Inside This Issue: Ski Week Participants Meet FWSA
Athletic Scholarship Recipients
VP Communications 12 By Randy Lew
Hello, another ski nich and Prague. Norm
VP Intern’t Travel 8 season is now wrapping and Mary Azevedo along
up and Mother Nature has with Debbie Stewart have
VP Marketing 3 blessed the Pacific North- worked diligently to pro-
west with lots of snow. vide a very exciting trip.
VP Membership 4 As I write this article, it is We have a wonder- Randy Lew, FWSA President
continuing to snow with ful South American ski
up to 4 feet projected to trip planned in August $6,000 in scholarships to
VP No. Amr Travl 5
fall this week. to Argentina and Chile. deserving junior racers.
I want to thank Gloria The basic trip will be to The success of FWSA
VP Public Affairs 10-11,15
Raminha and her travel Bariloche and Buenos Ai- is due to a significant
staff for the outstand- res with a pre-trip to Valle number of volunteers who
Awards Chair 16 have contributed a tre-
ing ski week at Big Sky, Nevado and Santiago.
Montana; with approxi- There is also a post-trip mendous amount of time
Board of Directors 29-31
mately 360 participants. to Iguacu Falls, a World and expertise. We need
We all enjoyed the great Heritage site. you!! For those reading
Charity Chair 14, 26 snow conditions at this The last trip planned this article and want to
large resort. The cold for 2009 is a ten day get more involved, this
Safety Chair 2 temperatures and fresh Scandinavia and Russia is your opportunity. The
snow made for ideal ski- cruise aboard the Prin- more volunteers, the more
ing. The resorts’ hospital- cess Cruises “Emerald is accomplished. If you
Scholarship Chair 15
ity and food service were Princess”. Ports of call want more information on
first rate. The USSA J2 include Copenhagen, volunteering, either call
‘09 Convention 17-22
National Qualifiers were Stockholm, Helsinki, St. (503-682-1563) or email
being held during our Petersburg, Gdansk, and me at (fwsa13randy@
Council Highlights ski week and three of Oslo. A pre-cruise Co- telis.org) or one of our
our Athletic Scholarship penhagen package is also Functional VP’s.
VP of Councils 22
recipients, Anton Hilts, being offered. All of our Functional
Macaulay Lyon, and Jake I am very proud that VP’s require a working
Perkins; were able to join our Athletic Scholarship committee to be truly
us for the awards dinner Program under the lead- successful.
Bay Area 24
and meet ski week par- ership of Dick Shawkey We have been work-
Intermountain 25 ticipants. has continued to grow. ing diligently on our
Approximately 120 With the generosity of our upcoming convention and
Los Angeles 26 participants are planning industry partners White- silent auction in June.
on attending our inter- fish Mountqain Resort, Our 77th Convention Dis-
Northwest 27 national ski trip to Bad Grouse Mountain Lodge, cover Sierra Silver will
Gastein, Austria; with an and Karbon Skiwear; be hosted by the Sierra
San Diego 28
exciting extension to Mu- we were able to award Continued on Page 2
continued from page 1
Council at the Peppermill Resort
Are you getting your Hot Safety Committee
Sheet yet? We have implemented
Casino in Reno, Nevada on June the FWSA News Group which Chairperson
4th to 7th, 2009. The Peppermill includes a monthly Hot Sheet
has a beautiful new Convention distributed via a list serve to any
Center and a new lodging wing interested member. Thanks to
called the Tuscany Towers. Jo the efforts of Barbara Bryant,
Simpson, Sierra Council Presi- VP of Membership, the hot sheet
dent; Jane Wyckoff, FWSA Con- includes trip info and current
vention Liaison; and Steve Coxen, information on FWSA programs.
FWSA Convention Coordinator; You may subscribe by going to
have some very exciting activities the FWSA web site and clicking
planned for us including kayak- on “Subscribe to FWSA News”
ing on the Truckee River, a Lake button. Safety Committee
Tahoe lunch cruise, a Virginia On a sad note, Richard Lu-
City tour, and a National Automo- bin, the FWSA Safety Chair, and Hope everyone had a great and
bile Museum pub crawl. The third our snowboarding chiropractor is SAFE Ski Season. Please let your
Michael German Memorial Golf currently paralyzed after major clubs know that the Safety Person
Tournament hosted by Snowbasin neck surgery to correct a spinal of the Year Award (SPOY) deadline
Resort will be held June 5th at the abscess caused by a staph infec- is approaching….. Remember the
Wolf Run Golf Club. Wolf Run is tion. Richard is currently under- winner gets a one week paid trip to
a beautiful championship caliber going physical therapy and his Aspen for two. Please go to fwsa.org
golf course. doctors have stated regaining full for more information.
The Sierra Council Conven- motor function could be a long In my recent experience in a re-
tion Committee has been meeting process. Please keep Richard in hab hospital, I have met two individu-
regularly to plan and coordinate your thoughts and prayers. Also, als; one is paralyzed from skiing and
all this fun. Mike Sanford, Past please look for a joint FWSA and the other is now a paraplegic from
President, is diligently working Bay Area Snowsports Council snowboarding. Both individuals were
on lining up an all-star cast of fundraising effort for Richard in injured on intermediate slopes. This is
celebrities including Billy Kidd, the near future. often the case with serious ski related
Johnny Mosley, Glen Plake, The FWSA web site has been injuries. This emphasizes the impor-
and Auden Schendler. Friday updated and improved due entirely
tance of being ever conscious even
will include some great optional to the efforts of George Stewart,
under ordinary conditions.
activities and our usual industry FWSA Webmaster. This site in-
show and Silent Auction. We will The snow is waning….you
cludes travel information, mem-
should be waxing!! Although wax
have our travel Industry Expo and ber’s benefits, convention, awards,
are planning on rolling out the is normally perceived as a perfor-
Athletic Scholarship program, and
next two sessions of our Snows- mance issue, in the spring it’s actu-
a link that you can use to sub-
ports Leadership Academy (SLA) ally a safety concern. Why? Because
scribe to the Hot Sheet.
educational panels along with the Our 2010 Convention June inconsistencies in snow conditions
very successful multi-media ses- 10h to June 13h will be hosted by can cause rapid deceleration leading
sion on Saturday. San Diego Council of Ski Clubs especially to ankle and knee injuries.
If you need further conven- at the Renaissance Esmeralda Additionally, if you’re a boarder you
tion info, please check our web- Resort in Indian Wells, California. might find yourself cross-country
site www.fwsa.org. Everything This beautiful resort in the Palm snowboarding. Bring a skier, just in
has been posted there, including Springs area is adjacent to the case, to pull you through those slow
the event flyers and registration championship Indian Wells Coun- spots.
forms. Put the dates June 4th to try Club, site of the PGA Skins Safety is having fun consciously!
7th on your calendar now and Tournament.
plan on attending the 77th Annual Thank you for your continued By Richard Lubin
FWSA Convention. support. As told to Debbie Stewart
The Councilman, Spring 2009 2 www.fwsa.org
VP of Marketing
Our Partners and the Roles they Play
By Debbi Kor
Ski season 2008-2009 is com- ing more than $3000 towards our in January,
ing to a close. It’s been another scholarship fund. Schure Sports meeting
stellar year with ample amounts of USA, maker of Karbon products, with many
snow, adventurous trips and great stepped up again this year, with of my old Debbi Kor
VP of Marketing and
fun for all. an incredible prize of a new ski friends Sponsorship
We’ve traveled to a wide num- suit for one lucky attendee. The who have
ber of resorts over the year, every- big winner was none other than contributed
where from Mammoth to Heaven- our own Mike “Bubba” Sanford. goodies to our annual conven-
ly, Aspen to Telluride, Schweitzer Somehow I think that Eileen will tion for the past several years, will
to 49 Degrees North, and many wind up the actual winner of the result in some fun things again in
places in between. prize, though. Reno. This was the last year for
We’ve visited with our Benefits A big thank you to the gang at the show to be held in Las Vegas.
Partners and taken advantage of Big Sky, our own Far West Travel Next year we will be heading to the
those member benefits at The Can- Staff and the following businesses Convention Center in Denver, the
yons in Park City, Shilo Inn in Salt who generously donated door week before Ski Week, so it will
Lake City, Hampton Inn in Lake prizes for the Welcome Party: be an easy hop over to Keystone to
Tahoe, and our newest partner, Black Bear Bar and Grill, C&P participate in both events.
Chase Suites in Salt Lake City, Grocery, Big Sky Oxygen Bar, With convention just a short
just to mention a few. The Cabin, The Corral Restau- time away, our Industry Partners
Brandon Bang and staff pro- rant and Bar, Moonlight Dinners, are stepping up to sponsor the
vided a wonderful week for 360 Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, 320 many activities and events that hap-
attendees at Ski Week 2009 in Ranch, Bucks T4, Big Sky Sports, pen during Convention Weekend. If
beautiful Big Sky, Montana. Great Big Horn Boutique and Lone you are a representative interested
parties, good friends, good snow Mountain Sports. in sponsoring an activity or event,
and good times for all. Throughout Our strong partnerships with or simply interested in partnering
the week, Dick Shawkey did a tre- the ski and snow industry have up with Far West Ski Association
mendous job circling the wagons proven a very good pay off for as a new Benefits Partner, please
around ticket sales for the Annual our members, as evidenced above. contact me at:
Athletic Scholarship Raffle, rais- My annual trip to the SIA show firstname.lastname@example.org
SAFETY, HERITAGE, HISTORY CONTESTS – SELF NOMINATION IS NOW PERMITTED
By Scott Bowker
* FWSA Safety Person of Year Contest entry deadline 4/30, win a free 6 day vacation for 2 at Aspen, go to
www.fwsa.org, select Awards then Safety Person of Year for details.
* FWSA Western Ski Heritage Contest entry deadline 4/30, win a free 5 day vacation for 2 at Steamboat, go to
www.fwsa.org, select Awards then Western Ski Heritage Award for details.
* FWSA Club & Council History Recognition entry deadline 4/30, win $200 to be donated in the winner’s name to
charity of choice. Go to www.fwsa.org, select Awards then Club & Council History Recognition for details.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 3 www.fwsa.org
VP of Membership FWSA Ski Trips
Election of Officers
By Barbara Bryant
With the 2009 Convention Discover
Sierra Silver approaching, it’s time to discuss
the Election of Officers for Far West Ski Asso- Barbara Bryant
ciation. VP of Membership
Bad Gastein celebrating the
Voting Delegates arrival of FWSA Skiers
To be a Voting Delegate for your club, do the following:
• Complete the Credentials Form
• Include your current club roster
• Ask your president for the forms or go to www.fwsa.org, click on
convention, then go to Delegate Information
Direct Membership (FWSA has 68 Direct Members)
Each Direct Member is sent a packet of information with the following:
• A welcome letter Our Favorite Pastime: EATING
• Membership card
• Brochures for FWSA and the National Ski Club Federation
• Skier’s Guide
• Councilman newsletter
• Convention booklet
All Direct Members enjoy the same benefits as club members do.
