Far West News

The U16 and Older races at Squaw Valley, Jan 29-Feb 1 will change to Slaloms due to snow conditions. The race series will also take place under California travel ‘120 mile’ restrictions. The following teams are permitted to participate in this event:

Auburn Ski Club
Diamond Peak
Mt. Rose
Sierra At Tahoe
Sierra Nevada University
Sky Tavern
Squaw Valley
Sugar Bowl
UNR Ski Team

If your team is not on the permitted list your athlete will receive a full refund. Further races will be announced within other areas of the Far West Division to accommodate athlete travel restrictions. Please be prepared for those races to be announced in the near future.

The final day to order your bib for this event will be Friday, January 22nd, 2021. Athletes that have not completed their bib purchase will not be allowed to race in this event.


The Far West Race Organizers and Alpine Competition Committee meet weekly to work on the calendar and status of racing. There are many factors that play into these decisions and hope that it will get easier in the future to bring racing, as we have known it, back to the Far West Division. Not only are we working through COVID restrictions but snow conditions, too.

Today we announce:
U14 Slaloms at Sugar Bowl (Jan 29-Feb 1) cannot be hosted on the current dates and new dates will be announced soon.
U16 and Older GS at Squaw (Jan 29-Feb 1) we will have final information posted on Friday, January 15th regarding this event.

Our age class committees are currently addressing racing during the first weeks of February too and will bring forth information as soon as decisions are finalized.
Thank you for your patience.

Be safe and stay healthy.

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    

Today we congratulate the following recipients of the 2021 Marce Herz Foundation Memorial Scholarship.
Savannah Taylor of Snow Summit Race Team and Ryan Herhusky of Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy.

Savannah Taylor
Savannah is described as a "great role model for our younger team athletes, showing up on time, having equipment prepped and ready and warming up prior to training without being asked. This is especily impressive as she and her family come in from out of state each weekend," says former coach Sara Schat.
Her Math Teacher points out that "Savannah is a great team-mate, hard worker and problem solver. She is the poster child of the growth mindset that allows her to create a love of learning and a resilience that is essentail for great accomplishment."
Savannah declares that sleeping in is considered 6am as she has dedicated her life to her athletic success and physical fitness. She is an avid Cross Country runner for her school along with her Ski Racing training. Savannah qualified for U16 Regional Championships during the 2020 season and has a goal of qualifing again in 2021 as she prepares to race FIS in the 2022 season. To do this she plans on focusing on improving her technique and becoming more agressive in her skiing.
Savannah is 2nd year U16 with the Snow Summit Race Team in Big Bear Lake, Ca

Ryan Herhusky
Ryan is described as one that "displays a desire to be a life-long learner; he exhibits supportive and epathetic behaviour in group settings and rarely focuses on himself for very long; he shows gratitude at every turn and shows respcet to teammates, mentors and competitors alike," says coach Brad Saxe.
His academic advisor and former U16 coach Andrew Becker states, "he is an incredibly hard worker, is dedicated to doing his best in everything that he starts, and has the ability to maintain focus and perform under pressure to a higher degree than most athletes."
Rayn states, "He loves how unpredictable ski racing is and how it keeps you challenged at every turn." His goals are to lower his Slalom Rank, qualify for US Nationals again and to be selected for a good college team and race NCAA while continuing to try and make the National Team.
Ryan is a 2nd year FIS athlete with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy.

Congratulations to these two athletes and best wishes to them on the 2021 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 several years.  This special scholarship award to a Far West athlete with USST potential and financial need is named in his honor.

Today we congratulate the 2021 Dave Van Ruiten Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Kaelin Woodruff.
Kaelin is a 2nd year U19 with Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy. Kaelin is described by her coach Mike Prado as an "enthusiastic and dedicated ski racer with reliable training habits. She is consistently successful in improving her skills and she works hard to do so." 
Kaelin's goals for the 2021 season are to make US Nationals and get her points under 50 in all disciplines. Kaelin has also been named to the Far West Ski Team and W.E.S.T for the 2021 season.
Congratulations Kaelin and best wishes on the 2021 season.

The Western Region has moved to Zonal racing for the months of January and February. This can create some confusion on quotas and selections so it is extremely important to communicate directly with your coaches! 

Selections are now posted, link on the U19 Schedules page on the Alyeska line. Coaches will need to confirm all athletes by 5:00pm Saturday, January 9th  MONDAY, JANUARY 11th.  Coaches are confirming if athletes are attending Snow King (5M and 5W) or Alyeska (24M and 28 W), declining racing during this block, or the newest added WR FIS in Bachelor.
Registration for these events are open on the US Ski and Snowboard events online registration portal.

Questions can be directed to your coaches please.


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.