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Welcome
Far West 83rd Annual Snowsports Convention
June 4–7, 2015
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
800-772-8527
www.towncountry.com

...currently scheduled but subject to change

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


Stacey Cook

Stacey Cook, Olympian and US Ski Team member from Mammoth Lakes has been named as the keynote speaker.

A California girl, Stacey moved to Mammoth Mountain just as the United States was lighting the 2002 Olympic Torch. It took her all of two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.

Stacey, a member of the women's speed team opened the 2015 season with a bang, and was a part of the excitement. Lindsey Vonn (1st), Stacey Cook (2nd) and Julia Mancuso (3rd) snagged the first-ever historic U.S. podium sweep in the Lake Louise downhill.

During the 2015 season, Stacey grabbed four top 15 finishes and eight top 20 finishes this season ending 14th overall in downhill.

Billy Kidd

Billy Kidd, a descendant of the infamous Billy the Kidd, was the 1964 Olympic Silver Medalist in slalom skiing. Billy later went on to win the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy.

Born in Vermont, Billy moved to Steamboat Springs in 1970 and has been giving free ski clinics there for 35 years. Billy is currently serving as Director of Skiing at Steamboat Ski & Resort, CO.

Billy has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International, The President's Council on Physical Fitness, and The Jimmie Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis (currently Can Do MS) in Vail. He hosts corporate ski outings for companies including American Express, Rolex Watch, UPS, American Airlines, Time magazine, Sports Illustrated magazine, and several others.

Shawn Styles

San Diego native, Shawn Styles is a meteorologist and lifestyle reporter on CBS News 8. "Weather affects peoples' lives," he says. "I can help them make plans."

Speaking of plans, Shawn never planned to be in TV. "Television chose me," he says. "My career as a snow ski racer was ending; I had also worked in movies and television.

Bringing people the weather seemed the natural way to go." After all, it is a perfect fit for the self-described outdoorsman who loves to surf, ski, snowboard, fish, sail and play tennis, among other activities!

Shawn lives an incredibly active life in La Jolla. Adding to his already long list of interests, Shawn also loves to cook, garden, discover fine wines, shop for antiques and a whole lot more.


Ben Finley and Art Clay

At a time when African Americans on the ski slopes were a rarity and black ski clubs were an exception, Ben Finley and Art Clay were not deterred from their vision to create a national Black Ski Summit.

This led to The National Brotherhood of Skiers which was chartered in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in Illinois in 1975. Today, NBS has grown to 60 clubs representing 43 cities and a membership of 3,000.  

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the Brotherhood's first organized meeting, which happened in Aspen. It is fitting that NBS returned to Aspen Snowmass this year for it’s annual Black Summit where more than 1500 skiers and boarders were in attendance.


Matthew Drake

Matthew Drake has served as member of the National Ski Areas Association Board of Directors and the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association Board of Directors for the past eight years.

Matthew has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mt. Hood Meadows Ore., LLC since 2006. His duties include the senior man-agement oversight of the organization spanning intermediate and long term planning, financial management, environ-mental stewardship, acquisitions, and the on-going expansion of recreation, lodging and culinary service operations at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort.

Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort received the NSAA Best Employee Education Award and the FWSA Tommi Tyndall Award in 2014.


Chuck Morse

Chuck Morse has over 40 years experience in ski area development, management, marketing, promotion and civic action.

His passion for the snow led him to Vail, CO and Utah's Snowbird Ski Resort as marketing VP; a former Executive Director of the Far West Ski Association, a Division of the United States Ski Association/US Ski Team and the Winter Olympics. Chuck is a co-founder of the Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood. CA.

In 2012, Chuck was named Veteran of the Year by the California Legislature’s 60th District for his outstanding volunteer work in honoring America’s veterans. Chuck was a member of the 7888 Special Troops, G-2 Intelligence stationed in Heidelberg, Germany.

Craig Broussard

Craig Broussard is a digital marketing, mobile marketing, and social media expert with 15 years’ experience. As the founder of Mobiigo, LLC, he leads a passionate team of experts in building clients’ online presence using leading-edge technologies and strategies that have been proven to be the most effective in the industry.

His intuitive approach to marketing strategy and creative implementation of digital technologies make him an authority in this field.

Craig loves to educate, connect, and empower people through technology. He welcomes opportunities to teach and speak about digital marketing, mobile marketing, and social media.

Craig will share his intuitive approach to marketing strategy and creative implementation of digital technologies during our Snowsports Leadership Academy.

Mike Whitaker

Mike Whitaker is a Bollé and Nordica roaming brand ambassador. An extensive business background earned him the calling to represent the state of Utah as both a pro skier and business contributor for various ski industry missions under the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Mike has been involved in the ski industry for years and has a very extensive background in Management, Marketing and Distribution of products.

Mike works closely with 5280 Marketing group who handles Bolle for Colo, Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska.


Bruce Campbell

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area Bruce Campbell attended UCLA — interrupted by WWII. He served with the 10th Mt. Division as a section leader in a heavy weapons company during combat in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Bruce returned to college and left with a BA in 1948. He spent forty-five years in the insurance industry, but voice over activity had always been a burning desire.

For many years his voice has remained virtually unchanged enabling him to capture the attention of listeners.

Bruce is a long time member of Grindelwald Ski Club in Los Angeles.


Kayleigh Macgregor

Kayleigh MacGregor is a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team and a recipient of the 2014-2015

Far West Ski Association athletic scholarship sponsored by the Los Angeles Council of Ski Clubs.

Kayleigh will be graduating high school this year at Mammoth Mountain High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 4.4 GPA. Next year, Kayleigh will be off to college where she will ski for her as-yet-undecided college team.

Sean Wetterberg

Sean Wetterberg is the Winter Sports Program Manager for the US Forest Service and is located at the Albuquerque Service Center. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing.

Register by May 8, 2015 to secure your spot.
or download the Registration Form.
We look forward to you joining Far West in San Diego, June 4–7, 2015.
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