If you live in area not close to a ski club, you can join Far West Ski
Association as a Direct Member. Go to fwsa.org, then click on Mem-
bership. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and enter Direct Member in Happiness in Big Sky were BIG lifts
the Search box. Print out the application and send a check for $20 to the
address on the bottom of the page.
Keep in the know by joining the FWSA News, published monthly.
You’ll receive timely announcements of travel, benefits, consumer advo-
cacy, and much more. It’s easy to join: e-mail VP of Membership Bar-
bara Bryant at email@example.com with your request to join.
Big Sky hit -20 degrees
Who Cares with great snow
This CD contains a variety of articles on leadership, membership, Photos courtesy of of Helen Saulsbury,
treasurer’s procedures, travel topics, volunteer recruitment, trip leader Kathy Stewart, Dale Olesberg/Char
Boeschen, Mike Metoyer, and George/
guidelines, brochure templates, and information about the National Ski Debbie Stewart, Jeff Meyerson, and
Council Federation and FWSA. To request a copy, e-mail member- Dave Cummingham. See fwsa.org for
firstname.lastname@example.org. more trip pictures.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 4 www.fwsa.org
VP of North American Travel
Looking Forward to 2010 Keystone Ski Week
By Gloria Raminha
Big Sky Ski Week Alexander, Central Council; Linda
The economy may have hurt Hennings, Bay Area Council; and
our total numbers for the Big Sky Marge Fons, Arizona Council.
Ski Week, but it didn’t hurt the Thanks also to my Travel Staff Gloria Raminha,
Members: Marilyn Sigler, Nancy VP of N American Travel
success of the ski week. What a
Ellis, Bob Ellis, Lynnell Calkins, &
fantastic ski week it was.
Brandon Bang and the entire I’d also like to personally thanktain picnic, banquet and après
Big Sky Staff deserve special Ryan Jordi and Deanna Murphy party. A change for the Keystone
with Ski.com. I worked ski week is the banquet/dance. It
closely with Ryan and will be held on Thursday evening
Deanna throughout the year and an awards/farewell après party
at organizing this great ski will be on Friday.
week. Additionally, I’d like I would like to thank Lori Adis
to thank Randy Robinson
with Rocky Mountain Tours (our
and his staff members at
Tour Operator for the Keystone Ski
Yellowstone Tours for help-
Week), Brian Flickenger, Jacque
ing me organize the snow
coach tours at Yellowstone Rossi, Lexi McCulloch, Angela
National Park. Since it was Sheehan, Candy Bruno, Kelly
extremely cold that day, Brady, and Matt Sutton with Vail
Trip Leaders and Travel Staff we were all thankful to be Resorts for hosting the site inspec-
in snowcoaches instead of tion. I’d also like to thank Amy
snowmobiles. Hoepf with rentskis.com for pro-
thanks for doing such a great job at
viding us with skis during stay at
organizing all the ski week func-
Ski Week 2010 at Keystone Keystone.
tions, handling our lodging needs,
Be sure to mark your calendars Check the flyer for Keystone
organizing the races, and providing for the 2010 Far West Ski Week in the Councilman for your Trip
great food for our parties, etc. which will be at Keystone, Colo- Leader’s contact information. If
Thanks to the Far West Travel rado; January 30th to February
Team, Council Trip Leaders and 6th.
Travel Staff, for the hours upon Trip Leaders and Travel
hours of their time spent as vol- Staff participated in a site
unteers that make Far West Ski inspection this past January at
Weeks a huge success. I’d like Keystone. While in Keystone,
to recognize the Travel Team by we toured the lodging facilities
name starting with the Council and party locations that we will
Trip Leaders: Debbie Stewart, be using for the 2010 ski week. FWSA volunteer Travel Staff
Sierra Council; Susan Shaffer, Keystone guides provided moun-
San Diego Council; Judy Chapel, tain tours so we could test out the
Orange Council; Barbara Bousum, ski runs (which were great). you are interested in participating
Northwest Council; Judith Miller, Far West is planning the ski in the 2010 ski week at Keystone,
Los Angeles Council; Wayne week activities which will include sign-up with one of the Council
Stolfus, Inland Council; Mary a welcome party, pub crawl, moun- Trip Leaders listed on the flyer.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 5 www.fwsa.org
FAR WEST SKI ASSOCIATION
2010 SKI WEEK
January 30 to February 6, 2010
Prices range from $925 to $1325
*Price does NOT include air or ground transportation.
Prices vary depending on lodging selection.
Price includes 7 nights lodging (double occupancy) and the FWSA amenity package.
The FWSA amenity package includes:
Ski Week Banquet
Awards Apres Party
5 of 7 day Lift Ticket
For more information contact a Council Trip Coordinator listed below:
Arizona Council Lee Lambie email@example.com 602-468-2429
Bay Area Council Linda Hennings firstname.lastname@example.org 209-538-3590
Central Council Mary Alexander email@example.com 661-587-3671
Inland Council Wayne Stolfus spiderRx@aol.com 909-799-3118
Intermountain Council Don Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org 208-238-8081
Los Angeles Council Judith Miller email@example.com 818-841-4192
Northwest Council Barbara Bousum BBousum@gmail.com 503-224-3584
Orange Council Judy Chapel firstname.lastname@example.org 949-275-8848
San Diego Council Susan Shaffer email@example.com 858-481-5043
Sierra Council Debbie Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org 559-734-9294
Gloria Raminha, FWSA –VP North American Travel, 9110 McAfee Dr, Houston, TX 77031
713-777-8318 phone/fax 713-818-0471 cell email@example.com
Must be a Member of Far West Ski Association affiliated ski club or a FWSA Direct Member
CST # 2036983-40
VP of International Travel
FWSA Back From Austria, Munich, Prague
By Norm Azevedo
Mary and I are still getting over the jet lag. We to Santiago Sheraton Hotel
were at Bad Gastein, Austria for our annual ski week for three nights.
with its Munich/Prague extension. Bad Gastein is a Day trips to Portillo are
wonderful historic little village in the Gastein Valley. available. Portillo, home of
It’s not only known for skiing but also as a renowned world ski championships, lies Norm Azevedo
health spa resort. The slopes were a little icy to begin in a bowl surrounded by tow- VP of International Travel
with, but we were blessed with snow during the ering serrated black moun-
week, so ski- tains, some reaching 19,000 feet. Portillo is located a
ing was good. two and a half-hours drive from Santiago.
The Bad Gastein Please note that we’ve been asked for the Chile por-
ElizabethPark tion of the trip only and it is available, but you must add
hotel served great on air from LAX to Santiago. Contact me if interested.
food and the After Chile, those on the pre-trip meet up with the
rooms were big basic Argentina tour group. The tour starts at Bariloche.
and comfortable. It is Argentina’s oldest and most famous ski area. The
After Bad town has Alpine architecture and is known as the Little
Gastein those that Switzerland of South America. The ski area consists of
stayed for the extension were off for three nights in three side-by-side mountains located eight miles from
Munich. Munich has so much going for it, Marien- Bariloche. There are forty miles of trails served by
platz square, frothy beer halls (Hofbrauhaus), first
class museums and so much more that it would take
weeks to see.
After Munich we bussed to Prague. Prague, like
Munich has so much to see and do. The day after
arriving we were given a guided walking city tour,
which gave us our bearing to really enjoy the city.
It’s a place you can’t see enough of and feel you
We closed this trip out with a going away party
that had more than expected hors d’oeuvres, so much
that I don’t know of anyone going to dinner after. thirty-three lifts including a cable car. After 5 nights
This trip was a great success. We will announce next in Bariloche, we fly to Buenos Aires, the home of the
year’s international ski week by the end of April. Tango. After Buenos Aires, it’s home or off to an op-
Look for it at www.fwsa.com. tional extension to Iguazu Falls, a massive array of over
This summer we are off to Argentina/Chile. This 200 separate waterfalls. We hope you can join us on the
“Ski & See” Trip, Aug 10 to 29, 2009, will start with exciting summer skiing and sight-seeing adventure.
a pre-trip extension to Valle Nevado, Chile. Valle FWSA North American and International Travel
Nevado is the newest Chilean winter resort; it is have contracted with “The Cruise Company” for a
also the largest and most modern. Located 37 miles Scandinavia & Russia Cruise, Sep. 13 to 23, 2009, On
from Santiago; Valle Nevado boasts a skiable area the Emerald Princess. It’s a 10 day Baltic Sea voyage,
of 21,600 acres and a 2,656-ft. drop. Together with which includes an overnight stay in St. Petersburg. Port
La Parva and El Colorado-Farellones, these three ski stops include Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn,
centers form the largest skiing area in South Ameri- Gdansk, and Oslo. A pre-cruise 3 night stay in Copenha-
ca. After three nights and four days of skiing we bus gen is also available.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 8 www.fwsa.org
Ski & See Argentina & Chile
Basic Bariloche & Buenos Aires Argentina, Aug 16-25, 2009
Bariloche is Argentina’s oldest famous ski area. The town has Alpine architecture and is known as the Little Switzerland of South America.
The ski area consists of three side-by-side mountains located eight miles from Bariloche. There are forty miles of trails served by thirty-
three lifts including a cable car.
Buenos Aires: After Bariloche we fly to Buenos Aires, charming port city home of the Tango, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio
de la Plata gateway to Argentina. See the Avenida de Corrientes; the nucleus of the Theater & nightclub district, the Broadway of
Post-trip Iguacu Falls, Aug 25-28, 2009
Iguazu Falls: For those wanting more after Buenos Aires, we offer an optional extension to Iguazu Falls, a massive array of over 200
separate waterfalls, a World Heritage Site, which forms a border between Argentina and Brazil.
Pre-trip Valle Nevado & Santiago, Chile, Aug 10-17, 2009
Valle Nevado & Santiago, Chile offers an optional pre-trip extension. Valle Nevado is the newest Chilean winter resort; it is also the
largest and most modern. It boasts a skiable area of 21,600 acres and a 2,656-ft. drop. Together with La Parva and El Colorado-
Farellones, these 3 ski centers form the largest skiing area in South America.
