Far West News

As one season ends, another begins.  The following upcoming meetings are taking place.

FWACC - Wednesday, May 5th
FWBOD - Friday, May 7th. Click here for the agenda and zoom link.

U S Ski and Snowboard May Congress is scheduled over two weeks. Working groups will meet the week of May 10-14 and committees will meet May 17-21. Click here for the meeting schedules.

The Far West ACC and FWBOD meet throughout the summer in preparation for the upcoming 2022 season.

It's the time once again where Far West Ski Association would like to announce that it is now accepting applications for athletic scholarships for the 2021-2022 season. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist junior USSA alpine racers (2nd-year U16 to U21) in the funding of their racing expenses. 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, 2021 and awarded by September 30, 2021 and can be found by visiting our website at www.fwsa.org. Click on Member Corner/ Programs/ Athletic Scholarship/2021-2022 Application or contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.

Click here for info

The U14 age class has been busy during the end of this season. The U14 Regional Development Project went well and now many of our U14's are in Mammoth at the Speed Project and SG Finals.

Let's step back and congratulate our U14's from the FW Divisional Champs.
McKinney Cup Winner: Autumn Ellingford Rhodes
Rahlves Cup Winner: Jackson Rantz
Andrea Mead Lawrence Sportsmanship recipients on the Ladies Side Rylan Heslin and on the Gents side it was the Kirkwood Ski Team Boys Crew!

Congratulations to all on a great season.

Congratulations to the following athletes on being named to the Far West U14.U16 Development Team. These athletes completed the 2021 season at the top of the standings in their respective age classes.


U14 Development Team     U16 Development Team  
Girls Boys   Ladies Men
Autumn Ellingford Rhodes Jackson Rantz   Tatum Akers Kai Subith
Maya Eisner McKinley Mercer   Siena Beeghly Charles Zarestsky
Julia Cunningham Egor Shushkov   Aspen McAuley Tyler Rantz
Gebrielle Hohenrieder Oscar Whelan   Brenna Ritchie Charles Baker

Far West Super G Finals 

For Boys registration is open for U 14 only through Friday April 16. Registration for U 16 and older will reopen Saturday April 17 through Tuesday April 20, the field is limited to 100 competitors.

For Girls registration is open for U 14 only through Sunday April 18. Registration for U 16 and older will reopen Monday April 19 through Tuesday April 20, the field is limited to 100 competitors.

For those that are planning on participating in the FW U14 SG Project in April and trying to participate in the SG Finals please read this article carefully.

FW SG Project is open to all U14 athletes, up to the 100 field size maximum. This project registration opened on March 15th and will close on April 16th. These deadlines are for both the boys and girls. This allows us time to prepare the groups and coachings staff for the projects.

FW SG Finals Ladies April 22-24
This is a 2 step process for registering for this event based on the field size.
1. Confirm your athletes 'intent' to race between April 13 and  15th on the SG Selection Order by clicking here  Coaches have access to repsond, not parents. Please communicate with your coach. 
2. once your athlete is listed as a 'selection' they are allowed to complete the event online registration. If you are an alternate you will not be allowed to participate in the SG races as that means we have hit the field size maximum.
Event online registration will be open for the 14's through April 18th.

FW SG Finals Mens April 26-28. 
This is a 2 step process for registering for this event based on the field size.
1. Confirm your athletes 'intent' to race by April 11th on the SG Selection Order by clicking here Coaches have access to repsond, not parents. Please communicate with your coach. 
2. once your athlete is listed as a 'selection' they are allowed to complete the event online registration. If you are an alternate you will not be allowed to participate in the SG races as that means we have hit the field size maximum.
Event online registration will be open for the 14's April 12th through the 18th to register for the race. 

Congratulations to our U10 athletes on a great season. The opportunity to race within in their zones (North, Central, South and Mammoth) for majority of the season. It was great to see smiling faces of the full division during the U10 Championships at Sugar Bowl and at Mammoth!

Results from both sets of Championships are posted on the U10 age class results page.
Today we congratulate the Richmond Cup and Jeff Todd Cup winners. We look forward to awarding hte Rasmussen Team Cup again in the 2022 season.

Who are these awards name after before we find out who won them this year. Bryan Richmond was a talented athelte who skied all of his life at Squaw Valley. This cup is named in his memory and his love for the sport and achievements in his racing career.

The 2021 Richmond Cup Winners are Ashlyn James and Bodie Johnson, both of SVST.

