in the Mt. Rose lodge. Award to the skier with the fastest
combined time in the weekend event, the women's title was a tightly fought battle on every run with Carol Levine (W08)
edging out Leslie Marcacci (W01) to defend her McKinney Cup title. The men's title had several contenders
in the running after Saturday's SL race, but Matt Savage took the cup with a powerful display of GS skiing
to wrap up a an excellent weekend.
Complete results are posted on the Race Results page
along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2013
going into the season finals event at Squaw Valley on Apr. 4-7.
- Mammoth FIS Masters Cup
The 2013 FIS Masters Cup international masters races were hosted by Mammoth Mountain
on Feb. 29-Mar. 3. SG training was held on Wednesday and competitors were treated
to two training runs on the World Cup/Terrie's race venue under warm, sunny skies
with light breezes and excellent conditions on the track with firm but grippy snow.
And it only got better from there - Thursday's opening race brought brought another day
of fabulous conditions, and the second SG on Friday was if anything even better.
Three days of ideal conditions and great racing - no wonder there were so many smiles at the finish!
The scene switched to SL for the weekend. While Saturday brought a few high clouds and increasing winds
ahead of a small front, racing conditions on Fascination continued the standard set by the speed
venue. Excellent skiing was displayed on both the Group B/C course and the younger Group A men's course,
with top positions settled by hundredths in tight racing.
Sunday arrived with snow, wind, and fog, leading to an early end to the weekend with the jury decision
to cancel the race due to the soft conditions on the race hill. Disappointment in losing the final race
was balanced by positive memories and encounters with old and new friends. We thank everyone who
was able to come and compete in this event, especially our friends from other countries who brought
an international flavor that was much appreciated by the American competitors.
- Squaw Valley Bernard Cup
This year's Bernard Cup was held under mostly sunny ski in perfect weather conditions at Squaw Valley.
Snow conditions were fast and challenging. As usual, our races on Exhibition, featured very firm snow,
on a steep hill that truly tests the ability of our racers to make quality turns.
On Saturday we held two Slalom races (at total of four runs) all for the price of one lift ticket!
Racing began at 9:30 AM and finished before 3:00PM. Some high clouds rolled in for the second run,
but weather was never a factor in this race. The Squaw Valley Race Department again demonstrated
its ability to pull off a race without any glitches.
After the racing concluded, we adjourned to the Ponderosa Room at the Squaw Valley Lodge for our Awards Party.
As was the case last year, our party featured the fine culinary fashioning of ball tip steak generously provided
to us by Brian Smith, racer extraordinaire and owner of Kinder's Bar B Que in Reno, and wine courtesy
of our wine sponsor and bar sponsor, and also racer extraordinaire Gary Erickson, owner of Cliff Bar.
Thank both of them please when you see them on the hill for their generous donations!
The Awards presentation also featured speeches by scholarship athletes Claire DeAngeli, Jessica Tidd, and Niccolo Monforte.
In addition to forerunning and speaking, Claire and Jessica both went above and beyond by setting up the food
(except for the alcoholic beverages) for our party.
A moment of silence, and a toast was made in honor of Gayle De Mattei wife of 57 years to our Gate De Mattei.
As most of you know, Gayle and Nina Thys for years arranged and set up our Bernard Cup Party and were (and are)
huge supporters of ski racing. We honor her passing and will always remember her contributions to our organization.
Gayle always loved a good party, and I'm sure was smiling down on this one!
On Sunday we again started racing at 9:30 AM, but this time the event was Giant Slalom.
The courses included a bit of an "over the road" adventure that always draws a lot of oohs and aahs!
We raced two runs under cloudless skis, and were finished with the racing prior to noon.
This years winners of the Bernard Cup were Ingrid Braun, and Tim Stewart. Congratulations to the both of them.
For those of you who raced, thanks for your participation and efforts, and for those of you who didn't race,
we hope to see you there next year.
[Mark Mirviss, President]
- FIS Masters, Nationals Entries
The FIS Masters Cup races are coming up this week at Mammoth Mountain.
There will be SG training on Wednesday, SG races in Thursday and Friday,
and SL races on Saturday and Sunday. The snow conditions are outstanding
for racing and the weather outlook is for warming and "ridging up" with a strengthening
high pressure system through the week, so we're looking forward to some classic
California sunshine racing. Online registration has closed, but Mammoth will
still accept entries made to the Race Department office through Wednesday.
