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					                                                      Founded 1930                              Winter 2006
                                                                                                Volume XXVI I

                               FWSA Strives to Improve
                              Communications and Benefits
Inside This Issue:                                By Randy Lew
                                   Hello, another ski          Silent Auction Coordinator,
VP Council Services     12
                              season is now upon us and        respectively. Jane, a former
                              mother nature has blessed        FWSA President, has been
VP International Travel 6-7   the Pacific Northwest, Colo-     a volunteer for the last 30+
                              rado, and parts of Canada        years. It has been through        Randy Lew, FWSA President
VP Marketing             3    with lots of snow and great      her enormous efforts that the
                              early season conditions.         Association has continued to     program, and convention
VP Membership            4    The Pacific Northwest has        grow and prosper. Barbara,       sponsorships, along with
                              set record rainfall records      a former FWSA Secretary,         sponsorship development.
VP No. American Travl    5    with a lot of flooding and       has been a volunteer since       Debbi may be contacted at
                              road problems this year.         1996. Since Barbara as-
VP Public Affairs        4
                              The good news is the roads       sumed the Silent Auction              I am happy to announce
                              have now been repaired and       responsibilities, she and her    that Mary Olhausen has
                              all Mt Hood ski resorts are      family have continued to         been appointed the FWSA
VP Racing             13-16
                              open to the best early season    improve and streamline our       Silent Auction Coordi-
                              condition in years.              internal processes while pro-    nator. Mary is currently
Charities Chair          8         The FWSA Board of           viding the Industry first rate   President of Northwest Ski
                              Directors held its winter        service. It is with heartfelt    Club Council (NWSCC),
Safety Chair             8-   meetings at Northstar at         thanks that the entire FWSA      has served on the NWSCC
                              Tahoe. I want to thank           Board of Directors wishes        Board of Directors for eight
Scholarships chair       9    Northstar at Tahoe, Tahoe        them well in all their future    years, and has been an ac-
                              Mountain Resorts Lodging,        endeavors.                       tive member of Bergfreunde
2007 Convention       10-11   Black Tie Ski Rentals, and            I have been working         Ski Club for 20+ years.
                              North Lake Tahoe Express         diligently with FWSA Past        For the last seven years,
                              for their hospitality, excel-    Presidents Mike Sanford          Mary has coordinated the
Database Director       20
                              lent service, and partnership.   and Steve Coxen on a             NWSCC Ski Fair, a one
                              We were able to conduct          transition plan to insure        night trade show for indus-
Offficers and Chairs 17-19    2 full days of productive        the Industry the same high       try and ski club members,
                              meetings and enjoyed a little    level of service which they      that includes a silent auc-
                              skiing despite the limited       have grown accustomed to.        tion. She can be reached at
 Council Highlights           snow pack. FWSA continues        We have reassigned some
                              to thrive through its contin-    job responsibilities and              The success of FWSA
Arizona                 13    ued partnerships with the        have increased the number        is due to a significant num-
                              industry.                        of positions on the FWSA         ber of volunteers who have
Bay Area                12
                                   After many years of         Convention Committee.            contributed a tremendous
                              commendable volunteer-                I am pleased to an-         amount of time and exper-
Central                 14
                              ism, both Jane Wyckoff and       nounce that Debbi Kor-Lew,       tise. I need to inform you of
Los Angeles             14    Barbara Razo have decided        VP Marketing since 2002,         the growing requirement for
                              to step down from their          will be assuming total           new volunteers. I have been
Northwest               15    Far West Ski Association         responsibility for marketing     informed that several cur-
                              positions of Industry Spon-      and sponsorships. This will      rent volunteers will be mov-
San Diego               16    sorship Coordinator and          include our current general,                Continued on Page 2
continued from page 1

                                           big thank you to Leigh Gieringer for          logo to increase safety awareness and
                                           the outstanding job and tremendous            public recognition. Look for these at your
ing on to other endeavors, so we have      effort that she put into it. It is the best   local ski areas near lift ticket booths or lift
a need to fill in behind them. We need     one yet with great articles and infor-        towers.
you!! For those reading this article and   mation on the ski areas and clubs.                  I am very proud that our Athletic
want to get more involved, this is your                                                  Scholarship Program under the leader-
                                           Please contact your Council President
                                                                                         ship of Robb Margrave has continued to
opportunity. The more volunteers, the      if you have not received your copies          grow. With the generosity of our industry
easier the work load. If you want more     to distribute to your club members.           partners Big Mountain Resort, Grouse
information on volunteering either         This is our major annual publication          Mountain Lodge, Karbon Skiwear, and the
call (503-682-1563) or email (fwsa-        and it does a great job advertising our       Barbados Tourism Authority, we were able me or one of our        many accomplishments and our close            to award over $4,000 in scholarships to
Functional VPs. All of our Functional      relationship with our industry part-          deserving junior racers.
VPs require a working committee to         ners. Please make sure your councils                Our 75th Convention Double Dia-
be truly successful.                       and clubs use them in recruiting new          mond Dreamin’ will be hosted by the
     The FSWA Travel Program               members.                                      Bay Area Snow Sports Council at the
continues with great success under                                                       Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Califor-
                                                The one overriding issue that I
                                                                                         nia, May 31st to June 3rd 2007. Dennis
the leadership of Lynnell Calkins and      heard from many club members at our           Heffley, BAC President, Linda Indreboe,
Norm Azevedo. Lynnell recently led         2006 Convention at the Sheraton Wild          BAC Convention Coordinator, and Steve
an outstanding Panama Canal Cruise         Horse Pass Resort was the lack of in-         Coxen, FWSA Convention Coordinator
with 64 participants enjoying the Roy-     formation being passed down from the          have some very exciting activities planned
al Caribbeans Serenade of the Seas.        councils and the lack of direct commu-        for us including kayaking in a national
Our upcoming ski week in Steamboat         nication from FWSA. I am happy to             preserve, wine tasting tour, shopping, pub
will consist of approximately 600          announce that we have implemented             crawl, golf, and an extension trip to the
participants. I know that Lynnell, the     the FWSA News Group which will                beautiful Monterey Peninsula. They have
FWSA ski week staff, and the Council       include a monthly Hot Sheet which             been meeting regularly to plan all this fun.
trip leaders have planned a great trip                                                   Mike Sanford, Past President, is diligently
                                           will be distributed via a list serve to
                                                                                         working on lining up an all-star cast of
with many exciting things in store for     any interested member. Thanks to              celebrities and Debbi Kor-Lew is work-
us. The International ski trip in March    the efforts of Barbara Bryant, VP of          ing on sponsorship for this great event.
is to Bormio, Italy with an exciting       Membership, we have completed the             Friday will include some optional activi-
pre-trip to Rome and great post-trip       design and implementation of this ser-        ties and our usual industry show and Silent
to Interlaken, Switzerland. It’s not too   vice. The Hot Sheet will include trip         Auction. We will have our typical travel
late if you act now! The last planned      info and current information on FWSA          Industry Expo and professional panels
trip for 2007 will be an exciting two      programs. You may subscribe by go-            along with the very successful multi-me-
or three week (your choice) excur-         ing to the FWSA web site and clicking         dia session on Saturday.
sion to China and Tibet. This trip will    on Subscribe to FWSA News button.                   Please join us for the first Michael
included the newly opened passenger                                                      German Classic Golf Tournament which
                                           This is just our first pass at this service
                                                                                         will be held June 1st at the Santa Clara
train from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet         and it is our intention of improving on       Golf & Tennis Club. Michael, a dear
(the highest city in the world) over a     both functionality and service in the         friend, former FWSA VP of Council
13,000 foot mountain range.                future.                                       Services, VP of the National Ski Council
     An emphasis for our Travel                 The FWSA web site http://www.            Federation, and former President of the
Program at the winter meeting was has been updated and im-            San Diego Council of Ski Clubs, taught
developing a prioritized wish list of      proved due entirely to the efforts of         me the true meaning of leadership, cour-
travel destinations for the next 3-5       Steve Coxen, former President and             age and bravery.
years. Both Lynnell & Norm led a           Web Master. This site includes infor-               The Northwest Ski Club Council will
very spirited discussion and worked        mation on our travel program, mem-            host our 2008 Convention June 5th to June
on the list which will be released soon.                                                 8th, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bel-
                                           bers’ benefits, Convention, awards,
                                                                                         levue, Washington, just outside of Seattle.
     The new 2006-2007 Far West            Athletic Scholarship program, and a
                                                                                         The Westin Bellevue will be our base ho-
Skiers Guide has been distributed          link that you use to subscribe to the         tel. This will be our first Convention in the
to each Council and ski show that          new Hot Sheet.                                Seattle area, and will give the Seattle area
we have participated in. We are also            Dr. Richard Lubin, Safety Chair-         clubs a chance to participate and showcase
distributing over 50% of these, utiliz-    man, has implemented a program to             their beautiful area.
ing Certified Folder Displays to reach     distribute FWSA Thermometers with
the major metro areas that we serve. A     our safety slogan Watch All Sides and           Thank you for your continued support.

