Far West News

WR Elite FIS
April 2-5, 2018

Men's Quota: 9
Ladies Quota: 11
Selections and registration are now open. All responses and regstration must be completed by 3.24.18 by 5:00pm

There are no waivers for racing in Mammoth.
Click here for ladies
Click here for mens

We have discussed and considered all the options. We will stay with the original scheduled dates, March 22nd-25th.

Please read the special notes and tentative schedule options below carefully. Remember the schedules are just options to give you an idea of what we are thinking. Actual schedule will be discussed and determined by the jury and coaches at the Team Captains Meeting.

*        Opening Team Captains Meeting is Wednesday the 21st at 5pm.(coaches)

*        All athletes racing should be prepared to race each discipline no matter what days they are attending. The schedule will likely change on a day to day basis.

*        Northstar Operations and Race Department are prepared to do everything in their power to make a great event for the Athletes. Please be patient with the changes and restrictions that may come up.

o   As a spectator you should be prepared  to ski or snowboard to the venue. This will be determined and communicated at the Team Captains meeting.

*        Tentative Schedule Option 1

o   Wednesday- Team Captains Meeting 5pm

o   Thursday- Slalom

o   Friday- Giant Slalom

o   Saturday- Parallel

o   Sunday- Big G

o Skills Quest TBD at Team Captains Meeting

*        Tentative Schedule Option 2(weather day Thursday)

o   Wednesday- Team Captains Meeting 5pm

o   Thursday- Postponed (worst Weather day)

o   Friday- Slalom

o   Saturday- Giant Slalom

o   Sunday- Single Run Big G & Parallel(likely more of a Parallel GS for ease of athletes ski needs)

Further Options may be considered as the Jury works through the event.

Please travel safe and see everyone later in the week.

Grand Prix: (U.S. Ski & Snowboard racing)
This is the qualifying series to the Western Region Jr Champs for U19 and U21 athletes, these races are U.S. Ski & Snowboard events. For the 2018 season the Grand Prix series will consist 3 weekends of U.S. Ski & Snowboard /Far West events plus the Far West Finals Tech and SG Finals.

The Grand Prix series is scored for Srs/U21’s and U19’s as a series to qualify for scholarships to be used for the following season. The places are determined by adding up the total World Cup Points earned during ALL the races listed in the Grand Prix series for that season. Each race is scored by separating the field by gender into Srs/U21’s and U19 classes. Foreign, out of division, current USST and U16 participants in each race are removed and results are sorted by class prior to assigning WCP’s for each race. Athletes must have competed in at least half of the scheduled Grand Prix races in order to qualify for the scholarships.

Overall Champions from the Grand Prix Series will be awarded the following:

            1st  place – U19 men/women      $600 Scholarship
            2nd place – U19 men/women      $300 Scholarship
            3rd  place – U19 men/women      $200 Scholarship

Current Standings are posted below the schedules on the U19+ page.

Current Ladies Standings
Current Gents Standings

Far West U 14 Championships, March 22 – 25, 2018 at Mammoth Mountain

We are moving forward with the event, however please be prepared for daily adjustments to the schedule. The ROC together with the race jury will make decisions at the team captain’s meetings based on weather and snow conditions. Changes will be communicated via the Mammoth Team App and on the Race Department Facebook page.

Due to the large amount of snow received last week plus the large about due this week, the Squaw FIS event has been postponed.

Athletes wil be attending the WR FIS Open at Snowbird. All chnaged need to go through your coach.

Thursday, March 22: SG Training Run & SkillsQuest
Friday, March 23: SG Race  & SkillsQuest

The four SkillsQuest tasks we are evaluating for this series are (same as at the Regional U 14 Champs):
Pole Jumpers
Outside Ski Turns
Pivot Slips
Free Ski Lane Changes

There is no entry fee for the Skills Quest, 1st  - 15th place will be awarded.

All competitors  are expected to be participating !!!
Locations and times will be communicated at the Team Captain’s meeting.
Please keep in mind that weather and/or snow conditions may cause a change in the schedule.

The WR FIS Open Series has been moved to Squaw Valley, remaining on the same dates. The venue will be on Red Dog.
Please note that we have a quota of 50 men and 50 women so this is an open registration, no selection boards required.

Registration must be completed by Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00pm. Registration includes the completion of the online form, submission of the Squaw ROL directly to them, and a credit card authorization form if one is not already on file, or if an updated version is required. 

Please make sure you list your FIS number, not US National Number, during the registation process.

Click here to register!

Best wishes on a great series.

The Berlack/Astle Memorial Scholarship is available to U16's. 

World Cup Supply, Inc. and 1to3go are pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the 9th Annual Berlack/Astle Memorial Fast Skier Award. This season the application deadline will be April 1st 2018 with the recipients announced in early May. We encourage all coaches, program directors and academy headmasters to encourage their U16 athletes to apply.

Interested U16 athletes may find the application by visiting: www.junioralpinescholarship.com.

Download the Scholarship Announcement form here.

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Mission Statement

Promote the skiing development of young athletes from all clubs in the Far West with the objective of placing elite competitors onto the US Ski Team. 'Alpine Athlete competencies' as developed by USSA will be used as a guideline.

  • Promote alpine competition in Far West from entry level, club level and elite level.
  • Provide financial support to athletes, coaches and development projects.
  • Maintain a structure that will support the needs of Far West clubs, athletes, coaches and general membership.


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