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June 2012

Far West's Convention, Another Success!

Far West Ski Association 80th Annual Convention hosted by the Intermountain Ski Council, was another success! We've heard only positive comments from our attendees. The activities and events were fantastic.

The Silent Auction netted our bidders some wonderful trips, and the Travel Expo was a positive exchange of information between delegates and industry.

Our First Film Fest was incredible, with each film being more powerful and moving than the previous one!

We have a year to plan for our next Convention, which will be at the Grand Sierra Casino & Resort in Reno, Nevada. Bay Area Council promises a jam-packed weekend, with lots of fun thrown in. See you in Reno June 6-9, 2013. more...

Thank you from ISC
"The Intermountain Ski Council wishes to say `thank you!' to everyone who helped make our 80th Annual FWSA Convention in Ogden, Utah a success. We can't wait to attend the 81st Annual FWSA Convention in Reno, Nevada, next year. See you there!" (Linda Scott, ISC Host Council Convention Chairman).

Who & What's New For 2012

Ski Industry Anniversaries
Powder Mountain and Snowbird celebrated 40 years of skiing this year, while Big White Mountain Resort, and Sun Peaks celebrated 50 years of operation this season. Also celebrating a 50th anniversary is the NSAA (National Ski Areas Association) Journal. And, let us not forget about the Golden Gate Bridge, which turned 75 in May. Happy birthday to all!

Colorado Ski Country USA Pays Homage to Industry's Best
On June 7th, CSCUSA acknowledged several outstanding industry professionals at their annual Double Diamond Awards Reception. Those receiving the awards included: Steve Parkinson, Telluride Slope Groomer, Michael Ostrout, Copper Mountain Snowmaker, Keaton McCargo, a 16-year old junior racer from Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, received the Spencer Nelson All-Star Athlete of the Year award, Doug Sakata, Copper Mountain, was named Instructor of the Year, Ryan Evanczykj, Araphahoe Basin, was named Patroller of the Year, and Graham Anderson, Eldora Mountain, was presented the Chairman's Award. This award is given to the person who has made extraordinary contributions to the ski industry in the state of Colorado. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Visits to Utah and Colorado ski resorts drop, while lodging increases
The 2011-12 season saw record low snowfall totals as a major snow drought gripped most of the state and the nation. Utah saw a 10% dip in skier visits at its' 14 resorts this past season, reaching the lowest number in eight years, Ski Utah officials said. Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the state ski industry-lobbying group that represents 22 resorts, reported that skier visits in Colorado dropped by 11.4% last season compared to the 2010-11 season. In spite of the low snowfall, however, lodging nights were up. Ralf Garrison, director of MTRiP, said, "Destination visitors carried the season through the tough conditions. Resorts with strong national and international brands and a rich diversity of off-slope activities and attractions clearly fared the best."

June Mountain Closes
After 25 years, June Mountain, owned by Mammoth Mountain, has closed. June will remain closed for this summer and next winter season. Mammoth's original intent, with the 1986 purchase of June Mountain, was to increase the resort size with new terrain along San Joaquin Ridge (ultimately connecting the two areas), new runs to June Lake Village plus new facilities.

Far West Athletic Scholarship

Athletic Scholarship Fund Live Auction
The bidding wars were hot and heavy, and the beneficiary was our own Athletic Scholarship Fund at this year's convention. Thank you to our benefactors: Betty Anderson, from Pocatello, Idaho who purchased the Grouse Mountain Lodge package, and Scott and Cindy Knutson of the Fresno Ski Club, who purchased a 5 day/5 night package for 2 to Whitefish during our convention luncheon.

Scott and Cindy then asked Jason Forrest, sales representative from Whitefish Mountain Resort, to change the package to one for 4 people, adding an additional amount of $850 to the Fund. This netted the Scholarship Fund a total of $2,650 from these 2 incredible packages. The raffle brought in $1,435.00, and the U.S. Ski Team articles (jacket and travel bag) brought in $350. Total for the convention was $4,435.

Not to be out-done, Skiyente Ski Club of Portland, OR, is to be congratulated for raising $1504 for the Erin Nicole Award that is presented annually on their behalf to the top junior woman ski racer from the Pacific Northwest. This is the largest single scholarship thus far raised in the partners program.

