Far West News

Due to weather and Snow conditions the U14 Super G race scheduled for February 23-25 at Mt. Rose has been Postponed to March 1-3.

Online reg has been extended. An updated race announcement has been posted.

Reminder that the SG Training run is REQUIRED in order to participate in the SG races on March 2 and 3.

Thank you.

Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160

Due to weather and Snow conditions the Super G race scheduled for February 23-25 at Alpine have been Postponed to March 1-3 – free ski day on 2/28.

Please note this is now Friday through Sunday! An updated race announcement will be available on the Far West website soon.

Thank you.

Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160

The Sunday U10.U12 Slalom from Sugar Bowl has been rescheduled and added to the March Big Gee and SG series in Mammoth.

The online entries for the Sunday Slalom have been moved to Mammoth. If you will not be attending the Slalom on Friday, March 1st then you will need to email the RA at Mammoth to help obtain your refund.

The updated race announcement has been posted on the Far West U10.U12 Schedules page and lists the new schedule timeline for the event. Online registration has re opened for anyone that needs to add that Slalom race to their entries.

Thank you for your flexibility during this massive storm cycle.

Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160

Lots of questions about this past weekends set of races and refunds. First off, thank you for your patience as everyone cleans up.

1. Northstar Series refunds will be posted by the end of this weekend. With teh shuffle of the days to run the GS first they are going athlete by athlete to confirm payments and what needs to be refunded. 

2. Sugar Bowl event, please hold for a possible reschedule of the Sunday Slalom. Until that decision is made we have asked that Sugar Bowl does not refund the event. Further communications will come out about that soon.

3. To help clarify, the Far West Office does not post refunds, each race organizer takes care of the refunds for events.
 

Thank you to everyone for your patience as Mother Nature has surely unleashed her fury on us this season. Looking forward to many months of skiing!

Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160

WR Elite FIS Tech Series - Feb 23-26, Quota of 22 Men and 22 Women
Park City: Feb 23-24 Ladies GS; Feb 25-26 Mens GS
Snowbird: Feb 23-24 Mens SL;  Feb 25-26 Ladies GS

WR Open FIS GS - Feb 27 and 28; Quota of 22 Men and 22 Women
Snowbasin 2 GS

Registration Process: Athletes MUST follow the directions carefully
1. Complete the online regsitration through Far West Skiing by clicking here for the Park City races.
2.  Click here for the Park City Waiver, email to [email protected]
3. Athletes can use scholarship funds for Park City events only for this series.
4. For the Snowbird and Snowbasin races athletes must pay through the US SKi and Snowboard online event registration. In order to do this you will log into your US Ski and Snowboard account,  choose  'athlete event registration', search for competitions within in the Intermountain Division, find snowbird and snowbasin events and add them to your cart.
5. There are no waivers for Snowbird or Snowbasin.

ALL REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH BY 5:00PM, FOR SELECTIONS AND ALTERNATES!

Due to snow and weather conditions, this weekends race at Bear Valley has been postponed to Feb 23 and 24, 2019. Registrations for this event have been forwarded to these dates. If you need to pull from the event please reach out directly to teh Bear Valley RA.

Thank you for your flexibility and enjoy the snow!

The ASC night slalom has been rescheduled for Friday, March 8th. All previous entries have been refunded and a new registration has been opened.
This will create a full weekend of racing:
March 8th - Night Slalom at ASC
March 9th - SL at Northstar
March 10th - GS at Northstar

All registration is open and race announcements are posted.

Due to the postponement of the U14 GS's the following schedule adjustments have been made, addition of one day of racing instead of adding another weekend of racing.

February 8-10 will be at Nortshtar California: Feb 8th Parallel and Team Event, Feb 9th and 10th will be the make up GS events. The GS registration from Squaw Valley has been moved to Northstar so no re-registration for the GS portion is required. Athletes will need to sign up for the Parallel race being held on Friday, Feb 8th. Please follow all deadlines as posted on the race announcement. If you are not able to race in the GS portion then please contact Northstar, [email protected], to inform them of your request to pull from the event.
All three races are counted as U14 Qualifiers.
For information on the Parallel and Team event please see the document posted on the U14 Schedules page next to the Northstar Race Announcement.

Registration for the U14 Slaloms at Diamond Peak is now open, too.

During the Holiday Training Block all U12 families should have received their own copy of the Far West Development Initiative book from their Program Director or Head Coach. 

What is the Far West Development Initiative?
Mission: Support collaboration of divisional programs and coaches in the development of successful Far West ski racers, with the goal of being the best Division in the Nation.

The purpose of the Far West Development Initiation book is to be a valuable resource for each athlete/parent/coach. In it are the fundamentals of ski racing - the absolute basics that even the best World Cup racers come back to refine. It is a visual guide to see how the fundamentals are executed at the highest level. The guide is desgned to be used by the athlete and parent. At the rear of the manual are key concepts that are illustrated by photos.  A seperate 'Coaches Pocket Guide' was also developed to allow the coaches to use these key concepts and visuals on the hill, too!

