Alpine Masters Programs
Masters Racing is Designed for Every Level of Skier Ability
Masters are unique among the participants in the most popular snowsport - alpine skiing. Not content to rest upon past successes, masters racers seek to reach their best beyond the public perception of “prime years.” Masters racing is designed for every level of skier ability, from entry level racers through ex-national team members. Masters racing provides the next step for up and coming accomplished skiers who are late bloomers looking for a challenge to take their skiing to a new level. Masters racing is a great way for NASTAR and college racers, ski instructors, former professional racers and even ex-national team members to continue doing what they love: ski fast and have fun!!
Eight Geographic Divisions of USSA Masters
Newly expanded to include younger skiers, masters from ages 18 to over 90 compete in age classes on the same runs used for World Cup events. Slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill are all included in the 200-plus races in this season's schedule. Masters series are conducted within each of the eight geographic divisions of USSA including:
Compete on Regional, National and International Levels
In addition to divisional competition, there are opportunities to compete on regional, national, and international levels. The USSA alpine masters program is just one of the participants in the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) International Masters Cup (IMC) in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The highlight of the race season in the US concludes with the USSA Masters National Championships. Internationally, world Masters compete each winter for the FIS Masters World Criterium. Canada also hosts a national championship series with speed events.
Camaraderie and Friendships
Masters racing offers more than high-quality ski competition. The camaraderie and friendships that develop are a key benefit that grows out of participation in masters racing. At many events, masters racing is a family affair, where two or three generations compete. Masters racing is highly social, and the masters are a friendly group. Of the reasons current masters list for participation, camaraderie is always among the first. Second, of course, is a love of competition.
Masters racing provides an opportunity to meet, ski, and compete with a group of extraordinary individuals from all walks of life. Many of the pioneers of the ski industry compete in masters racing, including ski area developers, 10th Mountain Division alumni, ski equipment and clothing entrepreneurs, former national team members, and honored members of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame.
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