In 1995, the Outstanding Club Award was named in honor of Dave Tollakson.
In an effort to recognize the recreational skier, FWSA awarded the first outstanding ski club in 1963. The criteria used then was based on the percentage of members who belonged to FWSA, amount of money donated to FWSA, number of members holding FWSA offices, and number of members passing the Uniform Ski Test.
2015 saw a realignment of the classifications. The classes are based on experience rather than size. For the first year, first place finishers from the past 4 years are in the Masters Class. Second and third place finishers from the past 4 years are in the Advanced Class. Novice Class is for those who are new or has not placed in the past 4 years.
For subsequent years, if you win in your class, you are bumped up a class. If you have not won in four years, you are bumped down. The window of consideration is over a four-year period.
Today, the Tollakson Award is presented to an outstanding club based on an evaluation of their structure, organization, skiing, sports, social events, and giving to the community.
Dave Tollakson’s activities in club leadership, racing and committees mark him as the finest that organized skiing can produce. Dave’s involvement in FWSA started in the mid-60s with the Rokka League. He trained, skied, took lessons and practiced.
Concurrently, he took up patrolling with the National Ski Patrol (NSP) at Goldmine and trained in first aid, evacuation and winter survival. He was a major force in the development of search & rescue and ski mountaineering with the Southern Region NSP.
Dave’s climbing was related to this ski patrol activity and the climb on which he met his death on Mt. San Jacinto was in training with Steve Reneker for a 1995 assault on Everest. Steve completed the climb and carried the FWSA banner and Dave’s ashes to the top.
In 2002 Single Ski Club of LA has won this award for the 18th time — more than any other club.
In 2004 Après Ski Club has been a triple threat — sweeping all three awards.
In 2012 Pacific Rim Alliance swept the awards for the third time.