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2016-2017 Far West and Western Region Schedule - pdf

Tahoe League Race Series - Changes starting in the 16-17 season
Far West Fall Convention: November 4-6, 2016

Academic Team 2016 - due by September 15th
Bud Jones and Sully Scholarships - Deadline July 31, 2016

Volunteer for the World Cup at Squaw Valley

Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship Recipient
Far West Masters Scholarship - Due September 15, 2016

Squaw Valley Prep Homestudy Program Flyer
Far West Special Awards - A Huge Congratulations!

Far West Ski Association Scholarship - Due June 30th

Journey Sports Consulting - Lester Keller


July 19, 2016
Tahoe League Race Series

Starting with the 2016-2017 Season, the Tahoe League Race Series will be run as USSA.Far West non-scored sanctioned races. Many items with the Tahoe League will not change from it's current structure, while other changes are required. Here area  few highlights

1. All Tahoe League athletes will be required to hold a USSA and Far West membership 
2. All Tahoe League races will be USSA and Far West Sanctioned events 
3. Age class structure will follow USSA. Far West structure (U8, U10, U12, etc.)
4. Tahoe League information will be found on this website.
5. All races will be run as Parallel Slalom or Parallel Giant Slalom events.

Staying the same:
1. Athletes will still be required to complete race entries through their own team administrator
2. Team bibs will be required, distributed by their team administrator
3. Team Start order within age classes will continue.
4. Awards structure will remain very similar
5. All races will continue to be held in the Tahoe Basin.

Further details will be released in September with the publishing of the Far West Policies and Procedures.

Tahoe League Race Schedule for 2017 is as follows:

Jan 8 PGS U10 Northstar TLRS
Jan 8 PGS U12 and Older Sierra at Tahoe TLRS
Feb 5 PSL U10 Kirkwood TLRS
Feb 5 PSL U12 and Older Alpine Meadows TLRS
March 5 PGS U10 Alpine Meadows TLRS
March 5 PGS U12 and Older Heavenly TLRS
March 18 & 19 PGS.PSL U10 Diamond Peak TLRS Champs
March 18 & 19 PGS.PSL
U12 and Older Sugar Bowl TLRS Champs



July 14, 2016
Far West Fall Convention - Save The Date

The 2016 Far West Fall Convention will be held November 4-6, 2016 at Squaw Valley.

Friday, November 4th - Coaches Education, Far West Board of Directors and Far West ACC meetings
Saturday, November 5th -Athlete assessments and Parent Sessions in the morning, Tahoe League coaches meeting, and Officials education in the afternoon and evening(Competition Official, RA and TnC session 1)

Sunday, November 6th Officials education: (referee, chief of race, chief of course, RA and TnC Session 2, etc.) 

If you have a request for a coaches education or parent session that you would like to have presented please contact the Far West Office.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

July 14, 2016
2016 Far West 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 have been registered Sr-U16 during the 2015-2016 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.

Reports can be emailed, faxed or mailed in.

July 14, 2016
Bud Jones and Sully Scholarships - Deadline July 31, 2016

The Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation is looking to help talented ski racers from any organized ski team in the North Lake Tahoe / Truckee area. Aid is available for athletes in need from U16 and above.

The annual deadline for submission is July 31, with the announcement of the recipients taking place during the Asado on August 21st. Please submit required documentation to: Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation, Bud Jones Memorial Scholarship or Sully Scholarship, P.O. Box 435, Tahoe City, CA 96145.  Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to For more information see our website


June 30, 2016
Volunteering for the World Cup at Squaw Valley

The Women’s World Cup is coming to Squaw Valley on March 10 -11, 2017 and we need volunteers! We are looking to fill a number of different roles on and off the hill.

Please click on the link below:



  June 20, 2016
Jeff Wattenmaker/Far West Masters Scholarship Program Announcement
Jeff Wattenmaker initiated his namesake scholarship prior to his death in 2010.   Jeff was an avid ski racer, raced for the University of Colorado B -team and later in life enjoyed skiing with the Far West Masters. He was very impressed with the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. His goal was to pass on his passion for ski racing and his love for the mountains to his children and the Far West ski racing community. Jeff generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program.              This year, the recipient of this award is Jimmy Wehsener from Mammoth Mountain. Jimmy grew up in San Diego and would make the 10 hour drive every weekend to Mammoth. Eventually he was able to convince his family to rent a house in Mammoth and he was able to finish his High School studies in Mammoth while pursuing his FIS ski racing career, excelling in both. Jimmy has been a member of the Far West Masters scholarship program for 5 years. During that time he was sponsored financially as well as participated in the masters fall race camps and most importantly established relationships with the many Far West Masters that served as advisors, role models and mentors.  Jimmy will be attending the University of California, Berkeley in the fall.              The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship 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 be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited University, Junior College, or vocational school for the coming fall. The panel of judges takes a look at each applicant in depth. The panel  reaches  out to the applicants’ coaches, teachers, and peers to get a sense of the character of each applicant. Each year the make up of the group of applicants has been outstanding. This year we had an impressive group of applicants, making the decision of a winner very difficult. The  4 other finalists included Sarah Auer from Sugar Bowl, Harrison Goss from Squaw Valley, Cody Wilson from Squaw Valley and NTG and Max Ziontz from Mammoth.   The Wattenmaker family is proud to be a member of this community and love being part of the Masters scholarship program to help ease the financial burden for the wonderful young adults who are in pursuit of a college education.              Applications for this years Far West Masters Scholarship Program are now available online at or contact Eddie Mozen at Note: you must be a member of the Far West Skiing Division to be eligible to apply.    J Wehsener   June 13, 2016
Far West Board of Directors - South Rep
The position of South Rep to the Far West Board of Directors is currently open. This representative must be a member of the South Series Teams (Snow Summit or Team Mountain High).
The roll of the FWBOD is to direct and oversee the administrative and operating functions of Far West Skiing. The FWBOD is responsible for conducting the business of FWS. The FWBOD, in meeting the rules of USSA, has a responsibility to provide support in interpreting USSA parameters and provide administrative support for FWS financial and functional needs.
The FWBOD meets 4 times a year and a call in option is available.

