How to Join

USSA membership renewal notices for the 2017 season were sent to all current competitors in July. New and renewing racers can obtain their 2017 masters license through the Online Registration service on
The Far West membership application for the 2016-2017 season is posted here and will be sent to all recent members in with the fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter in early October - see the Far West Membership section below for details and application). You will receive a copy of the fall newsletter and renewal package by email if you have been a paid FW Masters member anytime in the past 5 seasons. 2016 members who paid for a print copy of the newsletter will receive the complete package in the mail; all other recent members will receive a membership reminder postcard explaining how to join or renew your membership.

For adult, NASTAR, club racers, and good skiers in general, Masters ski racing is a new challenge. It's USSA sanctioned racing - more competitive and more fun. We welcome racers of all levels - from beginners who enjoy exciting race courses, to former Olympians, U.S. Team Members and everyone in between. The competition is exhilarating! Click here to learn more...

Briefly, competitors MUST have a USSA masters competitor membership in order to compete, either an Alpine Masters membership or a short-term membership purchased on a daily basis - this is essential for insurance purposes. Competitors MUST provide proof of primary medical insurance coverage to obtain a USSA competitor membership. Competitors who race more than one weekend per season must also join Far West Masters, which provides benefits such as a permanently assigned stretch bib, a subscription to our regularly-published newsletter, and eligibility for season awards, along with access to special member offers and members-only features on this web site.


Men and women ages 18 and over may compete in the Far West Masters Ski Racing Series. A USSA masters competition or short-term membership license is required; membership in the Far West Masters is required if you race more than one weekend. Details are provided in the following sections.

USSA Masters Membership

A USSA Alpine Masters competitor membership should be obtained by all competitors participating on a regular basis in Far West Masters division races. A full-season masters license is required in order to compete in Regional or National championship events as well as for international masters competitions. A USSA Alpine Masters competition license for 2016-2017 costs $90.

For racers who wish to compete only in a specific competition, a short-term membership may be purchased on a per-day basis for races held within the division. A short-term daily license is $15/day. It's a good way to "get your toes wet" before deciding to commit to a full license for season-long participation; the short-term license payment will be credited towards your masters license fee.

For more information about USSA membership and competition licenses, visit the USSA Alpine Masters home page on or the USSA Membership site. If you need any clarification of which license and dues options to select on the USSA application form, please see the explanation of different licenses and dues information below.

IMPORTANT: all USSA memberships MUST be purchased online through the Online Member Services at

Note: The USSA forms are PDF documents. If you have problems accessing or printing these forms, please refer to the information on the Help page on how to obtain the free download of Adobe Reader for viewing PDF documents.

IMPORTANT: You will need to provide proof of primary medical insurance coverage for a USSA license, so have your insurance card with carrier and policy number available when you fill out a USSA license application. If you are need to sign up for a short-term license at race day check-in, please arrive a bit early to fill out the application and please have your insurance card - we have to be strict about ensuring that this information is properly filled in on the application or we risk losing the option of having short-term licenses.

Far West Membership

Membership in the Far West Masters is required if you race more than one weekend in the season. Your Far West Masters membership includes a permanently assigned stretch racing bib, detailed race schedule, our regularly published newsletter, and eligibility for season awards, along with access to members-only offers and features on this web site.

You can pay your membership dues online when you activate your account for the current season or send a completed membership application along with a check for your membership dues payable to Far West Masters Ski Racing to the address on the form. Renewing members: please return your forms by November 13, 2016 - thanks!!

Note: The Far West membership application is provided as a PDF document. If you have problems accessing or printing these forms, please refer to the information on the Help page on how to obtain the free download of Adobe Reader for viewing PDF documents.

About Membership Types

The separate memberships for the Far West Masters and USSA is a perennial point of confusion for both our Far West competitors and the USSA membership staff in Park City. Many's the time that a competitor has arrived on race morning and forlornly declared "But I sent in my membership months ago, why don't you have me on the membership list?!". Here's why that can happen and what YOU can do to prevent this tragedy!!

Far West Masters - we're the volunteer group that organizes masters races in the Far West, assign your permanent stretch bib, and produce the regular newsletter The Forerunner and this web site. Your membership enables us to put together our division program of racing. Send your FWM membership to Mary Feddis, our membership chairperson, in Mammoth Lakes, CA. (See the Contacts page for her contact info) or send an email to

USSA - USSA is the sanctioning body for organized ski competition in the US. By operating as part of USSA, we hold our races under rules and standards consistent with regional, national, and international ski competition. USSA race sanctioning provides an assurance of the quality and standard of our events. USSA also provides the liability and secondary accident insurance which is absolutely critical to being able to organize our events. You MUST have a USSA Alpine Master competitor membership (or a short-term daily membership) to compete in any Far West Masters event. Send your USSA license application to USSA headquarters in Park City, UT or sign up online at the USSA Member Portal on

What you need to sign up for on your USSA application: You want a USSA Alpine Master membership. You do NOT need a USSA Competitor license or to pay Far West division dues UNLESS you intend to compete in non-masters races in the Far West. Some of our racers do compete with the juniors in their events, but those people know who they - most of us masters don't want or need the general USSA competition license.

Notes for Officials: if you are a licensed official, you DO need to pay Far West division dues if you will be officiating for any division (juniors) races or participating in the Far West officials clinic or related activities. If you definitely will be officiating only at masters competitions and are receiving your officials training solely through clinics organized by the masters, you will still be required by the USSA system to pay the additional Far West division dues along with your officials dues; you may request a refund from Far West Masters so that our officials are not unduly burdened by additional costs.