Far West News

Events:
March 15-18, 2021 Elite Series at Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley
March 18-21, 2021 Devo Series at Snow King

Communications with your coaches are KEY on this event as there will lots of shuffle as athletes decline or we expand quotas.

Selection boards open 3.4.21
Selection boards close 3.8.21
Coaches will communicate regarding lift ticket, liability waiver, travel and  COVID checks for these series.
 

All Divisional Championships are open to the full Division, no travel restrictions.

U10 Girls Champs will be held at Sugar Bowl as originally scheduled.
U10 Boys Champs will be held at Mammoth as scheduled.

U12 Championships need to be moved as Northstar is unable to host due to county restrictions. An announcement regarding new venue will be out as soon as we are able to find a new location.

U14 Boys Championships - race announcement is posted and registration will open Friday, March 5th.
U14 Girls Championships - race announcement will be posted soon and registration will open Friday, March 12th

 

Western Region Junior Championships -  Mammoth Mountain; April 6-9, 2021

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard U16 Jr Championships is a championship event for racers ages 14 and 15 years old only, from the five divisions of the Western Region. Each of the three regions of U.S. Ski & Snowboard (Western/Rocky-Central/Eastern) conducts its own U16 Regional Jr Championships. The event consists of 2 SG, 1 GS, 1 SL races.
For “X” numbered athletes to participate in selection procedures they must hold a Far West Foreign membership, petition to the Age Class Chair and ACC Chair prior to the first qualifying event and follow all Far West rules and regulations. A maximum of 3 “X” numbers per gender will be allowed per season.

Quota:             Men:  14                       Women:  14
The quota is filled using “World Cup Points” (WCP) (see Rules Governing Far West Competitors Section of this document), scored in the U16 Jr Championships qualifying events (WILD WEST SERIES). There are multiple weekends contesting SL and GS. Each competitor’s WCP scores from all of the qualifying races count, regardless of discipline. In special circumstances, a one run race may be scored for Jr Championship qualifying purposes, if approved by the team captains at the event. In the event of a tie, the athlete’s best result using WCPs is used even if that was previously applied in their original qualifying score.
Example:
Racer A: 100, 80,80,60,50, 0,0
Racer B:  80, 80,80,80,50,0,0
In the example above both athletes have a total of 370 points. Racer A would be the higher rank due to the higher WCP finish. If a tie still exists, the next athlete selected will be the racer with the lowest US Ski and Snowboard race point results in any of the Wild West Series events.

The Far West U16 Jr Championship Team is seeded by a ranking list per event, using the following criteria:

  1. Racers ranked by their event WCP from the qualifiers.
  2. In the event of a WCP order tie the seeding will be broken by the athletes US Ski and Snowboard points from points list #19 in that event.
  3. SG seeding will be based on list #19. Any 999’s will be a random draw for the seed spot.
     

Travel and Payment regulations for U16 Jr Championships

  1. All athletes, including alternates, must respond by the prescribed deadline listed at www.fwskiing.org. There will be a 72-hour response window. Payment in full will be due at this time.
  2. DURING THE 2021 CHAMPIONSHIPS THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONAL TRAVEL BASED ON COVID RESTRICTIONS.
  3. Refunds for U16 Jr Champs will be made only for recoverable costs, and on a case-by-case basis.

The US winners of each discipline race and the combined at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard /Western Region U16 Junior Championships will  be automatics to the following seasons Far West Ski Team.

Western Region Junior Championships -  Mammoth Mountain; April 6-9, 2021

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard U16 Jr Championships is a championship event for racers ages 14 and 15 years old only, from the five divisions of the Western Region. Each of the three regions of U.S. Ski & Snowboard (Western/Rocky-Central/Eastern) conducts its own U16 Regional Jr Championships. The event consists of 2 SG, 1 GS, 1 SL races.
For “X” numbered athletes to participate in selection procedures they must hold a Far West Foreign membership, petition to the Age Class Chair and ACC Chair prior to the first qualifying event and follow all Far West rules and regulations. A maximum of 3 “X” numbers per gender will be allowed per season.

Quota:             Men:  14                       Women:  14
The quota is filled using “World Cup Points” (WCP) (see Rules Governing Far West Competitors Section of this document), scored in the U16 Jr Championships qualifying events (WILD WEST SERIES). There are multiple weekends contesting SL and GS. Each competitor’s WCP scores from all of the qualifying races count, regardless of discipline. In special circumstances, a one run race may be scored for Jr Championship qualifying purposes, if approved by the team captains at the event. In the event of a tie, the athlete’s best result using WCPs is used even if that was previously applied in their original qualifying score.
Example:
Racer A: 100, 80,80,60,50, 0,0
Racer B:  80, 80,80,80,50,0,0
In the example above both athletes have a total of 370 points. Racer A would be the higher rank due to the higher WCP finish. If a tie still exists, the next athlete selected will be the racer with the lowest US Ski and Snowboard race point results in any of the Wild West Series events.

The Far West U16 Jr Championship Team is seeded by a ranking list per event, using the following criteria:

  1. Racers ranked by their event WCP from the qualifiers.
  2. In the event of a WCP order tie the seeding will be broken by the athletes US Ski and Snowboard points from points list #19 in that event.
  3. SG seeding will be based on list #19. Any 999’s will be a random draw for the seed spot.
     