The guide is designed to help the athlete, and includes a 'Parent's Corner' too.  A section devoted to parents on 'How to support your athlete', information on equipment needs, plus the National/Regional and Divisional Structure. A glossary of terms that the programs of the Far West agree will help all coaches, athletes and families speak in the same terms as athletes develop.

The book is a colaboration of Far West Program Directors and Head Coaches along with experts in the field to bring the best Development Initiative Book to each and everyone of you!

Is it avaialbe and usable by age classes outside of U12? Absolutely!
The Far West Development Initiative book is a valuable resource for all age classes and can be purchased on the Far West website by either visiting the FWDI tab across the top bar of the Far West website, or by clicking on this FWDI link.

This Development Initiative provided to each U12 family and U12 coach was funded by private donations as a valuable resource in the progress of each athletes journey in ski racing. If you would like to donate towards the Far West Development Initiative please click here.
Far West Skiing is a 501c3 California not for profit organization and all donations are tax deductable.

Questions about the Development Initiative? Contact the Far West Skiing Office, [email protected]

 

Two schedule changes:
U14 Divisional Champs will move up one day to March 7-10 to allow athletes the opportunity to attend school for a full week following the Divisional Champs.

U16 Divisional Speed Project will be moving to Feb 4-6 allowing the best speed training possible. This opens up more space for the project along with a faster turn around time for athletes to develop their skills.
Registration for this project will be open immediately following the first Wild West Series and will run through the Far West Office.

Welcome to the 2019 season and the racing ahead! Some general updates and specifics for each age class are included in this article.

General Items
Registering for races can be completed one race series at a time or for the entire season. The first item is to check the race announcement for the event to confirm registration cut off deadlines, series location, lift ticket prices and of course the extremely important liability form requirements. 
Next you can head to www.adminskiracing.com to complete your online registration. If you have not created an account yet, that will be your first stop. Once the account is created you will need to add the athletes you are registering to this account (if you have multiple athletes in your family racing you will only need to create one account and add all kids to that account!)

North/Central/South and California Challenge Series:
U10 and U12 North Series - programs include Tahoe Basin, Mammoth, Mt. Shasta, Northern Nevada
U10, U12 and U14 Central Series - programs include Bear Valley, China Peak, Dodge Ridge and Yosemite Winter Club
U10, U12 and U14  South Series - programs include Snow Summit 
California Challenge Series - North/Central/South athletese that are planning on qualifying for the U14 Regional Championships. These are scored races where the U14 races held in the Central and South Series are non-scored and do not qualify towards the U14 Regional Championships.

U10 Specific Items: Year of Birth 09 and 10

  • U10's will utilize a Team Start order, and can be found on the U10 schedules page
  • All U10 competitors are allowed to start the second run in their starting spot, including those that did not finish (DNF) or were disqualified (DSQ) in their first run.
  • U10 Championships will consist of 1 Slalom, 1 GS, 1 one run Big GS with Skills Quest, 1 Parallel with Team Event

U12 Specific Items: Year of Birth 07 and 08

  • U12 start order will be a random draw for the first run, second run will be in reverse order. Day two will start with the reverse order and second run will return to the original start order, ie ABBA order. SG training run will be in team order with a seperate random order per race.
  • All U12 competitors are allowed to start the second run in their starting spot, including those that did not finish (DNF) or were disqualified (DSQ) in their first run.
  • U12 Skills Quest will be run on the SG training day during the North Series SG weekend
  • U12 Championships will consist of SG Training Run and SG race, 1 Slalom, 1 GS, 1 Parallel with Team Event
  • U14/U12 Performance Camp brings togther top performing athletes from the Far West Division. U12 qualification: top 6 males and female (North 4M/F, Central 1M/F, South 1 M/F) selected from the U12 season long standings of SL and GS. Programs are required to send coaching staff to work this development project.

U14 Specific Items:

  • U14 Races (YOB 05-06) are run as U.S. Ski and Snowboard sanctioned, scored, events. Start lists are based on U.S. Ski & Snowboard points, top 15 are a random draw, followed by points order, and a random draw for all 999.99 athletes.
    SG training runs may be run in team order.
  • 2nd run is in bibbo order for the top 30, followed by athletes fastest to slowest. Athletes that DNF or DSQ in the 1st run will be allowed to take a 2nd run immediately following the final qualified competitor, unless decided upon by the jury at least one hour prior to the start of the race that post runs will not be allowed.
  • The California Challenge Series is the qualifying series to the U14 Regional Championships
  • Open Series start opportunities: December Tech Block, Far West Tech Finals and the Far West SG Finals.

If you have any questions please contact your coach or the Far West Skiing Office. 
Hope you have an amazing season!

Lucy Schram
Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160
530.559.4130
[email protected]

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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