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Masters are by definition resilient. Whether age class 1 or 14, you race because you want to. You've seen plenty of challenges, met them, and turned them into opportunities. No matter the challenges before you, you are out there to have fun and make the most of your free time. We are here to help you do it. Check out the great writeup by your new National Committee Chair Dave Brennan then click the survey link to help us plan to make the most of whatever this 2020-2021 race season may throw at us. Then keep reading to see preliminary schedules and upcoming fall training opportunities.

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Written by: Dave Brennan, Masters National Chair

“Life doesn’t get any easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
This Steve Maraboli quote from his book entitled Life the Truth and Being Free, seems to fit both who we are as Masters and the times in which we are living. Life experiences have taught us to accept reality, understand consequences, reject negative thinking and to reset our goals and objectives as needed. It is with this in mind that we look towards the coming race season.

Accept this new reality
Clearly, there will be a new ‘normal’. The freedom of movement and levels of comfort that have become de rigueur at most if not all of the resorts we frequent are now subject to imposed restrictions and guidelines. Being prepared and having the ability to adapt will become a behavioral pre-requisite to maximize participation and enjoyment both on and off the race venue.

Understand the consequences
As an organization and as individuals, Masters must fully cooperate with resorts and race organizers more than ever before by complying with the new and likely changing restrictions and guidelines. In doing so, we can greatly improve our chances for maintaining access to our favorite venues.

Reject negative thinking
There is a plethora of platitudes in support of positive outcomes given pessimistic views. To this point, over the decades the ski industry has and continues to demonstrate a resiliency to overcome numerous challenges - snowmaking being a prominent example. In the Southern Hemisphere, ski resorts have successfully established a new paradigm on how to adapt to this challenging environment. This winter, North American resorts will adopt the best practices of their new model coupled with innovations of their own to provide as positive an experience as possible. Get out there and become a part of it!

Reset goals and objectives
Be assured that the most important goal for this season is the collective safety and well-being of all those involved in Masters racing. We are in this together and must take care of each other. As a result, schedules, venues, event size and types as well as policies and procedures will remain fluid to ensure that everyone is protected to the greatest extent possible while still providing an acceptable level of participation opportunities, challenges and fun.

Your feedback is important
To this end, please take the short survey that will provide guidance to your Division in regard to setting schedules and venues. Your feedback on how you anticipate participating in this winter’s race season will not only help each Division’s planning, it will also shape how your own season unfolds. Please take a few minutes out of your day to let your Division know how to make 2021 the best it can be for you.

And remember these words attributed to a 13th century Persian poet: “This too shall pass.” All the best for a safe and successful race season.



The 2020-2021 Alpine Masters Preliminary Schedules have been announced. More events will be added in the coming weeks as resorts announce decisions from their event departments. It will be a different year for sure, but Masters will be racing! 



First days on snow are not far away! Here is a list of fall race camps - see usskiandsnowboard.org/masters/masters-training for more opportunities as well as links to the training page for each division. See a training opportunity missing? Contact us    or your division leadership and let them know!

Be sure to research travel restrictions for both your home location and the camp location. Some have mandatory quarantine periods, testing requirements, and other COVID-19 related restrictions.  

Lisa Ballard Race Camps

  Big Sky, MT Thanksgiving Masters Camp - benefits BSSEF
  Big Sky, MT November 21-25, 2020

  6th Annual Dust-the-Rust-Off Masters Race Camp + Race - benefits SRSEF
  Red Lodge Mountain, MT December 7-10, 2020
  The last day is a GS race!

Midwest Masters Fall Copper Camp
Copper, CO November 29 - December 2, 2020

Tichy Racing Camps
Copper Mountain, CO October 25 - November 1, November 1-8, November 8-15, November 15-22, 2020

GTI Sports
Copper Mountain, CO October 24 - October 31, 2020
Location TBD November 29 - December 5, 2020
Mt. Bachelor, OR December 13-18, 2020

Peak Performance Ski Camp
Copper Mountain, CO November 16-23, 2020 (Adult camp)and various options November 23 - December 7, 2020 (Ages 9- Adult)

WILLSKI LLC and Lakers Alpine Race Team Camp (coached by Will Nourse)
Winter Park, CO
November 10-14,  November 17-21, November 24-28, December 1-5, 2020 


American Downhiller

The American Downhiller story has been made into a full-length movie!
A story of history, adrenaline, inspiration, and camaraderie!

Still deciding if a season pass is the right choice for you this season? Here are a couple links with info on options and COVID-19 refund policies that might help with your decision.

This article from the Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast starts out talking about Vail resorts but then goes in to great detail about season pass prices, refund policies, and deadlines for Northeast resorts.

Epic Pass Coverage    Ikon Adventure Assurance    Indy Pass COVID Policy    Mountain Collective COVID FAQ

You can also see the Masters Season Pass Matrix which attempts to bring info about season passes, races, and training into one place.

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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