The Councilman, Winter 2006                                    2                                          
 VP of Marketing
 What’s New in the
 Marketing Department?
                     By Debbi Kor-Lew

     A new ski season is upon us,           Your FWSA Board of Direc-
and it looks like it’s going to be a    tors recently returned from a                          Debbi Kor-Lew
good one! Most of the major ski ar-     weekend to North Star in Truckee,                      VP of Marketing
eas were open before Thanksgiving       California, where some of us had a
this year. What a treat! This means     chance to make a few turns in the
we should have lots of “powder          fresh snow in between meetings.
days” and moonlit nights during         We stayed in the beautiful Tahoe
which to ski to our hearts’ content.    Mountain Lodging properties, and       lodging, or when you plan on doing
Are we ready for all this? You bet!     were duly impressed.                   some shopping for new gear.
     To kick the season off, several        One of our newest Member                I’ll be hitting the SIA show
ski club councils had their Ski Fair,   Benefits Partners, Black Tie Ski       again this year, on my annual
and Pray for Snow (Northwest),          Rentals, outfitted the Board with      jaunt to Las Vegas, checking out
Ski Dazzle (LA), along with the         skis and boots. This is the handiest   all the new and exciting stuff. I’ll
annual Snow Gala, Winter Gala,          thing since sliced bread. Black Tie    be talking with the many vendors
and Snow Ball. What a great way         will come right to your condo/hotel    there, promoting Far West and
to get started. Added to that, of       room and get you fitted for boots
                                                                               seeing what I can do to bring in
course, are all of the actual trade     and skis, as well as supply you
shows in the various areas, and                                                more Benefits Partners and possible
                                        with any sunscreen, hat, etc. that
let’s not forget about the exciting                                            sponsors.
                                        you may have left behind. I can tell
Warren Miller Movie Off the Grid,                                                   I continue to work with our
                                        that we are going to be calling on
which really gets all skiers and                                               existing program sponsors: Aspen,
                                        Black Tie during our many visits
snowboarders pumped up for the                                                 Steamboat, Big White/Silver Star
                                        to their destination cities, such as
season!                                 Aspen, Brecken-ridge, Big Sky,         and our Athletic Scholarship spon-
     From Aspen to Heavenly, from       Keystone, not to mention Steam-        sors: Big Mountain, Big Mountain
Mt. Bachelor to Whistler/Black-         boat.What an excuse not to have to     Lodging and Grouse Mountain
comb. Our members will be head-                                                Lodge. I will be contacting all of
                                        schlep your skis all the way from
ing in many directions this coming                                             our Industry friends in the next few
season to make some fresh tracks.                                              weeks about event sponsors for the
                                            Some other new Benefits Part-
Other trips planned are to Jackson                                             75th Annual Convention to be held
                                        ners this year include: Wax Fax,
Hole, Big Mountain, Big White/
                                        ZB Sports, Snow Skirts (have you       in Santa Clara in June, and would
Silver Star, Telluride, Sun Valley,
                                        seen Steve Coxen’s photo in the        encourage any of you who may
Durango, Alta, Snow Basin and
                                        Skier’s Guide), The Comfort Inn in     know of a business, resort, com-
Powder Mountain. This doesn’t
even include our sanctioned Far         Salt Lake, and the beautiful Grand     pany looking to join us in Santa
West trips to Steamboat Springs         Sierra Resort & Casino (formerly       Clara, please send them my way
in late January, and Bormio, Italy      the Reno Hilton), in Reno, Nevada.     I’d love to hook up with them.
in March. We will literally be all      If you’re going on a trip, check out
over this country and Europe this       the website first to see what deals        Cheers, and here’s to a great
season.                                 you might be able to get on your       season!
The Councilman, Winter 2006                              3                               
VP of Membership                                                                 VP of Public Affairs
      Direct Members and                                    2007 Ski Area
              News Group                                    Development
                            By Barbara Bryant                  By Scott Bowker

                         DIRECT MEMBERSHIP                  Arizona Snowbowl

                     •    Renewal Reminders were             U.S. District Court
                          sent out to all Direct         Judge Rosenblatt for Ari-
 Barbara Bryant                                                                                  Scott Bowker
VP of Membership          Members in September           zona decided that the Forest
                                                                                              VP of Public Affairs
                                                         Service met all procedural
 • Paid Direct Members for 2006-2007 have been
                                                         requirements for approval
     sent a packet of information which includes a
                                                         of facility upgrades at Arizona Snowbowl and use
     welcome letter, membership card, the FWSA
                                                         of reclaimed wastewater to make artificial snow on
     brochure, the most recent Councilman, and the
     Skier’s Guide
                                                             Judge Rosenblatt concluded that the goal of
 • FWSA has 41 Direct Members with more ex-              providing a reliable ski season is consistent with the
     pected as time nears for the FWSA Ski Week and Forest Service’s multiple-use mandate.
     the China/Tibet trip.                                   This case is one of the first legal challenges to
                                                         the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. This
                     NEWS GROUP                          latest decision sets an important precedent which
 • As directed by the FWSA BOD at the July meet
                                                         extends American Indians the right to practice their
     ing the Communications Committee, headed by
                                                         religion in a way. To an extent the federal govern-
     the VP of Membership, has set up a FWSA
                                                         ment deems appropriate and adequate instead of
                                                         protecting American Indians’ religious rights as they
 • Purpose: to establish a Newsgroup to distribute
                                                         themselves define those rights and the necessary
     information to FWSA club and council members
     who opt into the group                              circumstances for practicing their religions.
 • Thanks to Scott Bowker who drafted an invitation          The Navajo Nation appealed this decision on
     to club presidents, newsletter editors, web masters 2/27/06 to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San
     and council reps to join FWSA’s News Group          Francisco. Arguments were heard at the 9th Circuit
 • Thanks to Emilio Trampuz who helped set up the Court on 9/14/06 and a decision at the circuit court
     News Group                                          level is expected to take several months. Ultimately
 • Steve Coxen has put a button on the FWSA home this case is predicted to go to the Supreme Court.
     page that will link to the newsgroup page for
             people who want to join the newsgroup.                  Consumer Advocacy/Trends
 • There are two ways to join the group: send name
     and e-mail address to Barbara Bryant,                                  Record with total
     Membership@fwsa or go to the FWSA web site                         U.S. skier/snowboarder
     and click on the link                               2005/2006 set an all time record with total U.S.
 • Expect the first message containing news by           skier/snowboarder visits at 58.9 million +3.5% from
     January 10                                          last year according to annual Kottke National End
 • The news will be short bullets of information         of Season Survey. Snowboarding participation rose
     about FWSA with links to the web site.              slightly to over 30%.                 continued on page 7

The Councilman, Winter 2006                             4                                 
 VP of North American Travel
 2007 Ski Week at Steamboat
                                By Lynnell Calkins

     Whistler/Blackcomb is the site    with the championships. This trip is
of our 2008 FWSA ski week. The         open to all FWSA members includ-
dates are January 19 - 26, 2008.       ing children. Please see the flyer
After the site inspection for coun-    below.
cil trip leaders and FWSA travel                                                                Lynnell Calkins,
staff, lodging will be allocated and       2007 Ski Week                                    VP of N American Travel
sign-ups will begin for ski week,          Approximately 600 FWSA
2008. With Whistler a site for         members will be in Steamboat for       October 29, with sixty-four FWSA
the 2010 winter Olympics, many         our 2007 ski week. Our council         members on board. We cruised
FWSA members have voiced               trip leaders are working with our      down the western coast of Mexico
interest in our 2008 ski week. So,     FWSA travel staff to provide ev-       and Costa Rico, through the Pana-
check with your council and make       eryone with a wonderful ski week.      ma Canal. With a stop in Aruba, we
your deposit for ski week 2008.        Lots of snow has already fallen in     arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico on
                                       Steamboat so everyone is looking       Saturday, November 11. My thanks
    Mt. Bachelor                       forward to skiing Steamboat’s        to Juli, Arrynn, Anna and Shannon
    The Far West Racing As-            champagne powder.                      from The Cruise Company who
sociation championships are in                                                provided us with a wonderful expe-
Mt. Bachelor the last weekend of           Panama Canal Cruise                rience. The sixty-four on board are
March, 2007. FWSA is offering              The Panama Canal Cruise de-        looking forward to another FWSA
a Mt. Bachelor trip to coincide        parted from San Diego on Sunday,       cruise in the near future.

