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
- Race Registration is open!
Race registration is now open for the 2014-2015 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,
the account signup pages allow you to review and update your contact information,
and also to provide current charge card information for charging race entry fees.
PLEASE NOTE: The first time you log into your SkiRaceReg account
for the season, you'll be taken to the signup page "Renew Membership - Far West Masters"
with an explanation of the activation process for your online account. Please remember
that "membership" in the Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg is only
for your race signups; it is *NOT* your annual Far West Masters membership.
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 will get a charge notification message when your account activation is completed,
but the amount will be $0 - 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; day-of-race signups will generally
*NOT* be accepted this season - you must be on the start list
prepared the day before the race in order to compete.
New for the 2015 season, the early registration deadline for all races
will be midnight of the Sunday prior to the start of the event.
After the early registration deadline, there is a $5/race late entry fee.
The late fee is designed to encourage early signups so that we can plan and prepare
to put on the best possible event and give everyone a good experience on race day.
You can cancel without penalty anytime up to the published entry deadline,
so there's no downside to early signup if your race plans are tentative - just cancel
before the final deadline if you con't make it.
- Mammoth Masters Camp
Mammoth will once again offer a masters training camp on Mon-Fri Dec. 1-5,
following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
This is a great way to kick off your season with some time on snow and gate training
going into the season opening race weekend on Dec. 6-7.
Drills, gates, and video sessions will be provided, with coaches from the Mammoth masters and ski team.
You can attend by the day or for the full week;
see the camp information flyer for details or visit the Race Department's web page on mammothmountain.com
- 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 2015 program and membership application for new and renewing members.
Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership chair Mary Feddis
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. Membership renewals received after the deadline are subject to a $5 late fee.
New bibs for 2014-2015!!
All members will be getting new bibs this season. You must renew by the Oct. 31 renewal deadline
to be assured of retaining your current bib number. After the renewal deadline, all bib numbers from 21 up
not assigned to current 2015 members can be requested by any new or renewing member.
So if you like your bib number, get your membership application off to Mary ASAP!
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:
(Note that late fees are only applicable to renewals.
New members may join anytime during the season without late fees)
- Officials Clinics
The annual Far West division officials education and certification clinics
will be held on Sat-Sun Nov. 8-9 at Squaw Valley' Village.
If you've ever considered getting more involved in our Far West Masters racing program,
becoming an official is a great way to contribute as well as to learn more
about our sport (many of us who have gone through the USSA officials training have
been surprised how much there is to learn - turns out we masters don't know it all yet!).
For our current officials, attendance at an update clinic is required
every other year in order to maintain your officials status.
For details and an information flyer with registration info, see the links
below to the Officials Education announcement on the fwskiing.us web site.
The annual update session will be at 8am on Sunday Nov. 9, followed
by certification clinics for various specialties (masters will generally be
interested in attending the referee clinic). For first-time competition officials,
there is also an introductory session on Saturday afternoon.
In addition, Rees Palermo will conduct a Masters specific overview on Saturday
afternoon/evening at the Truckee home of FWM president Dan Simmons.
The annual review session with our Far West Masters officials is very valuable
to allow us to focus on masters-specific issues and procedures, so attendance
at Rees's session is strongly encouraged for both new and prospective officials.
Please RSVP to Dan at email@example.com no later than Nov. 5.
- Passing of Don Frinell
We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Don Frinell, husband of Marietta Frinell,
who lost his long battle with cancer early Sunday, September 28th.
Marietta and Don's children were with him in his last hours.
Don was an avid skier and outdoorsman. Don and Marietta had a full calendar of
activities throughout the year that kept them constantly busy, trading the skis of winter
for kayaks, hunting and fishing, dirt biking, Harleys, and horses in other seasons.
Please keep Marietta and the rest of Don's family in your thoughts,
and on behalf of all of our masters racing family, we express our sympathy as well.
A memorial service will be held in November, and we will share details regarding the service
when they are finalized.
- 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
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
- 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.