Santiago: after Valle Nevado, Santiago is the centre of Chile political, economic and cultural life. Its distinctive characteristics are the
beautiful valleys, where the well-known Chilean wines originated. Santiago is nestled between high peaks with their winter sports centers
and coastline. Day trips to Portillo, home of world ski championships, lies in a treeless amphitheater on the edge of a glacial moraine and
reaches 19,000 feet. Optional Portillo skiing is available from Santiago.
Basic Argentina, Aug. 16 (Arrives Argentina Aug. 17) to 25 (Arrives LAX Aug. 26), 2009, $2,280 pp*
Included: 5 nights at 4 star Hotel Edelweiss, Bariloche, + arrival drink, orientation & dinner with wine
3 nights at 5 star Melia Hotel, Buenos Aires, + half day city tour & Tango dinner show w. drinks
Optional Post Iguacu Falls, Aug. 25 to 28 (Arrives LAX Aug. 29), 2009, $690 pp*
Included: 3 nights at 5 star Hotel Cataratas, Iguacu Falls, + full day falls tour
Optional Chile, Pre-Argentina, Aug. 10 (Arrives Chile Aug. 11) to 17, 2009, $1,450 pp*
Included: 3 nights at 4 star Puerta Del Sol Hotel in Valle Nevado, Chile, + all dinners & ski snacks
4-day Valle Nevado lift pass
3 nights at 5 star Hotel Sheraton in Providencia, Santiago, + half day Santiago tour. Optional ski
days to Portillo available. Optional tours to Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso .
Basic & extensions include:
Air transportation from LAX to & between Chile / Argentina via LAN Airlines
Flights depart LAX early PM & arrive the next day. Argentina flights to LAX arrive home early AM the next day.
All ground transfers, with English speaking assistants
Daily breakfast at all hotels
Optional day trips to be announced later (costs not included in rates)
Single, triple rooms; also upgraded rooms are available at Bariloche & Valle Nevado
*Rates do not include:
Connecting flights to LAX
All US air taxes & surcharge, $102 pp estimated
All flight Fuel surcharges, $330 pp estimated
Argentina departure tax of $25, must pay when departing Argentina
Chile arrival tax of $130, must pay when entering Chile
$200 per participant deposit required to hold a place on the Basic Ski Week, $200 for the Pre-Extension and $100 for the Post- Extension.
A $25.00 fee will be charged for all cancellations. Deposits are refundable until April 1, 2009. Make checks out to Far West Ski Association
(FWSA). Please include the following with your check: (1) your legal name and address, (2) phone number, and (3) email address. Send to:
FWSA International Travel, 901 Sousa Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2922.
For information contact Norm Azevedo at 925-944-9816, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org FWSA CST # 2036983-40
VP of Public Affairs
Enter Our FWSA Contests
By Scott Bowker
Safety Person of the Year Club & Council History
Contest 2009 - Due 4/30 Recognition
Win free 6 day ski vacation for Contest 2009 - Due 4/30
two at Win $300 Scott Bowker
Aspen Donated in winner’s VP of Public Affairs
charity of choice
The FWSA Safety Program is
looking to name the 2009 Safety In 2008, the Association solic- Western Ski Heritage
Person of the Year! The winner ited club, league and council his- Contest 2009 - Due 4/30
of the 2009 contest, to be named tories. The objective of the annual Win free 5 day vacation for two at
the FWSA Safety Person of the program is to capture important Steamboat
Year, will receive a trip for two information about skiing from the
to Aspen, seven nights lodging skier’s perspective and especially The Association’s Western
and six days skiing plus rentals that of the club skier. Selection for Ski Heritage program recognizes
at any of the fabulous mountains the prize will be based on digital efforts that contribute to skiing for
in Aspen. The winner will also presentation of club or council his- the benefit of the community at
receive roundtrip airfare for two tory according to a set of weighted large . The prize is sponsored by
people (airlines may vary depend- criteria and judged by knowledge- Steamboat Springs Ski and Resort
ing on departing city and may not able ski historians. Corporation and is awarded at the
be direct). All submissions must be for annual Convention held each June.
The judging criteria focuses unrestricted release and become Steamboat Springs itself is an
the property of the Association. area rich in the history and person-
on promoting safety awareness
Multiple focal points for ski his- alities involved in the development
among FWSA members and dem-
tory will be designated as holders of skiing in the West. Steamboat
onstrating support for safety on
of the information. These holders Springs, home of champagne pow-
the slopes. Judging will be done
may make the histories available der, will annually make available
by an esteemed group of safety
on a loan basis from time to time. a skiing vacation to the top history
experts and leaders of FWSA.
The selection is not for out- contender for the Western Ski Heri-
Promoting safety may in- tage Award.
standing club or council, although
clude any examples listed below: it is anticipated that some material The purpose of the Associa-
writing safety newsletter articles, may be common to both types of tion’s Western Ski Heritage pro-
creating safety banners or signs, presentations. Think of these his- gram is to raise the awareness of
speaking or arranging for profes- tories as museum or library refer- skiers and non-skiers alike, of the
sional or semi-professional safety ence resources. contributions made by individu-
speakers at club meetings. Criteria is posted on the Asso- als, groups and companies to all
In addition, you may create ciation web pages with the address aspects of skiing - competitive
a committee to think of ways to for mailing to the judging panel. as well as that of outdoor winter
raise safety awareness, volunteer Deadline for receipt of submis- recreation and fitness. A parallel
for the Ski Patrol or similar on- sions is April 30, 2009. Winners purpose is to convey the positive
mountain safety related activities, will be announced at the FWSA role skiing has had in its contribu-
learn and then teaching members annual convention. The first place tions to the communities in the
Safety person, cont’d from page 15 Club/ Council History, con’t on page 11 Western Heritage, con’t on page 11
The Councilman, Spring 2009 10 www.fwsa.org
Club & Council History, cootinued from page 10 Western Ski Heritge, cont’ d from page 10
winner will receive $200 to be donated to the winners’ name to West. It recognizes outstanding effort in
the charity of their choice. A memento will be awarded to the se- the area of ski history to find, preserve,
lected submission(s) and all applicants will be recognized at the document and share the history of skiing
FWSA convention. Applicant may be invited to prepare a tri-fold in the West.
board display at the convention. The award is open to an individual
It is more important to capture your history than to check off or a group leader (it is not restricted to
all the squares. Liberal use of photos and graphics is encour- Association membership) and can be
aged. self-nominated or nominated by a club
These digital submissions should be readable with standard or club member. Materials and history
applications from CD or DVD. It is recommended that an execu- programs will be evaluated against the
tive summary be prepared in PowerPoint format not to exceed 20 objectives of the program by individuals
slides. This will be your “presentation” as a speaker. selected for their knowledge of the his-
The bulk of the history material will be appended in sections tory of Western skiing and that of the As-
as shown below. Submissions should try to cover as much detail sociation. Evaluations of history efforts
as available against these roughly weighted criteria. will be conducted each spring in prepara-
tion for the annual convention.
A variety of methods may be used to
achieve the objectives of the program.
• Basic organizational identity, location and service area,
This can include any of the follow-
corporate status, and mailing address, both postal and
ing: original documentation of facts of
snowsports (in the legendary Bill Berry
• Objectives and purposes of the organization, mission and
tradition); organization histories (club,
vision statements (if available), plan for the future (10)
council, league, company, etc); videos;
• Membership profile, numbers, demographics (10) photos; books; field trips; speaker pro-
• Timeline. Founding, significant events during your history grams; descriptions of past major events.
to date (20) The winner of the Western Ski
• Annual event menu and descriptions - recreational, social, Heritage Award will be provided a 5 day
competitive, community service, travel (20) vacation for two at Steamboat and will
• Description of major events and achievements from your be announced at the FWSA convention.
timeline (20) The deadline for entry for selection is
• Highlighted member profiles and special interest April 30, 2009. Entries should be made
connections (5) electronically to John Watson (FWSA
• Appendices may include governing documents such as History Chairperson) at geospace@
by-laws, articles of incorporation, operations manuals, of pacbell.net with a copy to Scott Bowker
ficer and member rosters, both historic and current (5) (FWSA VP Public Affairs) at sbowker.
• Accessing information on your media, ease of navigation, email@example.com with FWSA Western
indexing (5) Ski Heritage in the email subject line.
Hard copy addendums, documenta-
Notify John Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Scott tion, articles or other media entry sub-
Bowker at email@example.com with words FWSA Club & stantiation should be identified to John
Council History Recognition in the email subject line. Watson who will provide further instruc-
Check FWSA News, the Councilman and the web pages for tion. John Watson’s mailing address is:
updates to the above. Please forward to anyone who should enter Box 2768, Fallbrook, CA 92088. Entry
but who may be off the net. We have a colorful and robust his- form available at www.fwsa.org, go to
tory – let’s tell the world! Awards section.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 11 www.fwsa.org
VP of Communications
Time to Sharpen your Editing Skills
By Mary Azevedo
It seems unbelievable that the skiing season is Catherine, we appreciate
drawing to a close and that the Convention is on the your know-how and many
horizon. My favorite part of the convention is catching diligent hours putting this
up with friends and finding how they are doing and program together.
where they have been. It has taken me awhile to get In April, I am sending
to know lots of people in FWSA; it is certainly a nice out newsletter suggestions Mary Azevedo
group of people. On our last trip, the restaurant where on how to improve ski club VP of Communication
we had our farewell party commented on what nice newsletters. I plan to send
people we had in our group. out suggestions throughout the year so that Cather-
George Stewart is doing a ine’s criteria becomes more familiar to club newslet-
great job on the web. He is post- ter editors along with a how-to. Unfortunately, I don’t
ing pictures from all of FWSA have all the names of the newsletter editors. If your
Ski and Adventure trips. These club editor does not receive an email from me, let me
pictures are also a great resource know and I will send it out.
for newsletter editors who are In addition, I am offering to work with any news-
looking for ski trip photos. His letter editor who would like suggestions on how to
website format is easy to navi- revamp their newsletter. They just need to email me
gate. Check it out!! or mail me a copy of their newsletter and I will be
George Stewart Leigh Gieringer has done happy to collaborate with them.
an awesome job on the Skier’s If there is interest in having someone help with
Guide. It gets better every year. website design, I will find someone who can help
She is such a talented writer and your webmaster. The other comment I would like to
editor. We are lucky we have such make is this: I have gone to many sites that are really
a talented person in our midst. out of date. I guess what I need to ask is, are the club
Make sure you share a copy with presidents keeping tabs on their club wesites? Is your
your friends. website linked to the FWSA site, council site, and
Another person who deserves NSCF site so that anyone browsing your site can find
our thanks is Catherine Ohl. She information for all levels of FWSA.
has revamped the newsletter and Leigh Gieringer
One more comment on skiing: I remember in
the olden days, I woke my children up at the crack
website contest process. As a
dawn, in Tahoe, so we could be at the ticket window
judge for many years, I appreci-
before the lifts opened. We skied until the lifts were
ate her new list of criteria for websites and newslet-
closed, feeling high from the awesome experience on
ters judging. Her emphasis
the snow. My son skies on a mono-board now, so if
on best practices should in I skied with him I’d probably kill myself. I am also
turn, improve the quality of more of a fair weather skier. The exception? Banff
newsletters and websites. She was really cold last year; however, as Norm and I
is certainly well qualified to skied down the slopes it didn’t matter one bit.
make these lists, since she pub- Skiing is one of the sports where you can do it
lishes a ski newsletter and is alone, or travel to the snow with skiers you can meet
also the webmaster for a club through FWSA. Skiers with like ability find each
website. Having been in the other and ski together as a group for the day and
data processing field myself, sometimes make plans to ski together in the future.