    $365 plus air                          Mt. Bachelor
                                       March 29 - April 2, 2007
                      Far West Racing Association Championship Race
                                                   Trip Package
                      4 nights lodging (double occupancy) at Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon
                                         3 day lift ticket at Mt. Bachelor
                                             Ground transportation
                                Bus transportation from the hotel to Mt. Bachelor

                            Families and children are invited as this trip is open to all
                            FWSA/FWRA members including racers and non-racers.

                   Sign-up with Lynnell Calkins at: or call 30-370-6948
                   FWSA-North American Travel, 22-B Gates Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                           Sign-ups MUST be received by January 15, 2007.

 Must be a Member of Far West Ski Assocation                                                 CST # 2036983-40

The Councilman, Winter 2006                                                              
                   BE One of THE FIRST
                           (Limited space available)

21 Day Trip             Sept 14 - Oct 4, 2007                     15 Day Trip              Sept 14 - Sept 27, 2007
Tour Fare: $3,660 (Double or Triple Occupancy)                    Tour Fare: $2,650 (Double or Triple Occupancy)
Single Supplement: + $720 (Single Occupancy)                      Single Supplement: + $480 (Single Occupancy)
Plus Int'l & Domestic Taxes (U.S. & China): $235                  Plus Int'l & Domestic Taxes (U.S. & China): $207
Plus China Visa Processing Fee (Single Entry): $70                Plus China Visa Fee (Single Entry): $70

        15 day trip to Beijing Lhasa,                                                     21 Day Extension Itinerary
        Chengdu, Xian, and Shanghai                                                       Sept 24- Chengdu/Leshan/Lijiang
                                                                                          (B, L, D) Excursion to see the 210
Sep 14-San Francisco/Beijing (IM)                                                         foot Giant Budha.Fly to Lijiang
At 2:20pm Depart SFO or LAX on
Air China’s Boeing 747 wide-body air-
                                                                                          Sept 25-Lijiang (B, L, D) Visit
craft and fly to Beijing.
                                                                                          Baisha Fresco to see 600 year old
                                                                                          murals. See the Black Dragon Pool
Sept 15- 17 Beijing (IM) There will
be two tour buses in Beijing. One for                                                     and Shuhe Village.
those new to Beijing a tour to see
the traditional sites, the other will                                                     Sept 26- 27 Dali (B, L, D) See the
take a group to different sites.                                                          Bai Nationality. Visit Xizhou Village.
                                                                                          Visit theThree Pagodas,walk through
Tour Tian’anmen Square, the Sum-           Children watch as the first train from Lhasa   the old town.
mer Palace, the Great Wall, and the        Railway Station travels across the Tibetan
Historic Hutong.                           grasslands to Beijing                          Sept 28-29 Dali/Kunming/Guilin
                                                                                          (B, L, D) Fly to Kunming Visit the
Sept 18-19 Beijing/Lhasa (B, L, D)        21-Day travelers follow the travel              Bamboo Temple, with its 500 clay
Visit the Dala Temple. Board the ex-      schedule shown on the right “21 Day             monks. See 96,000 acres of uniquely
press train for Lhasa in the evening.     Extension.”                                     shaped limestone landscape.

Sept 20- 22 (B, L, D) After 48 hours      15-Day travelers follow the itinerary           Oct 1-Guilin/ (B, L) See the Guilin
train ride, you traveled 2500 miles       below for September 24.                         countryside. Li River Cruise through
and arrive at Lhasa, the highest city                                                     Yangshuo. Rent bicycle or tuk-tuk to
in the world. Visit the Dalai Lama’s      Sept 24-27 Chengdu/Xi’an/Shanghai               see countryside.
Potala Palace, tour the old Jokhang       (B, L, D)
Temple and the Drepung Monastery.         Fly to Xi’an. View the world famous Army        Oct 2-Yangshuo/Shanghai
                                          of Terracotta Warriors, Optional tour           (B, IM, D) Flight to Shanghai. Visit
Sept 23-Lhasa/Chengdu (B, L, D)           available. Fly to Shanghai. visit the           famous Bund with European neo-
Fly to Chengdu. Visit Panda Re-           Shanghai Museum. Enjoy the Acrabatic            classic architecture. See Suzhou,
search Institute.                         Show in the evening.                            Silk Factory and Suzhou gardens.

Recommended tipping per day is $7         Sept 28-Shanghai/SFO (B, IM)                    Oct 4-Shanghai (B) After a leisurely
per traveler, which covers the drivers,   After a leisurely breakfast, depart Shang-      breakfast, depart Shanghai on Air
local guides, porters, maids & na-        hai on Air China to SFO or LAX with a           China to SFO or LAX with a same
tional guide.                             same day arrival.                               day arrival.
  $200 deposit per participant. Limited space. Priority placement based on first received post-marked mail envelopes.
  Make checks out to Far West Ski Association with “Tibet” in the check “for” space. Include the following: (1) your legal name
  and address, (2) phone number, and (3) email address. (4) designate 15 or 21 day trip (5) designate SFO or LAX departure
  airport. Adults only. You will receive registration pkg within 2 weeks of received deposit. Mail to: FWSA, c/o Norm Azevedo,
  901 Sousa Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94597. Email to to confirm that you sent a check and /or
  request more information. Norm Azevedo can also be reached on (925) 944-0420.                               CST# 2036983-40
   VP of International Travel
   Destination Bormio & China/Tibet for 2007
                                    By Norm Azevedo

                                     and some outstanding sightsee-         120 people. If you are interested
                                     ing. We finally return from Zurich     or know someone who is, please
                                     on March 16th. We can still take a     contact us soon.
                                     limited number of new applicants           On all our International trips,
                                     for Bormio; however, there may         we accept all placements based on
                                     be added costs. We have a standby      the order deposit are received by
                                     list to fill possible cancellations.   FWSA International Travel. It’s
           Norm Azevedo
     VP of International Travel
                                     Interested people should contact       very important to us that as trips
                                     me immediately.                        are announced that all Councils
      We have two great FWSA              FWSA International Travel is      and clubs distribute the information
 International trips scheduled this  also offering a 15 or 21 day trip to   and fliers as-soon-as-possible so all
 year. We leave for the Bormio,      China/Tibet starting on Septem-        have a fair opportunity to join on
 Italy Ski Week (Mar. 3 to 11, 2007) ber 14, 2007. It features a newly      any trip.
 trip with its extensions to Rome    opened 48 hour, 2500 mile train            FWSA International ski week
 and Interlaken. Approximately 115 ride from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet        will be somewhere in the Alps.
 people are joining us at Bormio.    with terrain over 13,000 feet above    We plan to send out a Request for
 Fifty people will start with us on  sea level. Oxygen supplies are         Proposals (RFP) for the Alps trip
 Feb. 24th in Rome, then on to       provided for train passengers and      this January. International travel
 Tuscany, Florence and Milan. In     in the Lhasa hotel. What an ex-        sellers, who do not receive an
 Milan we join with those who are    perience this would be for FWSA        RFP by the end of January and are
 only going to Bormio and Inter-     adventurers. We have excursion         interested in giving us a proposal,
 laken. After Bormio the majority    options for those who took the         should contact me. During April/
 will return home from Milan, but    previous China trip and have new       May 2008 time we are also plan-
 35 will continue on to Interlaken   places to visit. We have over 90       ning an international adventure to
 for skiing in the Jungfrau region   people signed up and can only take     the Greek Isles.

