Masters Alpine Program

Training includes Masters-specific coaching by Lisa and Jack Ballard and video analysis. See the training schedule below. Register by October 15th and save!

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Masters (18+) ski racing is designed for every level of competitor and offers regional, national, and international opportunities in all four Alpine disciplines—slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and downhill. Adult ski racers compete within their age group and for overall honors.

The 2021-22 Masters program runs from 1/4/22 – 3/24/22 with GS or SL training on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, usually on Hangman’s. In addition, there will be directed free-skiing in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the month of January.

You can try ski racing on whatever you own now, but you will quickly want to be on real slalom or GS race skis with bindings that are appropriate for your weight and ability level in racing and training situations. Note all ski lengths below can be +/- 2cm.

Slalom Skis

  • Women: 155 cm
  • Men: 165 cm

Giant Slalom Skis

  • Women: 175-180 cm having a 19-25 m radius
  • Men: 175-185 cm having a 29-27 m radius

Ski Boots

Race models that have an appropriate flex for your weight, strength and ability level. No boots with “walk” modes.

Protective Gear

  • Slalom: a helmet with a chin guard, hand guards on slalom poles, and shin guards
  • GS: a hard-eared helmet


  • Back protector
  • Forearm guards
  • Speedsuit

If you wish to compete regularly in U.S. Ski & Snowboard Masters races, you will need to obtain a masters license from U.S. Ski & Snowboard. There are two types of licenses or memberships: a basic masters license ($135 for 2020-21) and “masters with requirements” ($150).

If you wish to go to only one or two U.S. Ski & Snowboard masters races, you can purchase a “short term license” ($35 per day) for that event. New for 2020-21: a masters racer may purchase more than one short term membership but only at one multi-day event (excluding regional and national championships).

“With requirements” is for masters athletes who may be in private one-on-one situations with BSSEF’s minor-age athletes who are not your children. Those could include locker room interactions or if you were to give rides to a minor to or from the mountain. If you have any questions, please consult with BSSEF’s program director, Jeremy Ueland.

Once you have a masters license or short term license, you can enter any race you wish throughout the United States. All masters entries are made through We will plan a couple of optional road trips this winter as a group, or you can go on your own.

Joining the masters program will make you a better skier all over the mountain. That said, to get the most out of the program, you should ski at an upper-intermediate level or higher. If you can ski trails rated with blue squares at Big Sky, you can handle this program. We train primarily on Hangman’s.

Contact Lisa Ballard for training details.