Far West News

The Far West Board of Directors will once again offer the Far West Skiing - Dave Van Ruiten* Memorial Scholarship for the 2018-19 ski season.  A $1000 fund is available from Far West Skiing.

The athlete chosen for this special award must be a U19+ for the coming season, and must have a legitimate chance of being selected to the United States Ski Team (USST), according to the judgment of the Far West Board, based on the athlete’s national junior FIS ranking in one or more disciplines. Applicants must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. In the event the Far West Board believes multiple athletes meet the appropriate criteria, they will look to financial need to assist in the final decision process.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The yearly amount of the Daven Van Ruiten Scholarship is set by the Far West Board of Directors at their annual budgeting meeting.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

* Dave Van Ruiten, former Director of Racing at Sugar Bowl Resort, passed away on November 7, 2005.  He was the former Vice President of Far West Skiing, a tremendous leader and asset to junior ski racing in this region, and a highly respected professional.  He was instrumental in Sugar Bowl’s commitment and rise to national ski racing prominence over the past several years.  This special scholarship award to a Far West athlete with USST potential and financial need is named in his honor.

Click here to download Application Guide
Click here for online application

In honor of Matthew Trabert, a long time Far West racer out of Diamond Peak and moving to Team Savage later in his career. He attended the J3 Junior Olympics, and Western Region Tech Series. After retiring from the Far West division, he was the Nevada State High School Champion and went on to University of Nevada Reno.

The Matthew Trabert Scholarship acknowledge athletes who will be 2nd year U16’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There is one (1) scholarship available in the amount of $624.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

Click here to download Application Guide
Click here for online application

In honor of Bobbie Sprock, who along with her husband Vern owned Sierra Ski Ranch from 1953-1993, her family has established the Bobbie Sprock Memorial Scholarship to acknowledge athletes who will be U19’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There are four (4) scholarships available in the amount of $500 per athlete.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

Click here to Application Guide
Click here for online application

2018-19 Far West Masters Scholarship Program application

            We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes 13-20 years old to apply. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, financial need, and race results. 

            Applications are due by September 15th 2018. Award winners are announced in mid-November. Funds are then placed into racers’ accounts from which they may draw upon during the season for racing expenses. In return for funding, the Masters ask that recipients forerun one of their races and speak at an awards ceremony. The experience has proven to be quite fun as it allows a junior athlete to show off their stuff and to thank the Masters in person for their support. Your participation by speaking and selling raffle tickets at our awards parties is an important contribution to our fund raising efforts and it helps to teach about “giving back”.  

As always, it is an honor to receive applications from such a great group of athletes. Thank you in advance for applying.

Eddie Mozen, Chairman Masters Scholarship Fund

Click here to download the Application Guide
Click here to complete the online application.

FIS athletes: Competing in the Souther Hemisphere? Complete your membership by June 30th. On time FIS membership is due by August 15th for all athletes, late fees are applied by FIS after this date.

Academic Team: The Far West Academic Team recognizes current Srs – U16 athletes in the Far West whose GPA for the previous season’s Spring Semester was a 3.5 or better. The athletes must be registered Sr-U16 during the spring 2018 academic period and have competed as a U16+ during the 17-18 season. Athletes are invited to send a legible copy of the spring report card to the FWS office by September 15, in order to be named to the Far West Academic Team. Late submissions will not be accepted. Email in your report card to [email protected]

2018-2019 Schedules: The upcoming competition skiing schedules are now posted. Schedules can be found by choosing Schedule and Results from the menu bar, and scrolling down to your age class page. Further information regarding rules updates, selection methods, quotas, etc. will be included by October 1st.
       
 

Bud Jones Memorial Scholarship

North Lake Tahoe lost a pioneer in the ski racing community February 19, 2010.  Bud Jones moved to Tahoe in 1949, learning to ski, becoming a ski instructor and getting involved with the Lake Tahoe Ski Club. During his years in Tahoe he participated in several community organizations including heading the Board of Realtors.  His passion was coaching and ski racing and he was dedicated to helping kids in North Lake Tahoe. He was a coach who taught the basics and believed in the value of a strong technical foundation, which lead to many successful ski racers reaching their goals. Bud enjoyed serving the community and through his years in Tahoe he supported ski racing and the Lake Tahoe Ski Club and its commitment to developing ski racers.