Contact MRD at (760) 934-0642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The early entry deadline for the national championships on Mar. 18-23 at Big Sky MT
is Monday Feb. 25 - late fees apply after tomorrow, so get your entries in by tomorrow
to take advantage of the early registration discount! Big Sky reports great snow
and excellent racing conditions, so this should be a great week at a favorite masters venue.
- Bernard Cup Info
We have a great weekend of racing planned for the Squaw Valley Bernard Cup this coming weekend of Feb. 23-24.
We will be racing on Exhibition in the Toyota Race Arena, with two Slalom races on Saturday and a GS on Sunday.
Race checkin will be 7:30-8:30am on the ground floor of Olympic House at the Squaw base complex.
(Please note: Squaw will **not** be able to accept day-of-race signups, so
be sure to get your entries submitted by the Thursday Feb. 21 entry deadline.)
Inspection will open at 8:30, with first run at 9:30 each day.
Saturday afternoon's post-race part will be in the Ponderosa Room of the Squaw Valley Lodge, conveniently located
between the Funitel and the Tram just past the the West end of Squaw Valley's main lodge,
about 50 yards from where we conduct our morning check in.
This is always a great party and this year will again feature meat courtesy of our own Brian Smith
from his Reno restaurant Kinders Meats and Deli.
So get your entries in and plan to have a great weekend of racing, as we gather to compete and honor
one of the most important individuals ever in Masters Ski Racing, Mr. Bob Bernard!
- Mammoth Archibald GS's
This weekend's Giant Slalom Races at Mammoth were held under cold but near perfect conditions.
Under clear, sunny skies, the temperatures struggled to creep into the teens and a brisk wind
on Sunday encouraged competitors to keep moving, but the course conditions were fantastic.
The snow was firm and grippy on the Redelsberger/Terrie's track and times ran minute-plus
for most competitors.
The ambitious schedule of 3 runs per day for 3 races in 2 days kept racers and crew busy,
but once again the expert Mammoth Race Department put an outstanding event.
Saturday's post-race party at Giovanni's was hosted by Bill Archibald in memory of his wife Laura,
whose loss last spring to cancer took a good friend from us.
The "home team" Mammoth racers appeared to enjoy the race conditions. Ara Papazian swept the men's open,
while Ingrid Braun lit up the women's field with two days of dominating racing.
New racer Zach Lambert announced his arrival by breaking into the Men's Open class,
while "old-timer" Bill Archibald posted strong finishes in M10 and the ultra-competitive
M7 class had tight racing on every run.
Complete results are posted on the Race Results page
along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2013.
- Mammoth Conrado SG's
After weeks of sunny January weather, the Far West Masters broke down the persistent west coast
high pressure ridge by bravely scheduling... a speed event! Thursday's SG training day
before the 3-day Rick Conrado SG event turned into a freshies day with 6-8" of new snow arriving
as a warm storm system brushed Mammoth on its way down the coast towards southern California.
With forecasts of iffy weather for the weekend, the planned race schedule was adjusted to
try to find the best weather window and the flexibility paid off with clearing conditions on Friday
that held through the arrival of a small cold front late Saturday.
Thanks to the weather break and some outstanding work by the Mammoth Race Department
to prepare and maintain the race venue, we had two good days of SG racing and completed 4 of the 5 scheduled
races, losing only the last race on Sunday morning to another powder day.
With two of the four races counting for the 2013 National Speed Series,
the Far West field was enhanced by visiting speedsters from Rocky, Intermountain, and PNSA.
Complete results are posted on the Race Results page
along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2013.
The first race each day was counted for the 2013 National Speed Series standings:
SG Scoring Note: for the 2013 season scoring, Open class for SG has been changed
to use the same system as for SL/GS tech events: the top 5 women and top 10 men qualify for Open class
(with "opt-out" for anyone who wishes to remain in their age class for season scoring).
If anyone was scored in OP because opt-out request to stay in age class was missed, please contact
Scoring Director Deb Lewis to request correction.
- FIS Masters at Mammoth
The FIS Masters are returning to Mammoth!
Following up on the extremely successful 2012 FIS Masters World Criterium,
held in March 2012 at Mammoth Mountain CA, the International Masters Cup
circuit returns to the US and Mammoth Mountain with a 4-race event on
February 28 - March 3. SG training will be available for all competitors
on Wednesday Feb. 27. Thursday and Friday feature two SG races for all groups,
followed by a weekend of 2 SL races for each group A/B/C.
