Far West News

Far West will be organizing the FW athletes parade on Friday February 24th 3:45pm in the Palisades Village. We are inviting all FW athletes of all ages to participate in the parade.
Meeting time and location will be emailed to you the week prior to the event.
Each team will have their own banner, please wear your team jacket and walk with your banner. If you would like to make signs to carry you are welcome to as long as they are positive, encouraging and respectful.
You must sign up ahead of time, athletes will not be accepted day of.
You must sign the waiver ahead of time to participate. No day of waivers will be present.

This parade is for FW athletes of all ages only. Parents, we encourage you to watch from the parade route.

Sign up here.
Waiver here.

Selections for the December 19-22, 2022 FIS Devo races are open. Please see selections page for links to selections. 

The night SL scheduled at ASC December 22-23, 2022, has been postponed. When a new date is available we will send out an announcement.

Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation Scholarship Application are open.
Deadline is November 30th. 

Application found here: https://laketahoeskiclub.com

 LTSC has been awarding scholarships since 1930.

Dave Van Ruiten Memorial Scholarship

DVRDave 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 years. This special scholarship award to a Far West athlete with USST potential and financial need is named in his honor.

Athletes applying for this award must be a U18+ for the coming season, and must have a legitimate chance of being selected to the United States Ski Team, according to the judgement of the Far West Board of Directors, based on the athletes national junior FIS ranking in one or more disciplines. 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 insure the money is used for ski racing expenses, the funds are deposited in the FWS Racer Account and credited to each recipient's "account."

Application found here.

Far West will be offering additional officials courses in the Tahoe Basin in the month of December. These events are open to any officials or coaches looking to be certified. You must have a US Ski and Snowboard officials or coaching membership in order to sign up for these courses.

December 2nd 4pm-9pm
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Referee and Jury Advisor course and exam
Location will be sent out prior to the event.
$20 for the course

Sign up here for Sugar Bowl.


December 17th 3pm-8pm
Palisades Tahoe
Referee and Jury Advisor course and exam
Location will be sent out prior to the event
$20 for the course

Sign up here for Palisades.


If you have any questions please direct them to Kayla [email protected]

Snow has started to fall in the Eastern Sierra and that means skiing is on the minds of all!

Race organizers across the division are busy in the office getting ready for the race season which is fast approaching. Race announcements are being posted daily to the FW schedules pages in each age group and US Ski and Snowboard registration is open for many races.

Get your athletes registered and get those skis waxed!


Far West Skiing would like to recognize the following athletes, officials, coaches and volunteers for their hard work and commitment on the hill, in the office, off the hill and wherever they get it done. Each of you have earned recognition and we congratulate you!
Thank you for your hard work and support!!

Awarded during their Championships Events
U10 Championships
Richmond Cup Winners Hadley Rhodes and Sam Mogari
Jeff Todd Cup (Sportsmanship Award): Olivia Kamp
Maurey Rasmussen Cup (Overall Team): Team Palisades Tahoe

U12 Championships:
Allan Cup Winners: Senna Jarvis and Asher Kinsman
Marco Sullivan: Lillian Gordon
Poulson(Overall Team): Team Palisades Tahoe

U14 Championships:
McKinney Cup: Sam Milne
Rahlves Cup: Luca Peterson
Andy Mead Lawrence Cup (Sportsmanship): Sam Milne
Cushing Cup (Overall Team): Team Palisades Tahoe


Special Awards
Jill Kinmont 
was an up and coming ski racer out of the Mammoth area in the 1950’s. The Jill Kinmont award recognizes the outstanding performance from an athlete in the SR age class, YOB 1997 and older.
Bryce Bennett


Jinny Glass award recognizes the outstanding performance from an athlete in the U18/U21 age class
Allison Mollin 
David Morken


Bobby Mehrhof was a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team that enjoyed ski racing throughout his life. The Bobby Mehrhof award recognizes the outstanding performance from an athlete in the U16 age class
Tatum Akers
Charles Zaretsky


Bill Mackay Award recognizes an outstanding race organizer and organizing committee for the current season.
Palisades Tahoe

Dave McCoy award recognizes the most outstanding coach for the current season.
Jim Hudson

Stanley Walton Award recognizes an outstanding official for the current season.
Lucy Conklin

Far West Volunteer of the Year
Barbara Mozen


The Grand Prix series is scored for U18’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 U18 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 – U18 men/women       $1800 Scholarship 
             2022 Recipients:    Freya Grant and Torston Kanegsberg

            2nd place – U18 men/women       $900 Scholarship
             2022 Recipients:    Claudia  Van Der Veen and Thomas Morgan

            3rd  place – U18 men/women      $600 Scholarship
            2022 Recipients:    Elsa Pitsch and Domenico Lazzareschi


Congratulations to this years recipients, funds are available for use!

