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

  • 2016 Membership

    Fall has arrived and it's time to renew your USSA masters license and your Far West Masters membership for the upcoming 2015-2016 race season.

    USSA membership renewal reminders have been sent out by USSA and your masters license renewal is due by October 15 to avoid late fees! This season, all USSA licenses MUST be processed through the online membership system, so if you don't already have a member account on ussa.org, you'll need to visit the USSA member portal to open an account and renew your license. (If you do not have internet access, you'll need to get a friend or relative to help you with your license renewal. The online-only policy appears to be a firm decision by USSA and unlikely to change)

    USSA masters license fees have been reduced this season to $90 (woo hoo!!). New racers will be able to purchase a temporary license for $15/day this season to try out masters competition before committing to the full season license.

    The Fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter will be in the mail soon, with complete information about the Far West Masters membership package and our 2016 racing program. All members who have joined within the past few seasons will receive a print copy. The 2016 membership application is also available on the How to Join membership page of farwestmasters.org.

    Please renew your Far West Masters membership by Nov. 16 to 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.

    Coming soon! We are working on adding membership dues payment to our Far West series on SkiRaceReg.com to allow members to join or renew membership online, using the same account that you use for signing up for races throughout the season. Additional details will be provided as soon as the new service is tested and ready for use.


  • Fall Meeting

    The Far West Masters Board will hold its fall meeting at president Dan Simmons' home in Truckee on Saturday October 24, starting at noon and followed by a BBQ lunch. Agenda items include updates on USSA rules and licensing along with planning our own division race operations for the upcoming 2015-2016 race season. Click the link below to see the planned meeting agenda.

    All members are invited to attend! Please contact Dan at president@farwestmasters.org to RSVP if you plan to attend so we can plan food arrangements.


  • Preliminary 2016 Race Schedule

    The preliminary 2015-2016 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 two GS races on the weekend on Dec. 5-6, 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. 19-20 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 Tahoe's South Shore on Fri Jan. 8 with the classic Viva Italia SL double-header at Heavenly Valley, followed by two additional days of GS races at Heavenly. We're excited to try the new GS race hills that were homologated last winter as Heavenly elevates its engagement with USSA racing. January wraps up with a return to Sugar Bowl on Jan. 23-24 for two days of SL racing. It's been several years since we've had an event at Sugar Bowl and this is a welcome return of an excellent race venue on our schedule.

    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 2016 North American event on the FIS International Masters Cup calendar is the FIS Masters Cup races on Feb. 4-7, with SL, two GS races, and a SG. The FMC event is also the Western Region champships for 2016. Immediately following the FMC event, racing continues for two days of DH competition on the Racer's Edge speed venue at Buttermilk.

    Far West racing resumes at Squaw Valley on Feb. 20-21 with the Bernard Cup trophy event - two SL races on Saturday and GS on Sunday. February wraps up at Mammoth with two SG races on Feb. 27-28, which also count as part of the season-long National Speed Series.

    Racing moves back to the Tahoe region in March with two SG races at Northstar on Fri. Mar. 4 and then another Far West Masters classic, the McKinney Cup at Mt. Rose on Mar. 5-6, which this year will again 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 Big Sky MT the week of Mar. 13-19, hosted by Northern division. Racing starts on Monday with two days of DH training and the national championship DH race on Wednesday Mar. 16, followed by the SG, GS, and SL events on Thu-Sat Mar. 17-19.

    The season finals returns to the south again this season, where we'll wrap up with 3 days of racing at Mammoth on Mar. 31-Apr. 2. 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.


  • 2016 Major Events

    We're still in the heart of summer, but we've got preliminary information on the major events scheduled for next season to help you start planning for winter adventures. The national championships will be hosted by Big Sky in March, while Aspen will host a week of racing in early February with the FIS Masters Cup/Western Region championships and a Rocky Mountain/National Speed Series downhill event.

    Aspen will be putting on a full week of racing in early February. On Thu-Sun Feb. 4-7 are the FIS Masters Cup races - SL on Thursday, two GS races on Friday and Saturday, and two SG races on Sunday. The FIS Masters Cup races are also the Western Region Championships for 2016. Immediately following the FMC event, racing continues with two days of DH on the Racer's Edge speed venue at Buttermilk. Training runs will be on Monday and two DH races will be held on Tuesday which are part of the 2016 National Speed Series. 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 Big Sky on March 13-19. Big Sky is a proven venue for our national championships, with challenging race hills and a variety of closely located lodging options at the base area which provides convenient access to the race hills and apres-ski socializing. Racing starts on Monday with two days of DH training and the national championship DH race on Wednesday Mar. 16, followed by the SG, GS, and SL events on Thu-Sat Mar. 17-19.