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Far West 85th Annual Snowsports Convention
June 7–11, 2017

The Grove Hotel Downtown Boise
245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702 • 888-961-5000 • www.grovehotelboise.com

Boise Centre
850 W. Front St., Boise ID 83702 • www.boisecentre.com

Charlie Linville, Keynote Speaker

Charlie Linville wasn’t really looking for peace, but he found it at 22,000 feet, roped to the world’s tallest mountain.

He was about to become the first military amputee to summit Mount Everest. Millions of small painful steps led him to this huge step.

After two failed attempts in 2014 (avalanche) and 2015 (earthquake) he was pursuing the summit.

He took mementoes from fallen brothers to say thank you for their sacrifice. He figured that’s as close as he could ever get to them. It was close to Memorial Day, so it was a way to say ‘thank you’ to every single veteran who has ever served in the military.

In his rollercoaster life, he’d gone from being a Marine to a wounded guy to a guy climbing the tallest mountain in the world.

For Charlie, it all circles back to the Vail Veterans Program and showing him how much he could do with his life.

Charlie Linville, the first military amputee to summit Mount Everest.

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.

Billy hosts corporate ski outings for companies including American Express, Rolex Watch, UPS, American Airlines, Time magazine, Sports Illustrated magazine, and several others.

Billy Kidd, Steamboat, CO.

Natalie Hurst

Natalie Hurst anchors KBOI 2News at 4, 5:30 and 10 p.m. She’s been part of the KBOI 2News team since September of 2005.

Natalie is a 1991 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a double major in print journalism and French. She also earned her master's degree in broadcast journalism in 1999 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Between degrees, Natalie lived in Paris, France and studied French literature and traveled extensively through Europe.

When Natalie is not reading the news in Boise, you'll find her skiing Bogus Basin, biking the Greenbelt, or kayaking on the Payette River.

Natalie Hurst, News Anchor CBS Boise

Stephaney Kerley

Stephaney Kerley has been the Mountain Home District Ranger for the Boise National Forest since 2009. She has worked for land management agencies for over 20 years.

Stephaney Kerley, District Ranger for the Boise National Forest

Eve Chandler

Eve Chandler, an Idaho native and avid skier, spent a portion of her childhood on Brundage's slopes, so she was eager to preserve the history of the mountain and the unique offerings it brings to Northwestern skiers.

Eve Chandler said she has always been drawn to historical writing. Now in the latter part of her career, she has recently devoted her time and her talent to documenting the histories of local ski areas, and not, she believes, without due cause.
She has published two books on skiing in Idaho:
  • "Building Bogus Basin"
  • "Brundage Mountain: Best Snow in Idaho"
Both books are available on Amazon.com

Eve Chandler, Historic Ski Author

Sarah Hendrickson

The lead USA jumper is Sarah Hendrickson and she will be in Boise to meet the FWSA convention goers, accompanied by the team Coach Alan Alborn and WSJUSA President Laura Sankey.

Sarah received the FWSA Presidents Award in 2012.

They will have a booth adjacent to the Far West Ski Foundation display. Get your cameras ready for photos with our Olympian.

The Far West Foundation, on behalf of the members of the Association, needs your contribution to the success of our athletes in Peongchang 2018. This is the start of a nine month drive to help Women’s Ski Jumping USA train the team, send them to preliminary meets, and put them on the jumps in South Korea in February 2018.

You will have a change to help them out with your donation.

Sarah Hendrickson, Olympican Jumper

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.

Dave Ludwig is the FWSA 2016 Jimmie Heuga receipant.

Dave Ludwig, founder Hope On The Slopes

It was another great convention. Check out videos and photos here.
We look forward to you joining Far West in Reno, NV, June 7–10, 2018.

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