The WR Spring Speed Project Selections are posted. Please see U14 schdeules page for details.
Far West News
Far West Skiing is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Board of Directors.
Reach out to Kayla: [email protected].
Tech Finals race announcement has been posted to the U16+ schedules page.
The Van Neeley at China Peak has been rescheduled to April 14-16, 2023.
Please reach out to the race organizer for refunds and any other questions.
Congrats to our 2022 Marce Herz Far West Scholarship winners!
Congratulations to Bobbi Jo Griffin and Jake Brown, who were selected as this season's Marce Herz Far West Skiing Scholarship recipients. We felt they best exemplified the Foundation and were the embodiment of Marce’s ideals of dedication, self-discipline and integrity. These athletes display these characteristics in their lives, education, and their ambitious athletic goals. The Marce Herz Foundation is proud to help these athletes achieve their goals and to be a part of their season.
Bobbi Jo Griffin
Bobbi is a U18 FIS athlete with Team Palisades Tahoe.
Bobbi is very dedicated to the sport of ski racing stating: I wake up earlier than most everyone else because I have to feed my animals including horses, cattle, lambs, chickens, and dogs. I train hard, get to the course earlier than others, try to get in an extra run in the course. I also love to have fun free skiing when training is over. It is so important to be with teammates and also with my mom. Bobbi has placed in the top 10 in over ten races during the 2021/2022 season. We wish Bobbi great success also during this 2022/2023 season.
Jake is a fist year U18 athlete with the Mt. Rose Ski Team
Jake learned to ski and started his race career at Sky Tavern. He moved to the Mt. Rose Ski Team to race in more Far West races. Jake loves skiing because it makes him feel free. He told us “On a race course or in training I get the opportunity to try and always better myself with my times and my skiing ability.” Jakes goal this year with racing is to improve his current point standings and start to race at the FIS level. We wish Jake the best in 2022/2023 season.
Far West Skiing would like to congratulate David Morken as the recipient of the DVR scholarship for the 2023 season!
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 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.
Congratulations to the following athletes that are receiving a 2023 Far West Masters Scholarship. In return for their scholarship funds, each athlete will be forerunning and speaking at a Masters event during the upcoming season.
Masters Scholarship Applications open up each June with scholarship applications due by September 15th of each season. If you missed applying this year then make sure you mark your calendar to apply next year.
|Aaron Leopold||2007||Sugar Bowl|
|Aspen McAuley||2005||Sugar Bowl|
|Autumn Ellingford Rhodes||2007||Palisades|
|Bobby Jo Griffin||2005||Palisades|
|Candice Carroll||2007||Sugar Bowl|
|Cody Masterson||2005||Sugar Bowl|
|Jacob Brown||2006||Mt Rose|
|Sophia Lee||2008||Mt Rose|
|Thomas Denton||2005||Sky Tavern|
|Zach Beevor||2007||Sugar Bowl|
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!
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|
|Autumn||Carpenter*||Tahoe Expedition Academy|
|Candice||Carroll*||Sugar Bowl Academy|
|Regan||Clute||North Tahoe High School|
|Kole||Cronin||Marce Herz Middle School|
|Renzo||DiGrande||The College Preparatory School|
|Autumn||Ellingford-Rhodes*||Lake Tahoe Community College|
|Elsie||Fowler*||Archbishop Mitty School|
|William||Franklin*||Sugar Bowl Academy|
|Darya||Ghavami*||Oak Park High School|
|Paya||Ghavami*||Oak Park High School|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.