Catherine Ohl doing a project such as hers, I That is one of the big advantages of joining in the
am sure, took hours and hours. activities that FWSA has to offer.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 12 www.fwsa.org
Silent Auction and Raffle 2009 Donors
Far West Racing Association would like to thank all of the generous donors to the Silent Auction and
Raffle held at the 2009 Far West Racing Association Championships at Northstar-at-Tahoe. A portion of the
proceeds helps to fund the Far West Ski Association Athletic Scholarship Program for J1-J3 racers.
Alpine Meadows Head North Resort at Squaw Creek
Alta Ski Area Heli-Tahoe Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
Big Red Cats – cat skiing Holmenkohl Soar Truckee
Big Sky Resort Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Solitude Ski Resort
Body Talk System Jackson Hole Resort Lodging Sorenson’s Resort
Booth Creek Keystone Resort Sports Exchange
Brundage Mountain Resort Kirkwood Mountain Resort Squaw Valley Ski Corp.
Bryant, Donn Lakeside Inn Stateline Start Haus
Canyons Ski Resort The Last Frontier Heli-skiing Steamboat Ski and Resort
Copper Mountain Ski Resort Mammoth Mountain Inn Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Dynastar Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Tahoe Adventure Company
Elite Feet Northstar Mammoth Race Camp Tahoe Mountain Club
Ellis, Bob Panorama Ski Resort Telluride Ski Resort
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Parshall, Dale and Sherri TLH Heli-skiing
Granite Chief Prestige Hotels and Resorts Truckee Tahoe Inn Best Western
Haber Vision Paul Vlastad Vail Resorts
Hampton Inn & Suites Truckee Red Mountain Resort Village Ski Loft
Nomination of Officers Baltic Sea Cruise
President: Randy Lew Gloria Raminha and Norm Azevedo are organizing
Secretary: Debbie Stewart a Baltic Sea Cruise from September 13 to 23, 2009 with
Treasurer: Cindy Krupp a three day Copenhagen pre-trip for September 10 to 13.
VP Council Serves: Mary Ohlhausen Check out the flyer in this Councilman.
VP No AmerTrvl: Gloria Raminha Prices on the flyer are the contracted prices; however,
VP Public Affairs: Scott Bowker the cruise lines are always running specials that may be
VP Racing: Bob Ellis lower in price. We continually monitor the cruise line for
Trustee: Steve Coxen the lowest price and drop our price to match. Price deals
Trustee: Jane Wyckoff are time sensitive, so don’t wait to sign up. If interested,
contact The Cruise Company 1-800-274-FUNN for more
Information provided by Mike Sanford information.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 13 www.fwsa.org
Charities & Our Community Chair
Charity & Community Service Recogniton
After a very successful second tions, to show the ski world how
annual FWSA Charity & Commu- much the FWSA encourages vol-
nity Service Recogniton last year, unteerism and charity involvement,
we are in the midst of receiving and to show our Industry partners
applications for the 3rd annual club what a big and kind heart the mem-
and council recognition. The award bers of FWSA have. This award
will be presented at this year’s Con- will be presented to the FWSA Sigrid Noack, Charities
vention in Reno this June, where club or council, that has shown an & Our Community Chair
one of our wonderfully caring outstanding effort in donating time
groups will receive a $100 recog- and/or financial support to one or sored teams from Sun Valley, Park
nition from FWSA to be donated more charitable organizations. City, Jackson, etc.) With the club’s
to their favorite charity. It is very If your club/council missed support the cost of joining the team
exciting to see so many charity and the deadline and has not sent in is reduced considerably, making it
community service activities hap- the application for this annual affordable for local kids to enjoy
pening within our FWSA family, recognition, you can look forward racing and learning to ski.
and that so many clubs and coun- to applying next year. FWSA will The IFSC also donates time
cils are taking the time to partici- continue to offer this recognition and materials to provide two fully
pate in this official FWSA charity in future years. Please take time to appointed wall tents as warming
recognition. check out the displays at this year’s huts in the local Kelly Canyon
Hopefully, your club and/or convention to give you an idea of Nordic Area. In addition, members
council has already sent me an what kinds of community activities groom trails and provide maps and
application, which was due on these very active groups have done trail guides free of charge. The huts
March 15th. The top three compet- this past year. are open to the public for day and
ing groups will bring their photos Community involvement up- overnight use.
and charity activity descriptions dates: This comes to us from Len- The club also subsidizes les-
to convention to be displayed on nia Machen of Idaho Falls Ski Club sons for kids to learn to ski. Grand
picture boards. This way our FWSA in the Intermountain Ski Council: Targhee offers them their normal
delegates, our Industry friends and IFSC has collected funds for a gift half day group lessons for only
other convention guests will be to the school district’s education $25. Members then pay for the les-
able to get an idea of just how our foundation Learn-to-Ski Program. sons for any kid under 14, taking
FWSA clubs and councils have They sponsor 10 skiers at $100 any level lesson, skiing, boarding,
chosen to be involved with charities each, and hope to increase this nordic, etc. They offer the same
and community work. Thank you number with the support of private deal to adults for only $5, since the
and congratulations to the clubs and donations. club subsidizes the rest. There are
councils who have applied. You are At the completion of the an- 8 lesson opportunities each year,
already our winners! nual ski sale they will give about with 3 other trips to small, local ski
As a reminder to all groups: $10,000 to their race team, Kelly areas costing only $15 to $19 for
This FWSA Community Service Canyon Ski Team, to offset costs lift tickets, all levels of lessons, and
Recognition is presented to en- for travel and team membership ski rentals for beginners. The club
courage charity and community for local skiers. This all-volunteer also subsidizes about $25 a day for
involvement for all our FWSA team sent three J2-J3 skiers to the members attending their organized
councils and clubs, to recognize a regional Olympics last season. trips. This makes the trips afford-
club or council for its outstanding They were the only volunteer team able to the community. Idaho Falls
financial and/or volunteer support attending and placed well against
to one or more charitable organiza- professionally coached and spon- continued on page 26
The Councilman, Spring 2009 14 www.fwsa.org
Making a Difference
Three FWSA scholarship We’ve often drawn attention
recipients joined Far West revel- to the high cost of alpine ski com-
ers at the Big Sky awards banquet petition. Training, equipment, lift
on 31, January 2009. Anton Hilts tickets, travel, housing and meals, Dick Shawkey
from Bend, OR; Macaulay Lyon etc., can raise the price of com- Athletic Scholarship Chairman
from Woodinville, WA; and Jake peting to well over $10,000 per
Perkins from Truckee, CA; hap- season. For some competitors and of accomplishment. He has had a
pened to be competing in the their families, the cost is too great tough journey in having to over-
USSA Junior Nationals qualifier and aspiring young athletes may come severe injury and now he is
for DH and SG in Big Sky. They have to curtail, suspend, or even bounding back to top ranking as a
were more than happy to have the terminate their quest for excel- junior competitor. Our scholarship
opportunity to introduce them- lence. Today with the recession, was the first time he had been rec-
selves to the Far West members the need has never been greater. ognized for his determination and
at the banquet. Putting a face on Far West established the scholar- hard work. In effect, our scholar-
the names of scholarship win- ship program in an effort to, in ship was praise and support for
ners must have had a beneficial some small way, ameliorate these this young promising athlete.
effect on people’s enthusiasm for expenses. However, there are We continue to express our ap-
the scholarship program, because other benefits to athletes that have preciation to our sponsors for their
there was a surge in raffle sales here-to-fore gone unnoticed. unwavering support: Whitefish
following their introduction. The While trying to connect with Mountain Resort, Grouse Moun-
raffle brought in approximately our scholarship recipients at Big tain Lodge, Schure Sports Inc.,
$3000, a new record. Mike San- Sky, I had the pleasure of meeting and the Far West Racing Associa-
ford was the lucky winner of the one of their mothers. She ex- tion. As a Far West member, you
Karbon snowsports outfit. The Far pressed her profound appreciation can be proud of our association’s
West Ski Association again owes a for the scholarship, but surpris- commitment to our sport and
debt of gratitude to Schure Sports, ingly, she did not emphasize the America’s youth. The Far West
the maker of Karbon clothing, for financial benefit. She described Ski Association and its members
their continued support for this how much the scholarship boost- are making a difference, one kid at
very worthwhile program. ed her son’s self- steem and sense a time. Feel the power!
Safety Person of the Year, just being a constant proponent of
continued from page 10 safe skiing.
The deadline for entry for
safety practices, showing safety selection is April 30, 2009. Entries
videos at meetings or on trips, should preferably be made elec-
creating a written club safety tronically to Scott Bowker (FWSA
policy, creating similar club or VP Public Affairs) at sbowker.
council contests for prizes reward- firstname.lastname@example.org with FWSA
ing safety involvement, reaching Safety Person in the email subject
out and cooperating with ski areas line. Entry form available at www.
to jointly promote safe skiing or fwsa.org, go to Awards section.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 15 www.fwsa.org
Awards Committee Chairman
Far West Communications Competition
There has been a request to bring the club & council communication contest into
the electronic age, to update the criteria and streamline the process. This is the first
step. Sign up, criteria, participants, score sheets and judging can be done on-line at
Catherine Ohl, Awards
http://www.acatmeowz.com/FWjudging/index.html Committee Chairman
Links to all the club and council web sites can be found within these pages. In addition, most of the news-
letters that will be judged can be downloaded from here.
