Presidents Update – November 2020
Finally some positive news updates for you. As you will have seen from the recent email announcement, the Mammoth Masters Camp, December 1-4 and the first two Far West Masters races of the 20/21 season on December 5/6 are ON. See full details at https://farwestmasters.org/#mammoth-dec-camp-races
This would also be a good time for everyone to renew their Far West membership. As we have communicated previously the FWM Board has agreed to waive our membership fee for this season. However you will still require to complete the sign-up at www.skiracereg.com/fw
and sign the liability waiver. I understand well that with all the uncertainties around the season, this has probably been low on the priority list for many of you but would encourage you all to do this as soon as possible. Please do not delay doing this .
Given the significant additional efforts required by the resorts, our volunteers and your Board to be able to run races safely while minimizing potential health risks to our members it is extremely important to know we are going to get a reasonable attendance for races. Even if your personal decision is to sit out this season, please renew your membership so we can keep you all informed of ongoing developments.
Of course, this being 2020, race days will be a bit different from usual. There will be some additional steps all racers will be required to take in accordance with United States Ski and Snowboard (USSS) requirements. Full details at https://usskiandsnowboard.org/covid-19
We will be providing further detailed communications about the mechanics of the process as they are further developed but here are the basic requirements and restrictions ( in addition to complying with all Resort, County and State requirements):
- 48-24 hours before the race weekend, all racers will be required to submit on-line a Covid-19 pre screening questionnaire (example at https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2020/COVID%20Website%20Resource%20-%20Pre%20Screen.pdf)
- On every race day, prior to 07.30 AM, all racers will be required to submit electronically a Covid-19 symptom check form.
- All our race day check-ins will be on-line
- There will be no physical scoreboards in the finish area
- Masks will be required to be worn in the race arena except when racing on the course (in addition to any other requirements of the host mountain)
- All awards will be virtual, we will not be able to hold our regular post-race parties
I must stress that none of these things will be optional if we are to be able to run races this season. In particular failure to submit the daily Covid status form BY THE 07.30 AM DEADLINE will mean that athletes will not be permitted to start the race. NO EXCEPTIONS.
I realize that these requirements all have an impact on our race-day experience as well as the normal social interactions that are such an important part of Masters ski racing but our absolute priority and focus must be on safeguarding the health of all our racers, race department and mountain staff, volunteers, and the mountain communities that are hosting us.
So, please ensure you will have the required connectivity – cell or wifi – to be able to submit these forms on race day as well as to receive any updates and to check in.
As I am sure you will appreciate this has also created a host of new logistical issues that the FWM Board has been working diligently to resolve and to develop enabling systems. The success of Far West Masters and our ability to hold races depends very much on voluntary efforts from our Board and Officials – they are the people that do all the hard work behind the scenes to make everything happen and I greatly value their support. This season in particular will exponentially increase the demands on these people. I would ask you all for your ongoing support, cooperation, flexibility and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. We are determined to run as much of our planned race program as possible while still ensuring the health and safety of all our participants as a primary priority.
Stay healthy and well and I hope to see as many of you as possible during the season!.