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

  • 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).


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Spring Forerunner Newsletter

    The spring issue of the Forerunner newsletter is in the mail! Newsletter editor Hamish Butler has pulled together material from many contributors, along with stories and pictures from our spring races and season finals.

    All current members who added the print newsletter option to their 2014 membership will receive a print copy in the mail. And of course the online copy is available to all members and interested readers! Click the link below to view online or download the latest issue. Previous issues of the Forerunner are available on the Newsletters page.


  • Summer Meeting

    Our Far West Masters Summer Meeting will be held Saturday June 28th at 12:30 -2:30 PM at the Braun residence: 132 Silvertip Lane Mammoth Lakes CA. We will probably have a bicycle ride prior to the meeting for those so inclined and a post-meeting barbecue for all members. Details on meeting agenda and social events will be provided later


  • Spring Membership Meeting Minutes

    The Far West Masters Spring Membership and Board Meeting was held on Saturday, Mar. 29 prior to the season finals banquet at Mammoth Mountain. The board business agenda was kept short, with the focus on opening the floor for any member comments and holding elections of new officers. The annual election was held to ratify the volunteers nominated to fill open positions. Incoming officers are:

    • President - Dan Simmons
    • Treasurer - Ray Tulloch
    • Membership - Mary Feddis
    • Officials - Mark Mirviss

    Thanks to our new officers for stepping up to take on roles helping run our all-volunteer organization - our races happen only because of the time and effort of our volunteer staff. Special thanks also to outgoing officers Mark Mirviss (president) and Marcie Pettigrew (membership), both of whom contributed significantly to keep Far West Masters running during their two terms.


  • Season Finals

    The final races of the 2013-2014 season were held at Mammoth Mountain on Fri-Sat Mar. 28-29. After a season dominated by warm, dry weather, our finals event was held in a "weather window"" between some welcome late-season storms that are bringing excellent spring powder skiing to the Sierras. Friday's GS on Fascination was held on a beautiful, sunny day. Saturday's SL race, the final scoring race of the season held on the Powder Bowl/Ralphies course, was windy but relatively sheltered as high winds ahead of an approaching storm system forced closure of the Broadway Express chair and eventually cancellation of the U14 SG race on the adjacent Fascination race hill.

    Saturday evening competitors gathered with family and friends at the season banquet in Mammoth's Mountainside Conference Center. The evening featured a pasta buffet, a silent auction to benefit the Far West Masters Scholarship program, and season awards presentation of age class awards and leader bibs for the 2015 season.

    The special season awards for most-improved racer went to Tatjana Polyakova (W04) and Doug Fulton (M07). Tatjana impressed all of us with her improvement this year, making the women's open class consistently and skiing strongly throughout the season. The men's award was a tough choice, with a number of worthy performances considered including Tim Stewart for some amazing performances throughout the season, Sam Crowell for impressing all of us with excellent results in a strong second half, Troy Grieppe and Scott Sady for raising the level of their racing throughout the season.

    The Teddy Cantanho Spirit of Masters award recognizing a competitor who exemplifies participation with cheerfulness and joy, as well as contributions to our program, was awarded to Don Smith, who competes hard every race and has made numerous contributions to Far West Masters as an officer, past president, and head of officials working many races every season as a TD.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the final Season Standings rankings for 2014.


  • PNSA Finals Invitation

    PNSA invites all Far West masters competitors looking for a last blast of racing to come up to Mt. Bachelor for the PNSA finals on April 3-6, 2014. There will be a day of SG training, a day of 2 SG races, a GS day and a SL day. MSEF masters coach Greg Timm says: " We have great snow and races are held on a very fun rolling run called Cliffhanger. Racers could arrive earlier to train w/ our Masters program. "

    Registration is available at MBSEF.org (not SkiRaceReg for this event).


  • Mammoth Season Finals Updates [3/24]

    Schedule update for the Mammoth season finals: swapping event order to GS Friday, SL Saturday We have had to adjust the race schedule for this weekend and will be switching from the original SL/GS schedule to run GS Friday on Fascination and SL on Saturday on Powder Bowl/Ralphies (a different course with some fun variety provided by the mid-course bend to dive onto Ralphie's). Mammoth is also hosting the Far West U14 championships this week and with weather forecasts calling for a moderate storm coming through Tue/Wed the Race Department is making adjustments to try to provide the best possible race conditions to all competitors this coming weekend.