If you are interested in being a South Representative to the FWBOD please submit a letter addressed to Past President Paul Abbott with your qualifications and reason you would like to serve on the FWBOD. The letters can be emailed to by Monday, June 27th, 2016.
  June 6, 2016
Far West Masters Scholarship
Thank you for your interest in the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes  14-20 years old  to apply. We will occasionally fund exceptional athletes who are 13 years old. In the past we have also made awards to athletes who have been turned down in previous years and to athletes who have previously won a scholarship.  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 2016. Awards are made by early 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”.   We are here to help, so please consider applying to this program. As always, it is an honor to receive applications from such a great group of athletes. Thank you in advance for applying.                                     Eddie Mozen, Masters Scholarship Fund Chairman  


April 27, 2016
Far West Special Awards 2016

Each season Far West Skiing takes a moment to honor outstanding individuals that have gone above and beyond during the season. These athletes, coaches, officials, etc are nominated by the Far West Divisional Membership and results were announced at the Far West SG Finals at Mammoth. Each recipient will receive a plaque to honor their accomplishments.

We would like to Congratulate the following folks for helping make 2015-2016 season a great one!

Far West Volunteer of the Year:
Congratulations to Mike and Karen Rodarte who have poured their hearts into the Sugar Bowl Volunteer Coordination and Officiating. Their tried and true commitment was especially noticed during the Western Region FIS event which was challenged by weather. As the event was shuffled, extended by two days, etc these two made sure that all stations were filled and making this a successful event.
Thank you Mike and Karen Rodarte!

Bill Mackey Outstanding Race Organizer:
The vote came in tied for two race organizers this season. Both have worked through weather challenges and run well organized events.
Congratulations to Alpine Meadows and Northstar California and thank you!

Stanley Walton, Outstanding Official:
Lucy Schram has done an excellent job as a TD, is willing to work with the race organizing committe to get things done the right way. Lucy’s experience as an RA, timer and her knowledge of the rules are extremely helpful. Lucy is always willing to pick up a TD assignment if there is a vacancy or a last minute change.

Dave McCoy, Outstanding Coach:
Will Colt is the head coach of the U12’s with Squaw Valley Ski Team. Motivating and keeping his athletes working hard, honest and true and teaching them skills for racing and life are part of what places him in this spot. He’s a pretty good announcer, too!

And now onto the athlete recognitions……

Bobby Mehrhof, Outstanding U16:
Payton Norton of Diamond Peak Ski Team was the Top U16 male in the Far West Wild West Series. His top results at U16 Regional Championships with a 1st place in GS and SL, helped qualify him for the U16 Nationals.

AJ Hurt of the National Training Group and Squaw Valley Ski Team earned Top 5 finishes at U16 Regionals and Top 10 finishes at U16 Nationals.

Jinny Glass, Outstanding Junior (U19/U21):
Erik Arvidsson started out at Bear Valley, moved to Squaw Valley and now on the US Ski Team. Erik had a breakthrough season with a World Juniors Title in DH, and was the Nor AM SG title winner. Erik was also recently honored as the Ski Racings ‘Junior of the Year.’

Maureen Lebel of Mammoth Mountain Ski Team had a great season on the Nor Am circuit and proving herself as a solid force with her 11t in the Alpine Combined and 12th in SG at the US Nationals.

Jill Kinmont, Outstanding Senior Racer YOB 1994 and older):
Marco Sullivan – as he announced his retirement at the end of this season we celebrate the many years that we have watched Marco represent the US and the Far West Skiiing community.

Stacey Cook
–continuously giving back to the next generation, and representing the Far West and US around the world.



April 4, 2016
Far West Ski Association Scholarship

Far West Ski Association would like to announce that it is now accepting applications for athletic scholarships for the 2016-2017 season. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist junior USSA alpine racers in the funding of their racing endeavors. 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, 2016 and awarded by September 30, 2016 and can be found by visiting our website at Click on Member Corner/Programs/Athletic Scholarship/ 2016 Application or contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.

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Alpine Meadows
Bear Valley Snowsports Education Foundation
China Peak Ski Team
Diamond Peak Race Team
Dodge Ridge Race Team
Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation
Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
Mt. Rose Falcons
Mt. Ashland Racing Association
Mt. Shasta Ski & Snowboard Team
Northstar Race Team
Sierra At Tahoe
Sierra Nevada College
Snow Summit Race Team
Squaw Valley Ski Team
Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation
Team Mountain High
Yosemite Ski Team



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