[FWM News] Preliminary 2017 Race Schedule
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Wed Jul 13 12:26:13 PDT 2016
The preliminary 2016-2017 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.
A highlight of the 2016-2017 season will be the National Championships hosted by Mammoth Mountain
on March 13-18.
The season opens in December at Mammoth Mountain with two SL races and a GS on the weekend on Dec.
3-4, 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. 17-18 with 2 SL races 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 with a 3 day event at
Heavenly Valley. Friday features two GS races on the exciting East Bowl/World Cup track that was
contested for the first time last season. The classic Viva Italia cup SL double-header on World Cup
will be held on Saturday this season, with a third SL race on Sunday to wrap up the weekend.
January continues with a return to Mammoth for 4 days of DH and SG speed racing on Jan. 19-22. DH
training and 2 DH races will be held on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Racing continues with 2
SG races on Saturday and another SG on Sunday. This will be a great warmup opportunity for the
March National Championships and is always a great event. The first DH and first SG race will also
count for the 2017 National Speed series.
Our Far West division schedule takes a short break in early February as competitors from throughout
the western region gather at Park City UT. The 2017 North American event on the FIS International
Masters Cup calendar is the FIS Masters Cup races on Feb. 3-5, with 2 SG races on Friday 2/3
followed by SL on Saturday and GS on Sunday. All races will be on the Payday run. The FMC event is
also the Western Region championships for 2017 and both SG races will count for the 2017 National
Far West racing resumes at Northstar the following week on Feb. 9-12. The event kicks off on
Thursday with open SG training for all racers, followed by 2 SG races on Friday 2/10. Saturday and
Sunday will continue with GS races each day on the weekend. This should be a really good event on a
fun race hill.
The classic Mt. Rose McKinney Cup races will be held on Mar. 4-5 with two days of GS racing. The
Silver Dollar venue is a great GS hill, long and challenging, and Mt. Rose always gives us a great
The high point of the season will be the National Championships at Mammoth the week of Mar. 13-18.
This is a 4-event championship, with DH racing on Mon-Wed, followed by SG for all groups on
Thursday and GS/SL races on Friday and Saturday.
Far West will also have a very special event the weekend prior to the national championships, with
the World Cup women coming to Squaw Valley on Fri-Sat Mar. 10-11 for GS and SL races on the famed
Red Dog race hill. This is a rare opportunity to see World Cup racing in person on one of our home
hills, so plan on a stop at Squaw on your way to Mammoth if at all possible! Squaw is asking for
volunteers to help with the event, so you can come as a spectator or get even closer to the action
as part of the event crew. Visit WorldCupSquaw.com for event and volunteer information.
The 2017 season wraps up with the season finals event returning to the Tahoe area with three days
of racing at Squaw Valley on Mar. 30-Apr. 1. We will have 2 SG races on Thursday 3/30, 2 SL races
on Friday 3/31, and finish with a GS race and the season finals banquet on Saturday 4/1. This is
also the Bernard Cup trophy event, so there will be plenty of action to wrap up the season.
2017 Far West Masters Race Schedule:
2017 FIS Masters Cup/Western Region Championships:
2017 Mammoth National Championships:
Squaw World Cup event and volunteer information:
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