    Our season finale Awards Banquet will be Saturday Night. Cost is $28/person - reservations can be made by signing up online at SkiRaceReg.com along with your race entries. Online registration for race entries and banquet signups will close at noon on Wednesday March 26; banquet tickets can also be purchased at the Race Department office through noon Saturday.


  • Season Scoring Reminders

    With one event left on the 2013-2014 race calendar, there's only two races left to collect points for the season rankings in your age class and for the overall men's and women's leader bib awards. Our season scoring formula counts the best 75% of your finishes (rounded up), using the "old World Cup" points scoring system of 25/20/14 points for a top-3 finish and 13 points for 4th, 12 for 5th, ... 1 for 15th.

    With the cancellation of the planned Mammoth SG at the season finals, we will have 18 scoring races this season rather than 19. Your best 14 finishes of the 18 scored races will be counted for your season points. Even if you've already competed in 14 or more races, you can still score points by posting a better result in the final two races to replace a lower-scoring result from earlier in the season.

    Check the Season Standings page to see your current ranking. There are still some tight battles for season rankings and we expect some to go down to the final day's racing to determine the final standings!

    If you have any questions or believe a posted result is not correct (e.g., you were scored in Open class when you opted out to remain in your age class), contact scoring director Deb Lewis prior to the final event to request a correction.


  • Mammoth Finals Schedule Updates

    Our final races of the year and our Awards Banquet will be held at Mammoth Mountain on Friday March 29th (Slalom) and Saturday March 30th (Giant Slalom). (Note the order! SL Fri, GS Sat) Our season finale Awards Banquet will be Saturday Night.

    Due to hill space limitations, we will unfortunately not be able to hold our scheduled Super G on Thursday Mar. 27th.

    Price and location of the Saturday evening banquet (either Mammoth Mountain Conference Center, or the Canyon Lodge) will be provided as soon as details are finalized. Banquet signup will be available on SkiRaceReg.com.


  • Mt. Rose McKinney Cup

    The Far West Masters were greeted with a warm welcome and two days of challenging GS racing at the Mt. Rose McKinney Cup races. The weekend opened on Saturday with a lovely warm spring day, a season-high turnout with a number of new racers to welcome, and good conditions on the race course as the firm foundation snow on the course held up well for both runs despite the warm temperatures. Sunday's weather shifted to cooler temps and light overcast, but the forecasted snow showers held off until evening so we had good conditions and visibility for the race.

    Mt. Rose put on a great event, welcoming arriving racers on Saturday with a breakfast buffet during checkin and following up with some delicious food at the post-race party both days. On the hill the race crew did an excellent job, earning plaudits from TD Paul Laudenschlager on their professionalism. Rees Palermo put his racing return on hold while once again serving as Chief of Race on his home hill and working tirelessly before and throughout the weekend pulling all the myriad pieces of the race event together. And special thanks to the many volunteers who helped with race day jobs including checkin, gate judge, timing, and posting the results board - great to have some of the Mt. Rose crew on the injured list out helping and we look forward to having them back on the start lists next season!

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2014. Sunday's awards concluded with the annual McKinney Cup presentation, awarded to the top man and woman racer in the overall standings for the weekend's races - straight out total time scoring, fastest cumulative time wins! The 2014 McKinney Cup winners are Leslie Marcacci (W01), who celebrated her 30th birthday by dominating the women's rankings both days, and Mike Shklovski (M03), who was posted commanding victory margins both days on the men's side.


  • Mt. Rose McKinney Cup

    Our next race is the Mt. Rose McKinney Cup this coming weekend of Mar. 8-9. Mt. Rose is a great venue and always very welcoming to our masters competitors. The weather forecast looks good, with lingering showers from last week's storms and a small system possibly coming in Wednesday night, but clearing for the weekend.

    We are planning to hold 2 GS races on the "Slide side" of Mt. Rose on the Silver Dollar run. This is a fantastic GS hill - long and with terrain changes. Even better, Mt. Rose is offering a very attractively priced $30 racer lift ticket. Race checkin will be 7:30-8:30 daily in the Winters Creek base lodge. (NOTE: Mt Rose will *not* be able to accept day-of-race signups, so get your entries submitted by the Thursday entry deadline!!)