Judges will be evaluating entries from classes other than their own. The goal is to have each judge review
only one class. Classes are based on membership as of May 2009 and are listed below.
This year, there are 20 clubs and 3 councils participating in the Club of the Year, Web Site and/or Newslet-
ter competitions. We would especially like to welcome three clubs from the newly joined Intermountain
The following clubs and councils are participating. Be sure to stop by the web site to check out their web
site and newsletters. There are some very impressive entries.
Class A— Membership of 10 to 149.
Inskiers Ski & Snowboard Club, Edelweiss Ski and Sport Club, The Unrecables, Snowchasers,
Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club, Sacramento FaGowees.
Class AA— Membership of 150 to 249.
Single Ski Club of Los Angeles, Fresno Ski Club, Cheyenne Ski Club, Torrey Pines Ski Club, Santa
Barbara Ski and Sports Club.
Class AAA— Membership of 250 to 399.
Balboa Ski & Sports Club, Reno Ski and Recreation Club, Mountain High Snowsport Club, Ari-
zona Outdoor and Travel Club, Phoenix Ski Club, Apres Ski Club, Bogus Basin Ski Club.
Class AAAA— Membership of 400 or more.
Bergfreunde Ski Club, Idaho Falls Ski Club.
Intermountain, Northwest, Sierra.
Winners will be announced at the Far West Convention in Reno June 4-7, 2009. See you there.
If you are interested in getting involved or putting in your two cents, please contact Catherine at ohl@
The Councilman, Spring 2009 16 www.fwsa.org
2009 Host Committee Coordinator
Discover Sierra Silver in Reno at the
FWSA 2009 Convention
Discover Sierra Silver at the 77th Annual Far West ing for the more adven-
Ski Association Convention to be held at the fabulous turous. FWSA’s newest
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada, June council, the Intermoun- Jo Simpson, 2009
4-7, 2009, hosted by the Sierra Council. The Pepper- tain Ski Council, will Host Committee Coordinator
mill Resort has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Ca- host a Pool Party in the
sinos in America” by MSN with Citysearch. The new late afternoon.
Tuscany Tower is the centerpiece of the $400 million The 24th Annual Silent Auction/Dance on Friday
Tuscan-themed expansion. The Peppermill Tower and Evening will feature over $100,000 in ski/adventure
Montego Bay Wing were renovated in 2008. Rooms trips and sports equipment. Locals will have a Happy
are available at a FWSA discounted group rate based Hour before the Silent Auction, continuing after the
upon resort location: doors open at 6:30 PM with a complimentary drink for
• Montego Bay Wing - $115 (double occupancy) all attendees.
• Peppermill Tower - $135 (double occupancy) At Saturday’s Travel Expo, attendees will have the
• Tuscany Suites - $205 (double occupancy) opportunity to meet one-on-one with over 100 industry
representatives attending the Convention. Snowsport
celebrities will be featured at the Saturday Luncheon,
Make your room reservation now! Call
followed by the highly acclaimed FWSA Snowsports
1.800.282.2444 and use Group Code: AFWSA09. Ar-
Leadership Academy. This year’s modules will be:
rive early and stay after the Convention to
Trippin’ Out and Risky Business. Cer-
enjoy all the entertainment that Reno has
tificates of Completion will be given to
to offer. Room rates are lower on Wednes-
all attendees at each session. The Public
day and Sunday—see convention the flyer
Affairs Panel will have guest speakers,
on the next page. All major airlines ser-
including members of the U.S. Forest
vice Reno International Airport, and the
Service. Volunteer and industry recogni-
resort is a short 15 minute trip on a com-
tion awards will be presented at Saturday
plimentary Peppermill shuttle. For those
Evening’s Awards Banquet and Dance,
driving, there is an abundance of parking and FWSA officers will be elected at
surrounding the resort, also complimen- Sunday’s General Session.
tary. Complete Registration Packets have been mailed
A host of fun activities are being planned by the to all the ski clubs. For additional information con-
host council to make your Convention experience tact:
enjoyable. The Thursday evening pub crawl is a “hub • Jo Simpson, Sierra Council President, jo_simp
crawl” at the National Automobile Museum (The Har- email@example.com
rah Collection), ranked one of the top ten automobile • Debbi Kor, VP Marketing, fwsadebbi@com
museums in the nation by Car Collector magazine. cast.net
The Annual Michael German Memorial Golf Tourna- This is a wonderful opportunity for all ski club
ment on Friday will be at the Wolf Run Golf Course members, and especially officers, to share ideas with
in south Reno. Other Friday activities include a Lake other ski club and council members. We look forward
Tahoe Lunch Cruise, a Virginia City Tour, and Kayak- to seeing you in Reno!
The Councilman, Spring 2009 17 www.fwsa.org
FAR WEST SKI ASSOCIATION’S
77 Annual Convention
Hosted by Sierra Council
Discover Sierra Silver
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada
June 4-7, 2009
Convention Highlights: Hotel Amenities:
Silent Auction, Travel Expo
New Convention Center and Tuscany Suites
Celebrity Speakers Two Pools, Fitness Center
Saturday Awards Luncheon Salon and Spa
Celebrity Multi-Media Presentation Casino, Entertainment, 10 Restaurants
Saturday Awards Banquet & Dance Wireless Internet Service
FWSA General Meeting and Elections
Snowsports Leadership Academy
Fun Optional Activities: The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino - Reno
“Hub” Crawl at National Automobile Museum 2707 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502
Cruise on Lake Tahoe, Virginia City Tour Rates per night plus tax, double occupancy
Kayaking, Pool Party
Annual Michael German Memorial Golf Tournament Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Montego Bay Wing $59 $115 $115 $115 $59
Information: Peppermill Tower $79 $135 $135 $135 $79
Steve Coxen, FWSA Convention Chairman Tuscany Suites $139 $205 $205 $205 $139
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 503-679-9022
Mary Olhausen, Silent Auction Chairman Call 1-800-282-2444
Omary52@comcast.net Phone: 503-880-7383 Internet: www.peppermillreno.com
Jo Simpson, Host Council President Group Code: AFWSA09
email@example.com Phone: 775-722-6468
Complete 2009 Convention information is available on the FWSA website: www.fwsa.org
77th ANNUAL FAR WEST SKI ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
June 4th – June 7th, 2009, Reno, Nevada
Dear FWSA Club Presidents and Convention Delegates:
Enclosed you will find the pre-registration materials for the Far West Ski Association’s 77th Annual Convention
which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 4 – June 7, 2009, at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino located in
Reno, Nevada. Please read all the materials enclosed in this pre-registration packet carefully. The pre-registration
forms are also available in .PDF format on the Convention website at www.fwsa.org.
April 30, 2009 is the deadline for the early registration savings of $30. Price goes up to $175 on May 1st.
May 13, 2009 is the deadline for submission of ALL event fees. These include the Thursday evening Hub Crawl
at the Auto Museum, Friday Michael German Memorial Golf Tournament, Truckee River Kayak Excursion,
Virginia City Tour, and the Lake Tahoe Luncheon Cruise
May 26, 2009 is the deadline for fees at $175. Fees go up to $190 beginning May 27th.
Please submit all forms and payments to:
c/o Nancy Ellis
PO Box 9681
Truckee, CA 96162
The sooner you get your money in the better your chance of not being left out.
Make Your Hotel Reservations NOW!
The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is located at 2707 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502. FWSA has special group
rates for rooms in the Montego Bay Wing, Peppermill Tower, and Tuscany Suites. Make your reservation directly
with the Peppermill by calling 1-800-282-2444. Tell them you are with the FWSA Convention and mention group
code AFWSA09. Information is at their website, www.peppermillreno.com. Our room blocks will be released on
May 13th, so don’t miss out on our special group room rates. Get your room reservations before May 13th!
Flights should be booked in and out of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV. The Peppermill is located 2
miles from the airport and offers easy, convenient shuttle service to the hotel every half hour 4:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Shuttle service from the hotel to the airport operates daily 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Jo Simpson Host Council President firstname.lastname@example.org 775-722-6468
Nancy Ellis Convention Registrar email@example.com 530-582-0566
Steve Coxen Convention Chairperson firstname.lastname@example.org 503-679-9022
If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate person above.
Steve Coxen, Nancy Ellis, and Jo Simpson
77th ANNUAL FAR WEST SKI ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, Nevada June 4 - 7, 2009
DISCOVER SIERRA SILVER
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, June 4, 2009
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Delegate Registration
Tote Bags – Sponsored by Ski Dazzle and Neck Wallets – Sponsored by Vail Resorts
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Industry Exhibitor Registration
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm Pub Crawl – National Automobile Museum - Sponsored by Reno-Sparks Convention and
Visitors Authority ($65 Optional Event)
Friday, June 5, 2009
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Michael German Memorial Golf Tournament - Sponsored by Snowbasin, a Sun Valley Resort
Wolf Run Golf Course - Shotgun Start 8:00am. ($110 Optional Event)
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Kayaking ($64 Optional Event)
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Virginia City Tour ($66 Optional Event)
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Cruise Lake Tahoe ($80 Optional Event)
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm Industry Exhibitor Registration & Set Up
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Pool Party – Hosted by Intermountain Ski Council
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm Delegate Registration
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm FWSA History Committee Meeting
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Industry Exhibitor Meeting
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Councils’ Man & Woman Reception (Invitation Only)
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Ski Club Happy Hour (No Host)
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Silent Auction Happy Hour – Sponsored by Aspen/Snowmass
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm Silent Auction and Dance – DJ Sponsored by Sun Valley Resort
10:30 pm - 11:00 pm Exhibitor Booth Breakdown
Saturday, June 6, 2009
7:00 am - 12:00 pm Delegate Registration
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:30 am FWSA General Meeting - Opening Session
8:45 am - 10:40 am Travel Expo
9:00 am - 12:15 pm Councils’ Man & Woman of the Year Judging (Invitation Only)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Outstanding Club Judging (Invitation Only)
9:45 am - 12:15 pm Far West Racing Association Meeting (Invitation Only)
10:00 am - 12:15 pm Bid Presentations – FWSA Ski Week (Invitation Only)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Snowsports Leadership Academy
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Public Affairs Panel & Guest Speakers
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon – Sponsored by Vail Resorts
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Snowsports Multi-Media Presentation
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Snowsports Leadership Academy
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Public Affairs Panel & Guest Speakers
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Council Caucuses
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Reception (No Host)
7:00 pm - 12:00 am Awards Banquet & Dance
Band - Sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
Sunday, June 7, 2009
7:00 am - 8:15 am Eye Opener Party – Hosted by Sierra Council
8:30 am - 10:30 am FWSA General Meeting/Elections – Coffee Sponsored by Telluride
10:30 am - 11:30 am Break/Door Prize Giveaway - Delegate Brunch
11:30 am - 2:00 pm FWSA General Meeting/Elections
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm FWSA Board of Directors and Trustees Meetings
Delegates are welcome to attend all events unless otherwise indicated. Participation in Travel Expo is especially encouraged and
the Grand Prize will be awarded only among those who participate. Delegates with mandatory assignments to other meetings
during Travel Expo will receive instructions from their Meeting Chairman.