 Scott Bowker, continued from page 4
                                                            Icer Air Ski/Snowboard Competition
                                               Icer Air ski/snowboard competition held at AT&T Park in San
           Olympic adds Ski Cross
                                               Francisco in AT&T Park stadium in November with about
 International Olympic Committee added Ski
                                               30,000 attendees. The 100’ high ski jump descended from the
 Cross to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in
                                               scoreboard, extend over 350’ and was covered with 200 tons of
 Vancouver, Canada.                            snow. This was the first U.S. stadium snowsports jump event.

         Feels Good & Snow Monsters                                         History
 SnowSports Industries America Winter Feels    U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame 2006 inductees include Jonny
 Good & Snow Monsters are working togeth-      Moseley 1988 Olympic gold moguls medal, Julie Parisien 3
 er to teach children how to dress for snow-   time World Cup winner and 3 time U.S. Olympic team member,
 sports with a new interactive tool at www.    and Trace Worthington 37 time World Cup winner in freestyle                          skiing primarily aerials and 2 time Olympian.
The Councilman, Winter 2006                           7                                
Charities & Our Community Chair
New 2007 Club and Council Recognition
                         By Sigrid Noack

    Start thinking about this new     teerism and charity involvement;
way for your council or club to       To show our Industry partners what
receive FWSA recognition:             a big and kind heart the members
                                      of FWSA have.
         Charity & Community
           Service Recognition                     What is the                            Sigrid Noack, Charities
This Charity & Community Service             application procedure?                       & Our Community Chair
Recognition will be awarded for the   Any council or club, currently af-
first time at the FWSA Convention     filiated with FWSA may apply.
in June 2007 to the FWSA Club or               An application form is        to show the FWSA Charity and
Council, which during the past year   available on the FWSA Website,         Volunteerism commitment. These
has shown an outstanding effort       to be completed and e-mailed to        picture boards will also serve as
in donating time and/or financial     Sigrid by March 15th, 2007.            encouragement for other clubs and
support to one or more charitable                                            councils to get more involved with
organizations.                                    Who will be on             charitable community activities.
                                              the Review Committee
        What is the purpose           A committee made up of Charity           What will be the recognition?
        of this recognition?          Committee volunteers will review       All clubs and councils that apply
To encourage charity and commu-       the applications.                      will be recognized at the FWSA
nity involvement in all our FWSA          Three clubs or councils will be    convention.
councils and clubs; To recognize a    selected and notified by April 15th.       The First Place winner will re-
club or council for its outstanding   They will then prepare a picture       ceive a $100 donation from FWSA
financial and/or volunteer support    display board to be presented at       for the charity of their choice.
to one or more charitable organiza-   Convention 2007.                           This is the FWSA’s way of
tions; To show the ski world how          The picture board presentation     publicly supporting our clubs and
much the FWSA encourages volun-       at convention is an excellent way      councils in that same giving spirit.

Some ideas to make this a special ski season
                                                                                   Hey, how about snow-board-
                          By Richard Lubin                                    ing. A few quick suggestions:
                                                                              if you are older (I’ll leave that
    Take Lessons I know most          how it is done, I did go away with      definition up to you) just do it for
people do not think they need         a few tips and important constructs     a couple of hours, NOT all day.
lessons if they already ski well.     to work on. Northstar and Sierra at     You’ll be so sore you may never
There are lessons for people of       Tahoe have FREE ski lessons for         try it again. Rather, do a few
every level. Skilled teachers can     intermediates and above.                short attempts, leaving adequate
point out subtleties that will aug-       Some people limit their lessons     recovery time, and evolve into it.
ment your skiing. After 10 years      to RACE CLINICS to improve                   If you are already a snow-
of snowboarding I took an all day     those skills. Heck you can even do      boarder, try riding an Alpine set
private lesson in Aspen. While I I    this in the summer at Mt. Hood in       up with hard boots and a carving
am pretty familiar with               Oregon.                                 board.

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Athletic Scholarship Committee
            By Robb Margrave

   At our last report, I told you that our Committee had approximately
   $6,600 available to fund Scholarships for deserving athletes. The Com-
   mittee had received a total of six applications and that they were being
   At our last report, I told you that our Committee had approximately $6,600 available fund
   Evaluation of the applications has been completed and after much discus-
   Scholarships for deserving athletes. The Committee had received a total of six applications and that
   sioin, five applicants were
   they were being evaluated. awarded scholarships totaling $4,250. Scholar-
   ships were award to the following:                                            Robb Margrave, Athletic
                                                                                 Scholarship Chairperson
   Evaluation of the applications has been completed and after much discussion, five applicants were
   awarded scholarships totaling $4,250. Scholarships were awarded to:

              Kaylee Ann Cortopassi, Mammoth Lakes Ski Team, $1,250. Kaylee is 16 years old and
              attends Mammoth Charter School where she maintains a 3.8 GPA. In September 2005,
              Kaylee was named to the United States Ski Association “All Academic Team”. In 2006,
              she was ranked in the top 10 nationally in her age group in the Downhill and Super G.

   Geordie Lonza, Mammoth Lakes Ski Team, $1,250. Geordie is 17 years old and is a
   senior at Mammoth Charter School where she maintains a 3.9 GPA. She is ranked by
   the United States Ski Association in the top 10 nationally in her age group in the
   Downhill and Super G.

              Anton Hilts, Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation, $750. Anton is 16 years old and
              has a 3.4 GPA at Summit High School in Bend, OR. In 2006, he was ranked by USSA
              in the top 15 nationally in his age group in the Downhill, Giant Slalom and Slalom. In
              2005, Anton was ranked #3 nationally in the Super G.

   Jetta Rackleff, Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation, $750. Jetta is 15 years old and
   is a sophomore at Summit High School in Bend, OR, maintaining a 3.9 GPA. In
   addition to ski racing, her interests include hockey and playing her cello.

              Andrea Wallace, Mt Bachelor Ski Education Foundation, $250. Andee is 15 years old
              and has a 3.9 GPA at Summit High School, Bend, OR. In addition to ski racing and
              training, Andee volunteers each week at her local library.

   Sponsorships for 2007 are forming up. It appears that we will have many of the same contributors
   as in prior years with the Barbados Travel Authority donating a week long trip to the Caribbean
   island which includes air transportaion. Big Mountain Resort and Grousse Mountain Lodge will
   both have trips this next year. We are hoping to retain Schure Sports, the maker of Karbon brand
   ski clothing.

   The Barbados and Big Mountain trips will be raffled and the Grousse Mountain Lodge trip will be
   included in the Convention’s silent auction. Like last year, drawings for the raffled trips will be
   held at the convention in Santa Clara in June. Kickoff for the Barbados trip raffle will be at ski
   week. Should we receive a Karbon sponsorship; the suit will be raffled at Ski Week as it was the
   past two years.
Host Convention Coordinator
   2007 Convention                                              By Linda Indreboe

Double Diamond Dreamin’
The Bay Area Snow Sports Council        May 9, 2007) by calling 1-800-233-       from the
(BAC) is hosting the 75th Annual        1234 and saying that you are with        FWSA web
                                                                                                      Linda Indreboe
FWSA Convention to be held May          Far West Ski Association or, reserve     site www/            Host Convention
31st-June 3rd, 2007 in Santa Clara,     online at with group              Coordinator
CA. The theme for the 75th Annual       code g-fwsa.                             Any ques-
Convention is ‘Double Diamond                         Registration               tions or suggestions about this
Dreamin’ - which is what I am           Sign-up packages for registering for     convention should be directed to
doing right now - hoping for more       the convention and optional activi-      Linda Indreboe, Host Convention
snow in the Sierras.                    ties will be sent to club and council    Chairperson at: 408-248-8426 or
                                        presidents in January 2007. Early
         Hotel Reservations             registration deadline will be April      See the convention flyer to the right
FWSA members can reserve rooms          30th, 2007. Registration information     of this page for highlights, optional
($129/night double occupancy before     will also be available for download      activities and other information.

