Southern Alpine Master Program 2023, Eastern Division of the USSA
Hello Alpine ski racing enthusiasts in NC, VA, WV, DC, SC, FL, GA, AL and TN! Masters competition racing is for any adult alpine skier starting at age 18 and into the 80+ class. Most of us have enjoyed some Slalom and GS competition as a junior, in college or has acquired racing skills from their council events or NASTAR. This feeling of competition is still embedded in us and thanks to master’s racing, we get the taste of being young again. At many USSS events, racing is a family affair, where two or three generations compete in their own age groups. We focus on the love of the sport. Just you, the gates, and an occasional friendly rivalry among your age class! Join fun-loving competition racing of all ages and abilities at different ski areas and resorts in the South and Mid-Atlantic.
Starting a few seasons ago, we have a new Southern Masters leadership team to help communicate competition details to athletes and offer guidance before, during and after events including training. Communication will include options for competition at other master’s regions and USSS Championships and speed events.
All rules, regulations and skier code of conduct as outlined in the USSS Masters Competition Guide apply to all Southern Masters events.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard short-term membership may be purchased to participate in a regular Master SARA Race. But for the SARA Championship the master racer must have a full membership. More information is available on the USSS website https://usskiandsnowboard.org/masters/masters-news
SARA Master Races and race registration
In addition, a master residing in NC, WV and VA need to be a member of the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA). Please visit the SARA web site: www.saraski.org to pay the yearly SARA fee of $50—Affiliation with a SARA host mountain or Independent and to register for race events.
The SARA racing season begins in January at Massanutten and ends with the SARA Championships in February also at Massanutten.
Southern Master Race Schedule 2023
Jan 7-8 Massanutten SL/GS
Jan 28-29 Sugar SL/GS
Feb 4-5 Snowshoe GS/SL
Feb 11-12 Bryce GS/SL
Feb 19-20 Wintergreen GS/SL
Feb 25-26 Massanutten SL/GS Championships
Master Racing Awards
Since the number of racers is still low in this geographical region, the race awards may be applied as follows:
Class 1 - 5 (18-49 years)
Class 6 - 9 (50 & 69 years)
Class 10 & up (70 and older)