FIS international masters competitions are open to racers 30 years or older by Dec. 31, 2012.
You must have a current USSA Masters competition license as well as a FIS Masters license, available
from USSA for $30.
Additional information and links are available on
the 2013 Phillips 66 FIS Masters Cup page on ussamasters.org
and in the event announcement and detailed schedule published by the Mammoth Race Department.
Event registration is available online on SkiRaceReg.com and includes lift ticket
as well as race entry. (Competitors with Mammoth lift passes should print and
submit the "no lift" entry form for race-fees only)
Note: online entries on SkiRaceReg.com show US masters age classes.
Subtract 1 to adjust to international masters age classes for this event!
- Nationals Entries
This year's national championships will be held at Big Sky MT on Mar. 18-23.
The 2013 nationals are a four-event championships with the DH championships
colocated with the 3-event SG/GS/SL nationals.
Big Sky has hosted many successful masters events and features excellent race venues,
- Bring a Friend!!
Don't forget our new "Bring a Friend" program announced in the Fall Forerunner newsletter.
Help spread the word about masters racing and share your enjoyment of the sport
by bringing a friend to a race this season! We need everyone's help to build
our organization by bringing in new racers, so the board has put together an incentive
program to encourage all of us to help increase participation.
If you bring a new racer to any of our races, you will receive a rebate on your
entry fee for each race the new person enters that weekend. To qualify for your
free race(s), you just need to contact Far West president Mark Mirviss at least
24 hours prior to the morning of the race. Send Mark an email at
email@example.com and let him know who you'll be bringing
to the event.
(Please, no phone calls!!! Mark says only email notification will qualify!)
This program is designed to attract more racers to our events and our organization.
Please note that "new" is defined as someone who has not raced with us
for at least three seasons, so you can qualify by bringing back a lapsed racer
or a friend who's never tried masters racing.
This is a grassroots effort to build our program and you will be rewarded for participating.
- Major Bill Disbrow
While many of us gather this with friends and family to celebrate the holidays,
it's also a time to remember friends who are no longer with us.
Longtime masters racer USAF Major Bill Disbrow passed away over the summer
at age 96. We didn't see him much in the past few years, as he was
occupied caring for his wife, but memories of Bill in his classic
helmet and racing outfit remain for all who knew him.
Bill had an eventful and action-packed life. Born in 1915,
he joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew 50 missions in B24s,
including 7 missions to the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania where
so many US aviators were lost. Continuing his Air Force career Bill
flew missions in the Korean war and went on to be a test pilot and
squadron leader. Following his retirement from active duty,
Bill raced on skis and in Corvettes and was an active ballroom
dancer. Major Disbrow was buried with full military honors at
Riverside National Cemetery.
- Re-Scheduling of Races
It is always unfortunate, disappointing and an inconvenience to our racers
when we must cancel a race. With that said, Far West Masters is in the
business of putting on safe, high quality ski races for the enjoyment of our
racers. Our team of volunteers works very hard towards this goal. Ski areas
have very full race calendars throughout the ski season. It is not usually
the case that we have the ability to re-schedule a race. Therefore, when a
ski area is willing to re-schedule a race, we will jump at the opportunity
if it fits within our schedule. This is why our Mammoth race, which we
unfortunately had to cancel this weekend due to 2-4 feet of new snow, and
high winds, was moved to next weekend (December 8th and 9th).
We know when we re-schedule a race, it means some will not be able to attend
the re-scheduled race. However our season scoring allows a racer to "throw
out" 25% of their results (or non-results due to missed races), this allows
racers to compete for end of season awards without attending all races.
We are an all volunteer organization, every one of our board members works
hard to provide you with the best races we can possibly arrange. If you
feel that your voice is not being heard, becoming part of our Board or
volunteering in other ways is by far the best way to have a louder voice in
I want to thank each and every one of you who comes out to compete in our
races, I am well aware of the commitment in time and money it does take to
compete, and I for one do appreciate the fact that it takes all of us to
make this a program as successful and enjoyable as it is.
Mark Mirviss - President, Far West Masters
- Membership and Masters License Reminders
Just a reminder to everyone before the first races of the season...
You need a USSA masters license to compete in Far West masters races.