Welcome to the 2023 Officials Certification season where we gladly return to in person courses and certification! This is not Coaches Education (Level 100) this is Official’s Certification for Referees, Jury Advisors, Chief of Race, Chief of Course, Race Administrators, Timing and Calculations and Technical Delegates. $20 online pre-payment fee fro the day, $40 onsite payment fee

Friday November 4th RA1 6pm-8pm at Palisades Tahoe.

Saturday, November 5th full day of offerings at Palisades Tahoe:

8am – 11am: 2023 season review and update (this is required for any official/coach that has older than 2022 on their AO line of their membership account/card).  If you already hold an AO certification and you do not need to take any new courses this is the only course required to update your AO for the 2023 season.

11:30 to 5pm certification break outs. This will be a full course followed by certification exams.
Referee – required for coaches that are looking to ref and set at events
Jury Advisor – for those serving as a start or finish official at races
Chief of Race –
Chief of Course –
Race Administrator Part 2 -
Timing and Calculations -
Technical Delegates Update- 11:30-1pm Current TDs Only

New officials must complete their CO (competition officials quiz and turn it in to [email protected]) prior to attending their first certification

Prior to attending your course, please download your study materials from the Far West Skiing Officials Page by clicking here. This study guide and your ACR will be needed to take the exam.

If you are looking for lodging options, please reach out to Kayla [email protected] for a link to discounted lodging.

Click here to register for Palisades Officials Review and Certifications.


Saturday, November 19th 4:00 at the Mammoth Mountain Race HQ upstairs. 
Technical Delegate Update 2pm.
Alpine Review and Update 4:00 to 6:00pm.

There is no exam process with this course offering. Cost $20.

Click here to register for Mammoth Mountain Update and Review. 


December, date, time and location TBD in the Tahoe Basin. This will be a full referee course and certification. New officials must complete their CO (competition officials quiz and turn it in to [email protected]) prior to attending their first certification.
More information on this clinic will be posted in November.


How to become an official:
1. Competition Officials course. This course can be completed from the comfort of your own home, or you may have an invite from US Ski and Snowboards Coaches Education Department to complete your CO via their Moodle dashboard.
2. Choose an area of certification: Chief of Race, Chief of Course, Race Administration, Timing and Calculations, Referee (coaches) or Jury Advisor (start and finish referee’s)
3. How do you advance your certification: letters of rec or days served? Please check the Certification Matrix by clicking here.

Far West Skiing would like to congratulate the following athletes for their outstanding work in the classroom and on the hill throughout the 2022 spring semester! Each of these athletes earned a 3.5 or higher GPA and competed as a U16 or older athlete. Congratulations!!