    *** IMPORTANT **** The weekend schedule depends on having a sufficient number of competitors!!! We need to have at least 60 competitors in order to maintain the originally planned 2-day race schedule. If the field size is under 60, we will adjust the schedule and run both races on Saturday. We are planning to assess race signups and the schedule on Tuesday evening, so please get your signup submitted if you have not already done so!!

    Another reminder: don't forget our "Bring a Friend" program, where your race entry will be comp'd if you bring a new racer! We need new faces and Mt. Rose is an excellent first-time race, with a challenging course at a friendly venue.

    Schedule Update [Wed 3/5] Entries have reached sufficient level that Mt. Rose has confirmed we will proceed with the originally planned 2-day race schedule, 1 GS race each day on the excellent Silver Dollar run above the Slide Mountain base area. Day-of-race signups will be accepted at race checkin, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you're planning to race this weekend or bringing a friend, submit your entries now!!! SkiRaceReg.com online registration is open through 9pm Thursday evening, or print the event entry form from the web site and deliver to Mt. Rose.

    If you need to finish any paperwork (e.g. temp license for a new racer) or pick up a temporary bib, please arrive at checkin early to allow extra time so that competitors and volunteers can all get out on the race hill to enjoy the day.

    [01-Mar-2014; updated 1pm 3/5]

  • Mammoth SG's

    The Mammoth SG makeup races scheduled for the weekend of Mar. 1-2 finally helped break the long Sierra dry spell this season, with a nice 3-day series of storms rolling in mid-week and bringing 3-4 ft of very welcome snow before starting to clear out on Saturday. With the cooperation of Mammoth's grooming crews to get cats out to pack the race hills, the weekend schedule was adjusted to allow the U14 racers to hold their SG training run on Saturday, with two races for the U14 competitors on Sunday along with the Masters makeup races that were added on to take advantage of the speed venue preparations.

    Although Sunday's conditions were soft due to the new snow, with intermittent fog moving in as the day progressed, the course set and constant maintenance by the Mammoth race crew kept the track in as good condition as possible. Conditions were character building for the small but determined group of masters, with flat light and bumpy conditions following the junior competitors, but everyone finished safely. The course was redressed and slipped for the second run, but as the fog thickened on the upper section of the course and visibility continued to deteriorate, the masters officials met and made a jury decision to cancel the second race. The decision was confirmed when increasing winds caused the Broadway lift to shut down at 2:15, while the U14 boys were still racing.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2014.


  • Mammoth SG schedule update

    Saturday's SG racing has been postponed to Sunday, with the U14 competitors taking their mandatory training run this morning on Fascination after Friday's schedule was delayed due to a significant winter storm. Saturday's Plan B for most of the masters was to break out the powder boards and enjoy the 3-4 ft of new snow from this week's series of storms.

    The Sunday schedule has been announced by the Mammoth Race Department. MRD will make their best effort to get in two SG races tomorrow for all competitors; conditions will be assessed at the completion of the first race. We will be running on a shortened SG track onto Fascination; inspection for all competitors is 8:45-9:15. The U14 ladies and men start at 9:30 and 10:30 respectively, with the masters field scheduled to start at 11:30. There will be an half-hour break for course slip and cleanup before the second race starts at 12:30, with the masters start time at 2:30.

    Please be flexible tomorrow, as MRD will put on the best race possible given the new snow conditions. We appreciate Mammoth accommodating our masters field to provide us with a makeup for our cancelled January speed events.


  • Bernard Cup at Alpine Meadows

    The 2014 Bernard Cup event, traditionally held at Squaw Valley, was moved this year to neighboring Alpine Meadows to take advantage of the better racing conditions available on Kangaroo. While the continuing warm and dry conditions that have blanketed the Far West this season have been challenging for both racers and ski areas, we ended up having a spectacular weekend of warm spring-like weather combined with an outstanding racing surface that held up well for all competitors.

