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May 27, 2015
Updates for the 2015-2016 season

Some items to be aware of heading into the 2015-2016 season:

1. USSA membership for the 2015-2016 season is now open. Please note the U18 age class has been changed to U19.

2. 2015-2016 equipment matrix (all questions regarding equipment need to be addressed to your coaches/programs)

3.  All U14 and older athletes must use helmets that meet the new FIS standard for all USSA GS.SG and DH competitions. These helmets carry a FIS standard sticker on them. Further information can be provided by your coaches/programs.

4. FIS level athletes: In order to compete in the Southern Hemisphere, or Canada, all athlete must have a 120 USSA points in at least one discipline. First year FIS athletes may compete in the Southern Hemisphere during the summer of 2015, as long as they meet the minimum points standard.

5. 2015-2016 calendar will be posted by July 1st!



May 26, 2015

New FWBOD Members voted in

The Far West Board of Directors would like to welcome two new members seated during their May 21st board meeting.

Fund Raising Chair - Adrianna Pope Sullivan:
Adrianna says that "non-profit development work is very important to her and has spent many years involved with organizations focused on development fundraising." Adrianna is the parent of a second year U14 athlete during the 15-16 season who race for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Academy.

Athlete Rep - Zazie Huml: will be a first year U16 athlete during the 15-16 season and was the winner of the McKinney Cup during the 14-15 season U14 Championships. Zazie "feels it is important to give back to an organization that has given her so much."

Please welcome these two new board members to our slate of officers serving the Far West Skiing community during the 2015-2016 season.

President:  Laurey Carlson
Vice President: Howard Jacobs
Treasurer: Jeff Judd
Secretary: Vince Sosnkowski
Past President:  Paul Abbott
Fundraising Chair:  Adrianna Pope Sullivan
Communications Chair: Unfilled
North Rep: Chip Cooper
Central Rep: Eric Horton
South Rep: Kyle Wormsbecker
Athlete Rep: Zazie Huml
Athlete Rep: Daron Rahlves
Resort Rep: Kyle Crezee
Masters Rep: Doug Fulton
Collegiate Rep: Branko Zagar
Special Interest: Kurt Engel
Special Interest: Bill Hudson
Special Interest: Dee Dee Driller
ACC Chair: Todd Kelly
Vice ACC Chair: Beat Hupfer

May 20, 2015
Congratulations to Mammoth Mountain Race Department - Beat Hupfer

Beat Hupfer and the Mammoth Mountain Race Department received the Paul Bacon Award from USSA for Excellence in Events during the 15-16 season. From Freestyle to Alpine events, Mammoth put on an amazing season for all disciplines in the US! We are very grateful that they are in the Far West!

Beat Hupfer, MMRD Paul Bacon Award

Beat Hupfer with Dexter Payne at USSA Awards Banquet, May 15, 2015
photo courtesy of USSA


May 1, 2015
FWSA Scholarship for 2015-2016 season

Far West Ski Association would like to announce that it is now accepting applications for athletic scholarships for the 2015-2016 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 $500 to $1,500 per year. Applications are due by June 30, 2015 and awarded by September 30, 2015 and can be found by visiting our website at Click on Member Corner/Programs/Athletic Scholarship/2015 Application or contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.

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April 28, 2015
Grand Prix Scholarship Winners 2015

The Grand Prix Series is the qualifying series to the Western Region Junior Championships for U18 and U21 athletes. The series continues with the Far West Tech and Far West Speed Finals. The Grand Prix series is scored for Srs/U21's and U18's as a series to qualify for scholarships to be used for the following season (15-16 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 the field by gender into Srs/U21's and U18 classes. Foreign, out of Division, current USST and U16 participants in each race are removed and results are sorted by class prior to assigning World Cup Points for each race. Athletes must have competed in at least half of the scheduled Grand Prix races in order to qualify for the scholarships.

Congratulations to this years hard working athletes as they will receive scholarship funds to be used during the 2015-2016 season! Funds will be available beginning June 1st, 2016.


U21.SR Ladies U21.SR Men
1st $300 Not Awarded Toy, Robert
2nd $150 Not Awarded Not Awarded
3rd $100 Not Awarded Not Awarded


U18 Ladies U18 Men
1st $300 Futral, Sabrina Goss, Harrison
2nd $150 Oakley, Katherine Wolfe, Kevin
3rd $100 Kennedy, Erica Murphy, Sean

  Final Standings can be found on the Standings and Selections Page under 'Far West Grand Prix Series'

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