Far West News

Welcome to the 2018 Far West Fall Convention. A weekend for all ski racing enthusiasts!

We are excited to be unveiling the Far West Development Initiative as our main focus for Coaches Education and for our Parent Sessions! This project has been under the guidance of Ron Kipp, along with Far West Program Directors and key members of the production community. A great resource and development tool for all members of the Far West from coaches to athletes to parents! This is a 'not to be missed' presentation. Coaches will have the opportunity on Saturday, November 3rd during their coaches education session, and Parents on Sunday, November 4th during parent communications session.
Age class forums will also be available on Saturday, along with the Tahoe League Coaches meeting. Updates for each age class will be presented during these forums.

Athlete assessments and parent sessions are being held on Sunday, November 4th. The move to Sunday will allow our athletes to take part in SAT testing on Saturday, in support of the Student Athlete. There will be a parent/athlete/board of directors luncheon social available, too. The assessments and parent sessions are a free event.

Officials education sessions are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday! Fees for the officials clinic is $20, to be paid only one time. Fees are being collected through our online registration system with adminskiracing. 
A guide to what you need to sign up for:
-review and update only?  Sign up for Saturday's 1pm course, "Alpine Review and Update"
-Are you a current TD? Sign up for the Saturday TD luncheon at noon and the "Alpine Review and Update" course at 1pm
-have an officials certification and want to add another certification? Sign up for the Sunday course of your choice.
-new to officiating? Download and take the CO course, email the back page into [email protected] and sign up for the Sunday course that you would like to obtain a certification in. Download your study guide and review it prior to attendance at your course. Study guides are available on the Far West Officials page. Copies will not be available at your course so please come prepared with your study guide and your US comp guide.
-new RA or TnC? then you will need to take the Saturday afternoon RA1 and the Sunday RA2 or TnC, depending on your area of focus.
If you have questions about your certification needs, contact your program director or Lucy in the Far West Office or take a moment to visit the Far West Officials page to review the articles about becoming and official and the certification route.
On time registration for Officials Education is October 30th at midnight. After this time it will be on site registration with a $10 increase.

Click here to go to the schedule and registration page.

 

Congratulations to the 18-19 Far West Ski Team, top performers during the past season.
These athletes have all competed in the Far West last season, and the men have less than 70 points in two disciplines while the ladies all have less than 80 points in two disciplines. One of the males was an event winner during the WR JR Championships and one of the ladies was an event winner at the U16 JR Championships, which makes the automatics to the Far West Ski Team.

The athletes will receive entries and lift tickets to Far West Races, a Far West Ski Team jacket and a Far West Ski Team pass that helps them with lift tickets to participating ski areas.
We look forward to seeing them throughout the season at Far West races, along with their Nor Am and beyond track!

Congratulations! Click here to view the team!

It's that time of the year....membership deadline!!!
Avoid late fees and complete your US Ski and Snowboard and Far West memberships online today. 
Click here to get started

Congratulations to the 63 athletes that have qualified to the 2018 Far West Academic Team. These U16 and older athletes have maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher during the Spring 2018 competition semester. Those that are denoted with a * have maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA during this time.
Far West Skiing is proud of each of these athletes academic and athletic successes in the spring of 2018! Keep up the great work.

Click here to see the name of these outstanding Student-Athletes!

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

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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