Q: Do I need a US Ski & Snowboard license to race with Midwest Masters?
A: Yes, for most all Race events that Midwest Masters hosts, a current US Ski & Snowboard license valid for Masters racing is required. However, the cost for this license is included in our Race Fees. If you purchased a license on your own, we will reduce your Race Fees accordingly once verified.
Q: Are there ski length and radius limitations when racing with Masters?
A: This is a common misconception about Masters. Although there are strict requirements for radius and length in the Junior ranks of US Ski & Snowboard and FIS, all ski length and radius regulations are only "recommended" at the Masters level. Every season, FIS and US Ski & Snowboard note the requirements on their web site.
Please note, however, that the Race Jury may disallow a racer to start if their equipment is deemed unsafe. For example, the Jury would not allow someone to leave the start of a DH with SL skis or similar.
Q: Are there helmet requirements to race with Masters? Do I need a FIS approved helmet?
A: By rule, you must have a FIS-certified helmet indicated by the "Conforms to FIS" sticker. Almost any race helmet available on the market today has this sticker.
However, Midwest Masters will allow you to race as long as you have an adequate helmet for all racing you participate in (as determined by the Race Jury and present Board Members). By adequate, we mean any helmet in decent shape that covers your head adequately and is designed for racing. Under no circumstances will we allow anyone to leave the start gate with an unsafe helmet. Soft-eared helmets are considered safe for Slalom, but not for any other discipline.
Q: What does it cost to race with Midwest Masters?
A: Midwest Masters charges a Race Fee per Race. There are also heavily discounted early season Packages available for purchase that are inclusive of Race Fees, Banquet Fees, Training Fees, etc for our most popular events.
For most of our Races, competitors must have a valid US Ski & Snowboard license. These license costs are included in our Race Fees. If you already hold a valid license, we will discount your Race Fees accordingly.
Race Fees - Standard Pricing
We charge Race Fees for each race you compete in. The standard Race Fee is $25. Discounts are applied to this fee as follows:
What about kids?
Kids may race with Midwest Masters! Our requirement, however, is that a parent/guardian must also be racing in each race for which they are registered. We allow children to race for $10 per Race.
Early Season Packages
By far the most economical option for racing with Midwest Masters is to purchase one of our early season packages that are inclusive of Race Fees, Training fees, Banquet fees, and any License fees. These are designed to give our most loyal members steep discounts in return for signing up early, which helps us plan our season more effectively.
These packages offer discounts approaching 80% depending upon your situation. For our returning racers, discounts of 30% are typical.
These packages are only offered through October 15 of every season. After that, Standard Pricing applies. If these packages are still available for purchase, they can be found in the left margin on our web page below the Log In link.
Included with all Packages
Q: What are the steps to completely register myself for races, and how are the charges applied?
A: If you purchae a package, all registration will be set up for you. If registering manually, follow these two steps:
Q: How are Race Fees assessed?
A: All Race fees will be paid from your credit card on file (the same one you registered with) after the Race completes. You can change this card in your Account Profile if you wish. Any additional charges related to the race may also be processed at this time such as a t-shirt purchase, a late fee, raffle purchase, etc.
If you purchased a Package, all races included in that package are paid for at the time of the package purchase.
Q: Do I have to register before each individual Race?
A: If you purchased an Early Season Package, you do not need to pre-register for the races included in thr Package. If you did not purchase a Package, or it is for a race outside of what is included in your package, you will need to register. Simply log in, go to the Races page, and place a check next to the Race you intend to participate in to register. Remember that there are often multiple races per day, so be sure to check all races! You must have an active, valid US Alpine Masters license at the time of the Race.
Q: Can I register at the hill on Race Day (late registration)?
A: Yes, but you may be charged an additional late registration fee. You can register both online or on the day of the race at the Registration Desk. The Registration Desk is open for a very limited time each day and will close promptly so you must be on time. The Registraion Desk times are listed for each race. They may differ slightly by race and by day, and may change as scheduling needs change so be sure to check the website for updates. See the Races section of the website for more information.