Travel and Payment regulations for U16 Jr Championships

  1. All athletes, including alternates, must respond by the prescribed deadline listed at www.fwskiing.org. There will be a 72-hour response window. Payment in full will be due at this time.
  2. DURING THE 2021 CHAMPIONSHIPS THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONAL TRAVEL BASED ON COVID RESTRICTIONS.
  3. Refunds for U16 Jr Champs will be made only for recoverable costs, and on a case-by-case basis.

The US winners of each discipline race and the combined at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard /Western Region U16 Junior Championships will  be automatics to the following seasons Far West Ski Team.

The Far West Division is able to come together for Division Wide racing starting in March. It is important for our U16's to have the opportunity to race in head to head competition in order to qualify for the upcoming U16 Regional Championships. 

Qualifier #1
March 8 th - Womens SL
March 9th - Womens GS
March 10th - Mens GS
March 11th - Mens SL

This race announcement is posted on the Far West U16 and U19+ schedules page. Online registration opens Thursday, Feb 25th and closes Thursday, March 4th. 

Qualifier #2
March 18-21 and the race announcement and gender/event schedule will be available on Friday by the end of the day.

These events are open to U19 and older also.

We are aware that COVID racing changes have not been easy for all and we are thankful for all of the work our age class committees and race organizers have been doing to create quality events for our athletes to continue to do what they love!

Sugar Bowl Race Deparment will be hosting the U12 North Slaloms. The 120 mile rule is not in effect for this event at Sugar Bowl.
The new dates are 
Saturday, March 6th - Boys Slalom
Sunday, March 7th - Girls Slalom
Registration will open on Tuesday, Feb 23rd. Race announcement will be posted prior to that time so please check back on the U12 schedules page.
 

Thank you to Sugar Bowl and the U12 age class committee for working to get this one rescheduled!

 

Please note that Far West Skiing has worked with the Race Organizers and Age Class Chairs to come up with the following in an effort to comply with the COVID 19 guidelines for competition set forth by US Ski and Snowboard. We thank you for your flexibility and cooperation to make ski racing happen this season!
 

Far West Race registration requirements for 2021 Season - (this is not for Tahoe Race Series. FIS races will  have a modified version of this based on Quotas and Regional Policies)

  1. All registration will be completed online via US Ski and Snowboard event online registration through the athletes My USSA portal. Registration will close 5 days prior to the first Team Captains Meeting of that event. (ie Wild West Series starts on Friday for Men and Sunday for Women, the reg will close Sunday night prior for all).
  2. Coaches must complete their online registration for the event by the same deadline as the athletes.
  3. The first one hundred athletes to register will be entered in the event. There will be no ‘waiting list’ available. Any pulls prior to the entry deadline need to go through the race organizer, allowing further athletes to register. Pulls after the entry deadline will not be refunded.
  4. Registration will open 45 days prior to the Team Captains Meeting of an event. Race announcements need to be out prior to this 45 day window. Any delay in opening of the registration will be announced via the Far West Office eblast system.
  5. Resort liability waivers must be received by the Organizing Committee no later than 48 hours after the close of online registration. There will be no opportunity to turn them in at the Team Captains Meeting and an athlete will be pulled from the event.
  6. No late registration will be available.
  7. Athletes are required to use their Far West purchased bib for the 2021 season for all Far West age class events (TRS race bibs through their program).
  8. Items to be included on the Race Announcement from the organizing committee:
    1. Ticket purchase process/order
    2. Pre event symptom check process
    3. Parent ticket info, if available
    4. Race area requirements, i.e. lift loading guides, indoor facility information, virtual awards links (physical awards prohibited), team captains meeting platform (link not necessary on the race announcement), race document delivery process (start lists, ref reports, results).
    5. Area ROL to be attached
    6. Other required reminders:
      1. athlete responsibility for equipment rules (222.1)
      2. face coverings required (223.1.1)
      3. team inspection times will be utilized
      4. physical scoreboard prohibited
      5. team areas will be available above the start for athletes and coaches only.

Based on recommendations during Covid-19 restrictions, the Far West will return to a permanent race bib for the 2021 season. This bib is a required purchase for North Series U10 and U12s, California Challenge Series U14's plus U16 and older athletes. Central and South Series athletes will only need to purchase a bib for their age class championships. Tahoe Race Series athletes will continue to obtain their bib from their program.

Bibs will be distributed to programs. Coaches will be able to provide bibs at the beginning of your age competition season. Each age class is assigned a bib color and athletes are required to bring their bib to each race in order to participate.

pink: U10 girls
royal blue: U10 boys
white: U12 girls
Orange: U12 boys
Black: U14 girls
Yellow: U14 boys
Red: U16+ girls
Navy Blue: U16+ boys

Click here to fill out your bib order form which will finalize with a paypal link for payment. 

Questions can be directed to the Far West Office at 530.559.4130 or [email protected]

Attention Far West U12 Families!

Have you received your Far West Development Initiative athlete book? If you are a new Far West U12 Family you should have received one during the first few weeks of team. If you have not received yours then please reach out to your head coach or program director immediatley. 

If you are a Far West Family with athletes in a different age class this book is still extremely helpful to you and your athlete and is available to you to order too.

Want to know a little bit more about the Development Initiative? Take a moment to check out this short clip on what it is, why it is important and how to use it in the development of your athlete for years to come! Click here to see what it's all about!

Still have questions? Please check out the FWDI section of the Far West Skiing Webpage or give us a call in the Far West Office!

Cheers to a great season!
Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160
530.559.4130

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.
Hello