77th ANNUAL FAR WEST SKI ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
June 4th – June 7th, 2009, Reno, Nevada
INDIVIDUAL PRE-REGISTRATION FORM
Due to FWSA by April 30, 2009
(This Form Must Be Completed for Each Attendee)
VERY IMPORTANT – Registration Type
□ Voting Delegate (Record Name on Credentials Form) □ Non-Voting Delegate/Guest/Other
□ Alternate Delegate □ FWSA Direct Member
Please Print Clearly
Affiliated SKI CLUB NAME COUNCIL NAME
Member’s First Name Last Name
Address Phone # ( ) ___________________ Street Apt # ___________________________________________________
City ___________________________________________________________State ______ Zip _______________
Option to Except for your email address, which is not divulged, the information submitted above will be provided to industry
sponsors and donors to the Silent Auction. You may exclude your information from this list by initialing here ____.
FWSA Convention Pre-Registration Package Selection: Please Read Instructions
Selection Description Price Enclosed
□ Full Package – All FWSA business meetings, election & panel sessions, $145
convention pin & books and all other hosted parties & activities . by 4/30/09
Friday Friday Silent Auction & Dance, Beverage
Saturday Continental Breakfast, Travel Expo, Luncheon, $175 $ _______
Sunday after 4/30/09
June 5--7 Cocktail Party, Awards Dinner & Dance (Discover Sierra Silver)
Sunday Eye Opener and Buffet Brunch
□ Delegate Book – The Delegate Book will be included on a CD in your
$10 $ _______
packet. Indicate here if you would like to purchase a printed copy for $10.
Saturday Meetings ONLY – Attendance at FWSA business meetings, election & panel
sessions and convention books – No Meals or Parties $50 $ _______
Awards Dinner & Dance ONLY – Saturday night Banquet and Dance.
Saturday June 6 Dinner must be purchased in ADVANCE. (Seating LIMITED – Priority will be $75 $ _______
given to Delegates who purchase the Full Package). [Black Tie Optional]
AND Optional Activities. See event fliers - You must sign up for these activities using the event forms.
HUB CRAWL—NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM $65 $ _______
FWSA 3rd ANNUAL MICHAEL GERMAN MEMORIAL GOLF $110
$25 $ _______
TRUCKEE RIVER KAYAKING $64 $ _______
Friday VIRGINIA CITY TOUR $66
June 5 $ _______
LAKE TAHOE LUNCH CRUISE $80
Total Amount Enclosed – make checks payable to FWSA (No Refunds): for members of affiliated ski
clubs, payment must be made by delegates’ ski club. Submit all forms and payment to FWSA
Convention Registrar, Nancy Ellis, P.O. Box 9681, Truckee, CA 96162. DEADLINE: April 30, 2009 $ _______
VP of Council Services
Our eleven councils, which represent thousands affairs, etc. Information
of ski club members, continue to offer great ski trips on all the many aspects
and numerous non-ski related activities all year long. of running a ski club can
While finishing this ski season, we are turning our be found at Convention. I
attention to Convention - that is the Annual FWSA always come away ener-
Convention. This year we are going to Reno and gized to lead my club or
Sierra Council will no doubt show us all a really council in new ways.
great time!! Convention brings together and recog- Our FWSA Leader- Mary Olhausen
nizes all the hard work our clubs and councils do VP of Counsils
ship Panels offer guid-
all year long. We hold our club/council competition
ance with a variety of
for websites, newsletters, and outstanding clubs.
topics--a lot of “how to” can be found on topics such as
Catherine Ohl, who has done a fabulous job with the
newsletters, websites, trip management, insurance, pub-
FWSA Awards Program, is taking the club/council
competition into the electronic age. We’ll cultivate lic affairs, etc. In addition, Convention is the greatest
this program to be a viable program for all clubs and opportunity to meet and talk with the ski industry - the
councils - increasing participation. folks who put on ski trips. The annual Silent Auction
A large part of Convention is the Council Man & on Friday night at Convention is an event not to be
Woman of The Year Competition. Donn Bryant man- missed. Come bid on fabulous ski trips and meet all the
ages this program and Big White/Silver Star supports ski industry who support FWSA.
it with offering a trip to their resorts for each council Travel Expo on Saturday morning gives you one-
winner. on-one time to meet industry and plan your future ski
I can’t say enough about attending Convention! trips. Convention--simply put, is an incredible three
This is just such a great time to meet up with skiers days to energize yourself for club leadership, planning
and boarders from all over the Western United States travel, and learning about what makes FWSA so spe-
and compare notes on trips, club leadership, public cial. See you all in Reno!!!
Lindsey Vonn (age 24) is the first U.S. woman to win the world cup overall title twice and with 22 world cup wins
(U.S. record of 9 wins in this season eclipsing 8 season wins by Phil Mahre 1982) is now 3rd on the all time U.S. list
behind Bode Miller (31) and Phil Mahre (27). She competed with her right hand duct taped to her pole for the final
month of races after slicing the flexor tendon of her right thumb. Vonn also won her 2nd back-to-back world cup
downhill season title (matching the U.S. record set by Picabo Street 1996) and her 1st world cup super G season title
with 4 super G wins (matching world cup women’s record set by Katja Seizinger 1998 and Renate Goetschl 2007).
With these 3 world cup titles in one season, she matches Phil Mahre’s U.S. record from 1982. FIS Alpine World Cup
2009 season women’s rank for Lindsey with last year’s rank in parentheses: Overall 1st (1), Downhill 1st (1), SuperG
1st (6), Combined 2nd (2), Slalom 3rd (32), Giant Slalom 8th (13). She also first became the first American woman
in 57 years to win 2 gold FIS Alpine World Championship medals (SG & DH) in the same year since Andrea Mead
Lawrence won SL & GS in 1952 at Oslo, Norway.
Actress Natasha Richardson fell without a helmet during a lesson in the middle of a beginner slope (Nansen trail
at Mt Tremblant in Canada) with reportedly slushy and sticky conditions. After declining medical attention from the
first ambulance, she complained of a headache a few hours later at her hotel room when a second ambulance arrived,
she was transported to various hospitals, and later died from an epidural hematoma. Natasha age 45 is survived by her
mother Vanessa Redgrave, husband Liam Neeson and two sons Micheal and Daniel. Make an informed choice about
helmets and become educated about concussions.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 22 www.fwsa.org
Arizona Ski Council
By Arleigh Meiners
Thirty-seven adventurous skiers left warm and San Diego Council and
sunny Arizona for an eighty degree differential at Big had a scrumptious buf-
Sky, Montana. fet! Only the Best in the
We spent five glorious days on the slopes of Big West could attend! Prizes
Sky, never skiing the same run twice unless we want- were awarded to the best
ed to! dressed cowboys and cow-
On Tuesday, several groups headed out to Yel- girls! Yeehaa!
lowstone National Park. The groups toured either Far West put on a great
by Snow Coach or snowmobiles. Bison, elk, eagles week complete with a pic- Arleigh Meiners, Arizona
and trumpet swans were all seen in the park. Old Ski Council President
nic buffet lunch, après ski
happy hour and a fantastic
farewell party. Many raced, some went over to ski
Moonlight Basin, and all had a marvelous time!
Faithful even gave a brief show despite the minus
twenty degree temperatures!
Phoenix Ski Club took 44 avid skiers to Telluride
Our evenings were almost as adventurous! We for Arizona Days – January 15th through 18th. The
group stayed at Bear Creek Lodge – the beautiful con-
dos in Mountain Village. It even had its own funicular
to get you to the slopes! The snow was great and there
was plenty of it. One of the highlights was a spaghetti
dinner cooked by the trip captains, Lee Lambie and
Ron LaMoureaux, for the 44 participants.
ventured to the infamous Snow Bar. We partied in true
Far West fashion- the Welcome party was spectacular;
complete with food, drinks and music! On Council
Night, we joined forces with our friends from the
The Councilman, Spring 2009 23 www.fwsa.org
Bay Area Snow Sports Council
By Dennis Heffley
The Bay Area Snow Sports slopes, hiking trails on snowshoes tions have
Council is looking forward to an or gliding along on cross country nominees
amazing experience at the FarWest skis. and those
Ski Association Convention being I also know of BAC club trips elections
held at the Peppermill in Reno, NV. that have gone to Vail, Aspen, Bea- will be tak- Dennis Heffley
We are excited about the focus ver Creek & Steamboat Springs. ing place on
of the FWSA on the needs of our Individuals from BAC who have April 6th.
individual clubs and members. The visited Fernie/Kimberly, Whitefish, It is with deep appreciation that
Leadership Seminars will be well Jackson Hole, Schweitzer, Kicking I say Thank You as we have two
attended! From talking with Ms. Horse, Big White/Silver Star, just (2) BAC Board Members who are
Jo Simpson (Sierra Council Presi- about every place in Utah, . . . In moving on to other ventures.
dent!) this year’s FWSA Conven- other words, we have BAC people They are Ms. Linda Hennings
tion is going to be one to remem- who enjoy skiing/boarding and they ~ BAC Travel Director who has
ber! are going places! led the BAC Trips to a new level!