Far West Travel

Mammoth Mountain Summer Adventure trip will be held this summer from July 29 to August 5, 2012. We will plan an adventure a day, and anyone interested in the trip can make arrangements to join Far West either the full week or any portion of the week. There will be a flyer out soon which will include sign-up information for the trip.

  • FWSA Dive Trip 2012 will be to Cayman Brac September 1 to September 8, 2012. Contact Randy Lew for information. more...

  • Cruise the Panama Canal from September 28 through October 12, 2012. If you have any questions, contact Gloria Raminha or call her at 661-800-8229. more...

  • Aspen/Snowmass is the selection for the 2013 FWSA Ski Week. The dates are February 2 to 9, 2013. Contact Gloria Raminha for more information. more...

  • Far West Mini Ski Week will be to Mt. Bachelor with lodging at The Riverhouse in Bend, OR. Dates are March 25-30, 2013. This trip is limited to the first 100 people who sign-up and pay their initial deposit. Contact Gloria Raminha for more information. more...

  • Far West International Ski Week to Innsbruck, Austria is March 2-10, 2013, with an extension to Garmisch & Munich from March 10-17, 2013. Contact Debbie Stewart for more information. more...

Communication News

Far West Club and Council Competition
The winners for 2012 were announced at Convention.

  • The Tollakson Award for the Outstanding Ski Club was presented to Mountain High Snowsports Club for Class AAA, North Island Snowdrifters for Class AA and Pacific Rim Alliance for Class A.

  • The Wentworth Award for the Outstanding Publication was presented to Mountain High Snowsports Club (Class AAA), North Island Snowdrifters (Class AA) and to Pacific Rim Alliance for Class A.

  • The Outstanding Website Awards were given to: Mountain High Snowsports Club (Class AAA); Cheyenne Ski Club (Class AA) and to Pacific Rim Alliance (Class A). Sierra Council received the Outstanding Council Publication Award.

Far West Skier's Guide
The 2012-2013 Far West Skier's Guide will be our 25th Annual. How time flies! We invite you to be a part of it as an advertiser. Contact Leigh Gieringer for more information at 480.600.6099. more...

Charity & Community Service

Congratulations to our Winners
Fire & Ice Ski Club of BAC won the 2012 FWSA "Charity & Community Service Recognition". The recognition was a $100 FWSA check, which the club donated to one of their favorite charities "Building Peaceful Families". Thank you, Bernice Tate, and club president, Marcelle Nichols, for doing so much charity work.

The other clubs who prepared photo displays of their charitable activities were Balboa Ski & Sports Club of Orange Council, Reno Ski & Recreation Club of Sierra Council, and Schnee Vogeli of Northwest Ski Club Council. Thank you and congratulations!

The ski council winners of the "Community Service Awareness Program" are San Diego Ski Council with 91%, Central Council with 86%, Intermountain Ski Council with 78%, and Arizona Ski Council with 71%. Councils are challenged to have each of their clubs be involved with at least one charitable activity. FWSA is aiming for 100% charity involvement! Congratulations council presidents for your excellent effort!

Recognition From The First Lady

 "Let's Move"
First Lady, Michelle Obama's, "Let's Move" initiative recognized two Learn to Ski and Snowboard programs for their outreach to kids. Cataloochee Resort in North Carolina teamed with an Atlanta-based ski and snowboard club, Southern Snow Seekers, to bring 150 kids and their chaperones to the resort for lessons, while Colorado Ski County USA was cited for its Fifth Grade First Class programs to get kids active in snow sports.

Download a Word Document of the June 2012 News Flash.

If you have information for future editions, email editor Debbi Kor.




Pete, owner or Roosters in Ogden, served up a delicious dinner for the Pub Crawl.




Liz, Gary, Lennia were a few of the many from Intermountain Council that did a lot of behind the scenes work at the convention.




Big White turns 50 in 2013.




June Mountain closes its doors for good.




Whitefish's Jason congratulates Scott on winning the bid for a five day package for four to Whitefish Mountain Resort.




Far West will be diving in Cayman Brac this summer.




The Far West International Ski Week will be to Innsbruck followed by and extension to Garmisch and Munich.

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