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We are so exciting about this year's convention and all of our special guests are a large part of the festivities.




Candace Cable

Candace has been ranked number one nationally in wheelchair racing competition from 1984 to 1990. Furthermore, internationally, she has won 75 marathons, including six Boston Marathons (1981, ’82, ’85, ’86, ’87, & ’88) and has set world records in every distance throughout her 21-year career. Winning two Olympic medals in three Summer Olympic Games, Candace participated in the only exhibition event for the disabled. Additionally, she has won nine Gold medals in five Summer Paralympic Games. Since 1990, Candace has been competing on the United States Disabled Ski Team, winning three Paralympic medals on the Alpine team.




Wayne Wong

Any discussion about the early years of “Hot Dog” freestyle skiing will probably include the iconic name Wayne Wong. Good looking and charismatic, Wong was a very marketable character. The looks, style and all the latest freestyle ski moves that propelled him into the limelight of the era. His signature tricks on the snow, great smile and personality made him a cultural icon of the early freestyle era.

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Billy Kidd

Billy, a descendant of the infamous Billy the Kidd, was the 1964 Olympic Silver Medalist in slalom skiing. Currently, Billy is serving as Director of Skiing at Steamboat, CO. Billy has been a ski director at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for many years, represented various ski industry manufacturers as a spokesman, been a ski commentator for television, written columns for ski magazines, and written two books on skiing. He also has served on the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports and been a part-time coach to the U.S. ski team.




Bill Clark

As Executive Director, Bill directs the Auburn Ski Club Training Center and the Western SkiSport Museum on Donner Summit. The Auburn Ski Club Training Center is a non-profit facility located on Donner Summit, adjacent to Boreal Mountain Resort. The training center provides a variety of programs for 1500+ members including Junior Alpine, Snowboard, Nordic and biathlon ski teams; recreational XC skiing and clinics on club XC trails; and competitions, including NCAA and USSA national competitions.



Doug Pringle

Doug is President of Disabled Sports USA Far West. He won three national slalom championships and in 1972 was one of the first amputees certified as a ski instructor by the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Doug is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (BS Engineering) and CSU Sacramento (MBA and MPA). He is a disabled Vietnam Veteran who has been a leader in the Disabled Sports movement since 1970.




Dave Ludwig

Dave Ludwig, founder of Hope On The Slopes (HOTS), states in his own words “The inception of what is now the American Cancer Society Hope On The Slopes began as an idea or thought while riding the chair one day at White Pass. In those days, White Pass had a RFID vertical tracking system that I enjoyed using. We could track our runs and vertical for the day and the year to date. My thought at the time was ‘how could this be used as a fundraiser’? Since this early concept phase, White Pass has helped develop and refine Hope On The Slopes at White Pass, and has been involved in the expansion of the event to almost every new location.




Val Rios

Valentine (Val) Rios is the current President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the 10th Mountain Division Association and Past President of the 10th Mountain Division Descendants . He is the son of Cruz Rios, 94, who served with the 10th Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, Company K. Val has lived in Fresno most of his life. An educator for more than 30 years, he has at taught at Garces High School in Bakersfield and at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno. He has been a high school counselor at McLane high school in Fresno for just over 20 years. He is married to Georgia Rios, a counselor at Central East High School in Fresno. They have two sons.




Bill Dunkelberger

As Forest Supervisor for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bill Dunkelberger manages 6.3 million acres in Nevada and eastern California. Dunkelberger began his career with the Forest Service in 1980 as the Lead Wilderness Ranger on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. He continued his work in recreation and wilderness on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests in Colorado. He also served as the Arapaho National Recreation Area Manager on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland for four years.




Sylas Wright

Surviving numerous cutbacks and changes, Sylas Wright took on more responsibilities, shooting photos in addition to writing and editing, and expanding his coverage area from Truckee to Lake Tahoe's north and west shores. He subsequently also became sports editor of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. He enjoys covering the sports and outdoor scene in a world-class athletic destination, where the athletes never cease to amaze him. His coverage of junior ski racing was especially noted in that he brought recognition to both the sport and to deserving young athletes.




Lila Lapanja

Lila Lapanja, a life-time resident of North Lake Tahoe and daughter of Vojko and Margie Lapanja of Incline Village, NV, is the FWSA Athletic Scholarship’s first recipient to have been selected to the U.S. Ski Team. Lila was recognized by the scholarship committee as a formidable talent at the age of 14 when she stood in the top ten for all four disciplines. During the 2009-2010 season, she had ten top ten finishes including six on the podium. She finished the year nationally ranked 6th in Downhill, 9th in Giant Slalom and 4th in Slalom. The following year, Lila finished the year nationally ranked 6th in Downhill, 9th in Giant Slalom and 4th in Slalom.




Kayleigh MacGregor

The Far West Ski Association is pleased to welcome Kayleigh MacGregor, a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team and a recipient of the 2012 Far West Ski Association athletic scholarship sponsored by the Los Angeles Council of Ski Clubs. A former resident of Malibu, CA, Kayleigh and her parents moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA, so that she would have greater opportunities for ski race training. Competing as a J3 in the 2011-2012 season, Kayleigh had two top-ten finishes in Downhill and Super G, and she finished 5th in the Far West Downhill Championships. She also competed in the Junior Championships in Bozeman, MT.

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