The preliminary 2016-2017 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.
A highlight of the 2016-2017 season will be the National Championships hosted
by Mammoth Mountain on March 13-18.
The season opens in December at Mammoth Mountain with two SL races and a GS on the weekend on Dec. 3-4,
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. 17-18 with 2 SL races 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 with a 3 day event at Heavenly Valley.
Friday features two GS races on the exciting East Bowl/World Cup track
that was contested for the first time last season. The classic
Viva Italia cup SL double-header on World Cup will be held on Saturday
this season, with a third SL race on Sunday to wrap up the weekend.
January continues with a return to Mammoth for 4 days of DH and SG speed racing on Jan. 19-22.
DH training and 2 DH races will be held on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Racing continues with 2 SG races on Saturday and another SG on Sunday.
This will be a great warmup opportunity for the March National Championships
and is always a great event. The first DH and first SG race will also count
for the 2017 National Speed series.
Our Far West division schedule takes a short break in early February as competitors
from throughout the western region gather at Park City UT.
The 2017 North American event on the FIS International Masters Cup calendar
is the FIS Masters Cup races on Feb. 3-5, with 2 SG races on Friday 2/3
followed by SL on Saturday and GS on Sunday.
All races will be on the Payday run.
The FMC event is also the Western Region championships for 2017
and both SG races will count for the 2017 National Speed series.
Far West racing resumes at Northstar the following week on Feb. 9-12.
The event kicks off on Thursday with open SG training for all racers,
followed by 2 SG races on Friday 2/10. Saturday and Sunday will continue
with GS races each day on the weekend. This should be a really good event
on a fun race hill.
The classic Mt. Rose McKinney Cup races will be held on Mar. 4-5 with two
days of GS racing. The Silver Dollar venue is a great GS hill, long and challenging,
and Mt. Rose always gives us a great welcome.
The high point of the season will be the National Championships at Mammoth the week of Mar. 13-18.
This is a 4-event championship, with DH racing on Mon-Wed, followed by SG for all groups on
Thursday and GS/SL races on Friday and Saturday.
Far West will also have a very special event the weekend prior to the national championships,
with the World Cup women coming to Squaw Valley on Fri-Sat Mar. 10-11 for GS and SL races
on the famed Red Dog race hill.
This is a rare opportunity to see World Cup racing in person on one of our home hills, so plan
on a stop at Squaw on your way to Mammoth if at all possible! Squaw is asking for volunteers
to help with the event, so you can come as a spectator or get even closer to the action
as part of the event crew. Visit WorldCupSquaw.com for event and volunteer information.
The 2017 season wraps up with the season finals event returning to the Tahoe area with
three days of racing at Squaw Valley on Mar. 30-Apr. 1. We will have 2 SG races on Thursday 3/30,
2 SL races on Friday 3/31, and finish with a GS race and the season finals banquet on
Saturday 4/1. This is also the Bernard Cup trophy event, so there will be plenty of action
to wrap up the season.