Please note that these updates apply to different age classes. If an announcement is age class specific it is noted at the beginning of the item.
1. All schedules are updated and posted on each age class page. Note that all locations and dates are provisional until teh Fall when resorts can evaluate and approve ski racing at their venues during the 20-21 season.
2. New New New: FIS and US Ski and Snowboard has banned all fluoronated wax for all athletes.
3. (U14 and under) Passed by US Ski and Snowboard: Application of any type of waxing solution must not be applied at any U14 and under competition race arena. Use of ski preparation benches at any U14 and under competition is not allowed in the race arena.
4. (U12 and under) Passed updated language by US Ski and Snowboard: U12 and younger competitors must use only one pair of skis within the race arena. Parents, coaches or technicians are not allowed to furnish additional pairs of skis for use within the race arena. Non-compliance may results in NPS or depending on circumstances, DSQ.
This rule applies to all age classes of Tahoe Race Series.
5. (U16 and older) Far West Academic Team: The Far West Academic Team recognizes U16's through Seniors from this past season (19-20), whose GPA for the Spring Semester was a 3.5 or better. The athletes must have been registered as a U16+ Far West athlete during this time. Athletes are invited to send a legible copy of the Spring Report Card to teh FWS office by September 15th in order to be named to the FWS Academic Team. Late applicants are not accepted.
6. Scholarship announcements will be posted on the FWS website as received so please check back often.
7. (FIS athletes): The Health of Sport Committee has recommended the following:
No FIS Racing in the Southern Hemisphere for first year FIS athletes
Start limitations: 25 SL and GS for YOB 05-06; 35 SL and GS for YOB 04
8. Officials: TD updates are now required annually. Fall Convention is scheduled for November 6-8th.
Being open to different voices and taking the time to listen is our first step. One voice we’d like to share with you is African American Alpine Ski Coach Charles “Chuck” Harris. Chuck reached out to Tiger after reading the letter on our website, with his own letter. Chuck called us out, called Tiger out, and asked us to take a deep and critical look at ourselves. This lead to an extended conversation between Chuck and Tiger and will be the beginning of a productive, lasting relationship committed to affecting real change in creating more diversity in skiing and riding.
We recognize that as an organization we are not leaders on the subject of racial diversity. But our platform is large and so we are humbled and honored to share Chuck’s voice with our community and beyond.
TItle: Open Letter on Diversity in Our Sport
First I am a African American Alpine Ski Coach.
I read your post on the USSA website regarding diversity. I must say you have a lot of work to do. I have been in and around the sport of ski racing for a great many years. I wonder if you actually realize how hard it is going to be to change the culture of our sport and the cities and towns where it resides. It will NOT be easy and it will be resisted. A lot of that resistance will not be overt but it will be there.
First let me address what you and the leadership of USSA know or don’t know. Do you know how many athletes of color are members of USSA? Do you know how many coaches of color are in USSA? How many alpine officials of color are members of USSA? How many people of color are in leadership positions in member clubs? If you have to scramble to find the answer or call over to membership, that is part of the problem. If membership doesn’t know that is an even bigger problem. Because that means it wasn’t important for you to know. In the time I have been here in the Far West (since 1994) I never once have seen the CEO at a divisional race. I would hope at some time the leader of US Ski and Snowboard would head out and see what goes on in this sport. If you want to change things you and the leadership need to get out to where things are happening at the ground level and listen without reservation. Yes you (USSA) did do the survey regarding women in the sport and yes women in this sport get treated very poorly by many of the men. I have often told some of my female colleagues “female is the new black.” You can take most of the negative comments regarding black people from 40 years ago, remove the slur for black and insert female or other slur. It’s the same degrading comment. The only thing that changed was the gender. Yet that same survey left me feeling that I and people that look like me in this sport are not important.
My involvement in Alpine Ski racing and the ski industry has given me some of the greatest moments of my life. There is something magical about alpine racing. Something pure. Athlete, mountain, clock. No judges it is fair down to its core. No judges no opinion, fastest time wins. Skiing has taken me to Europe and South America. It has made me not only bi-lingual but given me an extended family outside the US. My Grandmother was born in S. Carolina in 1885. 20 years after the Civil War. A woman with more grace and dignity despite what she faced in the world than I will ever have. For her skiing was like travelling to the moon. It was not even in the realm of the possible. Black people simply did not ski. For me 3 generations later to be a professional alpine coach speaks to my family's journey. One of the greatest moments for my family my mom and my aunts and cousins was seeing me march in opening ceremonies at the Olympic games. For my mother that was the culmination of a dream that took over 100 years of hard work. I wish my dad had been still alive to see it. But then it leads to the other question why am I the only one? Why after all these years are there so few that look like me?
