Q: Do I need a US Ski & Snowboard license to race with Midwest Masters?
A: If you are an adult, you will need a license for most events. There are some events on our calendar which are not US Ski & Snowboard-sanctioned and therefore do not require a US Ski & Snowboard license, but this is the exception and not the rule. We do not require licenses for children if they race with us (they must be accompanied by a properly licensed racing adult). You may purchase a Full Season or Daily license through US Ski & Snowboard on USSA.org. There is no separate membership fee for the Midwest Masters club.
Q: Are there ski length and radius limitations when racing with Masters?
A: This is a common misconception about Masters. The short answer is that a shorter ski is fine for Slalom (under 170cm), pretty much any ski is fine for GS, and for SG and DH, depending on the racer, any longer GS ski is acceptable (generally 185cm+) depending upon ability. It is up to the TD of the race to make these judgements.
Although there are strict requirements for radius and length in the Junior ranks of US Ski & Snowboard and FIS, these regulations are much less strict for Masters. Every season, FIS and US Ski & Snowboard note the requirements in a one-page Equipment Rules document that you can find posted here on our site.
Q: Are there helmet requirements to race with Masters? Do I need a FIS approved helmet?
A: NO you DO NOT need to have a FIS approved helmet to compete in races hosted by Midwest Masters. However, you MUST have an adequate helmet for all racing you participate in. By adequate, we mean any helmet in decent shape that covers your head adequately. 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: You must pay for tow things: License Fees and Race Fees. We offer early season Packages that are inclusive of License Fees, Training fees, Banquet fees, and Race fees for our most popular races.
THE MOST ECONOMICAL OPTION for racing with Midwest Masters is to purchase an early season package. See below for details.
US Ski & Snowboard License Fees - paid to US Ski & Snowboard
All adults competing must have a valid US Ski & Snowboard license. Below are the two primary options for licenses. We do not require licenses of any kind for children who participate with a parent/guardian. Other US Ski & Snowboard license types are acceptable such as a Level I+ Coaching license. An Alpine General license IS NOT VALID for Masters racing. See USSA.org for details.
This license type lasts for one day only. Sign up for these on USSA.org or in person at any Midwest Masters event. You may purchase as many of these as you wish per season, and all Daily Licenses purchased during the season may go towards a Full Season license.
Sign up on USSA.org or in person at any Midwest Masters event.
*There is a late fee of $25 if renewing members are signing up after October 15; new members do not pay a late fee.
At any time during the season, you may upgrade to a Full Season license, and all license fees paid to-date are applied to the Full Season license cost. For example, if you attended two separate race days in December and paid $20 per day for each, then decided you wanted to race the rest of the season with us, the $40 would be applied to the $115 and you would pay $75 to upgrade to the Full Season license.
Note: To race at any major US Ski & Snowboard event (e.g. Eastern Regionals or US Alpine Masters Nationals), you must have a Full Season license.
For US Ski & Snowboard members with an Alpine Officials certification or other US Ski & Snowboard certifications, the cost for adding the Alpine Masters certification is free or heavily discounted. All US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Coaches can race with Midwest Masters for free! Contact US Ski & Snowboard Membership Services on ussa.org if you have questions.
Race Fees - paid to Midwest Masters
We charge Race Fees for each race you compete in. The Race Fee are almost always $15. Race Fees are charged only once the races complete. The Race Fee charged is listed for each race on the Races page of the web site.
Early Season Packages
We offer a wide array of heavily discounted early season packages. 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.
Single Weekend Package (4 races):
Full Season Package:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 email@example.com. 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.
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