Far West News

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

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.

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


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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