(If you're a first-time racer, you can "try before you buy" by
getting a weekend temporary license that allows you to compete in
the event - the fee will be credited towards your masters license)
You can renew online at ussa.org or print and mail an application form.
For more information and links, see the How to Join
page on the web site.
You also need to join Far West Masters for the season. This gets you your
permanently assigned stretch bib for the season; the nominal $20 membership
fee goes towards the costs of organizing and putting on our calendar
of race events. Far West Masters is an entirely volunteer organization,
so your money comes back to you in the races and social events we put together.
How to Join - membership information and application forms
- 2013 Competition Rules
Need some relaxing reading? Check out the 2013 USSA competition guide!
The 2013 Masters Comp Guide contains everything you need to know about masters racing in divisions around the country,
as well as information on major regional and national events.
For the ambitious reader, the Alpine Comp Guide contains the complete rules for Alpine ski racing in the US - guaranteed to awe and amaze you!
A few highlights from the 2012-2013 annual officials refresher clinic...
With the exception of forearm and shin protectors, all body protection must be worn under the suit - this includes
knee braces and back protectors. Helmet cams are NOT allowed.
Single-pole SL and GS is approved for USSA competitions - be sure you know the rule for "correct passage"!
New this season are revised rules on hiking and overtaking: If a competitor comes to a complete stop (e.g., after a fall),
they may NOT continue in DH and SG events. Hiking is allowed in SL and non-scored (masters) GS,
but only so long as the competitor does not interfere with the following racer and has not been passed.
A competitor who has been passed cannot continue and is classified as DNF.
- Race Registration is open
Race registration for the 2012-2013 season is now open!
The December races have been posted on SkiRaceReg.com for online race entry; the remaining
season races as well as the February FIS Masters Cup races at Mammoth will be added by December.
If you are unable to use the online registration system, entry information and a printable entry
form are also available. We strongly encourage use of the online registration system - it simplifies
the organizer's logistics for processing entries, makes it easy for competitors to enter or cancel as needed,
and best of all, it's free! There are no extra charges for using online registration, this is provided
as a member service.
- Web Site Move Completed
This week the web site and our news mailing list were moved to a new home on the internet.
Considerable preparation was done to ensure a smooth transition and
we appear to be back up and running on our new server without any disruption,
but please be patient if you run into any glitches over the next few days
while the logistics of running the site on a new technology platform get sorted out
on our new web hosting server.
All current subscriptions to the news mailing have been preserved
and an email news blast will be sent out tonight to verify that our news emails
are being delivered properly from the new server.
If you aren't receiving the news emails and would like to be added to the list,
you can sign up yourself using the list information page (link) below
or contact Deb Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request that you be added (or report any problems).
- Fall Newsletter
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 2013 program and membership application for new and renewing members.
Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership chair Marcie Pettigrew
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
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:
- 2013 Race Schedule
The preliminary 2012-2013 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
The season opens in December at Mammoth Mountain with a SL/SL/GS weekend on Dec. 1-2,
following the now-traditional masters training camp week
(preseason training camp details will be posted when available).
A north shore event follows on Dec. 15-16 with 2 SL's at Squaw Valley.
Following a break over the holiday period, which is usually a busy time
for most with family gatherings and early season skiing, racing resumes
on Fri Jan. 11 with the classic Viva Italia SL 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 3-day Rick Conrado Memorial SG races at Mammoth.
February opens with a GS race weekend at Mammoth on Feb. 9-10, followed
by the Bernard Cup SL/SL/GS event at Squaw Valley on Feb. 23-24.
The month wraps up with a rare opportunity for international FIS masters
racing, with Mammoth following up on last season's outstanding FIS Criterium
event by hosting FIS Masters Cup SG and SL races on Feb. 28-Mar. 3.
March opens with another Far West Masters classic, the McKinney Cup
at Mt. Rose on Mar. 9-10. With no mid-season western regional championships
being held this season, the competition highlight of the season will
be the national masters championships at Big Sky MT on Mar. 18-23.
Big Sky has excellent race venues to host this 4-event championship event
(DH, SG, GS, SL) and a proven record on putting on great masters events,
so make some plans to travel next spring to a beautiful place for a fun
week of competition with masters from around the country.
The season finale will be hosted at Squaw Valley on Apr. 4-7,
with 3 days of racing (SG, GS, SL), the season banquet, and a final
"fun race" day on Sunday which mixes family members and junior scholarship
athletes along with masters race for a spring dual.