    Race director John Black and the Alpine race crew did an excellent job and the course conditions were outstanding through 4 runs of SL on Saturday and Sunday's GS. Jackets and warmups were abandoned early by most, yet the race courses never got mushy or rutted. Hard to beat a beautiful weekend with fun racing!

    It was a pleasure to have a number of new faces join us this weekend. We hope everyone had fun and comes back for more.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2014. Sunday's awards concluded with the annual Bernard Cup presentation, awarded to the top man and woman racer based on an age-handicapped scoring of the weekend's races. The 2014 Bernard Cup winners are defending champ Tim Stewart (M08) and Deb Lewis (W07).


  • Schedule Updates

    FW president Mark Mirviss met with the Alpine race organizers on Tuesday and after inspecting Outer Limits, our scheduled GS hill for Sunday's race, the consensus was that conditions were not adequate for racing this weekend. So we will be holding Sunday's GS on Kangaroo, site of the Saturday SL races. This is a FIS homologated hill, so even if not the longest or toughest GS venue it will provide the best racing conditions for us this weekend.

    The schedule for Saturday and Sunday:

    • 7:30 - 8:30 - checkin - Alpine Main Lodge by fireplace
    • 8:30 lift opens
    • 8:30 – 9:15 - inspection
    • 9:30 - first run

    The next few weeks provide plenty of racing opportunities. Following the Bernard Cup weekend, we have two makeup SG races scheduled at Mammoth on Mar. 1-2 and then a weekend of GS races at Mt. Rose for the McKinney Cup on Mar. 8-9.

    There's still time to sign up for the National Championships before late fees kick in on Feb. 25. This year's championships will be at Okemo Vt the week of Mar. 17-22, featuring challenging race hills popular with masters, an experienced race crew, and best of all for us snow-starved Westerners this season, they've got plenty of snow in the East this year!!


  • Feb. Schedule Updates

    In a continuing effort to provide quality racing opportunities, the Far West Masters and host organizers have two schedule changes to announce. First, the Bernard Cup races scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 22-23 are being moved to neighboring Alpine Meadows. The weekend race calendar will remain the same except for the venue change - we will have two SL races Saturday on Kangaroo, with Sunday's GS on Outer Limits.

    In a makeup reschedule for the cancelled January DH/SG speed races at Mammoth, we are happy to announce that Mammoth will be able to host two SG races for the masters, rescheduled on the weekend of Mar. 1-2. There will be SG each day on Saturday and Sunday, with start time for the masters scheduled at 1pm (following the completion of junior SG races on the World Cup/Fascination race venue).


  • FIS Masters/Western Regionals Results

    A team of twenty-five Far West racers headed to Park City Utah last week for the FIS Masters Cup/Western Regional championship races. The event started with cold weather for the two training days available to competitors on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by SG races on Friday and Saturday on Payday. The weekend weather for the Sat/Sun SL races shifted to conditions more familiar to the maritime west coasters of PNSA and FW, with the first strong winter storm to reach the Sierras bringing warm wet snow into the normally dryer Wasatch.

    Over 140 competitors gathered at Park City, from all the western region divisions (AK, PNSA, N, IM, FW, RM) along with 7 central and eastern division competitors and 10 international competitors. A new face on the masters racing scene but familiar to bike racing fans, Levi Leipheimer posted very respectable finishes in the two SG races. While the strong Intermountain team dominated the overall results for the women, Far West men coming home wearing the jacket of regional champion were Gate De Mattei (M12), Don Smith (M10), Tim Stewart (M8), and Mike Shklovski (M3).

    Complete weekend results are posted on ussamasters.org

    (Note: FIS Masters classes start at age 30 for class 1, so age classes are "off by one" from the USSA masters age classes that start with class 1 for ages 20-29)


  • FIS Masters/Western Regionals

    There's still a few days left to sign up for the FIS Masters / Western Region championship races in Park City next week on Thu-Sun Feb. 6-9. Park City has good snow and a large field on competitors from throughout the Western Region is expected for 2 days of SG racing and 2 days of SL, all on PayDay. Late fee of $20/race will be charged starting Sat. Feb. 1, so get your entries in on SkiRaceReg.com by the end of this week!

    The Park City event is a FIS Masters Cup event on the international masters calendar and is also the 2014 Western Region championship. The Western Region championship team will be named from the overall combined winners in each age class.

