Welcome to the Far West Masters! If you are a new visitor to our site, visit the Information pages to learn more About masters racing. The How To Join page has 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 & Snowboard competition rules, 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 US alpine 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

  • 2022 Membership

    Far West Masters membership for 2021-2022 is now open for new and renewing members on SkiRaceReg.com/fw. Activate your account for the season and pay your Far West Masters dues online. Race registration will open in November.

    Don't forget to renew your US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Master membership before the early registration deadline of Oct. 15, 2021. The "Getting Started" page from US Alpine Masters has a helpful overview of everything you need to know for your US Ski & Snowboard membership:

    [08-Oct-2022]

  • Season Schedule and Membership

    Get ready for the 2021-2022 Far West Masters race season!! The 2022 season schedule is posted here on farwestmasters.org on the Season Schedule page. Far West Masters membership will open in October here on skiracereg.com/fw and race signups will open in November.

    2022 Membership Reminders

    • US Ski & Snowboard membership renewal deadline is October 15.
      Late fee of $25 charged on renewals after that date. (late fee does not apply to new members)
    • Most masters should select the "Alpine Master" membership type. Only select the "Alpine Master w/ requirements" membership type if you are required to have SafeSport training and background checks due to your engagement with junior athletes through a US Ski & Snowboard club role.
    • Most masters should select "No Club Affiliation" for the US Ski & Snowboard club affiliation. Do NOT select the club at the area where you ski and train unless you are actually a member - the clubs are generally associated only with junior alpine competitor programs.
    • Your Far West Masters membership is IN ADDITION to your US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Master membership. Your FWM membership dues supports organizing our division race calendar and provides you with a permanent race bib for all our Far West masters races.
    • Far West masters membership is not required for first-time racers or competitors from other divisions. We will provide a temporary bib for your use.

    2022 Rules Reminders

    • New in 2022: FIS-certified race helmet is REQUIRED for GS/SG/DH events.
    • Fluoro race waxex are NOT ALLOWED in any US events (ban instituted in 2021)

    [29-Sep-2021]

  • Preliminary 2022 Schedule

    The preliminary 2021-22 race schedule is now available! Scheduling Director Mike Braun has tried to put together a calendar with a good mix of events at proven venues. We think this is a pretty solid schedule, with racers and organizers all looking forward to a "return to normal" race season.

    The Western Region championship/FIS Masters Cup races will be held at Beaver Creek CO on Feb. 4-6. The national championships are planned for Sun Valley ID on Mar. 21-26. (The DH national championship is not yet determined)

    US Masters Membership tips

    A few reminders and tips for those of you getting an early start on your US Masters membership for the 2022 season:

    • check your membership(s) - most should have the standard Alpine Master membership
      • the Alpine Master w/ requirements membership is only needed in special cases - it is more expensive and requires SafeSport training with background screening
      • all masters with an Official or Coach license already have SafeSport/background
      • SafeSport/background requirements are needed for adults working directly with junior athletes
    • most of us are NOT members of a USSS club and should not select that option just because we see the name of the area where we ski/train. (exception: Diamond Peak's masters program IS part of their USSS club)
    • If you plan to compete in FIS Masters or have FIS masters points that you want to preserve, be sure to add FIS Masters license to your US masters membership

    US Masters membership links:

    [07-Aug-2021]

  • Scholarship Program and Auction

    The Far West Masters Scholarship program is now entering its 31st year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. This has been a very successful program - our Far West athletes are tremendously appreciative, we hear back from many of them how helpful the extra support is to them, and we are grateful for everyone who has donated and supported the program. To learn more or make donation, visit the Scholarship Program page.

    With all the disruptions last season due to covid and travel restrictions, we were unable hold our usual awards parties and fund raising events. But fear not, we holding an online auction this summer to support the program. Many items have been donated by Far West alumni that are on the US Ski Team. These items include new race suits, jackets, rain ponchos, under layer tops and bottoms, ski bags, and several pair of Super G Skis. Auction item listings and bidding instructions are posted of the FW Skiing web site:

    Applications are now being accepted from Far West athletes for the 2022 season. We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes 13-20 years old to apply! Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, financial need, and race results. Applications are due September 15th 2021.

    [24-Jun-2021]

  • June Forerunner newsletter

    The spring issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! It was a season of limited racing opportunities, with only our final event at Mammoth held after months of changing guidelines and health restrictions, but the "silver lining" is that many were still able to ski and train with their local programs. We hope everyone has a good (and healthy!) summer and we all look forward to returning to skiing and racing next winter.

    [21-Jun-2021]