Far West News

The Far West Masters Scholarship Application is open and accepting applications. More information and the link to the application can be found here. 

Far West Skiing would like to recognize the following recipients of the Far West Special Awards!
Please help us thank each reciepent and congratulate them on their award!!

Jill Kinmont: Outstanding athlete. Presented to a male and female SR for their outstanding performance during the current season internationally, nationally, or regionally as well as within the division. In addition to their outstanding performance this athlete (one male and one female) demonstrated a willingness to give back to the division. Jill Kinmont was an up-and-coming ski racer out of the Mammoth area in the 1950s.

Allison Mollin and Travis Ganong



Jinny Glass: Outstanding Jr (U21/U18). Presented to a male and female Junior (U21/U18) for their outstanding performance during the current season internationally, nationally, or regionally as well as within the division. In addition to their outstanding performance this athlete (one male and one female) demonstrated a willingness to give back to the division.

David Morken and Bobbi Jo Griffin


Bobby Mehrhof: Outstanding U16. Presented to a male and female U16 for their outstanding performance during the current season internationally, nationally, or regionally as well as within the division. This award was named in memory of Bobby Mehrhof, a Mammoth Mountain Ski Team member that enjoyed ski racing throughout his life.

Julia Cunningham and Luca Peterson


Stanley Walton: Outstanding Official. Presented to the outstanding official for the current season.

Jenn Ragan


Bill Mackey: Outstanding Race Organizer. Presented to the most outstanding Race Organizer and organizing Committee for the current season.

Jo Abbott


Dave McCoy: Outstanding Coach. Presented to the most outstanding coach for the current season.

Lindsay Dowd


Far West Volunteer of the Year. Presented to an individual/group that have gone above and beyond by volunteering time to the Far West Skiing juniors community. This award is only voted upon by the Far West Board of Directors. All Far West Special Awards will be presented at the awards ceremony during the Far West Fall Convention

McKinley (Mac) Mercer

Save the Date for the Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation's 29th Annual Asado!

July 8th, 2023. 

Come and celebrate our "Red Dog Rodeo" theme in honor of the Palisades Tahoe World Cup. We will also be celebrating the retirement of local legend Travis Ganong.

The event will once again take place at:
The Branagh Estate ~ 325 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley CA
Live Music, Prize Drawing, & Auction
Lamb, Wine, Dessert & Dancing! 

Thank you to the Branagh's for hosting!




Over the past 90 years, our programs and philanthropy have helped some of our area’s best athletes, many of whom have gone on to compete at Collegiate, National, and Olympic team levels. Your attendance at the Asado, membership and donation helps offset the costs of competitive alpine ski racing for local North Tahoe athletes. Team fees, equipment quivers, travel and training camps for an elite level athlete costs tens of thousands of dollars.  

Thanks to people like you, we’ve historically been able to give between $25,000 and $50,000 to more than 40 young racers in annual financial support. Together, we are helping further the progression of our amazing local ski racing legacy. 

Update your membership or donate!


Far West Masters Scholarship Program
The Far West Masters Scholarship Program is now in our 32nd year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. Over that time period we have awarded more than $1,300,000 in scholarship funds. There is no overhead. We are an incorporated 501(c)(3) public charity tax exempt organization.

Our goal is to promote academic scholarship, citizenship and leadership within the ski racing community. It is also our goal to keep athletes involved in ski racing that might not otherwise have a chance without our financial support. We believe keeping athletes involved in ski racing keeps them focused, teaches discipline and helps them to be successful in the rest of their life endeavors.

In previous years the majority of our fundraising was done at a year-end banquet/auction. However because of weather cancellations this event will not occur this year. In its place we will sell items over the internet to help raise funds for next seasons Scholarship program. We have season long Masters ski training passes from 4 different areas as well as US Ski Team race suits. These are items that most ski racers will be buying anyway, so please consider buying them through this program to benefit the Far West Masters Scholarship Program, 

Please contact Eddie Mozen at [email protected] if you are interested in purchasing or obtaining any of these items. Below is a partial list with suggested opening bids, all offers will be entertained!


1) Palisades Tahoe full season Masters Training pass for 2023-24. (Next years rack price will be $4320).

2) Mammoth full season Masters Training pass for 2023-24. Last years rack price was $3100.

3) Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation will contribute a Masters 2023-2024 full season, full time training tuition pass to the Far West Masters Scholarship Program.
Retail value $2,500.
Starting bid recommended to be $1,500. Only available to a NEW DPSEF Masters athlete.

4) Mount Rose Masters Training Pass
Training is Wednesday and Friday mornings
Pass Value is $1100


I have quite a few US SKI TEAM Spyder race suits. All of these are new. The suits were custom made for US SKI TEAM members and they tend to run 1-2 sizes SMALLER than marked. Suit values are more than $1000 each if bought at ski shop/ski online….…opening prices $350-$500

1) USST (US SKI TEAM) white unpadded world cup GS suit size XL ,4 suits available

2) USST (US SKI TEAM) forest green race suit, not padded world cup GS size XXL.

3) USST (US SKI TEAM) forest green padded GS suit, size XL.  4 suits available

With the continued need to dig out lifts and buildings our resources are being spread very thin and we have to concentrated to get the Super G/ Downhill track prepared properly, the Speed Camp has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued.

The FW Super G Finals races will go as scheduled:
Sat 4/22               U 16 + older Super G ace
                              U 14 mandatory Super G training run
Sun 4/23              U 14 + older Super G race
Mon 4/24             U 14 + older Super G race

The FW BOD meeting will be Wednesday April 12 at 2pm. Please reach out to Kayla for the agenda and invite.

 Masters College Scholarship Application 2023

The Scholarship is to be used towards college expenses. It is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must already be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited Junior College, University or vocational school for the coming fall. The recipient’s must be in good standing in school and will be expected to be a full time student, to carry 12 units per semester, to strive for a 3.5 GPA and to give the Scholarship Program updates on their progress each Summer.  Winners do not have to participate in further athletics of any kind.

This years award will be at a minimum of $2500 but will most likely increase based on fundraising

Applications will be due May 30, 2023.

Awards will be based on a combination of academic scholarship, exemplary work ethic and focus, leadership, citizenship and financial need. They are not based on athletic achievement or athletic success.

The application for this scholarship is brief, as all people applying have already applied and have been accepted into the Masters Scholarship Program. Most applicants will have participated in the Masters Program for many years and are therefore well-known to the committee reviewing these applications based on their previous interactions.


Actual Application


Mailing address:




College(s)/University(ies)/Vocational Schools that you have been accepted to for 2023-2024:

Please send us a copy of an essay you used for your University, College, or Vocational School applications.

Write a BRIEF essay evaluating the Far West Masters Scholarship Program based on your experience. Please include what you enjoy about the Program and what aspects of the Program that you would like to see improved. We are always trying to change and adjust the Program to make it more successful so your input is valuable.

List any academic or athletic scholarships you have been awarded

Include a head and shoulders picture 


1) Please send the completed application to Eddie Mozen at [email protected]

2) If you prefer, you may send this application and attachments to Far West Masters Scholarship Program c/o Eddie Mozen; PO Box 3718; Olympic Valley, Calif. 96146. 

3) The application must be received by May 30th, 2023 in order to be considered.

4) Late applications and incomplete applications will not be considered! Get your applications in early and make sure that they are complete! You may request a return notice to ensure that your application was received on time and is complete. 

Far West Skiing is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Board of Directors. 

Reach out to Kayla: [email protected].

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.