    Eligibility: all competitors must have a current USSA alpine master competition license (no temporary weekend licenses allowed for championship events) and an active FIS Masters license. To verify your FIS masters license status, use the link below to go the Masters biographies page on the FIS web site - enter your name or FIS license number to search for your competitory entry and confirm that you're listed and the left-most column Status shows Active status.

    NOTE: competitors under 30 who are not eligible for FIS masters competition do not need a FIS masters license and will receive Western Region championship medals for race awards rather than FIS Masters awards. All competitors are eligible for the Western Region championship combined award.

    For those who can arrive before the start of the competition on Thursday, Park City is offering a pre-event training camp on Tuesday and Wednesday Feb. 4-5 with SG and SL offered on both days. You can attend for one or both days; see link below for details and registration information.


  • January Newsletter

    The January issue of the Forerunner newsletter is in the mail! Newsletter editor Hamish Butler has pulled together material from many contributors, along with stories and pictures from our early season December and early January races.

    All current members who added the print newsletter option to their 2014 membership will receive a print copy in the mail. And of course the online copy is available to all members and interested readers! Click the link below to view online or download the latest issue. Previous issues of the Forerunner are available on the Newsletters page.


  • Mammoth GS races

    The Far West Masters were treated to two days of excellent GS racing conditions at Mammoth Mountain on Jan. 25-26. Mammoth put some serious snowmaking on the race hills and the weather was warm and pleasant both days. With 3 runs each day to fit in 3 races on the weekend, racers and course crews were kept busy, but the crack Mammoth crew ran everything on schedule.

    The weekend event was dedicated to the memory of Grania Feddis Anderson, a woman of many talents - ski racer, mother, doctor, friend - who we lost last year to cancer. It was a pleasure to have her daughter Neave share the weekend with us and forerun on Sunday.

    LOST SKI ALERT!!! Looking for Dan Malonson's skis!!! Someone skied away from the finish board after the last run Sunday mistakenly taking Dan's Rossi GS skis. Dan's skis are a 175cm black and orange Rossi GS; the pair that was left is a 167cm Rossi. He'd really like his own pair back, if you get home tonight and find you have the wrong pair of skis please contact Dan or get in touch via webmaster@farwestmasters.org.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2014.


  • Bring a Friend!!

    Last season we launched a new "Bring a Friend" program to incentivize all our members to help build our program by bringing in new racers. We want to remind everyone about this initiative and encourage participation - we'd have a great problem if we have to give away a lot of free race entries because our members are bringing new racers to our events!

    Here's how it works... 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 bringafriend@farwestmasters.org 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. Help spread the word about masters racing and share your enjoyment of the sport by bringing a friend to a race this season!


  • Reno Mountain Sports Retirement Sale

    Reno Mountain Sports owner Dave Garner has decided to retire... Dave is known to many of us as a long-time racer and the owner of Reno Mountain Sports, a quality shop in Reno that's always been a great supporter of ski racing. (And one of our FWM sponsors, too!)

    Dave's decided to retire and is closing the RMS shop at the end of the season. The retirement sale is on for the duration of the winter season - the rental/repair shop will continue to be fully staffed while the shop inventory is put on sale for liquidation. Stop by if you can, pick up some deals, and wish Dave the best as he transitions into retirement, hopefully with more time to get out and play on the slopes and the race hill.


  • Mammoth Speed Races rescheduled to GS

    Far West Masters officers and the Mammoth Race Department met this weekend and have announced that the DH and SG speed races scheduled for Jan. 23-26 cannot be held due to lack of snow to allow a safe speed venue course. Instead, we will have 3 GS races the weekend of Jan. 25-26, with three runs each day.

    All competitors registered on SkiRaceReg.com for the DH and SG events will be notified through the registration system of the schedule change. Please re-submit your entries for the rescheduled GS races (we won't carry over the DH/SG entries, you must re-register).


  • Heavenly Viva Italia SL races

    After the break for the holidays and New Year, Far West Masters racing resumed with the 2014 Viva Italia SL races at Heavenly Valley, featuring two SL races on World Cup run, with warm sunny weather and an excellent racing surface. The race crew featured a team effort by Heavenly Valley and Eric Whittaker's crew from Northstar and they did an outstanding job putting on 4 runs of SL. Special thanks to Rees Palermo who came out to be our TD for the day while recovering from his hip replacement surgery and put in a long day working tirelessly with the race crew to put on an outstanding event, assisted by referee Mark Mirviss.