                            Durability and Fitness
              If I’d known how long I was going to live I’d have taken better care of myself
                                       John Watson, Saurius farwesticus

        Do you consider yourself        durable bunch that just keeps hang-      gram, even
healthy and fit? And how old are        ing on. Remember Joe Ross? He            if only deep
you? These are key questions for        almost made it to his goal of skiing     breathing, at
many of our members and most of         at age 100 and fell short only by a      the begin-
our executives. I’ll shame you all      few months. And how about those          ning of each
with details about the members of       members who can’t ski but insist         important
a special actions unit with which I     on staying “in the game?” Think of       meeting. We            John Watson
am familiar. And I want to make a       Jimmie Heuga. So there’s this “true      have a Safety    History Chairperson
plug for the revival of an executive    grit” and robustness at the heart of     Chairman and we need to further
function which was formerly got at      skiers. I know, because Bill Berry       augment him with medical infor-
least amongst our programs.             told me so.                              mation and physiology self training
In a prior Councilman article I                  But does FWSA, a sports         education responsibilities. This is
complimented our members - at           organization, have an obvious fo-        important stuff and should be an
least the delegates to our annual       cus for fitness and the durability to    executive function.
meeting - by comparing them fa-         ensure its perpetuation? We did at               Think you’re fit for your
vorably to the Greatest Generation.     one time have an Athletics and Fit-      age? Compare yourself to this
        This was after a long day       ness directorship. It died for lack of   crowd and see if you are on the
and at the end of the banquet and       context and fulfillment. But I want      proper path. Let me tell you about
the celebration for our awards          each FWSA Board meeting and              some heroic figures from a car-
honorees. I believe that the deter-     recommend that each club institute       diac rehab unit with which I am
mination to remain skiing creates a     a minimal 20 minute exercise pro-
                                                                                                  Continued on Page 17

The Councilman, Winter 2006                              10                                 
                                    FWSA 75th Convention 
              May 31st to June 3rd, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara 
                            5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA  95054 
                           15 minutes from San Jose Airport with Free Parking
                           High Speed Internet Access Available in All Rooms
                        Marble Baths, Outdoor Heated Pool & Indoor Fitness Center
                                             Hotel Reservations
                             $129/night double occupancy before May 9, 2007
                 Call 1-800-233-1234 and say that you are with Far West Ski Association
                       Or, reserve online at with group code g-fwsa

Convention Highlights                                         Optional Activities (subject to change)
                                                              •   Thursday Night Pub Crawl
•     Friday Night Silent Auction & Dance with GREAT          •   Friday Golf
      DEALS on over $100,000 in Ski Trips, Hosted drink,      •   Friday Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough Reserve
      FREE Admission—Public Welcome                           •   Friday Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries Tour
•     Friday Night Local Ski Club no host Happy Hour          •   Nearby Places to See/Things to Do
      5-7pm                                                        · Amusement Parks
•     Celebrity Guest Speakers
                                                                      Paramount’s Great America
•     Educational Breakout Sessions                                   Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
•     Saturday Awards Luncheon
                                                                   · Attractions
•     Saturday Awards Banquet & Dinner Dance
•     Travel Expo                                                     Intel Museum
•     FWSA General Meetings and Elections                             Technology Museum of Innovation
•     Sunday Eye Opener Party                                         Children’s Discovery Museum
                                                                      The Winchester Mystery House
                                                                   · Aquariums in Monterey and San Francisco
                                                                   · Zoos in San Francisco and Oakland
                                                                   · Sports: Windsurfing, Rollerblading, Hiking,

                                            For more information please contact:
    Delegate Questions - Linda Indreboe, FWSA 2007 Convention Coordinator at or (408) 248-8426
            Industry Questions - Debbi Kor-Lew, FWSA VP Marketing at or (503) 682-1563
VP of Council Services                                          Bay Area Snow Sports Council
Community Involvement                                                                     By Dennis Heffley
                               By Fran Long
                                      In this edition of The         The Bay Area Snow Sports
                                Councilman you will find ski    Council (BAC) has a long and storied
                                clubs and councils focusing     history of working with and contribut-
                                on a very important aspect      ing to various organizations with our
                                of their organizations that     main focus being on Disabled Sports
                                sometimes has nothing to        USA (DSUSA).
                                do with skiing. While we all         When attending a snow sports
                                still look forward to getting   show, talking to potential new club
                                out on the snow and having      members or when having a conver-
                                some good old fashion fun,      sation with vendors ~ the subject of
                                most of us are now looking      Fund Raising is always discussed.             Dennis Heffley
          Fran Long                                             It’s a very important part of what
                                for “more” from our social                                                    BAC President
       VP of Councils
                                organizations. Community        keeps the BAC moving in a forward
                                involvement and support         and positive direction. In fact ~ BAC
 of our local and national charitable organizations has         suggested and is looking forward to the FWSA 75th Annual
 become a big part of most ski clubs and councils.              Convention ~ Panel Discussion featuring athletes from vari-
      There are no rules that say our clubs must be in-         ous organizations focusing on Disabled athletes!
 volved in giving of our time and/or money to charities.             The BAC member who helped begin the fund raising
 There are no rules that say a social organization must         efforts with DSUSA is former FWSA President ~ Mr. Harry
 participate in some sort of community involvement, and         Davis. To this day Harry continues his fund raising efforts by
 yet our clubs continually seek out ways to be involved.        having a bi-annual Go Cart Race. In the spring, the benefac-
      Involvement in charities and our communities              tor was a pediatric brain injuries organization and this fall the
                                                                funds were sent to DSUSA.
 definitely helps the image of all our social clubs, but the
                                                                     During the Nor Cal Championships there’s an event
 commitment goes far beyond improving our image. In
                                                                called the BAC/DSUSA Ski For All. It’s a fun day where
 addition to being fun-loving, snow sports minded in-
                                                                individuals get a day of skiing along with a $5.00 voucher for
 dividuals, ski club members are compassionate human
                                                                lunch by donating a minimum of $80.00. With a donation
 beings with a deep commitment to our communities and
                                                                for every $100.00, people receive a Raffle Ticket. For every
 those less fortunate than most of us. We support chari-
                                                                $200.00, they get a chance to win the Grand Prize which is
 ties and our communities because we want and need that
                                                                a pair of skies or snowboard of their choice complete with
 involvement and balance in our lives.                          bindings!
      Ski clubs are to be commended for the time and ef-             On February 9, 2007 ~ DSUSA will have their first DSU-
 fort they put into charity and community support. The          SA Challenge Race. People from the community (including
 various council president’s articles in this edition of The    those for the BAC) are invited to be part of a fun race and
 Councilman reflect the efforts of our club members and         on-mountain scavenger hunt! This sounds like a blast!
 we should all be proud of what we are doing to make a               Many of our individual clubs hold fund raisers during the
 difference. For the first time, FWSA will be recogniz-         year and the Singles League portion of the BAC has an an-
 ing clubs and councils for their involvement in charities      nual Snow Ball where proceeds go to DSUSA.
 and communities at the 2007 convention in Santa Clara.              Another event that BAC began in 2005 is an Oakland A’s
 Clubs and councils will have an opportunity to apply for       baseball game. On September 22, 2006 ~ the BAC had 140
 this recognition early in 2007.                                people attending the game where $1,000.00 was raised for
      In addition to being recognized at the convention,        DSUSA. Mr. Norm Azevedo does an amazing job putting
 the top application will receive a monetary donation to        together the ticket sales and then Mr. Steve Grevstad jumps in
 the charity of their choice. This will be quite an honor for   and assists with our tailgate party!
 any club or council. Be sure to look for the application            All told ~ the BAC donates over $20,000.00 annually to
 information after the first of the year; and in the mean       DSUSA. Many of our clubs have fund raisers going to other
 time, be collecting the details and photos of your involve-    organizations. I’ve been asked to keep this article short ~ so I
 ment to support your application. More information can         will!              ~Please Remember ~
 be found on the FWSA website:                         You’re The One Who Makes The Difference!

