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.