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2017 Far West Awardees
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Far West Snowsports Builder Award
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Far West Service Awards
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Far West Media Awards
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Far West Industry Awards
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Far West Communication Awards
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Far West Recognition Awards
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Far West Councils' Man and Woman of the Year
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Far West Safety Person of the Year
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Western Ski Heritage Prize
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Environment Award
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Far West Charity & Community Service Award
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Far West History Recognition
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Historic Ski Club
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Far West Race Awards
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Download annual Far West Awards Booklet [pdf]


Read about the Proposed Squaw Valley Ski Museum. When approved, all the Far West history and trophys on display and stored at the Western SkiSport Museum in Boreal, CA will be moved here.


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The Far West Ski Association (FWSA) is by far the largest ski association, and not surprisingly, has a sophisticated and far reaching recognition program. The earliest awards documented, started almost 50 years ago in 1966, and were formalized into the format that continues today. The Far West Ski Association awards are highly revered by ski pioneers, long-term volunteers, and industry employees. 

The program enjoys recognition by the Western SkiSport Museum located at Boreal Ridge off the I-80 at Donner Summit. The museum maintains a display of all past award recipients near the front entrance and archives nominee citations. When the new Ski Museum is completed in Squaw Valley, CA, the display and archives will be moved there.

Far West Awards Program is divided into the following categories.

Service Awards


Hans Georg Awardees at the 2005 Convention & 75th Anniversary Celebration in Long Beach, CA:

Standing: John James 1984, Fay Mumbauer 1996, Chuck Morse 1979, Harry Davis 2001, Jane Wyckoff 1980, Gene Fulkerson 2002, Tucker Hoffmann 2003, John Watson 1978, Norm Cullen 1997, Alan Christian 1987, Randy Lew 1999, Woody Hogan 1995.
Seated: Steve Coxen 2004, Nancy Kelly 2005, Dick Goetzman 1986.



Elizabeth “Schatzi” Wood Awardees at the 2012 Convention in Ogden, UT:

Standing: Linda Westlund 2003, Barbara Bryant 2009, Fran Long 2007, Mary Olhausen 2008, Maxine Hanlon 1995, Jane Wyckoff 1973, Catherine Ohl 1997, Karen Davis 1997, Gloria Raminha 2010, Debbi Kor 2006. Seated: Helen Harris 2005, Sheri Parshall 2011.



Stanley Mullin Awardees at the 2005 Convention in Long Beach, CA:

Ken Calkins 2001, John James 1988, Alan Christian 1983, Mike German 2004, John Rosenkranz 1980, Paul Arrigo 1990, Norm Cullen 1993, Donn Bryant 2005, Steve Coxen 2002, Randy Lew 1994, Chuck Morse 1989, Tucker Hoffmann 1999, Louis Buhler 1992, Woody Hogan 1991, John Watson 1970, Gene Fulkerson 1995, Mike Sanford 1998.



Jimmie Heuga Awardees at the 2003 Convention Convention in Rancho Mirage, CA:

Norm Cox 1999, Jim Ortiz 1996, Jimmie Heuga, Chris Klug 2003, KelLe Malkewitz 1994, Sara Tully 1995, Billy Kidd 2001



Jordan-Reily Winners at the 2005 Convention in Long Beach, CA:

Steve Coxen 2003, Mike Sanford 2000, Linda McGavin 1998, Ethan Chickering 2004, Catherine Ohl 1998, John Watson 1991



Terry Smith Award Winners at the 2005 Convention in Long Beach, CA:

Marty Purmot 1999, Herb Schraibman 1993, John James 1977, Robb Margrave 2001, John Rosenkranz 1978, Alan Christian 1985, Karyn Tablada (Purmot) 1981, Bob & Debbie Warzynski 1994, Lynnell Calkins 1998, Ken Calkins 1996, Barbara Bryant 2005, Jessica Freeman 1983, Mark Hanlon 2000, Bob Ellis 1992
Hans Georg Award – Awarded to the individual who has contributed significant achievements to skiing, not necessarily organized skiing. This award is for long-term contribution. more...
Elizabeth " Schatzi" Wood Award –Awarded to the Far West woman who has, through efforts in ski club, council, region, national or international activities, made a decisive contribution to skiing during either the past year or in a prior year. more...
J. Stanley Mullin Award – Awarded to the Far West man who has, through efforts in ski club, council, region, national or international activities, made a decisive contribution to skiing during either the past year or in a prior year. more...
Jimmie Heuga Award – This award is given in honor of Jimmie Heuga, whose determination overcame a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis to provide for the physically challenged. It is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated courage and skill in three arenas: the ski slope, the human body and the courageous heart. more...
Jordan-Reily Award – This award will recognize a one or two year activity and achievement in the Association’s Public Affairs Program (skier safety, area development, liability protections, governmental affairs, taxation, transportation) and other functions added by the Board of Directors. more...
Presidents Award Awarded to the individual who the President of FWSA feels has done the most to advance the immediate goals of the Association during the previous year. more...

Snowsports Builder Award

Snowsports Builder Award – Awarded to the individual or team that made a real difference in snowsports by virtue of their contributions, whether it be in industry, travel, communications, research, safety — the scope is unlimited. more...

Media Awards

Bill Berry Award for Featured Article – This award is for outstanding Print Coverage of Skiing. This award is given for outstanding service to skiing and is presented to writers for a featured article. more...
Bill Berry Award for Hard News – This award is for outstanding Print Coverage of Skiing. This award is given for outstanding service to skiing and is presented to writers for hard news. more...
Warren Miller Modern Media Award – This award is for outstanding Multi-Media Coverage of Skiing. This award is given for outstanding service to skiing by cinematographers, photographers, radio or television broadcasters. [Formerly the Bill Berry Modern Media Award] more...

Industry Awards

Bill Mackey Award – Awarded for outstanding service to the skiing public by a ski industry or ski area employee. more...
Tommi Tyndall Award – Presented to the ski area or ski area operator who has made a distinguished contribution to skiing in the past year or in prior years. more...

Club / Council Communications Awards

Tollakson Award – 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. more...
Wentworth Award – The Wentworth Award is given to the club whose newsletters are judged best based on layout, content and club size. more...
Outstanding Web Site – The Outstanding Club Web Site Award is given to the club whose web site is judged best based on layout, content, usefulness, navigation and club size. more...
Council Newsletter – The Outstanding Council Publication Award is given to the council whose newsletters are judged best based on layout and content. more...
Council Web Site – The Outstanding Council Web Site Award is given to the council whose web site is judged best based on layout, content, usefulness, navigation. more...

Club / Council Recognition Awards

FWSA Council's Man & Woman of the Year – The FWSA Council Man and Woman of the Year are chosen by their peers based on their contributions to Clubs, Council, Race League, FWSA and nationally. Award sponsored by Big White Ski Resort since 2001. more...
Safety Person of the Year – The Safety Award is for the person within FWSA who does the most to promote safe skiing and safety programs. Award sponsored by Telluride Ski Resort and Mountain Lodge Telluride beginning in 2015. more...
Western Ski Heritage Prize – The Western Ski Heritage Prize recognizes the best effort to find, preserve, document and share the history of skiing in the West. Award sponsored by Steamboat Ski Resort since 2000. more...
Environment Award – The Environment Award recognizes the individual who has made the largest contribution to promote good stewardship of our environment. Award sponsored by Aspen/Snowmass, The Gant and Crestwood Condominiums beginning in 2015. more...
Charity & Community Service – The Charity Award was introduced in 2007 and is given to the club or council who has made a significant charitable contribution. Award sponsored by Far West Ski Association. more...
Club and Council History Recognition – The Club / Council History Recognition Award was introduced in 2008 and is given to the club or council that does the most to collect and present their history. more...

Race Awards

Terry Smith Award – Awarded to an outstanding individual for their contribution to intramural skiing. more...
Joe Ross Memorial Race Award – Awarded at the annual ski week to the club with the most total points for slalom and giant slalom. more...
Lake Louise Trophy – Awarded at the annual ski week to the council with the most total points for slalom and giant slalom. more...
Athletic Scholarships – Awarded to developing Alpine ski racers participating in programs within the Far West geographic region. Award sponsored by Whitefish Mountain Resort, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Shure, Inc, maker of Karbon, since 2004. more...
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