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                              Arizona Ski Council
                                           By Marge Fons

     The Arizona Ski Council is proud to announce its new-          help your cause. In addition to
est member, AOTC, Arizona Outdoor & Travel Club. This               the charities that the Council
outstanding travel club rejoins the Council, bringing a host        and each individual Club sup-
of outdoor trips, events, and enthusiasm. We look forward           ports, our members are involved
to teaming up with the members of AOTC to provide all of            in a variety of charities spanning
our members with a variety of outstanding activities!               from building houses to building
     The Arizona Ski Council supports a variety of ski re-          bridges, working with the old,
lated charities with their fundraisers and activities. Harkins                                             Marge Fons, Arizona
                                                                    young, healthy and ill.                Ski Council President
movie tickets are sold with the proceeds benefiting AZ                   We volunteer for our envi-
Special Winter Olympics. The Castles and Coasters family            ronment and our pets. Although
day benefits US Ski and Snowboard teams. Our past silent            our passions take us to the ski slopes, our hearts are aware
auction has benefited the AZ Blind and Deaf Children’s            of our responsibility to help those less fortunate. A few of
foundation in conjunction with the Telluride Adaptive               the charities we are involved in are: Habitat for Humanity,
Sports Program. And in the past (when there is snow in
                                                                    Juvenile Diabetes Research Association, Desert Botanical
Flagstaff) the Council has volunteered a team to facilitate
                                                                    Gardens, Golden Retriever Rescue, United Blood Services,
the Arizona Winter Special Olympics. In addition, the clubs
                                                                    Susan G. Korman breast cancer walk, Humane Society,
have also taken on their special causes.
                                                                    and Make A Wish foundation. American Cancer Society,
     Hats off to Phoenix Ski Club for their 10th+ year par-
ticipating in the MS 150 bike ride. This year the club raised       United Way, Mesa Public Schools Extra- Curricular Activi-
just under $10,000- not bad for just 10 riders this year!           ties fund.
     Phoenix Ski Club also supports Shoebox Ministries; to               It is with deep regrets and sorrow that I announce the
support the needs for the homeless in Phoenix.                      passing of a dear friend, Ray Palmer. Ray was highly in-
     Scottsdale Road is now looking more clean and beauti-          volved in the ski club community; being a past president of
ful as the Scottsdale Sea and Ski Club participates in clean-       Scottsdale Sea & Ski Club, Arizona Ski Council President,
ing up the environment. Keep up the good work, folks!               and a FWSA Trustee. Ray was very involved in Arizona
     Our members are as diverse as the charities they choose        Special Olympics and the man who initiated the ASC in-
to represent. One thing special about being involved in a           volvement in the Special Olympics Winter venue. He was a
ski club, there is an ample amount of manpower willing to           good man with a big heart; he will be greatly missed.

VP of Racing
Far West Has Busy Racing Schedule                                                                  By Bob Ellis

      The first races for Far West start in December 2006           a lot of variety in race courses. Racing also allows you to
 and finish up in April 2007. The Southern California               meet new friends that love to ski and race and many also
 Leagues will have all of their races at Mammoth Moun-              love to travel.
 tain, while the Nevada and Northern California Leagues                   There is also a misconception that racing takes up your
 will be racing at Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Homewood,             whole ski day. This is not true at all. When you come on
 Diamond Peak, and Sugar Bowl, and the Pacrats League               race day, all you need to do is sign up in the lodge in the
 will be racing at Mt. Bachelor and Timberline in Oregon.           morning, pick up your discounted lift ticket with some ski
      Each league schedules their own races at the ski areas        areas and leagues, get your race bib, and head up onto the
 of their choice, and each league has their own individual          mountain. If you race at 10:00 AM, you should preview the
 race rules that can be slightly different from league to           course at least once before 10:00 AM, then show up at the
 league. Racing is not just for highly competitive people, it       start at 10:00 AM and line up to race in your class. Most
 is a lot of fun, and is available for all levels of skiers, from   race courses in Far West are completed in 20-30 minutes.
 the beginner to the expert skier. Not only are you racing          So in less than one hour, you can complete your racing and
 your friends, you are also being challenged by the moun-           still have 5 hours to ski the mountain with your friends
 tain and the course. No two courses are alike and there is         or relatives.                           continued on page 16
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 Central Council of California                                             Los Angeles Council
                          By Fran Long                                                By Judith Miller

                             It is difficult to write a short article       Unfortunately, our
                         focusing on all the charitable and com-        charities for the past year
                         munity contributions all of our clubs          have not been totally
                         make over the course of a year. While          documented. One held
                         all our clubs do an admirable job of           on May 21, 2006 by
                         giving back to their communities, I            Beach Cities Ski Club
       Fran Long         am choosing to focus on one activity
   Central Countil of                                                   was a volleyball tourna-             Judith Miller,
  California President   supported by one club because of it’s                                               Los Angeles
                                                                        ment and silent auction           Council of Ski Clubs
                         pertinence at this time of year.
                             As we are all busy putting up our          where 152 participants
Christmas trees, decorating our homes, making wish lists,               raised $8,000 for the
shopping for our families and friends, and wrapping all our             Southern California Foundation for Children.
pretty pack-                                                                The LAC Snow Gala held in November
ages, many                                                              offered a silent auction to benefit The Unre-
families never                                                          cables Ski Club and $1,070 was raised send
get beyond the                                                          their members on the LAC Ski Week to Jack-
wish list. SLO                                                          son Hole. Single Ski Club at their November
Skiers (San                                                             29 meeting charged an admission of a gift
Luis Obispo,
                                                                        valued at $15 or $15 cash for Toys For Tots.
CA) recognizes
                                                                            CCSC (California’s Complete Sports
the devastation
a family feels when they know there will be no pretty pack-                                        Club) used the mon-
ages, beautiful tree, or even a simple Christmas dinner. For                                       ey normally given
the past two years SLO Skiers has adopted a family from the                                        to the club from the
Women’s Shelter, gotten the wish lists from each of the fam-                                       sale of Gala raffle
ily members, and provided virtually everything on the list for                                     tickets to donate to
each of member of the family.                                                                      the Unrecables.
    The family is usually one that is preparing to leave the                                           Over 24 CCSC
Women’s Shelter and set up a home of their own. SLO Ski-                                           members also
ers provides everything except the furniture. Bedrooms are                                         participated in the
furnished, kitchens are equipped, family members get new                                           American Cancer
clothes, and there are toys and books for the children. We
                                                                        Society’s Relay for Life 24-hour walkathon;
never meet the families, we never get a thank you or hear
                                                                        they were the only group to have someone
how the family is doing, we only know how we feel, know-
                                                                        walking continuously each minute of 24 hours
ing we made a difference in the lives of another family. We
can imagine them in their new home, starting anew, with                 and they raised more money than any other
smiles on their faces as they set up housekeeping, wear their           group, unheard of for a first-year team.
new clothes, play, and read, as every family should on Christ-              Most of the clubs in LA Council partici-
mas Day. This is enough for us. We are making a difference              pate in the Ralphs Club Card Rebate program
in our own community.                                                   to benefit The Unrecables Ski Club.

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             Northwest Ski Club Council
                               By Mary Olhausen

