Far West News

The WR Spring Speed Project Selections are posted. Please see U14 schdeules page for details. 

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 Brown







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
Addison Koenig 2008 Mammoth
Alison Bohnet 2006 Palisades
Aspen McAuley 2005 Sugar Bowl
Autumn Carpenter 2007 Northstar
Autumn Ellingford Rhodes 2007 Palisades
Ava Bradford 2008 Kirkwood
Ben Bower 2006 Palisades
Bobby Jo Griffin 2005 Palisades
Brighton Hamilton 2009 Palisades
Brynn Hanley 2008 Palisades
Candice Carroll 2007 Sugar Bowl
Carl Cunningham 2010 Palisades
Cassidy Pearson 2008 Palisades
Charles Zaretsky 2006 Palisades
Cody Masterson 2005 Sugar Bowl
Curtis Edmunds 2007 Palisades
Eric Hudson 2006 Palisades
Esme Roberts 2007 Palisades
Etienne Dollar 2004 Palisades
Evelyn Tebb 2004 Palisades
Evi Barber 2006 Northstar
Jack Lackey 2005 Mammoth
Jacob Brown 2006 Mt Rose
Julia Cunningham 2007 Palisades
Kash Vankirk 2008 Kirkwood
Kole Cronin 2007 Palisades
Luca Peterson 2008 Palisades
Meghan Hughes 2005 Palisades
Nolan Smith 2007 Palisades
Prince Ilano 2006 Palisades
Regan Clute 2006 Palisades
Rhett Lindsey 2005 Palisades
Ryan Wilson 2006 Palisades
Siduri Dunning 2007 Palisades
Sophia Lee 2008 Mt Rose
Tatum Akers 2006 Palisades
Thomas Denton 2005 Sky Tavern
Tyne Beckwith 2006 Palisades
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
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    

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.