Tatum Akers* Forest Charter Academy
Vivaan Allyene Sanford Online High School
Evi Barber* Nevada Union High School
Tyne Beckwith* Forest Charter School
Camryn Bell* Linden High School
Cameron Berg* Miramonte High School
Ben Bower* North Tahoe High School
Jacob Brown* Dimonte Ranch
Autumn Carpenter* Tahoe Expedition Academy
Candice Carroll* Sugar Bowl Academy
Regan Clute North Tahoe High School
Kole Cronin Marce Herz Middle School
Thomas Denton*  
Renzo DiGrande The College Preparatory School
Curtis Edmunds  
Maya Eisner* Dwight School
Autumn Ellingford-Rhodes* Lake Tahoe Community College
Ellie Ewing* Bishop Manogue
Elsie Fowler* Archbishop Mitty School
William Franklin* Sugar Bowl Academy
Darya Ghavami* Oak Park High School
Paya Ghavami* Oak Park High School
Alex Graham* Carden Hall
Freya Grant* Northgate High School
Sven Grant* Foothill Middle School
Adair Gress* Cunha Intermediate School
Bobbi Jo Griffin* Loyalton High School
Keene Hansford* Truckee High School
Gigi Hohenrieder Branson
Meghan Hughes* Forest Charter School
Tanner Hughes* Creekside Charter School
Prince Ilano* North Tahoe High School
Kiera Johnston Sugar Bowl Academy
Jack Lackey* Mammoth High School
David Lawrence*  
Aaron  Leopold* Sugar Bowl Academy
Rheyy Lindsey* North Tahoe High School
Jenna Lynch Mammoth High School
Jake McConnell Mammoth High School
Marian McDaniel* Granite Bay High School
Jessica McLellan Sugar Bowl Academy
David Morken* North Tahoe High School
Emma Nakazato* Monte Vista High School
Charlie Pantelick* Sugar Bowl Academy
Aidan Peterson* Forest Charter School
Dreyson Rahlves* Truckee High School
Tyler Rantz North Tahoe High School
Brenna  Ritchie* North Tahoe High School
Bryce Robb* Excel Christian School
Esme Roberts* North Tahoe High School
Kelin Ryan Galena High School
Cole Sanford* North Tahoe High School
Jackson  Sanford* North Tahoe High School
Jack Schrady* Sugar Bowl Academy
Madeleine Sloane* Forest Charter School
Sophia Slucky Laurel Springs School
Madalyn Smith* Carson High School
Sophia Sosnkowski Sugar Bowl Academy
Porter Sullivan Sugar Bowl Academy
Evelyn Tebb* Forest Charter School
Mary Teti Sugar Bowl Academy
Katherine Truax Mammoth High School
Ryan Wilson Edgeunity Virtual Academy
Charles Zaretsky* North Star Online School
*Denotes 4.0 for Spring Semester    

The Marce Herz Foundation is pleased to offer two ski racing scholarships for the current race season. There will be two (2) scholarships for Far West athletes (one to a female and to a male athlete) at $1,000 each, awarded for the 22/23 race season by the Marce Herz Foundation.  Winners will be announced no later than November 22, 2022.  Scholarship recipients will be showcased on the Marce Herz website.
To apply and learn more about this scholarship please visit https://marceherz.org/scholarships.

Completed applications are due to the Marce Herz Foundation by Monday October 24th 5:00pm.

The Marce Herz Foundation bears the name of an extraordinary individual, Marcelle (“Marce”) Barkley Herz.  Marce, a track and field world record holder, champion amateur skier, and co-founder of the Sky Tavern Jr. Ski Program, was also a teacher who believed that sports were good for everyone, but especially children, and that all children should get the opportunity to ski (and now snowboard) regardless of a child’s race or economic status.  Marce also believed in the power of sports and academics to uplift and motivate children.  She became the first woman to receive the Sportsmen (Sportswoman) of the Year Award from the Nevada Sportswriters Association.  Marce made contributions in our community to youth, teaching, journalism, skiing, sports, and the skiing community.  Once young people, particularly young women and girls, discover the life, times and achievements of Marce Herz, they are usually moved and motivated to strive for excellence.  It is a privilege to be able to provide a scholarship in her honor. 

To learn more, go to www.marceherz.org

Completed applications are due to The Marce Herz Foundation at [email protected] by Monday, October 24th at 5:00pm. Applications must be submitted via the email above. There will be two (2) scholarships (one to a female and to a male athlete) at $1,000 each, awarded for the 22-23 season by the Marce Herz Foundation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A complete application includes:

  1. Written response to Biographical Sketch listed below.
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required. One letter should be from the athlete’s club or coach. The other letter should be from a teacher, academic advisor, or community leader. Letters should focus on sportsmanship, leadership, work ethic, community service, and obstacles or personal difficulties you have overcome. Letters of recommendation from a parent will not be considered. (.txt, .doc, .docx, .jpg .pdf accepted)
  3. A copy of your most recent report card from school. If not in school, please explain your circumstances. (.txt, .doc, .docx, .jpg, .pdf accepted) 
  4. Two photos of the applicant. One head and shoulders and one action shot. (.jpg or .bmp accepted)

To be answered in essay format during the application and submitted as a Word document or as a .pdf file:

  1. Marce embodied dedication, self-discipline and integrity with her personal strengths. How do you see yourself incorporating these ideals in your life and education/athletic goals?
  2. What is it about ski racing that excites you?
  3. What are your ski racing objectives for the coming year?
  4. Ski racing is expensive for all, why are you in need of financial assistance?
  5. What else are you doing to help support your ski racing?
  6. What other funding resources do you receive through sponsorships or scholarships?
  7. Tell us of your ski racing accomplishments; include any titles, honors or special awards you have received.
  8. How do you combine education with ski racing?
  9. What are your educational goals?
  10. How do you give back to your community?
  11. In what other sports, activities or hobbies do you participate?

