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Far West Council's Man & Woman of the Year Program

The Far West Councils' Man and Woman of the Year are chosen by their peers based on their contributions to organized skiing.

History of Man and Woman of the Year Contest

    In the beginning, this contest was mostly a beauty pageant for the ladies where the contestants modeled ski apparel. There were rounds of cocktail parties, publicity photographs followed by a hectic day of interviews, tours and parties. The winner was crowned Queen.

    In 1976 Far West opened the competition to the men. In those early days, the “Snow Queen & King” were chosen by noteworthy & impartial judges.

    In 1981, the contest was not held because Far West thought the contest was too sexist.

    The contest reappeared the following year as "Councils' Man and Woman of the Year" in the format utilized today.

    This award can only be won once.

    View past honorees here.

What Honorees Need to Know

  • Award covers the past FIVE years (2016-2021). Older information will not be considered. Your resume will be returned if you exceed this time constraint.
  • Emphasis remains on grass roots participation at the club and council levels.
  • The Man and Woman of the Year candidate from each council will be reimbursed for one night at the FWSA convention hotel at the early bird convention rate. The reimbursement will be made after attending the convention. Candidates must submit a copy of their hotel bill statement and a FWSA check request form. A check request form will be provided.

Honoree Requirements

    The deadline for the Man and Woman of the Year submission is July 25, 2021.

    The 2021 application can be  downloaded here..

    Honoree Councils must submit a $40 processing fee per person by the July 18, 2021 deadline.

    Honorees, significant others and judges will be invited to a hosted reception on Friday evening prior to the Silent Auction. Photos will be taken with the sponsors at this time.

    On Saturday morning honorees will be judged by a representative from each participating council. Honorees will be given a list of the typical questions that have been asked in the past.

    At Saturday’s Lunch, the men and women representing each council will be recognized.

    The two winners will be announced Saturday evening at the Awards Banquet.


  • Sheri Parshall, Chair
  • Far West Councils' Man & Woman of the Year
  • 503-706-0522 (cell)

Download Councils' Man and Woman of the Year Application as a PDF document to be filled out electronically.

FWSA Man & Woman of the Year Sponsors—

What the Winners Receive

The Far West Councils' Man and Woman of the Year has been sponsored by Big White Ski Resort since 2001.

The winners receive a 5-day ski/board package for two that includes

  • 5 Nights Lodging at Big White Inn in Big White (dbl. occ.)
  • 5 Day Lift Ticket
  • 5 Day Rental

  • 2019 Man & Woman
    Todd Hood— NBSWR
    Becki Robinson— NWSCC

    2019 Honorees
    Download the 2019 nominees

    Bay Area–
    Gale Burns

    Tama Lamm
    Colby Nielsen

    Los Angeles–
    Regina Reilly
    Victor Chan

    NBS Western Region- 
    Teri Allard
    Todd Hood

    Becki Robinson
    Ryan Rooper

    Sheila Van Guilder
    Drew Young

    San Diego–
    MaryJo Arnold
    David Arnold

    Debi Phelps
    Steven Kelly