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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 September 15th 2021. Award winners will be announced in late 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”. 

Even with the uncertainties due to the pandemic with what will happen in the upcoming ski season, we plan to go forward with this program. We will be flexible with regards to funding and athlete requirements based on the expected updates of schedules and programs.

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

All applications must be cubmitted online via the link below. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your application process.

Click here for the online application process.

The Far West Alpine Competition Committee maintains 2 athlete representative seats. The duties of the athlete reps are to bring forth athlete issues, insight and communication between the ACC and ski racing community.  At least one athlete representative must be a current competing athlete.

At this time we are looking for one athlete representative to the FW ACC that is currently competing. The athlete will be asked to attend ACC meetings when it fits their academic and athletic schedule, review meeting minutes, clarify information and communicate with the athletic membership. Athlete input is extremely important as the sport continually changes.

To apply please send a letter of introduction and reasons why you feel you would be a qualified athlete representative to [email protected] and [email protected] by June 25th at 5:00pm.

 

Through the challenges of Distance Learning, hybrid learning, in person learning, forever changing schedules, and a jammed packed Spring Semester of ski racing, we know that the Far West athletes have prevailed. Time to share your successes with us. 

The Far West Academic Team recognizes current Sr – U16 athletes in the Far West whose GPA for the 2021 ski season’s Spring Semester was a 3.5 or better. The athletes must be registered Sr-U16 during the 2021 spring academic period. Athletes are invited to send a legible copy of the spring report card or transcript to the FWS office by September 15, in order to be named to the Far West Academic Team. The Far West Academic Team is announced on the FWS website.

Please submit your grade reports via email: [email protected]

Congratulations Far West Athletes!!! 

The US Ski and Snowboard Congress wrapped up on Friday, May 21st. Many working groups and committees meet throughout the year and Congress is the time for rule proposals to be approved or declined. Here are a few items that will affect our athletes and areas in the 2022 season.

Helmets: NO Helmet camera mounts may be worn. Helmets shall have no spoilers nor protruding parts. 

U14 athletes will not be allowed to qualify for the U16 Nationals.

U18 age class: US SKi and Snowboard will return to the U18 age class to match the FIS.

US Ski and Snowboard will host a U18 Nationals starting in the 2022 season.

Regional FIS racing will be scheduled with a 2 Tier system. Athletes will qualify from head to head competition at a Development FIS series in order to qualify for an Elite FIS Series. There will be an initial list of 'automatics' to the Elite FIS and athletes can ski themselves onto the automatics list by winning a devo FIS race.

Race Organization:
After a season of practicing Online Team Captains meetings and virtual communications out of necessity we now will have the option to continue to use these methods. Rules have been updated allowing Organizers the option of hosting their Team Captains meetings online((U604.3). The 2nd update is that the 'official posting board' can be a virtual platform, U671.2.1 (live-timing, what's app, team app, etc.).

It's the time once again where Far West Ski Association would like to announce that it is now accepting applications for athletic scholarships for the 2021-2022 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 expenses. 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, 2021 and awarded by September 30, 2021 and can be found by visiting our website at www.fwsa.org. Click on Member Corner/ Programs/ Athletic Scholarship/2021-2022 Application or contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.

Click here for info

The U14 age class has been busy during the end of this season. The U14 Regional Development Project went well and now many of our U14's are in Mammoth at the Speed Project and SG Finals.

Let's step back and congratulate our U14's from the FW Divisional Champs.
McKinney Cup Winner: Autumn Ellingford Rhodes
Rahlves Cup Winner: Jackson Rantz
Andrea Mead Lawrence Sportsmanship recipients on the Ladies Side Rylan Heslin and on the Gents side it was the Kirkwood Ski Team Boys Crew!

Congratulations to all on a great season.

Congratulations to the following athletes on being named to the Far West U14.U16 Development Team. These athletes completed the 2021 season at the top of the standings in their respective age classes.

 

U14 Development Team     U16 Development Team  
Girls Boys   Ladies Men
Autumn Ellingford Rhodes Jackson Rantz   Tatum Akers Kai Subith
Maya Eisner McKinley Mercer   Siena Beeghly Charles Zarestsky
Julia Cunningham Egor Shushkov   Aspen McAuley Tyler Rantz
Gebrielle Hohenrieder Oscar Whelan   Brenna Ritchie Charles Baker

Congratulations to our U10 athletes on a great season. The opportunity to race within in their zones (North, Central, South and Mammoth) for majority of the season. It was great to see smiling faces of the full division during the U10 Championships at Sugar Bowl and at Mammoth!

Results from both sets of Championships are posted on the U10 age class results page.
Today we congratulate the Richmond Cup and Jeff Todd Cup winners. We look forward to awarding hte Rasmussen Team Cup again in the 2022 season.

Who are these awards name after before we find out who won them this year. Bryan Richmond was a talented athelte who skied all of his life at Squaw Valley. This cup is named in his memory and his love for the sport and achievements in his racing career.

The 2021 Richmond Cup Winners are Ashlyn James and Bodie Johnson, both of SVST.

Jeff Todd was a long time coach with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team and has a long history of supporting, coaching and organizing events for the Far West U10/U12 age groups. Jeff Todd Sporstmanship Award is an awared to be given to the atheltes who display a love for skiing, competition and his/her fellow competitors. This athlete may have had to overcome some special physical or emotional adversity while competing during the U10 Championships.

The 2021 Jeff Todd Cup Winners are Landon Gray of SBST and Olivia Gluckowski and Emma Shawkey of Bear Valley Ski Team.

Remember to submit your photos to the Far West Swoosh Gallery. Have a great spring and summer and we look forward to seeing you out on the slopes for some racing during the 2022 season!

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
530.559.4130

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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