The family of Bud Jones is proud to announce the establishment of The Bud Jones Memorial scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to a ski racer (U16 and older) who has a well rounded life with an emphasis on community involvement, citizenship, offering assistance to others, good sportsmanship, an exceptional work ethic, a strong belief in education and challenging oneself academically while maintaining a commitment to the sport of skiing to reach his or her goals.

Interested applicants should submit a letter addressing the above mentioned characteristics along with relevant ski racing results and awards, grades, pertinent extra credit work and how the financial aid would benefit their future ski racing goals.  Additionally, applicants will need to provide two to three letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches and/or friends along with an essay of approximately 500 words explaining how ski racing enhances and makes a difference in their life.

The annual deadline for submission is July 10 th, with the announcement of the recipient taking place during the Asado in July. Please submit required documentation to: Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation, Bud Jones Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 435, Tahoe City, CA 96145.  Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to [email protected].

Each Spring Far West Skiing takes a moment to honor outstanding athletes and officials. Nominations come in via an open nomination process at the end of March. Thanky you to all that nominated and Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Recipients!

Jill Kinmont Award (SR male and female), JInny Glass (U19/U21 male and female). Bobby Mehrhof (U16 male and female) are awarded for their performance during the current season internationally, nationally or regionally, as well as within the division. In addition to their outstanding performanc this athlete demonstrates a willingness to give back ot the division.

Jill Kinmont Award: Congratulations to Stacy Cooke and Bryce Bennett
Jinny Glass Award: Congratulations to AJ Hurt and Jordan Cashman
Bobby Mehrhof Award: Congratulations to Aliza Neu and Dylan Thomas
Stanley Walton Award, presented to an outstanding official: Congratulations to Mike Ginsberg
Bill Mackay Award, presented to outstanding Race Organizer: Congratulations to Squaw Valley
Dave McCoy Award, presented to outstanding coach: Congratulations to Jim Hudson

For a full list of past recipients plus the U10, U12 and U14 Championships recipients please visit the Far West Awards page.

Congratulations to all on a wonderful season and an outstanding summer!

 

The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college academic expenses. This year marks the 10th scholarship that has been given out to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited University, Junior College, or vocational school for the coming fall. Each applicant is evaluated in depth, including input from the applicants’ coaches, teachers, and peers to get a sense of the character of each applicant. The Wattenmaker family is proud to be a member of this community and love being part of the Masters scholarship program to help ease the financial burden for the wonderful young adults who are in pursuit of a college education. 

Jeff Wattenmaker initiated his namesake scholarship prior to his death from Melanoma in 2010.   Jeff was very impressed with the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. He loved ski racing and passed on his love of the mountains to his children Owen and Gwen.  Jeff generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program. 

The recipient of the award this year is Sarah Sophia Hudson. She grew up in Olympic Valley (Squaw Valley) and is a senior at Sugar Bowl Academy, where she has ski raced the past four years. Students at SBA prepare a senior project and give an oral presentation to the community. Her project is on “How Consumer Choice and International Trade Impact Coffee Producers”. Sarah is excited to be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall, where she will be living in the dorms, and 1 block from the beach! She looks forward to experiencing a big city and vibrant community in contrast to her humble small town rural upbringing in the North Tahoe area. Sarah's area of interest is in the humanities, but is excited to take a wide variety of classes and is open to many career paths opportunities.
 

 

Camps:
Check out the Camps Page by clicking here. Anything that has been sent in will be posted on this page.

Scholarships:
Scholarship opportunities pop up throughout the Summer. Currently posted is the Far West Ski Association Scholarship. By July 1st you will find the Masters Scholarship, The Sprock, Van Ruiten and Trabert Scholarships Posted. Keep checking back.

Schedules:
The 18-19 schedules will be posted on each age class page by July 1st. An eblast will go out once they are up.

Two Open Seats on the Far West Board of Directors:
Thank you to Howard Jacobs for serving as the Vice President on the Far West Board of Directors for the past two years. It has been an honor to have him guide our division as a member of the Executive Committee. Congratulations to the new Vice Chair, Chip Cooper. Chip has served as the North Rep on the Far West Board and a member of the NYSEF board.
This leaves the North Rep seat open, and we continue to look for a Fundraising Chair. Any parties that are interested, please contact Lucy in the Far West Office.