Despite the economic down- Lest we forget the amazing in- Linda has added so much to our
turn, people within BAC meetings with her experi-
have done an amazing ence and skills as a true
amount of traveling! First leader! Linda made sure
and foremost was the that the needs of the BAC
FWSA Ski Week at Big members were met not
Sky, Montana where BAC only in the planning stages
(again) had the highest of the trip ~ but during the
amount of participants event.
and brought home the Then there is Sig
Council Challenge Award. Kalteis ~ BAC Commu-
Traveling actually began with the ternational traveling that the FWSA nications Director. Sig developed
Keystone National Championship Provides. Our members just got procedures that have been ben-
Race. The BAC now has its name back from Austria where they got eficial to our clubs and members.
on the Cup for three years in a row! to take in the culture during another Most of you have heard of Sig’s
In addition BAC ran it’s own trip to exceptional European experience. accomplishments for the last three
Park City, Utah! We are not sitting Others and many of the same are years in a row at the FWSA Con-
back and relaxing . . . I hear that we looking forward to the Baltic and vention when the FWSA Council
already have over 50 people signed South American adventures await- Newsletter Award was presented!
up for the 2010 Ski Week in Key- ing them in the near future. Thank You to Linda Hennings
stone, CO. It is with pride that I share with and Sig Kalteis for your energy,
Club and individual wise . . . you that the Election of Officers in focus, contributions and for being
you can name every ski resort in the Bay Area Snow Sports Council the individuals that you are ~
the Great Tahoe Region as having is again going very well. Dennis you both are wonderful and will
people from BAC making turns Heffley is entering into his 6th year be missed at our BAC Board of
either on skis or boards down their as BAC President. All other posi- Directors meetings.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 24 www.fwsa.org
Intermountain Charities, continued from page 14
Council Ski Club has about 2000 members
By Don Anderson each year and the members try hard
Intermountain Ski Council, to give back to their community.
with 5,000 members in Idaho, Utah, Dale Parshall reports from
Wyoming, Colo. and So. Dakota Schnee Vogeli Ski Club in North-
is making plans to increase their west Ski Club Council: The club
participation in the FWSA annual Don Anderson supports high school racing by
convention at the Peppermill Resort Intermountain Council President
purchasing the awards for junior
Spa Casino of Reno in June. For racers on Mt.Hood. Members clean
the first time since ISC was voted Next year the council hopes to 3 miles of highway twice a year.
into Far West a year ago, clubs have promote more clubs to enter the The club helps to raise funds for
been asked to enter the Councils’ competition of Outstanding Club the Welches Lion’s Club by having
Man/Woman of the Year contestants. Newsletter, Outstanding Club
members attend their Club Cham-
Competition will then determine Website and Outstanding Club by
pionship Awards dinner.
who moves on to Reno to represent club size. Last year the council was
the council. represented by Michael Bouton Michael Bouton from Bogus
Several clubs have volunteered from Bogus Basin (Boise) ski club Basin Ski Club in Intermountain
experienced board members to assist and Don Anderson from Pocatello Ski Council reports: The club’s
in the FWSA judging of Newslet- Ski Assoc. This year in Reno, the Scholar Dollar Program provides
ter and Website contests. The Idaho council hopes to have 10 to 12 del- under-funded elementary school
Falls club leads the way in preparing egates from the various nine clubs. age children an opportunity to go to
entry forms in several club catego- Delegates will be asked to attend the ski area with their school for a
ries. This is quite an accomplish- training and informational sessions day of skiing. The children receive
ment for such a young council, to bring back this valuable material equipment, lift tickets, lessons, and
competing against clubs that have to their local clubs. Intermountain
lunch. The ski area offers all of this
been doing this for decades. will assist the host council, Sierra,
at $25 per student. BBSC ski club
We are so proud of these club by organizing the convention pool
leaders, willing to risk so much, to party on Friday afternoon. raised these funds through dona-
compete at this level and hopefully For more information see: tions, a Red Cross Blood Drive,
learn from the competition at Far www.intermountainskicouncil.com and barbeques.
West. and www.fwsa.org Other Charity Reminders: It’s
really beautiful to see many of our
Safety Thermometer clubs and ski councils so actively
supporting their favorite charities.
Don Anderson, ISC President, awarded Jackhole Hole’s Spencer Long a If YOUR group has not been able
FWSA Safety thermometer in late January of this year. The thermometer has to decide which charity to become
been placed outside the Bridger restaurant atop the new tram. A picture of involved with, here are some
it on duty will appear in the next FWSA Skiers Guide. If at Jackson Hole, groups, which many of our FWSA
please report back to us how it looks.
member clubs support:
A Safety thermometer was happily received by Steve “Yeti” Andrus of Disabled Sports USA, Special
Snowbasin in early February in front of the whole resort management team. Olympics, and the Jimmie Heuga
Snowbasin was the first resort to assist in the formation of the council and Center for MS.
has supported FWSA by sponsoring the convention golf tournetment each Please go to www.fwsa.wbees.
year. They have also been very good about working with our member ski com/page/page/686807.htm for
clubs. The thermometer location has not been disclosed yet.
more information on how to be-
come involved with these charities.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 25 www.fwsa.org
Los Angeles Council
By David Krupp
The tough thing about our sport this time of year chord with the partici-
is that it’s hard to get in contact with others because pants. At the club level,
everyone is skiing. we’re all on common
Now, this is what I’ve heard and I have to say that ground. How clubs
this is more than likely a falsehood. But, I’ll stick to attract new members
the story anyway because that’s the way it should be. was probably the most
And, I can justify being a slacker for the slopes. engaging topic. As part Los Angeles Council President
This is how it works: I’m a day late for this article of the Education Com-
because I was up at Mammoth Mountain for the So- mittee, I can attest that
Cal Championships. However, I believe the first con- this will be a success at the coming convention this
tact-recipient of our articles, Mary Azevedo, just got June in Reno. Not to be missed.
back from the Austria trip. I’ll bet she just couldn’t It’s also a salute to our industry partners present.
wait to dive back into this stuff. Maybe she’s not back It is with their support that we are able to have suc-
yet. Hey, it’s Austria, maybe she’s never coming back. cessful events. Like trips.
So, I guess I’m not late. This is the mind-set of the
true skier. So, to segue…
See what I mean? LA Council went to Vail the first week of Feb-
So, on to the business at hand: ruary. An entourage just shy of 100 people were in
Each of the council First, let’s get the casualties out of the way.
presidents was asked to say John Freeman and Linda Holcombe had a con-
a word (or several) on our cussion and broken leg respectively. Both are
FWSA Conventions. Many from Century City Ski Club. Ya’ know, I think
would say that the pin- the folks in CCSC have this happen ‘cause
nacle of the convention is they’re missing the fear gene. All of this is OK
the Awards Dinner which now as both are on the road to recovery.
celebrates the contribu-
tions made on behalf of our Dave Felker ran the trip and from his experi-
volunteer organizations. It ence at running trips, it was guaranteed to be a
was great fun last year with great trip from day one. Some of the highlights;
Dennis Heffley and Sheri many, here’s a few:
Parshall winning Man and
Woman of the Year. Far Tubing…awesome. The awards dinner at the
West and its affiliate orga- top of the mountain…elegant. The best though--
nizations (the councils and clubs, of course)…just so -skiing that mountain…epic.
many great people. One could make the argument that
you don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the benefits of Mary may be home now as the last half of this
being part of the group. As a matter of fact, I know article was done two days after deadline. And—I gotta
such a person. Doesn’t ski. go ski.
The events that made the most impact though
were the education programs. The topics struck a real See you on the slopes.
The Councilman, Spring 2009 26 www.fwsa.org
Northwest Ski Club Council
By Sheri Parshall
Northwest Ski Club Council welcomes you to by FWSA), a Saturday
Spring in the Northwest! And that means rain. Lots night dinner, and a
and lots of rain. But to paraphrase Duane Bridge, Bunny Tailgater on Sat-
longtime Schnee Vogeli ski club member, you just urday. It was a fabulous
have to look at all of those raindrops and know that up way to spend Easter
in the mountains, all that rain means lots and lots of Weekend with NWSCC
snow. families, and we look
First of all, we are so happy to be celebrating the forward to growing this Sheri Parshall
birthday of not one, but two of our favorite Oregon event. NorthWest Council President
ski resorts. Here’s a big NWSCC shout out to Mt. PACRAT racing was
Bachelor, who just turned 50; and Mt. Hood Skibowl, hugely successful this
celebrating 80 years of making snowriders happy in season, with two additional teams added, making over
the Northwest. And a big NWSCC thank you to ALL 200 racers tearing down Northwest resort slopes. PA-
of our resort friends for doing what they can, with CRAT is celebrating 25 years of racing on Mt. Hood.
reduced lift ticket and pass prices. Keep skiing and They will, of course, be celebrating at their annual
snowboarding affordable during these challenging “Rat Attack” party. This year the theme is Reunion
times. 1984… hmmmm…I’m thinking shiny tights and leg-
Speaking of challenges, NWSCC skiers helped gings…..
two outstanding charities this past winter with two NWSCC is also celebrating a birthday—30 years
major fundraisers, starting with the Oregon Cancer of fun with Northwest ski clubs. And, we’ve got a
Ski Out. Teams of racers skied great party in the works.
down an easy-for-all course at Mt. September will see a
Hood Meadows, aiming not for fast fabulous fundraiser sup-
times but for consistent times. The porting the Mt. Hood Cul-
race was followed by a fabulous tural Center and Museum.
party and silent auction, raising Come to be wined and
tens of thousands of dollars for dined!! We already have
cancer research in Oregon. lot of fabulous silent auc-
Another March event, and the tion items (skis, ski camps
first event of its kind on Mt. Hood, on Mt. Hood, and lots
was the first annual Hope on the more) and we’ll have lots
Slopes, hosted by Mt. Hood Ski- of special guest celebrities
bowl. This event challenged snow- who will share their ski-
riders to spend 24 hours on the ing stories. We hope you
slopes, collecting as many vertical can come. It will be worth
feet as they could. Winning teams have been deter- the trip, we promise!
mined. with only three showing their skiing prowess And congratulations to our Council Man and
and fundraising abilities. NWSCC looks forward to Woman of the Year Honorees: Colleen Walter of
continuing to grow and support both of these deserv- Skiyente Ski Club, and Dale Parshall of Schnee Vogeli
ing events. Ski Club. These two have been great volunteers for
April meant Back to the Blitz!! We headed to their clubs, their council, Far West Ski Association,
Central Oregon to enjoy fabulous spring skiing on the and Far West Racing. We’re very proud to have them
slopes of Mt. Bachelor. Included on this Easter Week- as representatives of Northwest Ski Club Council.
end was a Friday night martini party (co-sponsored See you at the Convention in Reno!
