Far West News

Congratulations to the 63 athletes that have qualified to the 2018 Far West Academic Team. These U16 and older athletes have maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher during the Spring 2018 competition semester. Those that are denoted with a * have maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA during this time.
Far West Skiing is proud of each of these athletes academic and athletic successes in the spring of 2018! Keep up the great work.

Click here to see the name of these outstanding Student-Athletes!

Two Open Seats on the Far West Board of Directors:
Thank you to Howard Jacobs for serving as the Vice President on the Far West Board of Directors for the past two years. It has been an honor to have him guide our division as a member of the Executive Committee. Congratulations to the new Vice Chair, Chip Cooper. Chip has served as the North Rep on the Far West Board and a member of the NYSEF board.
This leaves the North Rep seat open, and we continue to look for a Fundraising Chair. Any parties that are interested, please contact Lucy in the Far West Office.

The Far West Board of Directors will once again offer the Far West Skiing - Dave Van Ruiten* Memorial Scholarship for the 2018-19 ski season.  A $1000 fund is available from Far West Skiing.

The athlete chosen for this special award must be a U19+ for the coming season, and must have a legitimate chance of being selected to the United States Ski Team (USST), according to the judgment of the Far West Board, based on the athlete’s national junior FIS ranking in one or more disciplines. Applicants must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. In the event the Far West Board believes multiple athletes meet the appropriate criteria, they will look to financial need to assist in the final decision process.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The yearly amount of the Daven Van Ruiten Scholarship is set by the Far West Board of Directors at their annual budgeting meeting.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

* Dave Van Ruiten, former Director of Racing at Sugar Bowl Resort, passed away on November 7, 2005.  He was the former Vice President of Far West Skiing, a tremendous leader and asset to junior ski racing in this region, and a highly respected professional.  He was instrumental in Sugar Bowl’s commitment and rise to national ski racing prominence over the past several years.  This special scholarship award to a Far West athlete with USST potential and financial need is named in his honor.

Click here to download Application Guide
Click here for online application

In honor of Matthew Trabert, a long time Far West racer out of Diamond Peak and moving to Team Savage later in his career. He attended the J3 Junior Olympics, and Western Region Tech Series. After retiring from the Far West division, he was the Nevada State High School Champion and went on to University of Nevada Reno.

The Matthew Trabert Scholarship acknowledge athletes who will be 2nd year U16’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There is one (1) scholarship available in the amount of $624.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

Click here to download Application Guide
Click here for online application

In honor of Bobbie Sprock, who along with her husband Vern owned Sierra Ski Ranch from 1953-1993, her family has established the Bobbie Sprock Memorial Scholarship to acknowledge athletes who will be U19’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There are four (4) scholarships available in the amount of $500 per athlete.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an application (online at www.fwskiing.org). Applicants must be prepared to submit responses to the questions attached below, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be received by Monday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or [email protected].

Click here to Application Guide
Click here for online application

Mission Statement

Promote the skiing development of young athletes from all clubs in the Far West with the objective of placing elite competitors onto the US Ski Team. 'Alpine Athlete competencies' as developed by USSA will be used as a guideline.

  • Promote alpine competition in Far West from entry level, club level and elite level.
  • Provide financial support to athletes, coaches and development projects.
  • Maintain a structure that will support the needs of Far West clubs, athletes, coaches and general membership.



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