The Grand Prix series is scored for U19’s as a series to qualify for scholarships to be used for the following season. The places are determined by adding up the total World Cup Points earned during ALL the races listed in the Grand Prix series for that season. Each race is scored by separating only the U19 class. Foreign, out of division, current USST and U16 participants in each race are removed and results are sorted by class prior to assigning WCP’s for each race. Athletes must have competed in at least half of the scheduled Grand Prix races in order to qualify for the scholarships.

Overall Champions from the Grand Prix Series will be awarded the following:

            1st  place – U19 men/women       $600 Scholarship 
             2018 Recipients: Barrett Calvin and Elle Williams

            2nd place – U19 men/women       $300 Scholarship
             2018 Recipients: Matthew Smallhouse and Jillian Ferre

            3rd  place – U19 men/women      $200 Scholarship
            2018 Recipients: Charlie Regelbrugge and Jessica Liu

Mens Final Standings           Ladies Final Standings

Congratulations to all U14's on a great season. This was the first year of the California Challenge Series and it was a great success.
21 girls and 20 boys represented Far West Skiing at the U14 Regional Championships in Jackson Hole based on their results of their best four of six results in the series.

The overall California Challenge Series Awards are calculated based on all six results in the series. When I sent in the Awards Order I did not send in the sort based on all six. With this, all athletes that were to be awarded did receive their trophy, unfortunately they were not all in the correct order. 

Congratulations to this years California Challenge Series, correctly listed below:
Athletes will be receiving their corrected trophy nameplates in the mail the week of May 7th.

  California Challenge Series     California Challenge Series
  Girls     Boys
1 Mollin, Allison   1 Hart, Karsten
2 Hansford, Amber   2 Staudenmayer, Zack
3 Benjaminson, Kacey   3 Gajar, Toby
4 Hamilton, Carly   4 Bournakel, Nicos
5 Welling, Maddie   5 Roth, Jason
6 Hartmanis, Ella   6 Gumins, Parker
7 Costello, Ella   7 Hendriks, Lukas
8 Kelly, Kailea   8 Brougher, Marco
9 Cushard, Cayla   9 Parsons, Mitchell
10 Flight, Olivia   10 Durant-Bender, Marc

Far West Ski Association Athletic Scholarship Program

2018-2019

Far West Ski Association would like to announce that it is now accepting applications for athletic scholarships for the 2018-2019 season. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist junior US Ski and Snowboard alpine racers (2nd-year U16 to U21) in the funding of their racing endeavors. Individuals are selected on the basis of financial need, athletic performance, academics, and community service. Scholarships range from $750 to $1,500 per year. Applications are due by June 30, 2018 and awarded by September 30, 2018 and can be found by visiting our website at www.fwsa.org. Click on Member Corner/Programs/Athletic Scholarship/2018 Application or contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.

The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college expenses. It is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must already be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited Junior College, University or vocational school for the coming fall. The award will be distributed over 4 years in portions of $2,500 each year, based on the recipient’s continued good standing in school. The recipient will be expected to be a full time student, to carry 12 units per semester, to strive for a 3.5 gpa and to give the Scholarship Program updates on their progress each Summer in order to receive the next award installment. Winners do not have to participate in further athletics of any kind.

Applications will be distributed to existing members of the Masters Scholarship Program that will potentially be entering school in the fall. They will be due April 30th. Awards will be based on a combination of academic scholarship, exemplary work ethic and focus, leadership and citizenship. They are not based on athletic achievement or athletic success.

The application for this scholarship is brief, as all people applying have already applied and have been accepted into the Masters Scholarship Program. Additionally most applicants will have participated in the Masters Program for many years and are therefore well-known to the committee reviewing these applications based on their previous interactions.

Mission Statement

Promote the skiing development of young athletes from all clubs in the Far West with the objective of placing elite competitors onto the US Ski Team. 'Alpine Athlete competencies' as developed by USSA will be used as a guideline.

  • Promote alpine competition in Far West from entry level, club level and elite level.
  • Provide financial support to athletes, coaches and development projects.
  • Maintain a structure that will support the needs of Far West clubs, athletes, coaches and general membership.



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