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Tahoe League Race Series - Changes starting in the 16-17 season
age class of your athlete(s)
U10.12 U14 U16 U19.21.SRS
2016-2017 Far West and Western Region Schedule - pdf
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:
||U12 and Older
||Sierra at Tahoe
||U12 and Older
||U12 and Older
|March 18 & 19
|March 18 & 19
|U12 and Older
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see our website
June 30, 2016
Volunteering for the World Cup at Squaw Valley
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
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 http://www.fwskiing.us or contact Eddie
Mozen at EBMozen@gmail.com. Note: you
must be a member of the Far West Skiing Division to be eligible to apply.
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 Lucy@fwskiing.org by Monday, June 27th, 2016.
June 6, 2016
Far West Masters Scholarship
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
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
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!
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
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
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 www.fwsa.org.
Click on Member Corner/Programs/Athletic Scholarship/ 2016 Application or
contact David Krupp, Program Chair at 310-925-4143.