Jeff Todd was a long time coach with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team and has a long history of supporting, coaching and organizing events for the Far West U10/U12 age groups. Jeff Todd Sporstmanship Award is an awared to be given to the atheltes who display a love for skiing, competition and his/her fellow competitors. This athlete may have had to overcome some special physical or emotional adversity while competing during the U10 Championships.

The 2021 Jeff Todd Cup Winners are Landon Gray of SBST and Olivia Gluckowski and Emma Shawkey of Bear Valley Ski Team.

Remember to submit your photos to the Far West Swoosh Gallery. Have a great spring and summer and we look forward to seeing you out on the slopes for some racing during the 2022 season!

Please note that Far West Skiing has worked with the Race Organizers and Age Class Chairs to come up with the following in an effort to comply with the COVID 19 guidelines for competition set forth by US Ski and Snowboard. We thank you for your flexibility and cooperation to make ski racing happen this season!

Far West Race registration requirements for 2021 Season - (this is not for Tahoe Race Series. FIS races will  have a modified version of this based on Quotas and Regional Policies)

  1. All registration will be completed online via US Ski and Snowboard event online registration through the athletes My USSA portal. Registration will close 5 days prior to the first Team Captains Meeting of that event. (ie Wild West Series starts on Friday for Men and Sunday for Women, the reg will close Sunday night prior for all).
  2. Coaches must complete their online registration for the event by the same deadline as the athletes.
  3. The first one hundred athletes to register will be entered in the event. There will be no ‘waiting list’ available. Any pulls prior to the entry deadline need to go through the race organizer, allowing further athletes to register. Pulls after the entry deadline will not be refunded.
  4. Registration will open 45 days prior to the Team Captains Meeting of an event. Race announcements need to be out prior to this 45 day window. Any delay in opening of the registration will be announced via the Far West Office eblast system.
  5. Resort liability waivers must be received by the Organizing Committee no later than 48 hours after the close of online registration. There will be no opportunity to turn them in at the Team Captains Meeting and an athlete will be pulled from the event.
  6. No late registration will be available.
  7. Athletes are required to use their Far West purchased bib for the 2021 season for all Far West age class events (TRS race bibs through their program).
  8. Items to be included on the Race Announcement from the organizing committee:
    1. Ticket purchase process/order
    2. Pre event symptom check process
    3. Parent ticket info, if available
    4. Race area requirements, i.e. lift loading guides, indoor facility information, virtual awards links (physical awards prohibited), team captains meeting platform (link not necessary on the race announcement), race document delivery process (start lists, ref reports, results).
    5. Area ROL to be attached
    6. Other required reminders:
      1. athlete responsibility for equipment rules (222.1)
      2. face coverings required (223.1.1)
      3. team inspection times will be utilized
      4. physical scoreboard prohibited
      5. team areas will be available above the start for athletes and coaches only.

Based on recommendations during Covid-19 restrictions, the Far West will return to a permanent race bib for the 2021 season. This bib is a required purchase for North Series U10 and U12s, California Challenge Series U14's plus U16 and older athletes. Central and South Series athletes will only need to purchase a bib for their age class championships. Tahoe Race Series athletes will continue to obtain their bib from their program.

Bibs will be distributed to programs. Coaches will be able to provide bibs at the beginning of your age competition season. Each age class is assigned a bib color and athletes are required to bring their bib to each race in order to participate.

pink: U10 girls
royal blue: U10 boys
white: U12 girls
Orange: U12 boys
Black: U14 girls
Yellow: U14 boys
Red: U16+ girls
Navy Blue: U16+ boys

Click here to fill out your bib order form which will finalize with a paypal link for payment. 

Questions can be directed to the Far West Office at 530.559.4130 or [email protected]

Attention Far West U12 Families!

Have you received your Far West Development Initiative athlete book? If you are a new Far West U12 Family you should have received one during the first few weeks of team. If you have not received yours then please reach out to your head coach or program director immediatley. 

If you are a Far West Family with athletes in a different age class this book is still extremely helpful to you and your athlete and is available to you to order too.

Want to know a little bit more about the Development Initiative? Take a moment to check out this short clip on what it is, why it is important and how to use it in the development of your athlete for years to come! Click here to see what it's all about!

Still have questions? Please check out the FWDI section of the Far West Skiing Webpage or give us a call in the Far West Office!

Cheers to a great season!
Far West Skiing
PO Box 2664
Truckee, Ca 96160

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.