USSA Alpine Masters organize age group alpine ski racing for competitors 20 and up. Competition is organized under the rules of the United States Ski Association (USSA), the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding, in the alpine ski disciplines of SL, GS, SG, and DH. Visit the USSA Alpine Masters home page on ussa.org for information, forms, and news from the national headquarters.
Each winter, ski racing events are organized by masters groups in USSA divisions throughout the US. In addition to races held within each division, the season includes regional and national competitions as well as opportunities to compete in the FIS International Masters Cup (FMC) events. See the Contacts page for links to division web sites for details on their programs and events.
Information and race results from regional and national championship events will be posted here throughout the 2016 season in the Current Season Events section. See the Events section below for overview and key links for all of this season's major events.
Welcome Lisa Densmore Ballard as National Master Chair: outgoing chair Steve Slivinski brought his years serving as the national masters committee chair to a rousing conclusion with a very successful national championships event in March 2015 at his Sun Valley home area. Lisa Densmore Ballard was elected the new chair at the annual national committee meeting and brings many years of ski racing experience and a passion for growing the sport of masters ski racing.
Lisa has written a Vision statement as she tackles the challenges of her new role. This document was submitted to the USSA Alpine committee during the annual USSA Congress organization meetings in May 2015 and is being shared with the entire masters racing community to encourage discussion and new thinking on how to strengthen and grow our sport.
2016 event information: it's never too soon to start planning for next season! The North American stop on the international FIS Masters Cup calendar will return to Aspen CO on Feb. 4-7, followed by 2 USSA/Rocky Masters DH races on Feb. 8-9. The FIS Masters Cup races will also be the 2016 Western region championships. The Eastern championships return to Okemo Mountain and Suicide 6 in VT on Feb. 24-28. The annual national championships will be held at Big Sky MT on Mar. 14-19. Big Sky will host a 4-event championship, with the national championship downhill along with SG-GS-SL championship races.
2016 Masters poster: you'll never miss a race when you have your own copy of the 2016 Masters poster with all division and championship events!
2016 Helmet Rules: Effective as of the 2016-2017 season, all USSA and FIS masters competitors must use helmets for GS, SG, and DH that meet the new FIS standards. A FIS-approved helmet is marked with a conformity label reading "Conform to FIS specifications RH 2013". For the 2016 season, FIS-approved helmets are recommended for masters competitors (but not required). Helmets for SL are required and may have soft-ear protection.
New in 2016: The USSA masters competition license fee has been reduced to $90 for the 2016 season. Temporary USSA memberships may be purchased for $15/day for masters events; temporary licenses may be used an unlimited number of times and fees paid will be credited towards purchase of a full masters license. As in previous years, a current masters license is required for all championship events (no temporary licenses). Also note that starting in 2016, USSA membership licenses MUST be purchased online. Visit the USSA Membership site to obtain or renew your masters competition license:
New in 2016: The men's age class groups are being changed to provide improved balance in group sizes - men's class 5 moves from Group B to Group A and men's class 8 moves from Group D to Group B.
New in 2016: The first run start order within age class for regional and national championships shall be random draw for smaller classes and one to three seeds for larger classes, depending on the number of competitors. As in 2015, second run start order for championship events will be total reverse order based on first run order of finish within each age class. Overall age class start order rules for mixed fields of men and women are unchanged. Divisions are encouraged to follow the national rules for start order within age class.
Connecting Online USSA and division masters organizations are preparing for the 2016 season by publishing schedules, news, and information on the ussa.org and division web sites. There are also a number of ways to connecting with fellow masters racers and supporters through online groups (Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google) and subscribing the email lists. We collected as many links and tips as possible here on the Contacts page, so check it out to get connected with your home division as well as national ski racing friends!
Masters Newsletter The Masters newsletter published by USSA contains news about masters programs and events around the country. The annual Fall newsletter provides an annual preview for the coming season, with news from masters around the country along with articles on ski technique and technology to keep us all up-to-date with the latest innovations.
Masters Comp Guide The 2016 USSA Masters Competition Guide will be published this fall on the USSA web site and available as a downloadable PDF for convenience of reading and printing.
USSA Forms USSA and FIS masters membership applications are available online at ussa.org. You can use USSA's online member services to apply for or renew your Masters competition license.
2016 National Speed Series The 2016 Phillips 66 National Speed Series will feature 19 DH and SG races throughout the country, leading into the culminating events of the national championships at Big Sky MT in March.
2016 Western Championships - Aspen/Buttermilk, CO The 2016 Western Championships will be held Feb. 4-7, 2016 at Aspen/Buttermilk. The 2016 Western Region Championships are being held in conjunction with the FIS Masters Cup event and will consist of 1 SG race, 2 GS races, and 1 SL race. The SG race also counts in the 2016 National Speed Series standings.
Competitors 18-29 are not eligible for FIS Masters results/awards but are eligible for all USSA Western Regionals awards. The overall regional class champion awards will be awarded based on results in all 4 races of the event.
2016 Eastern Championships - Okemo VT The 2016 Eastern Championships will be held Feb. 24-28, 2016 at Okemo, VT and Suicide 6, VT. The Eastern championships are a 5-race DH/SG/SG/GS/SL event with SG-SG-GS-SL included in the combined scoring for the overall regional class champion awards. The DH and first SG races also count in the 2016 National Speed Series standings and all five races will be included in the Sise Cup scoring.
2016 National Championships - Big Sky MT The 2016 Phillips 66 Alpine Masters National Championships will be held Mar. 14-19, 2016 at Big Sky in Northern Division. The 2016 nationals are a four-event championships with the DH championships colocated with the 3-event SG/GS/SL races for the combined age class champions scoring. The national championship DH and SG races are the final events in the 2016 National Speed Series standings.
2016 FIS Masters Cup - Aspen/Buttermilk, CO The International Masters Cup circuit returns to the US again with a 4-race event on Feb. 4-7, 2016 at Aspen/Buttermilk, The event will feature 1 SG race, 2 GS races, and 1 SL race.
The Aspen FIS Masters Cup event will also be the 2016 Western Region Championships.