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Far West Council's Western Ski Heritage Program

The purpose of the Far West Western Ski Heritage program is to raise the awareness of skiers and non-skiers alike of the contributions made by individuals, groups and companies to all aspects of skiing— competitive as well as outdoor winter recreation and fitness. A parallel purpose of this award is to convey the positive role skiing has had in its contributions to the communities in the West.

The Western Ski Heritage Prize has been sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation since 2000. The winner is awarded a five-day ski package for two in Steamboat with lodging, lift tickets, rentals, lesson, lunch and more.

The Western Ski Heritage Program recognizes interest in Far West’s history through collection, preservation and protection of appropriate articles and material. This prize acknowledges the utilization of all types of media and is not limited to FWSA members.

Click on an underscored name to download the pdf citation.

Year Awardee Council Award


Lowell Skoog
  "Written in the Snows: Across Time on Skis in the Pacific Northwest"
2021 John W Lundin   "Skiing Sun Valley: A History from Union Pacific to the Holdings"
2020 No award
2019 Jane Wycoff Judith Miller Steve Markman
Los Angeles
“A History of Single Ski Club of Los Angeles on its 50th Anniversary”
2018 Ingrid Wicken N/A Book:"50 Years of Flight"
2017 Eve Chandler N/A Book:"Building Bogus Basin"
2016 Jane Jackson N/A Book:"Echoes of the Peaks"
2015 Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum Northwest
2014 Emilio Trampuz Northwest History of skiing Mt. Hood collection
2013 Ingrid Wicken N/A Book:"Lost Ski Areas of Southern California"
2012 John James Los Angeles History of Rokka & Far West Ski Week
2011 Erin Barber San Diego History of San Diego Ski Club
2010 Jane Jackson N/A History of skiing in Northern Arizona
2009 Marianne O'Conner& Robin Morning N/A Chairs International Ski History Congress held in Mammoth 2009
2008 Robin Morning N/A Book: "Tracks of Passion"
2007 Catherine Ohl Los Angeles & San Diego 75th History Celebration of Snowsport in the Far West[4.7 MB]
2006 Robin Morning N/A Museum display of Mammoth Mountain history and Dave McCoy[2.4 MB]
2005 Ingrid Wicken N/A California Ski Library
2004 Martin Forstenzer N/A Book: "Mammoth: The Sierra Legend"
2003 Catherine Ohl Los Angeles & San Diego History Website on Pacifc Rim Alliance website
2002 Ingrid Wicken N/A Book:"Pray for Snow: The History of Skiing in Southern California"
2001 Chris Miller Northwest Cascade Ski Club History preserved from 1928
2000 Sutter Kunkel Los Angeles FWSA Charter Flight Portfolio for 1959-1962

Apply for the Western Ski Heritage Prize


    John Watson
    Far West History Committee Chair
    760-390-0900 [C]

Download Councils' Ski Heritage Application as a PDF
document to be filled out electronically.

Some of the past winners

Erin Barber collected and documented the history of San Diego Ski Club with records predating WWII.

John James detailed the history of recreational racing in FWSA as well as the history of the early Far West travel program.

Martin Forstenzer published a book about Mammoth in 2004.