    In addition to plenty of great skiing throughout the day, racers and spectators alike were treated to a visit by the Heavenly Bear, who hung out playing on the sidelines during the second morning run, courteously waiting for the course inspection break to make a run for the far side of his hill. Check out the photo link from Sacramento's KCRA (reports are we also made "Good Morning America"!)

    The post-race party featured Mr. Viva Italia himself, John Gianotti, and the presentation of the Viva Italia cup to the top man and women skier in the morning race, using an age-handicap formula to recognize strong skiing across all our age groups. The 2014 Viva Italia winners are Linda Crowell (W07) and Kurt "Beldonini" Belden (M07) - congratulations!

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2014.


  • Heavenly is on, Sierra at Tahoe cancelled

    The Heavenly SL races on Friday Jan. 10 are ON! Scheduling chief Mike Braun confirmed with Heavenly's race department today that World Cup has snow for our races next Friday and they are looking forward to hosting the masters at the annual Viva Italia event.

    Due to lack of snow, Sierra at Tahoe will not be able to put on the planned GS races on Sat-Sun Jan. 11-12, so those races are cancelled. We were unable to locate an alternate venue, with the severe dry weather continuing into the New Year and affecting areas throughout our region.

    Time and location for the post-race Viva Italia party are being finalized and will be posted when available. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RACE ENTRIES TO ALLOW THE ORGANIZERS TO PLAN AND PREPARE TO PUT ON THIS EVENT!!


  • Holiday Break

    Happy holidays to everyone! The 2013 year is winding down today with warm, dry, sunny conditions - and reportedly the driest year ever recorded for California (not so great for Sierra skiing and water supplies). Our Sierra ski areas are doing their best for the holiday crowds, with snowmaking supplementing the rather meager snowfall so far this season. Even with the limited snow and terrain available, there are opportunities to get out for some turns, so enjoy it for what it is and appreciate that we get to be out playing on the ski slopes!

    With the dry conditions forecast to continue into early January, race scheduling chief Mike Braun is working closely with the organizers of our next scheduled races on Friday Jan. 10 at Heavenly (2 SL races) and Sat-Sun Jan. 11-12 at Sierra at Tahoe (2 GS races) to monitor conditions. The current outlook is that Heavenly looks good to be able to hold the Viva Italia SL races, but the GS races at Sierra at Tahoe may be at risk. Mike is exploring possible alternatives if schedule changes are needed and we'll get details out as soon as possible to allow everyone to plan their schedules and travel. In the meantime, keep an eye of the weather and check the farwestmasters.org web site for updates.


  • Alpine SL Races

    After the season opener in Mammoth we returned to Northern California with races at Alpine Meadows the weekend prior to a holiday break in our season race calendar. We were greeted with beautiful, warm sunny weather for both days of racing and the Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley race department did a great job to make the best of the early season conditions, putting on 3 good SL races for us over two days.

    Over 60 Masters races participated in each of the two races on Saturday, with nearly all returning to wrap up the weekend in the final race on Sunday. Mike Shklovski took top spot in the first race, with Ara Papazian taking the honors in races two and three. On the ladies side, Leslie Marcacci led the field in all three races

    Hamish Butler has shared race photos from the weekend, take a few minutes to follow the links below and check his galleries! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2014.

    [22-Dec-2013; updated 12/27]

  • Mammoth Season Opener

    The 2014 race season opened Sunday under sunny skies and brisk temperatures at Mammoth. Saturday's racing was cancelled as a strong, exceptionally cold storm system moved into the Sierras on Friday evening and brough a welcome 1-2 feet of snow to most of our ski areas. The weekend schedule was adjusted to run the two GS races planned for Saturday on Sunday, rather than the scheduled SL race.