Q: What if I registered for a race and forgot to cancel?
A: You will be charged a $10 DNS fee for each race you missed which you were registered for. You MUST un-register yourself by unchecking the race before the race deadline. Deadlines are posted for each Race on the Race page. If not listed, the Deadline is the date/time of the Race Start. DNS fees are not charged to racers who purchase an Early Season Package.
Q: Can I try a race to see if I like Midwest Masters Racing?
A: Yes, just show up to the Registration Desk on race day! If a US Alpine Masters license is required, a Daily license can be obtained at the Registration Desk. However, many events do not require a license. We welcome walk-ups! See the Races or Events pages for details on when the Registration Desk is open. If you have any questions at all, just e-mail us at email@example.com!
Q: How do I know if a race is cancelled?
A: Do not count on the "grapevine" to determine if a race is cancelled. Whether or not a race is cancelled is determined by the Race Director. The following Cancellation Guidelines developed by the Midwest Masters Board of Directors are used to help determine a Cancellation:
PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY. Please note that THE FINAL DECISION TO CANCEL IS UP TO THE RACE DIRECTOR, and IT IS THE MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT IF A RACE IS CANCELLED as it is not always possible to get the web site updated or get a mass e-mail out in a timely fashion. If you are unsure, contact the Race Director via firstname.lastname@example.org. The Race Director will respond promptly in the event of a cancellation or threat of cancellation. The MWM Board will make every effort to get an e-mail out and/or update the web site and Facebook site, but there is no guarantee that this will happen in a timely fashion. These Guidelines are listed in the Race Series Rules document. See the Race Series page for more detailson our Race Series Rules. All Cancelled Races will be rescheduled if possible. If a Race is cancelled, there will be no charges incurred.
Q: How many races do I need to attain a result in to be considered in the overall awards?
A: Typically members must finish at least 6 races to be considered for season awards. Note that there are several different race series in MWM and many different awards and recognitions!
Q: What is the Ironman?
A: The Male and Female racer with the most starts - regardless of finish result - will be awarded the Ironman award and have their names etched on the trophy.
Q: What is the definition of a "race"?
A: For Slalom and Giant Slalom, a race is defined as the combined time of two runs. You must finish two runs to be considered in the result and to attain result points. Super-G and Downhill are single-run events. At times, MWM runs a Super-G as a two-run event.
Q: With my Full Season US Alpine Masters license can I do other Masters races around the country?
A: Yes! One of the greatest advantages of Masters racing is the ability to race all over the country. Many Midwest Masters racers compete all over the nation as well as internationally! This web site can be used for Registration within other US Alpine Masters series as well as Midwest Masters. Further, parter Divisions typically waive all registration fees and only charge race fees to partner Division members. Navigate to the other US Alpine Masters series on this site to learn more. All Divisions operate differently.
Q: How are run orders generated? When will I run in the start order?
A: Midwest Masters employs several different types of Start Orders. The most common method is called an Age Class Start Order. This run order runs the youngest children first, then all other racers in 5 year increments, oldest to youngest, with women first in each Age Class. Midwest Masters also employs Ability-based run orders using our Ability Class scoring system. These orders group racers of similar ability together. The order in which the Ability Classes run is determined randomly. However, all very young racers and all racers above Age 60 will always run first.
For 2nd runs, we also employ various methods. One of our most popular methods is to run the entire field (outside of young children and those age 60+) in a complete flip based upon first run time, just like the World Cup! This makes it fun for all to watch as the fastest racers from the first run come down last where everyone can watch!
Details about these Start Orders can be found in our Race Series Rules document which is posted on the 'About the Series' page of this web site.
Q: How does Midwest Masters score its racers? What are Ability Classes?
A: Answers to this question can be found in our Race Series Rules document which is posted on the 'About the Series' page of this web site.