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Snowsports Leadership Academy...

89th Annual Far West Ski Association Ski Convention

June 9 - 12, 2022

Holiday Inn Portland —Columbia Riverfront
909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland, OR 97217 • 503-283-4466

Rollin' on the River”


Snowsports Leadership Academy Topics

Saturday, June 11, 2022

  Morning Session (8:45 - 10:25 AM)

Strategic Travel - in a Changing World

Our moderator

Debbie Stewart
FWSA VP of International Travel

Featuring our  panel of travel experts:

Sandy Gaudette

Maxine "Max" Jensen
Alpine Adventures

Sean McErlean
Holidaze Ski Tours

Gloria Saiya-Woods

You will have the opportunity to hear from our four very experienced and highly qualified panelists which include tour operators and travel company specialists.

This interactive session will encourage audience participation while addressing the latest up-to-date issues that many are facing in the everchanging world of travel.

We will be addressing some of the most asked questions regarding international and domestic rules and regulations, protocols, lodging issues, transportation challenges, pandemic and COVID man-dates, insurance and much more.

We are excited to share this information and also hear from you!

Morning Session (10:45 AM - 12:15 PM)

Avalanche Safety and Mountain Rescue

This session will focus on avalanche safety and mountain rescue.  

Our moderator

Steve Coxen


Paige Baugher
Ph.D., EMR, WFR, is a Rescue Leader and Public Information Officer, Portland Mountain Rescue. She also is a Professional Observer and Ava-lanche Awareness Instructor, Northwest Avalanche Center and an Avalanche Educa-tor, Outdoor Pur-suits, Pacific Universi-ty of Oregon.

Steve Rollins is a Rescue Leader for Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), a non-profit mountain rescue team that conducts SAR missions for lost/ out-of-bounds skiers and snowboards, rescues fallen climbers, and provides other search and rescue services at the request of law enforcement.  The team specializes in high-mountain, all-weather rescues including avalanche, crevasse rescue, zero-visibility navigation, technical rope rescue, and helicopter operations.

Learn and be entertained as Steve shares stories from his 26-years of mountain rescue service. Hear true stories of people getting into trouble in the mountains and lessons that can be learned.          

What’s a rescuer’s first SAR mission like?

What was his most dangerous mission?

What was most dramatic?

Every story has a lesson to be learned to help you avoid needing rescue services, or to survive if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing PMR’s services.

Afternoon Session (2:40 PM - 4:00 PM)

How to Jumpstart Your Facebook Social Media Presence


Marc Galt, Founder
Ski the Northwest

Todd Hood, Treasurer
National Brotherhood of Skiers Western Region

Well social media is just another communication tool. Just like newsletters, websites, and emails. If your message is not being seen, it is worth less, and some may even say worth-less. Therefore, the first step is getting more of the right people to "see" your message.

This Snowsports Leadership Academy workshop will share actionable steps so attendees can use standard free Facebook tools to grow their social media audience immediately.

The facilitator is a two-time FWSA award-winning club and council Facebook Social Media Admin.  Who better to learn from than an individual that has grown Facebook Group membership by nearly 25% in a 28-day period to 10,000 members?  Now, as a Far West Ski Association annual convention attendee, you have the chance to hear his secrets.





All attendees of the Snowsports Leadership Academy will receive a Certificate of Completion for each module. All Delegates to the FWSA Convention are given internet access to the Leadership Packet, which contains a myriad of information on each of the components (with expanded topics).

Why should you attend the Snowsports Leadership Academy?
The purpose of the Snowsports Leadership Academy is to provide an informational forum to the members attending the Far West Ski Association Convention, and has evolved into a valuable resource. It is a Far West education program designed to provide Far West members training and tools to enhance and expand their clubs and be recognized industry wide as having a measure of standards and consistency.


The Academy Involves Eight Componets

  • Taking Office
  • Membership and Communications
  • Risk Management
  • Travel Programs Management
  • Technology Resources
  • Ethical Responsibilities
  • Ski Equipment Design
  • Building Membership Through Racing


 Jean McCasey
VP Membership


Online Registration is now Open.

Book your lodging by May 10, 2022 to secure your room.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR, June 9-12, 2022