Far West News

Two Open Seats on the Far West Board of Directors:
Thank you to Howard Jacobs for serving as the Vice President on the Far West Board of Directors for the past two years. It has been an honor to have him guide our division as a member of the Executive Committee. Congratulations to the new Vice Chair, Chip Cooper. Chip has served as the North Rep on the Far West Board and a member of the NYSEF board.
This leaves the North Rep seat open, and we continue to look for a Fundraising Chair. Any parties that are interested, please contact Lucy in the Far West Office.

The Far West Board of Directors will once again offer the Far West Skiing - Dave Van Ruiten* Memorial Scholarship for the 2018-19 ski season.  A $1000 fund is available from Far West Skiing.

The athlete chosen for this special award must be a U19+ for the coming season, and must have a legitimate chance of being selected to the United States Ski Team (USST), according to the judgment of the Far West Board, based on the athlete’s national junior FIS ranking in one or more disciplines. Applicants must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. 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.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The yearly amount of the Daven Van Ruiten Scholarship is set by the Far West Board of Directors at their annual budgeting meeting.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

* 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.

Click here to download Application Guide
Click here for online application

In honor of Matthew Trabert, a long time Far West racer out of Diamond Peak and moving to Team Savage later in his career. He attended the J3 Junior Olympics, and Western Region Tech Series. After retiring from the Far West division, he was the Nevada State High School Champion and went on to University of Nevada Reno.

The Matthew Trabert Scholarship acknowledge athletes who will be 2nd year U16’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There is one (1) scholarship available in the amount of $624.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

Click here to download Application Guide
Click here for online application

In honor of Bobbie Sprock, who along with her husband Vern owned Sierra Ski Ranch from 1953-1993, her family has established the Bobbie Sprock Memorial Scholarship to acknowledge athletes who will be U19’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There are four (4) scholarships available in the amount of $500 per athlete.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

Click here to Application Guide
Click here for online application

2018-19 Far West Masters Scholarship Program application

            We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes 13-20 years old to apply. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, financial need, and race results. 

            Applications are due by September 15th 2018. Award winners are announced in mid-November. Funds are then placed into racers’ accounts from which they may draw upon during the season for racing expenses. In return for funding, the Masters ask that recipients forerun one of their races and speak at an awards ceremony. The experience has proven to be quite fun as it allows a junior athlete to show off their stuff and to thank the Masters in person for their support. Your participation by speaking and selling raffle tickets at our awards parties is an important contribution to our fund raising efforts and it helps to teach about “giving back”.  

As always, it is an honor to receive applications from such a great group of athletes. Thank you in advance for applying.

Eddie Mozen, Chairman Masters Scholarship Fund

Click here to download the Application Guide
Click here to complete the online application.

FIS athletes: Competing in the Souther Hemisphere? Complete your membership by June 30th. On time FIS membership is due by August 15th for all athletes, late fees are applied by FIS after this date.

Academic Team: The Far West Academic Team recognizes current Srs – U16 athletes in the Far West whose GPA for the previous season’s Spring Semester was a 3.5 or better. The athletes must be registered Sr-U16 during the spring 2018 academic period and have competed as a U16+ during the 17-18 season. Athletes are invited to send a legible copy of the spring report card to the FWS office by September 15, in order to be named to the Far West Academic Team. Late submissions will not be accepted. Email in your report card to [email protected]

2018-2019 Schedules: The upcoming competition skiing schedules are now posted. Schedules can be found by choosing Schedule and Results from the menu bar, and scrolling down to your age class page. Further information regarding rules updates, selection methods, quotas, etc. will be included by October 1st.
       
 

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.



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