The Councilman, Spring 2009 27 www.fwsa.org
San Diego Council
By Eileen Sanford
SDCSC has always had an and enjoyed the day despite the
outstanding representation at rain. It did clear up for a wonderful
FWSA conventions. Last year at lunch on the covered patio. Friday
Seattle’s Western Bellevue Square, night’s Silent Auction brought free
the southern California group was microbrew Northwestern beer and
well represented by twenty-seven many bargains on trips for our SD
members who journeyed north members. SDCSC likes to show San Diego Council President
to support our good friends NW our crazy personalities by wear-
Council. Torrey Pines had an espe- ing boas to every convention. We Torrey Pines went to Park City,
cially good representation to Utah and Mammoth, NIS went on
support their club president, four Mammoth trips and a week-
Debbie Schroeder, who was long trip to Jackson Hole; Pac
the SDCSC Woman of the Rim did a Canadian Safari, as they
Year. Don Diego also brought call it, a Kootenanny Tour and are
their fun loving RV group planning a New Zealand /Austra-
to support Carl Cobb, the lia trip in August. Don Diego has
SDCSC man of the year from done two mid-week Mammoth
that club. trips with again, great powder!
The weekend started Action had a great time, and of
Island Snowdrifters with the first place
with a lively pub crawl to the course great powder on their fly
trophy that San Diego Council won at
Needle and a Happy Hour at away to Aspen in March. Speak-
the SoCal races at Mammoth.
a nearby bar. SDCSC always ing of Aspen, we voted to take our
has an amazing amount of 12th annual pre-Christmas there
camaraderie during the conven- match the color to the theme of the next year.
tions.We braved the rainy day on dance. Last year‘s theme was For- We were hosted by Brian
the golf course with plastic rain- ever Plaid. It was a challenge, but Flickinger, National Sales Manag-
coats given out by the clubhouse we found multicolored boas with er of Vail Resorts, on March 10 at
flashing lights that seem to suit the NIS meeting. Brian kicked-off
the occasion. At Reno we hope to the FWSA trip to Keystone next
flash again. You will know us by year with his winning smile and
our unbridled enthusiasm, devilish a DVD presentation to get the SD
devotion to FWSA, and willing- skiers revved up to a great FWSA
ness to volunteer for anything. ski week experience in Keystone
Well, almost anything. next year.
This ski season has been a We are also looking forward to
Mike and Eileen Sanford, powder setting record holder. a large delegation going to Reno
Brian Flinckinger, National Mike and I have personally expe- for Sierra Council’s hosted 79th
Sales Manager of Vail Resorts rienced 16 days of powder skiing FWSA convention. We are work-
so far. He loves it, I do half a day ing hard on the initial planning
and then go shopping. Our coun- stages of our 80th FWSA Conven-
and took turns stopping at the club cil trips have included Aspen and tion to be held in beautiful Palm
house to share hot toddies and Big Sky. Each trip had record set- Springs. Stay tuned, we have huge
warm up. Everyone was cheerful ting powder while we were there. plans!
The Councilman, Spring 2009 28 www.fwsa.org
Did You Change?
FWSA keeps a database on members, clubs, and coun-
cils. It’s important that information in this database is
current so that communications are received in a timely
manner. Let me know if there are changes in club or
council officers, changes in membership addresses and
phone numbers, changes in members’ club affiliations, or
if your club or council has changed its meeting location.
Requests for information from the database must be
sent to the FWSA President (Randy Lew) for approval before
it will be dispersed.
Leigh Gieringer, The Far West Ski Association website Nancy Ellis, Information
Skier’s Guide Editor (FWSA.org) has a Ski Club Officer Update Form that Services Director
can be downloaded, completed, and mailed to me at:
7150 E. CamElbaCk Rd, StE 444 FWSA DATABASE
SCottSdalE, aZ 95251 C/O Nancy Ellis
RES: (480) 940-7420 P.O. Box 9681 Email: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Truckee, CA 96162 Fax: (530) 582-0566
Ski Association Council Presidents
ArizonA Ski CounCil PreSident intermountAin Ski CounCil PreSident
Arleigh Meiners Don Anderson
8862 East Cholla St 1470 Satterfield, Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Pocatello, ID 83201
Res: 480/391-2612 Ph: 208/238-8081
orAnge CounCil PreSident
BAy AreA Snow SPortS CounCil loS AngeleS CounCil PreSident Nancy Sanford
PreSident David Krupp PO Box 2906
Dennis Heffley 1524 10th Street, Unit K Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
4125 Beryl Drive Santa Monica, CA 90401 Res: 909-584-5446
Concord, CA 94518 Res: 310/319-3757 OCPrez1@aol.com
Res: 925-825-3262 email@example.com
SAn diego CounCil of Ski CluB-
new mexiCo CounCil PreSident Eileen Sanford
CentrAl CounCil PreSident
Diane Stearley 11760 Caminito Prenticia
PO Box 415 San Diego, CA 92131
P.O Box 4095 Edgewood, NM 87015 Res: 858/695-1442
Paso Robles, CA 93447 Bus: 505-281-3755 Cell: 858/761-6192
Res. 805-712-5781 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
northweSt Ski CluB SierrA CounCil PreSident
inlAnd CounCil PreSident Jo Simpson
Sheri Parshall 1691 Ashbury Lane
232 NE Nightshade Ct. 20721 NE Interlachen Lane Reno, NV 89523
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 Fairview, OR 97024 Res: 775/787-7556
Res: 816/805-0384 Res: 503-912-0064 Cell: 775/722-6468
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Jo_simpson@sbcglobal.net
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Board of Directors and Trustees
PreSident VP mArketing & SPonSorShiP
Randy Lew (‘06-’09) Debbi Kor (’02-’10)
7007 SW Iron Horse St. 316 W Comstock
Wilsonville, OR 97070 Seattle, WA 98119
Res: 503-682-1563 Res: 206-283-0269
immediAte PASt PreSident VP PuBliC AffAirS
Mike Sanford (‘06-’09) Scott Bowker (’03-’09) ChAirmAn TruStee
11760 Caminito Prenticia PublicAffairs@fwsa.org Steve Coxen (’06-’09)
San Diego, CA 92131
19510 Suncrest Avenue
Res: 858-695-1442 VP memBerShiP
BubaSanfrd@aol.com Barbara Bryant (’05-’10) West Linn, OR 97068
12741 Peregrine Res: 503-635-0974
Truckee, CA 96161 firstname.lastname@example.org
SeCretAry Res: 530-550-9452
Debbie Stewart (‘06-’09) email@example.com
430 S. Church St. truStee
Visalia, CA 93277 VP rACing Jane Wyckoff (’07-‘09)
Bus: 559-734-9294 Bob Ellis (’03-’09) 25 Belmonte
firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 9681 Irvine, CA 92620
Truckee, CA 96162 Res: 949/552-5223
treASurer Res/Bs/Cell: 925-487-7771 JaneWyckoff1@cox.net
Cindy Krupp email@example.com
1524 10th Street, Unit K
Santa Monica, CA 90401 VP north AmeriCAn trAVel truStee
Res: 310/319-3757 Gloria Raminha (’07-‘09) Fran Long (’08-’10)
9110 Mc Afee Dr. P.O Box 4095
VP CommuniCAtionS Houston, TX 77031 Paso Robles, CA 93447
Mary Azevedo (‘08-’10) Res: 713/777-8318 Res. 805-712-5781
Maryliz4@yahoo.com Fwsa.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
VP internAtionAl trAVel truStee
VP CounCil SerViCeS
Norm Azevedo (‘06-’10) Linda Westlund (‘08-’10)
Mary Olhausen (‘08-’09) 901 Sousa Drive
2310 NE 77th Avenue 9078 E. Topeka Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Vancouver, WA 98664 Res: 925-944-9816 Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Res: 360/892-1814 Fax: 925-944-0420 Bus: 480-441-3523
firstname.lastname@example.org FSWAitravel@sbcglobal.net email@example.com
The Councilman, Spring 2009 30 www.fwsa.org
Committee Chairpersons and Organization Representatives
AthletiC SCholArShiP ChAirPerSon FWSA Webmaster
Dick Shawkey George Stewart
P.O. Box 2443 430 S. Church St.
Arnold, CA 95223 Visalia, CA 93277
Res: 209/795-4792 Res: 559/594-5129
AnnuAl ConVention ChAirPerSon
Steve Coxen hiStory ChAirPerSon / PArliAmentAriAn /
19510 Suncrest Avenue BylAwS Committee ChAirPerSon
West Linn, OR 97068 John Watson
Res: 503-635-0974 Box 2768
firstname.lastname@example.org Fallbrook, CA 92088
AwArdS Committee ChAirPerSon email@example.com
PO Box 420552
San Diego, CA 92124 2009 hoSt ConVention CoordinAtor
Res: 858-467-9469 Jo Simpson
firstname.lastname@example.org 1691 Ashbury Lane
Reno, NV 89523
ChAritieS & our Community ChAirPerSon
informAtion SerViCeS direCtor
21465 Wentorf, Germany
PO Box 9681
Truckee, CA 96162
CounCilS’ mAn & womAn of the yeAr ChAirPerSon
Donn Bryant SAfety Committee ChAirPerSon
12741 Peregrine Richard Lubin, D.C.
Truckee, CA 96161 8655 Wicklow Lane
Res: 530-550-9452 Dublin, California 94568
email@example.com Res. 925-828-7454
fAmily & youth inVolVement Committee ChAirPerSon
Linda Westlund Silent AuCtion CoordinAtor
9078 E. Topeka Drive Mary Olhausen
Scottsdale, AZ 85255 2310 NE 77th Avenue
Bus: 480/441-3523 Vancouver, WA 98664
firstname.lastname@example.org Res: 360-892-1814
fwSA Skier’S guide editor
Leigh Gieringer the CounCilmAn editor
7150 E. Camelback Rd., Ste 444 Mary Azevedo
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 901 Sousa Drive
Res/Bus/Cell: 480-940-7420 Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Fax: 480-940-7558 Res: 925-944-9816
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The Voice of the
WORDS FROM THE EDITOR:
the CounCilmAn editor
901 SouSa dRivE
Walnut CREEk, Ca 94597 Here we are, publishing our convention issue. We hope many of you at-
RES: (925) 944-9816 tend, since it is at Reno, adjacent to the gorgeous area of Lake Tahoe. There
were two themes for this newsletter. First, we asked the council presidents
to let us know where they skied this past winter and spring. Many of them
are also letting us know what they enjoy about attending conventions. One
of the best parts of convention is making new friends. Since many of the at-
tendees hang out with members of their club, please make an effort to talk to
new people and sit at meals with new people. There are so many opportuni-
ties to say hello: rooms, hallways, meetings, etc. Say hello to someone who
looks like they would be interesting to get to know. Don’t forget to talk to
our noted ski guests, when else do you have an opportunity to get to know a
ski icon? Get a picture taken with them, too.
For Complete Information on FWSA, visit our website:
C/O Nancy Ellis
The Voice of the
P.O. Box 9681 Western Skier
Truckee, CA 96162
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