[FWM News] 2016 Race Schedule

Far West Masters news news at lists.farwestmasters.org
Tue Jul 28 09:38:18 PDT 2015

The preliminary 2015-2016 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 two GS races on the weekend on Dec. 5-6, 
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. 
19-20 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 Tahoe's South Shore on Fri Jan. 8 with the 
classic Viva Italia SL double-header at Heavenly Valley, followed by two additional days of GS 
races at Heavenly. We're excited to try the new GS race hills that were homologated last winter as 
Heavenly elevates its engagement with USSA racing. January wraps up with a return to Sugar Bowl on 
Jan. 23-24 for two days of SL racing. It's been several years since we've had an event at Sugar 
Bowl and this is a welcome return of an excellent race venue on our schedule. 

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 2016 North American event on 
the FIS International Masters Cup calendar is the FIS Masters Cup races on Feb. 4-7, with SL, two 
GS races, and a SG. The FMC event is also the Western Region champships for 2016. Immediately 
following the FMC event, racing continues for two days of DH competition on the Racer's Edge speed 
venue at Buttermilk. 

Far West racing resumes at Squaw Valley on Feb. 20-21 with the Bernard Cup trophy event - two SL 
races on Saturday and GS on Sunday. February wraps up at Mammoth with two SG races on Feb. 27-28, 
which also count as part of the season-long National Speed Series. 

Racing moves back to the Tahoe region in March with two SG races at Northstar on Fri. Mar. 4 and 
then another Far West Masters classic, the McKinney Cup at Mt. Rose on Mar. 5-6, which this year 
will again 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 Big Sky MT the week of Mar. 13-19, hosted by Northern 
division. Racing starts on Monday with two days of DH training and the national championship DH 
race on Wednesday Mar. 16, followed by the SG, GS, and SL events on Thu-Sat Mar. 17-19. 

The season finals returns to the south again this season, where we'll wrap up with 3 days of racing 
at Mammoth on Mar. 31-Apr. 2. 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. 

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