     Winter greetings to all of you!!       tions for fantastic ski trips, and enjoy-
November was a busy month with              ing all the apres’ ski activities that go
ski shows in Portland and Seattle           along with our wonderful sport, I ask
and our own Ski Fair Event. We              you to stop for a moment and think
had nearly 40 commercial mem-               how you can give back to your com-
                                            munity and those less fortunate than
bers and clubs with booth space
                                            us AND enjoy this love of skiing and                     Mary Olhausen
at this event. Our PACRAT racers            boarding at the same time. NWSCC
are gearing up for another great                                                                    Northwest Ski Club
                                            clubs are very engaged with support-                    Council President
season. Six races will be held on           ing charity causes and organizations
Mt. Hood and the final race will            through sports events. To name a few--
coincide with the FWRA Race                 Bergfreunde Ski Club supports Winter
Championships at Mt. Bachelor.              Special Olympics at Mt. Bachelor by
PACRAT racing information can               providing volunteers for the on-moun-       vantaged youth. Mission Ridge resort
                                            tain events, as well as other fundrais-     holds a dinner to support Mission
be found at Our
                                            ing events through the year.                Ridge Ski Education Foundation.
monthly Council meetings are                                                                 In 2007 you’ll find numerous
a great way to meet other club                   Skiyente Ski Club holds a Mas-
                                            ters Race supporting the Erin Nicole        clubs supporting the Oregon Cancer
members. Meetings are fun with                                                          Ski Out and we’ll be back with our
                                            Scholarship for a young female racer.
themed nights, guest speakers, and          Schnee Vogeli supports scholarships         FWSA GERM TEAM in honor of our
educational topics related to club          and awards for young racers and holds       good friend, Michael German!! You’ll
management.                                               a dinner/fundraiser for       also find us at the FWRA Champion-
     The Oregon &                                         the Lion’s Club on Mt.        ships in April, to support the FWSA
Washington Ski Chal-                                      Hood. Wihski Club holds       Athletic Scholarship Program. Wash-
lenge is on--NWSCC                                        fundraising for the For-      ington residents can purchase special
challenges you to ski                                     gotten Children’s Fund.       Ski & Ride license plates - a portion
at resorts in Oregon                                      Mt. Hood Ski Patrol holds     of the fee goes to support NW Winter
and Washington and                                        a golf tournament to          Sports Foundation, providing youth
qualify for prizes. And                                   raise funds for the 939th     initiatives to promote active winter
don’t forget about our                                    Search & Rescue Wing.         health, outdoor educational activities,
on-going help with ski                                    Altair Ski Club supports      and snow sports safety.
area development through our NW             the Adopt A Family Program.                      NWSCC boasts five clubs that
Snowsports Advocates - just log onto             Anthony Lakes and Mt. Bachelor         accept donations to support various
our website to see what’s new at our        resorts both hold food drives--donate       causes related to skiers and board-
resorts and how you can help. www.          canned goods and ski for free! Mt.          ers. Mt. Bachelor Sports Education                               Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows, Sch-            Foundation runs training programs and
     Many from NWSCC just returned          weitzer, and White Pass resorts all         competition; Mt Hood Meadows Race
from Aspen - a joint ski trip with San      hold events that support cancer-related     Team teaches ski racing to juniors; Mt.
Diego Council. Skiyente Ski Club            research and fundraising. Crystal and       Hood Ski Patrol utilizes donations to
takes their 2nd annual family trip to       Schweitzer resorts both hold Jimmy          purchase new equipment; NW Snow-
Big Mountain in January. We are run-        Heuga Vertical Express for MS events.       sports Foundation provides scholar-
ning a trip to Mt. Bachelor to coincide          Mt. Ashland, Mt. Bachelor, and         ships for junior racers, and Mt. Hood
with the FWRA Race Championships.           Schweitzer resorts all hold events for      Cultural Center & Museum showcases
We’ve just published our annual NW          Special Olympics. Mt. Hood Meadows          the history of Mt. Hood.
Skiers’ Directory - another outstand-       resort holds an event to support native          Wishing everyone a great 2007
ing job from our commercial mem-            wildflowers on Mt. Hood. Mt. Bach-          and a long ski season!! As you make
bers, clubs, and editors of this publica-   elor resort holds an event to support       plans to visit ski resorts, check their
tion!!                                      the US Ski Team and another event           websites and see if your planned trip
     As you all go forth with purchas-      to support local schools. White Pass        coincides with a charity event that you
ing new equipment, making reserva-          resort holds an event to support disad-     might participate in or donate to.

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   Bob Ellis, con’t from page 13
                                                 San Diego Council
                                                          By Cheryl Riess
    On March 30-April 1, 2007
we will be hosting the Far West          San Diego Council of Ski            including: Habi-
Championships at Mt. Bachelor        Clubs has had a busy season, with       tat for Human-
                                     many of our clubs already host-         ity, the Polinsky
for the second time. This year
                                     ing successful ski trips. Our trip to   Center (for dis-         Cheryl Riess
we will have a beer sponsor,                                                                           San Diego
                                     Aspen was a wonderful experience        placed children),
Cascade Lakes Brewing Com-                                                                         Council President
                                     with some awesome ski condi-            The Bookman
pany. The Riverhouse & Resort
                                     tions. We are hoping for some se-       (who distributes
will be hosting the lodging and
                                     rious snow in our local mountains       used books to various schools, jails,
the Awards Banquet. Thursday         to help us fill up our bus trips.       charities, overseas charities, senior
evening a Welcome Party will be          This past year we’ve had two        citizens homes, etc.), the U.S. Ma-
held at the Cascade Lakes Lodge      clubs merge. The Torrey Mesa Ski        rine Corps’ Toys for Tots, the Ameri-
with complimentary beverages         Club merged with Get Off Your           can Cancer Society Relay for Life
and snacks. is putting       Rockers, so now we have nine ac-        event, the Special Olympics, Adopt
together travel packages for ski-    tive ski clubs in our Council.          a Family (Christmas), The San
ers and racers that are interested       All of our clubs are generous       Diego Food Bank, Katrina Relief,
in going to Mt. Bachelor for the     and contribute to many local and        Meals on Wheels, and the Adaptive
Far West Championships. The          recognized national charities.          Ski School .
Far West Championships will              The Council itself contrib-              Many times, we combine our
include the Pacesetter Races on      utes generously to the Adaptive         social events with charity fundrais-
Friday, the Slalom on Saturday       Ski School at Bear Mountain and         ers, such as bottle auctions and slave
and the Giant Slalom on Sunday.      is working closely with the San         auctions, casino nights, and raffles.
The Awards Banquet will be on        Diego Youth and Community                    One event where we honor those
Saturday night along with our        Services. This organization takes       who give generously of their time
Silent Auction. Last year we had     underprivileged youth to local          and talent is our Winter Gala. This
over 40 companies donate some        mountains for an overnight ski          year it was held November 18th at
wonderful items to our silent        adventure if enough money is col-       the Marriott Courtyard in Kearny
auction from skis to ski trips       lected. Otherwise, they go on a         Mesa where Dave Arnold and Susan
to dinners, which our members        local bus trip to Bear Mountain.        Shaffer, both of North Island Ski
                                         To honor the memory of              Club, were selected as our Man and
were able to purchase for very
                                     Michael German, our dear friend,        Woman of the Year. Both are very
good prices.
                                     leader and volunteer, the council       well-deserving recipients who have
    Far West Racing wants you
                                     donated money to the charity he         done much to help the council stay
to join us at our races. We put on
                                     identified before he lost his battle    active and vibrant.
quality, organized, and competi-
                                     with pancreatic cancer. To help              We are pleased to announce
tive events at very low cost to      raise money for this donation, the      Mike Sanford as our Joe Harris
our competitors, with racers         council asked each participant to       award recipient. Mike was recog-
divided into classes based on        bring a “white elephant” gift to its    nized at the Gala for his many years
ability, age and sex. So stop by,    Holiday Happy Hour. Raffle tick-        of hard work and dedication to orga-
say hi, and check us out. We         ets were sold and the items raffled     nized skiing at all levels. Congratu-
guarantee you will meet new          off. This was a lot of fun and par-     lations to Mike on a job well done.
friends and have fun while im-       ticipants were very generous.
proving your skiing. Please visit        In our combined club report,           We look forward to a great
our websites at         our clubs provide generous sup-         FWSA Ski week in Steamboat and
and                    port to several organizations,          another busy season!

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 John Watson, continued from page 10                    quite eventually flew B-47s after enlisting in the
                                                        40s. Harry was Class of 1944 from the Naval
                                                        Academy and reported to his first ship in November
familiar. Because of a “cardiac incident” in 2005, I                        ‘44. Commanded destroyers and
am a loyal follower of this gang. There’s a 90                              destroyer squadrons. Has had
year old lady who goes on the treadmill for                                 5 bypass procedures. In rehab
one hour just to do five minutes more than                                  activity for 15 years. Then there’s
her husband on the bicycle. My unit contains                                the world class aerodynamicist
a man who remembers World War I as a                                        who helped design aircraft such
child; Herb was born in 1914, has had several                               as the B-70 and B-1.
invasive surgeries, and drags around a small                                Get on track. Don’t be left be-
oxygen bottle. He has to leave on time to go                                hind. Make your grandparents
to his Tai Chi class. We are heavy on pilots.           proud. Be a member of the one of America’s Great
Milt enlisted in the Army in 1939 got his wings in 1942 Generations.
and ended the war flying transports over the Hump in             Be around when America needs you.
China-Burma-India. He’s over 85. Bernie                                Do your exercises. Live On!

