Far West News

The U12 SL race has been rescheduled to January 29-30, 2022 at Palisades Olympic Valley. The race announcement is posted on the U12 schedules page with registration details. Registration is now open.

Dave Van Ruiten Memorial Scholarship  2021-22

The Far West Board of Directors will once again offer the Far West Skiing - Dave Van Ruiten* Memorial Scholarship for the 2021-22 ski season.  A $1000 fund is available from Far West Skiing.

The athlete chosen for this special award must be a U18+ 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 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 January 3rd 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 by January31st, 2021.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.721.1929 or [email protected].

Application Guide found here.
Submissions link here.

* 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.

Congratulations to the 2022 Masters Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to the following athletes that are receiving a 2022 Far West Masters Scholarship.  In return for their scholarship funds, each athlete will be asked to forerun or interact with Masters athletes at a 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.


Masters Scholarship Recipients 2022
Name YOB Club   Name YOB Club
Akers, Tatum 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe   Hohenrieder, Gigi 2007 Sugar Bowl
Alleyne, Vivaan 2007 Sugar Bowl   Hughes, Meghan 2005 Team Palisades Tahoe
Beckwith, Tyne 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe   Koenig,Addison (female) 2008 Mammoth
Beevor,Zach 2007 Sugar Bowl   Lackey, Jack 2005 Mammoth
Bohnet,Alison 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe   Lindsey, Rhett 2005 Team Palisades Tahoe
Brown, Jacob 2006 Mt Rose   Lynch, Erica 2003 Mammoth
Carpenter,Autumn 2007 Northstar    Mack, Declan 2005 Sugar Bowl
Carroll, Candice 2007 Sugar Bowl   Masterson, Cody 2005 Sugar Bowl
Clute, Regan 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe   McAuley,Aspen 2005 Sugar Bowl
Cronin,Kole 2007 Team Palisades Tahoe   Morken, David 2005 Team Palisades Tahoe
Cunningham, Julia 2007 Team Palisades Tahoe   Rantz,Tyler 2005 Team Palisades Tahoe
Dunning, Siduri 2007 Team Palisades Tahoe   Ritchie, Brenna 2005 Team Palisades Tahoe
Eisner, Maya 2007 Mammoth   Roberts, Esme 2007 Team Palisades Tahoe
Ellingford, Autumn 2007 Team Palisades Tahoe   Staudenmayer, Zack 2004 Sugar Bowl
Francis, Tyler 2004 Team Palisades Tahoe   Tebb,Evelyn 2004 Team Palisades Tahoe
Franklin, William 2004 Sugar Bowl   Truax,Katherine 2007 Mammoth
Giacobazzi,Luke 2004 Team Palisades Tahoe   Vieara-McCarthy, Madison 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe
Graham, Alex 2007 Mammoth   Wilson, Ryan 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe
Griffin, Bobbi 2005 Team Palisades Tahoe   Zaretsky, Charles 2006 Team Palisades Tahoe

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.