WPRC competes in the Western Region of PARA against 3 other race programs: Blue Knob, Hidden Valley, and Wisp. PARA regional races are open to all athletes and do not require any qualification.

From the regional races, athletes in the U12 and older age groups are able to qualify to PARA State Championship (previously known as a PARA State “Derby”) to compete against the best athletes across the 4 regions of PARA. The State Championship events are typically 3 day events at the end of February and beginning of March. They are a great opportunity for our athletes to meet competitors from across the state and race on new terrain. For details on the PARA State Championships and the regional quotas for each age group and gender, please refer to the PARA website (

At this time, U10’s do not have a PARA State event. To make up for this, and to allow all our U10 and U12 athletes to have a year-end event, WPRC hosts the “U10 / U12 WPRC Derby” on the morning of the Year-End Banquet. This race is a GS open to just WPRC athletes, and the race is put on by all the older athletes in the program. After the kids finish racing, the fun usually continues with festive activities such an across the mountain scavenger hunt.

U19 & U21 do not have any regional PARA qualifiers. As opposed to having one weekend of State Championships to decide post-season qualification to USSA Eastern events, their Championships is a series of 8 races over 3 weekends. The series is known as the PA Cups. PA Cups are open to all U19 and U21 athletes. Second year U16 athletes are allowed to compete at PA Cups #1 – #5 with their coach’s approval. All U16 athletes are allowed to compete at the final weekend of PA Cups (#6 – #8) at Elk with coach’s approval. The Governor’s Cup (the top male / female athlete across all 8 races) and post-season qualification for U19 & U21 athletes are all announced at the final weekend of PA Cups held at Elk Mountain.

PARA competes in the Eastern Region of USSA against 7 other states / regions. From the PARA State Championship events, athletes are named to the PARA State Team and are able to qualify to USSA Eastern Regional Events to compete against the best athletes in the Eastern Region of the US. Eastern Regional events are multi-day events, usually held in New England in the middle of March. For details on PARA quotas by age group and gender to each of the USSA Eastern events, please refer to the PARA website (

The following table summarizes the race season by age group for USSA races. For event details, please refer to the Event Schedule section of our website.

1. Regular Season
2. PARA State Championships
3. USSA Eastern Regionals
5 Regional Races U10 / U12 WPRC Derby (WPRC Only) @ 7 Springs
5 Regional Races U10 / U12 WPRC Derby (WPRC Only) @ 7 Springs
PA State Championships @ Tussey Mountain
Fancis Piche Invitational @ Gunstock, NH
5 Regional Races
PA State Championships @ 7 Springs
Eastern Championships Francis Piche Invitational @ Gunstock, NH
7 Regional Races 8 PA Cups (optional with coach’s approval) Second year athletes may compete in all First year athletes may compete at Elk only
PA State Championships @ Blue Mountain
Eastern Championships Eastern Finals High School Championships
U19 / U21
8 PA Cups (PA State Team announced @ Elk)
Eastern Finals (FIS) USSA Finals High School Championships


Qualification to PARA U12 / U14 / U16 State Championships from the Western Region is based on total place points for the best N individual runs, where N is total number of regional qualifying races minus 1. U12 and U14 have 5 regional qualifying races, so regional rankings are based on an athlete’s 4 best runs. U16 have 7 regional qualifying races, so regional rankings are based on an athlete’s 6 best runs. Place points are based on an athlete’s finish among Western Region athletes only within their age class and gender. Because of how the scoring system is structured, U12 / U14 / U16 athletes should take note of the following:

  • While results and trophies for each race are based on combined times across the two runs, each run should be treated as an individual race for the purposes of qualifying to State Championships.
  • Athletes do not need to race in all Regional Qualifier race in order to qualify to State Championships. Qualification to State Championships is based on the best 4 runs (U12 / U14) or best 6 runs (U16). This means that an athlete that competes in 2 races (U12 / U14) or 3 races (U16) has the ability to qualify for State Championships.

The following table provides an example of how the scoring was done for U12 Boys in 2014. In this example, the top 8 boys qualified for the U12 PARA State Championships from the PARA Western Region.

Example PARA Western Region Qualification Scoring
(U12 Boys - 2014)

Please note that each region in PARA has different ways of scoring and ranking their regional races for qualification to the PARA State Championships. State Championship quotas for each age group and gender are published at the end of January and are based on PARA membership rates across PARA. For more information on PARA State Championship quotas, please refer to the PARA website (