U.S. Ski & Snowboard Monthly Membership Newsletter

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OCTOBER 31, 2020 

Planning for the 2020-2021 season continues to move forward. Most divisions have published a preliminary schedule which can be found here 2020-2021 Schedules for All Divisions. This link along with regional,  national, and FIS masters event information can be found at usskiandsnowboard.org/masters/masters-events-schedules.

Masters have already found their way onto snow, in training camps at Copper this last week! Many other training programs have plans to get started in the next month as resorts open. Schedules are coming together, but uncertainty remains. Uncertainty may unfortunately be a theme of this season. With that in mind, we are increasing these national email updates to twice a month (roughly on the 1st and 15th or more as needed.) The National Committee has been meeting regularly and expects to continue meeting throughout the winter as needed to collaborate and work together to provide the best season possible for the masters across the country. Coordinating to plan the major events and preparing the resources necessary for COVID protocols are key tasks for the upcoming months. Efficient and effective communication will be key to get us all out racing this season and keep us all out racing this season. This season will take a village so if you have some extra time available this season, talk to your division/race series leadership and let them know you can help!   

Keep up that dryland training, scrape off that summer wax (or consider several coats of wax if you never got to the summer waxing...), do a little snow dance, figure out which bag works best as your on-snow locker/lunchbag, and renew your membership by Sunday night to avoid the late fee!

Included in this email:

Early-bird Membership Deadline, Sunday November 1st at Midnight MST

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership early-bird registration deadline is November 1. Renew your membership by this Sunday to avoid late fees!

For detailed guidance on how to purchase the correct membership see our masters Getting Started page.

Most members should purchase the Alpine Master ($135) membership. The Alpine Master does not require SafeSport Training, Background Check, or the Avalanche Course.

Even if you have official, coach, and volunteer memberships you should continue to add just the Alpine Master membership to your cart. Those other memberships will cover the requirements.

The Alpine Master w/requirements ($150) membership is specifically for people that need the requirements, do not have another membership which includes those requirements, and are directed by their local club to purchase this membership. (If you are unsure please email lauren.beckos@usskiandsnowboar.org)

If you are unsure of your plans or unable to make the purchase at this time, remember you can use short term memberships at $35/day for your first event. The amount spent on short-term memberships can be applied to upgrade to the full alpine master memberships for your second event and you would not be charged a late fee to upgrade. The Short Term Alpine Master membership does not require SafeSport Training, Background Check, or the Avalanche Course.


Major Events Update
We want to help you plan as best we can by giving you some insight on when some decisions may be made and information may be available. We will include this section in emails moving forward and include an update even if the update is "no new updates."  

National Championships - Sun Valley, ID, March 14-20, 2021
We are still working with the resort to confirm planning for this event. We may not have an update here until December.
We will review the COVID situation on January 15th (2 months prior to the event) and make a go/no-go decision.

FIS Masters Cup/Western Regional Championships - Big Sky, MT, February 5-7
We are awaiting final confirmation from the resort and lodging information, but Big Sky is excited to host this event for us! Big Sky is also hosting a junior FIS DH during the week following our event so there will likely be opportunities to train and forerun with them.

No new updates: Eastern Regionals, National Championship DH, National Speed Series


Fluororinated Wax Ban Remains in Effect for U.S. Ski & Snowboard for 2020-2021
Despite the International Ski Federations' (FIS) delay of implementing its fluorinated ski wax ban to the 2021-22 season, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will continue to ban the use of fluorinated ski wax from all non-FIS sanctioned events in the United States for the upcoming 2020-21 ski and snowboard season.


Community Volunteer Opportunities

With many of us looking to get out of the house as much as we can lately, we wanted to share some opportunities from great organizations looking to help more people get out on the snow this season and every season. There may be other clubs and organizations in your area also looking for help - check out their volunteer postings and share your love of skiing and racing.

As U.S. Ski & Snowboard continues working toward making our sport more accessible and inclusive, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee has been connecting with key community partners who are already doing great work in this area. 

SOS Outreach and Share Winter have both reached out to offer opportunities for us to volunteer with their organizations.
SOS Outreach (Park City) has immediate need for mentors and program facilitators, while Share Winter (national) has a broad array of ways to get involved. Share Winter Volunteer Application

For questions and comments about this newsletter or the masters program contact:

Lauren Beckos Lauren Beckos
U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Alpine Masters Manager


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