Skiing has also produced moments of blinding rage. Rage that I have to choke down because reacting would only have negative repercussions for me in the long run. I can’t afford to be mad. I can’t allow myself to react. I ask you this. Have you ever been afraid of travelling to any community for a ski event? I have. Have you ever worried that you might reserve a hotel room and when you arrive it suddenly magically wouldn’t be available? That has happened to me. There are places I have had to go to in this industry where I order take out and stay in my room because I don’t feel safe in that community. In many cases if I do go out I only go in groups of other coaches that I know. Getting into an altercation with the locals or the local police would only serve to damage myself, my program and my athletes. In order for me to be able to move forward in my career I cannot fight back. Have you ever been pulled over by the police, had your truck searched, emptied onto the sidewalk and then been left there? The phrase “I have rights” never comes out of my mouth. That would in most cases result in a night in jail and me not being on the hill the next day to do my job. How do you think I felt when I purchased a hot chocolate and coffee at a ski resort during a FIS race and looked at my receipt and it said “Ghetto Mocha”. After getting the Olympic coaching job from the Argentine Federation I had a parent say to me ”How did you luck into that job?” I just bit my tongue and replied ”I did the work”. All the work, study and years I put in to be awarded no earn that level of trust, taken down to “He must be lucky” You have to wonder why it is that at times I have felt more respected and welcome in Argentina than in my birth country. The same feeling my father had upon returning from Europe after World War 2.
There are many challenges facing people of color in our sport. For most of us professional involvement means that we will not be living and working in a location where there are many people that look like us. In some cases the Resort or club can be a warm welcoming place but the community not so much. Add to that factor that most ski towns do not have large populations of color to draw employees from. We are also in an arms race in this and other sports. There are parents with the “Country Club” mentality who will spend large sums of money on their child. That gives the impression that someone of modest means cannot afford to compete and that drives away talent. Because talent and inclusion is not what they want in the sport.
I would suggest you first find out who, and where we people of color are in this sport. Maybe reach out to Forrest Kingshaw, Schone Malliot, Eric Smith, Andre Horton, or myself. You will never know or maybe even understand what it’s like to be us. But at least you might get some guidance and perspective. The change we need in our country, society, and our sport will not be brought about by people of color. It can’t. We have been waiting for that change after how many repeated injustices. It will only happen when the rest of you say enough, we will not do this, we will not allow this anymore.
We have come to a crossroads here in the US. A fire is raging, a fire that was started by over 200 years of kindling. A few years ago after another incident of a police stop gone horribly wrong, one of my athletes asked me a question. This child looked at me and said “Stuff like that doesn’t happen to you coach?” I could see the look in his eyes when I told him “yes it has happened to me.” It gave me hope for our futures. I could see that he saw the injustice in it. I could see that that type of injustice just touched home for him. A child KNEW it was wrong. And it broke my heart that I had to be the one to reveal that fact of life to him.
Charles A. Harris
Coach lvl 400, TD 4, Ref 4, CO 4, Instructor National de Argentina (4)
The role of the FWBOD is to direct and oversee the administrative and operating functions of Far West Skiing. The FWBOD is responsible for conducting the business of FWS. The FWBOD, in meeting the rules of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, has responsibility to:
Provide support in interpreting U.S. Ski & Snowboard parameters.
Provide administrative support for FWS financial and functional needs.
Elected members to the Far West Skiing Board of Directors must be members in good standing with US Ski and Snowboard. Any interested party in one of the open positions below will need to submit a letter of interest and a bio, including background, and qualifications for this position. Please submit letters of Interest by August 1, 2020.
At this time the Far West Board has the following seats open: North Rep:
Because of its large geographical size, FWS is divided into three subdivisions, North, Central and South. These FWBOD positions represent the interests of the three subdivisions. FWBOD members holding these seats assume additional duties as may be necessary or assigned by the FWBOD or President.
The FWBOD maintains two athlete representatives at all times. The duties of the athlete reps are to bring forth athlete issues, insight and communication between the board and ski racing community. At least one athlete representative must be a current competing athlete.
Under the direct supervision of the FW Executive Board and in coordination with the current administrator, the Communications & Public Relations Officer has the following responsibilities.