         Ski Association Council Presidents
ArizonA Ski CounCil PreSident          inlAnd CounCil PreSident            orAnge CounCil PreSident
Marge Fons                             Bud Allie                           George Kish
                                                                           11252 Earlham
4530 E. Alta Mesa Ave.                 8301 Tamarind Lane                  Orange, CA 92869
Phoenix, AZ 85044                      Riverside, CA 92509                 Res: 714-997-1090
                                       Res. 951-681-0612         
Res: 480-940-3634
                                                                         SAn diego CounCil PreSident
                                       loS AngeleS CounCil PreSident
                                                                           Cheryl Riess
                                       Judith Miller
                                                                           8621 Onalaska Avenue
                                       1701 Scott Road #208
BAy AreA Snow SPortS CounCil                                               San Diego, CA 92123
                                       Burbank, CA 91504-3808
                                       Ph: 818/841-4192                    Res: 858-300-5816
Dennis Heffley
4125 Beryl Drive                       new MexiCo CounCil PreSident
                                       Diane Stearley                      SierrA CounCil PreSident
Concord, CA 94518                                                          Cliff Young
                                       PO Box 415
Res: 925-825-3262                                                          4701 W. Hidden Valley Drive
                                       Edgewood, NM 87015                     Bus: 505-281-3755                   Reno, NV 89502
                                                  Res: 775-857-2001
CentrAl CounCil PreSident              northweSt Ski CluB
Fran Long                              CounCil PreSident
P.O Box 4095                           Mary Olhausen
Paso Robles, CA 93447                  2310 NE 77th Avenue
                                       Vancouver, WA 98664
Res. 805-712-5781                      Res: 360-892-1814             

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                   2006-2007 FWSA
             Board of Directors and Trustees
PreSident                     VP MArketing
Randy Lew                     Debbi Kor-Lew (’02-’08)
7007 SW Iron Horse St.        7007 SW Iron Horse St.
Wilsonville, OR 97070         Wilsonville, OR 97070
Res: 503-682-1563             Res: 503-682-1563

iMMediAte PASt PreSident      VP PuBliC AffAirS
Mike Sanford                  Scott Bowker (’03-’07)
11760 Caminito Prenticia      925 South Wolfe Rd., #114   ChAirMAn TruStee
San Diego, CA 92131           Sunnyvale, CA 94086         Steve Coxen (’06-’07)
Res: 858-695-1442             Res: 408-720-1454           19510 Suncrest Avenue        West Linn, OR 97068
SeCretAry                                                 Res: 503-635-0974
                              VP MeMBerShiP
Debbie Stewart                Barbara Bryant (’05-’08)
430 S. Church St.             12741 Peregrine
Visalia, CA 93277             Truckee, CA 96161
Bus: 559-734-9294             Res: 530-550-9452           truStee        Ken Calkins (’00-‘08)
                                                          2211-B Gates Ave.
treASurer                     VP rACing                   Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Nancy Kelly (’95-‘07)         Bob Ellis (’03-’07)         Res/Fax: 310-370-4617
PO Box 2346                   PO Box 9681
Lodi, CA 95241-2346                             
                              Truckee, CA 96162
Res: 209-368-7000             Res/Bs/Cell: 925-487-7771          truStee
VP CoMMuniCAtionS                                         Robb Margrave (‘04-‘08)
Ray Craig (‘06-‘08)           VP north AMeriCAn trAVel    11 Stasia Drive
847 Tamlei Ave.               Lynnell Calkins (’03-’07)   Novato, CA 94947
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362       2211-B Gates Ave.           Res: 415-892-6295
Res: 805-496-6720             Redondo Beach, CA 90278          Res/Fax: 310-370-4617
VP CounCil SerViCeS                                       truStee
Fran Long (‘06-07’)           VP internAtionAl trAVel     Linda Westlund (’03-’07)
P.O Box 4095                  Norm Azevedo                9078 E. Topeka Drive
                              901 Sousa Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93447                                     Scottsdale, AZ 85255
                              Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Res: 805-712-5781             Res: 925-944-0420           Bus: 480-441-3523    

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   Committee Chairpersons and Organization Representatives
AthletiC SCholArShiP ChAirPerSon                        fwSA Skier’S guide editor
Robb Margrave (‘04-‘06)                                 Leigh Gieringer
11 Stasia Drive                                         7150 E. Camelback Rd., Ste 444
Novato, CA 94947                                        Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Res: 415-892-6295                                       Res/Bus/Cell: 480-940-7420                                Fax: 480-940-7558
ConVention ChAirPerSon
Steve Coxen
                                                        Steve Coxen
19510 Suncrest Avenue                                   19510 Suncrest Avenue
West Linn, OR 97068                                     West Linn, OR 97068
Res: 503-635-0974                                       Res: 503-635-0974                               
AwArdS CoMMittee ChAirPerSon                            PArliAMentAriAn/hiStory & BylAwS ChAirPerSon
Catherine Ohl                                           John Watson
PO Box 420552                                           Box 2768
                                                        Fallbrook, CA 92088
San Diego, CA 92124
                                                        Res/Fax: 760-723-6539
Res/Bus: 858-467-9469                         
                                                        hoSt ConVention CoordinAtor
ConVention SPonSorShiP CoordinAtor                      Linda Indreboe
Debbi Kor-Lew (’02-’06)                                 Res: 408-248-8426
7007 SW Iron Horse St.                        
Wilsonville, OR 97070                                   inforMAtion SerViCeS direCtor
Res: 503-682-1563                                       Nancy Ellis                                   PO Box 9681
                                                        Truckee, CA 96162
ChAritieS & our CoMMunity ChAirPerSon                   Res/Fax: 530-582-0566
Sigrid Noack                                  
4918 1/2 McConnell Ave
                                                        SAfety CoMMittee ChAirPerSon
Los Angeles, CA 90066                                   Richard Lubin, D.C.
Res/Fax: 310-823-1373                                   8655 Wicklow Lane                                    Dublin, California 94568
                                                        Res. 925-828-7454
CounCilS’ MAn & woMAn of the yeAr ChAirPerSon 
Donn Bryant
12741 Peregrine                                         Silent AuCtion CoordinAtor
                                                        Mary Olhausen
Truckee, CA 96161
                                                        2310 NE 77th Avenue
Res: 530-550-9452                                       Vancouver, WA 98664                                       Res: 360-892-1814
fAMily & youth inVolVeMent CoMMittee ChAirPerSon
Linda Westlund (’03-’07)                                the CounCilMAn editor
9078 E. Topeka Drive                                    Mary Azevedo
Scottsdale, AZ 85255                                    901 Sousa Drive
                                                        Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Bus: 480-441-3523
                                                        Res: 925-944-9816                            

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                                                  The Voice of the
     Any                                           Western Skier

                     Nancy Ellis,Information
                                                         The Councilman
                       Services Director              The Councilman is published three times a year by the Far West Ski
     FWSA keeps a database on members,           Association in July, January, and April, which coincides with the FWSA
 clubs, and councils. It’s important that        Annual Convention and the busy ski season. It is published for FWSA
 information in this database is current         members and can be seen at
 so that communications are received in               The Far West Skier’s Guide is published annually in October for all
 a timely manner. Let me know if there           FWSA members, as well as interested snowsport enthusiasts, and industry
 are changes in club or council officers,        representatives. The content of both publications is meant to be shared
 changes in membership addresses and             by FWSA council and club members so they have a knowledge and
 phone numbers, changes in members’              understanding of the Association and the benefits that come with membership
 club affiliations, or if your club or council   in the FWSA.
 has changed its meeting location.
     Requests for information from the
 database must be sent to the FWSA Presi-
 dent (Randy Lew) for approval before it
 will be dispersed.
     The Far West Ski Association web-
 site ( has a Ski Club Officer
 Update Form that can be downloaded,
 completed, and mailed to me at:                 the CounCilMAn editor                      Skier’S guide editor
                                                     Mary azevedo                              leigh gieringer
 FWSA DATABASE                                    901 SouSa drive                          7150 e. CaMelbaCk rd, Ste 444
 C/O Nancy Ellis                                 Walnut Creek, Ca 94597                    SCottSdale, az 95251
 P.O. Box 9681                                   reS: (925) 944-9816                       reS: (480) 940-7420
 Truckee, CA 96162                               
    You can also email the form to me at or fax me at               For Complete Information on FWSA, visit our website:
 (530) 582-0566. Don’t hesitate to call
 (530) 582-0566 if you have questions

  C/O Nancy Ellis
  P.O. Box 9681
  Truckee, CA 96162

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