Applications and the information therein is for the exclusive use of the Marce Herz Scholarship Committee only and will not be used for any purpose other than the award of scholarships, except the use of photos for possible associated publication. Winners may be asked to sign a press release form.

Applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded by November 22nd. Funds for successful applicants shall be distributed by the Far West Skiing office.

**Applications must be received by the The Marce Herz Foundation at [email protected] no later than Monday, October 24th by 5:00pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.

The Men’s World Cup is coming to Palisades Tahoe February 24-26, 2023!
We are looking for volunteers!

Required Volunteer Application Form for Audi FIS Ski World Cup Palisades Tahoe-
Please click on the link below to fill out the new required form. This will help streamline Volunteer Coordination for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Palisades Tahoe. 

Thank you for your time and interest in volunteering! For additional event details checkout 

Far West Masters Scholarship Program

The Far West Masters Scholarship Program is now in our 32nd year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. Over that time period we have awarded more than $1,200,000 in scholarship funds. There is no overhead. We are an incorporated 501(c)(3) public charity tax exempt organization. 
Our goal is to promote academic scholarship, citizenship and leadership within the ski racing community. It is also our goal to keep athletes involved in ski racing that might not otherwise have a chance without our financial support. We believe keeping athletes involved in ski racing keeps them focused, teaches discipline and helps them to be successful in the rest of their life endeavors.

In previous years the majority of our fundraising was done at a year-end banquet/auction. However because of Covid this event will not occur this year. In its place we auction items over the internet. We have many items including training passes, race suits, helmets and others. These are items that most ski racers will be buying anyway, so please consider buying them through this program to benefit the Masters Scholarship Program

We have many items that have been donated by US Ski Team alumni of Far West as well as our local ski shops and resorts that are available for purchase to support our program. Please contact Eddie Mozen at [email protected] if you are interested in purchasing or obtaining any of these items. Below is a partial list with suggested opening bids, all offers will be entertained!

1)Squaw Valley full season Masters Training pass $3450.  (Next years rack price will be more than this opening bid).

2)Mammoth season long full Masters Training pass $3000

3)Diamond Peak Masters Training pass and season ski pass $1750 (must be a NEW. full time Diamond Peak member. DPSEF Full Total package - $2250+ value!)

4) Mammoth Mountain Season Pass (non Ikon) Valid at Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain. All bids considered.

5) Footloose Mammoth: Your choice of race boot model carried by Footloose and custom fitting Value: $800

All the following items are new. The suits are all custom made for US SKI TEAM members and they tend to run 1-2 sizes SMALLER than marked. Suit value are more than $1000 each if bought at ski shop/ski online….…opening prices $350-$500

6)USST (US SKI TEAM) white, fully padded world cup SL suit size XL

7)USST (US SKI TEAM)race suit, not padded , this years Olympic Suit!! (no sponsor logos) L/XL

8)USST race suit blue Camo padded size L/XL

9)USST race suit white Snow Camo Padded XL/L

10)USST Suit green downhill size Large (2 suits available)

11)USST suit green downhill size XL/L

12) USST suit Blue Camo SL suit padded L/XL (3 suits available)

13) USST suit, Blue Camo, not padded XL

14) USST suit white Sochi Olympic suit (no logos) not padded size XL-L

15) Team Clif black light training jacket size medium $75 

16)Phenix hooded rain jacket/parka size medium. $75

17) Sweet GS helmet size L/XL Grey with MIPS.  $250

18) Sweet SL helmet size L/XL  Green with MIPS. $250

18) Uvex SL helmet size 52-55 (small/medium). $50

19)SHRED Goggles SHR-Hero mirror.  $50

20)Ski training shorts large and extra large sizes: Spyder, Head Synch brands. $40-$70

21)Spyder padded stealth L/XL.  $40

22)USST Spyder Jacket. Blue L/XL. $250 value

23)USST dress up Heavy sweater, lined green/yellow.   2 available in sizes  L and XL. Retail $439….bidding starts at $250.


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.