To be responsible for setting annual communication targets, contributing to, and monitoring of their implementation through all realms of media;
produce and disseminate materials for communicating information about Far West and its programs;
coordinate the content of press releases and outreach communications; and
maintain updated photo library and database of media related contacts;
To report on the progress of the communication work plan including the coordination of the delivery of its outputs;
With direction and consultation for the FWBOD, the President of Far West should be the primary spokesperson at conferences, seminars and other media and or policy events. The CPRC will act as a back in cases where appropriate and directed by the FWBOD;
To review and monitor on progress of outreach opportunities and take appropriate follow up actions;
Contribute to the planning of and arrangements for FW events, in particular regarding the design and production of printed and marketing materials;
Carry out any duties assigned by the Executive Board.
This position is charged with seeking to raise funds for FWS. The Fundraising Chair develops and implements a program of corporate and/or individual sponsorships of FWS activities, plans and carries out other fundraising activities, and/or other projects or events as requested by the FWBOD, including marketing, advertising and outreach.
The Top 4 Men and Women from the California Challenge Series (U14) and Wild West Series (U16) overall standings are selected. The team is posted on the Far West Site and is a recognition only team as upcoming athletes to watch.
Congratulations to the following U14 and U16 Development Team Members:
The Grand Prix series is scored for U19’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 the field by gender into U19 classes. 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 contested Grand Prix races in order to qualify for the scholarships.
Scholarships are available for use during the 20-21 competition season. Congrat!
1st place – U19 men/women $1800 Scholarship Evan Lear Ella Freeman
Far West Ski Association Athletic Scholarship Program
Far West Ski Association would like to announce that it is now accepting applications for athletic scholarships for the 2020-2021 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 endeavors. 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, 2020 and awarded by September 30, 2020 and can be found by visiting our website at www.fwsa.org. Click on Member Corner/ Programs/ Athletic Scholarship/2020-2021 Application or contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.
This morning lets be inspired by Kasten Grimm from Sandpoint, ID. Kasten has provided me the ok to share this with all of you as his view as a 13 year old racer in this crazy time! Thank you Kasten Click here to play video
SUGAR BOWL SKI TEAM & ACADEMY NAMES
BRIAN KRILL AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Norden, CA (March 10, 2020) -- Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA) is excited to
announce that Brian Krill will be joining SBSTA as its Executive Director, effective July 1, 2020.
As SBSTA’s Executive Director, Krill will lead the athletic and academic staff to further
strengthen SBSTA’s vision to be the recognized gold standard for ski teams and ski academies.
Krill has an extensive background in both skiing and education - having worked for several
organizations around the country, including U.S. Ski and Snowboard, Western Colorado
University, Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, and Crested Butte Academy, with a track
record of moving organizations forward.
“Brian’s experience is unique: having been a teacher, a coach, athletic director, and dorm
parent at a ski academy; having been an entrepreneur in educational services; having
interfaced with every major ski academy and ski club in the country in developing U.S. Ski and
Snowboard’s Club Certification Program, and as Director of Sport Education; and having been a
non-profit executive,” said Steve Shray, Chair, SBSTA Board of Trustees. “We are looking
forward to him applying his vast experience to SBSTA for the benefit of our student-athletes.”
Krill’s role as Executive Director concludes a six-month nationwide search process that included
the entire SBSTA community: staff; alumni; parents; and Trustees.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy community," said Krill. "SBSTA
has developed an incredible reputation and platform for developing student-athletes in a holistic
manner -- the combination of a full-scale club and academy has proven to be a unique and
successful formula. I am looking forward to partnering with the SBSTA team, Sugar Bowl
Resort, and the entire community to drive the organization to its fullest potential. I began my
career in an academic and athletic environment, and I am looking forward to returning to my
Brian’s family has deep roots on the West Coast. Brian’s wife Karin, is a professor of theatre
with degrees from U.C. Berkeley, Northwestern, and the University of Washington. His stepdaughter
was a talented ski racer in Colorado and now lives near Eugene, OR, his second
daughter is an aspiring musician and a freshman at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR,
and his youngest daughter is a freshman at Jackson Hole High School and will be on a Rotary
exchange program to Argentina for her sophomore year.
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy is a nationally recognized Alpine, Freeride, and Nordic
ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate
competitors, national champions in virtually all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked
athletes. SBSTA is gold certified through the US Ski and Snowboard Certification Program and
accredited by NAIS. Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy is a community dedicated to providing
passionate skiers the opportunity to pursue athletic dreams, academic excellence, and personal
growth while celebrating grit, grace, and courage.
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!
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.