    Despite a short delay early in the first run, as rising temperatures creating condensation on the timing beams scrambled the timing crew to resync the finish equipment, the races went smoothly under sunny skies, light winds, and welcome warming through the day. The racing surface held up well, with some softer snow on top slipped clear through the day and a good firm track on the lower sections of the course allowing competitors to let loose coming off the steep pitch.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the new Season Standings rankings for 2014. Race photographer Sue Morning shot both races and photos are available online at the Mammoth Sharpshooter photo site if you didn't a chance to check your photos on-site.


  • December Opening

    December is here and the 2014 race season is ready to kick off! Hope everyone enjoyed a good Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family and friends.

    Mammoth will be running masters race training camp all week and our first races of the season will be next weekend on Dec. 7-8, with two GS races on Saturday and a SL on Sunday. We're expecting a good week of training conditions - the base is solid and the weather forecasts are calling for plenty of cold snow-making weather in the coming days. The schedule is SL on Mon-Tue, GS on Wed-Thu, and both disciplines on Friday for those coming in for the weekend races. Check in at the Race Department office in the morning when you arrive.

    Please sign up for the races if you haven't yet! Sign up online or print an entry form from farwestmasters.org and deliver to the Mammoth Race Department by Wednesday Dec. 4.

    SkiRaceReg and membership reminders: the first time you log in to your account on SkiRaceReg.com this season, you'll be presented with several pages that allow you to review and update your contact information as well as provide a current credit card that will be used for your race entries. There are no up-front charges for opening or re-activating your account - charges are only made when race entries are processed. Please note also that "membership" on SkiRaceReg.com just means activation of your user account for online race entries - this is *not* your Far West Masters membership (or your USSA masters competitor license). If you have questions or any difficulty getting your online registration submitted, contact technology chief Deb Lewis for assistance.

    If you haven't yet joined Far West Masters for the current season, information and membership application are available on the web site. You can also use our online Member Lookup feature to check your current Far West Masters membership status. Membership VP Marcie Pettigrew can be contacted at membership@farwestmasters.org.


  • Training Information

    The Training information page has been updated with information about early season training camps (December camps are available at Mammoth and Squaw/Alpine) and training programs available to masters competitors in the Far West division.

    We try to include information about all programs and training opportunities to help masters competitors find a program that fits their interests in race training and skills development. Please let us know of any additions or changes - we do not promote or recommend any particular program, but all programs that we list include active members of the Far West masters who will happily provide information and answer questions about their programs. (Tip: visit the Far West Masters group on Facebook to post questions, comments, and share information)


  • 2014 Scholarship Awards Announced

    We are very pleased to announce the 2014 Scholarship Program awards to forty athletes from the Far West Division, from U14 up through U21 athletes competing in both the Far West division and at the US Ski Team level. Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, citizenship, leadership, motivation, financial need and talent.

    In return for scholarship award funds that may be used for ski racing expenses, each athlete is asked to forerun one of our Masters races and give a brief talk at the following award or dinner gathering. Over the years this program has been in place, we've had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great kids, who learn from the challenge of public speaking (albeit to a supportive group of masters racers!) as well as from their ski racing. The opportunity for junior and masters athletes to mix and meet has been a enjoyable experience on both sides, so we thank everyone who contributes and supports this program.


  • Race Registration is open!

    Race registration is now open for the 2013-2014 season! Complete information is available on the Season Schedule page. You can register online at SkiRaceReg.com or print and mail an entry form with checks directly to the race organizer. We encourage everyone to use the online race registration, it's easy and reliable, no worrying about whether your entry got delivered by mountain mail!

    You will need to open or re-activate your account on SkiRaceReg before you can sign up for this season's races. If you already have an account, this is mainly to allow you to review and update your contact information, and also to provide current charge card information for charging race entry fees. Remember - there are no fees for opening your account on the system - charges are made only for race entry fees at the time a race is held. (You'll get a $0 charge message when your account activation is completed - that's just a confirmation that the system has successfully recorded your account information, you aren't being billed for anything yet!)

    The entry deadline is published for all races and you can enter (or cancel without penalty) anytime up to the deadline, which is usually set to provide a one-day setback to allow the race organizers to pull entry lists and prepare the race operations computer systems for the event. Entries after the deadline or on the morning of a race at checkin are at the discretion of the organizing area; this is allowed when possible, but in some cases logistics do not permit, so please get entries in by the deadline.


  • 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 2014 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 coming season.

    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: