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 the 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 (IMC) 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 2015 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 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.
New in 2015: regional and national championships will use reverse finish order within age class for second run start order. This system has been used for a number of years in many of our divisions and is generally well-liked. With competitors racing in reverse order of their first run finish, the race truly isn't over until the last competitor has completed the course!
Connecting Online USSA and division masters organizations are preparing for the 2015 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, while the Spring issue provides a wrapup of the just-completed season along with news about major events planned for the following season.
Masters Comp Guide The 2015 Masters Competition Guide is published on ussa.org and can be downloaded in PDF format. Contact national masters director Bill Skinner at USSA to request a print copy.
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.
2015 National Speed Series The 2015 Molecule F National Speed Series will feature 19 DH and SG races throughout the country, leading into the culminating events of the national championships at Sun Valley ID in March.
2015 Western Regionals - Aspen/Buttermilk, CO The 2015 Western Region championships will be held Feb. 5-8, 2015 at Aspen/Buttermilk. The 2015 Western Region Championships are being held in conjunction with the FIS International Masters Cup and will consist of 1 SG race, 2 GS races, and 1 SL race. The SG race also counts in the 2015 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.
2015 Eastern Regionals - Okemo VT The 2015 Eastern Regional Championships will be held Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 2015 at Okemo, VT and Suicide 6, VT. The regional championships are a 4-race DH/SG/GS/SL event with SG-GS-SL included in the combined scoring for the overall regional class champion awards. The DH and SG races also count in the 2015 National Speed Series standings.
2015 DH National Championships - Aspen CO The 2015 Phillips 66 Alpine Masters DH National Championships will be held Feb. 2-4 at Aspen/Buttermilk CO.
2015 National Championships - Sun Valley ID The 2015 Phillips 66 Alpine Masters National Championships will be held Mar. 15-20, 2015 at Sun Valley ID in Intermountain Division. The 2015 nationals will include 4 events, with a super-combined along with the 3-event SG/GS/SL races for the combined age class champions scoring. The national championship SG race are the final event in the 2015 National Speed Series standings.
2015 FIS Masters Cup - Aspen/Buttermilk, CO The International Masters Cup circuit returns to the US again with a 4-race event on Feb. 5-8, 2015 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 2015 Western Region Championships.