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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”


Keynote Speaker


Phil Mahre is a former World Cupalpine ski racer, widely regarded as one of the greatest American skiers of all time. His total of 27 World Cup race wins is fourth among Americans, only behind Lindsey VonnMikaela Shiffrin, and Bode Miller.

Born in 
YakimaWashington, Phil and his twin brother Steve (four minutes younger) were both world class ski racers and competed on the World Cup circuit from 1976 to 1984. Starting with the 1978 season, Mahre finished in the top three in the World Cup overall standings for six consecutive seasons, winning the title in the final three (19811982, and 1983). The Mahre twins retired from World Cup racing in March 1984 at age 26.

On February 9, 2010, Phil was the U.S. torch bearer to carry the 2010 Vancouver torch across the border at the Blaine-Surrey Peace.

Mahre earned a spot on the U.S. Ski Team in early 1973 at age 15. He was selected to the "A" team following the 1975 season and made his World Cup debut in December 1975 at Val d'IsèreFrance. Two months later he competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics in InnsbruckAustria, taking fifth in the giant slalom at age 18. He made his first podium in March with a second in a giant slalom at Copper MountainColorado, and finished the 1976 World Cup season in 14th place in the overall standings. He won his first World Cup race the next season, a giant slalom at Val d'Isère in December 1976, and followed it up with a slalom win in March at Sun Valley, defeating the man who became his primary rival, the legendary SwedeIngemar Stenmark, with twin brother Steve taking third. Mahre finished ninth in the overall standings for 1977.

The following season established Phil as one of the best ski racers in the world. In 1978 he placed second in the overall standings, followed by third in 1979, despite breaking his lower left tibia in early March at the pre-Olympic giant slalom at Whiteface near Lake Placid. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, he took the silver in the slalom behind Stenmark, along with a combined title (not an Olympic event in 1980, but official as a concurrent World Championship title). He again finished third in the overall World Cup standings for 1980, and won the first of four consecutive discipline titles in the combined.

Phil's career reached its zenith over the next three seasons. He won the most prestigious title in alpine skiing, the overall World Cup title, three consecutive years from 1981–83. He narrowly edged Ingemar Stenmark, who had previously won three consecutive overall titles from 197678, by only 6 points to capture his first title in 1981. Phil won primarily due to his results in the downhill and combined events, as Stenmark was uncomfortable in the downhill event. Phil's finest year was 1982 when he took the event titles in the giant slalomslalom, and combined, as well as the overall title. Phil had eight wins and 20 podium finishes, and his 309 points were well ahead of Stenmark's 211. Twin brother Steve finished third overall at 183 points, and also won the World Championship in the giant slalom at SchladmingAustria. In 1983, Phil again beat Stenmark by a large margin for the overall title, along with taking a second straight GS title.

Only four other Americans have won the World Cup overall title: Tamara McKinney (1983), Bode Miller (20052008), Lindsey Vonn (2008200920102012), Mikaela Shiffrin (201720182019, 2022).

At the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Phil again medaled in the slalom, this time taking the gold while Steve won the silver for a Mahre twin 1–2 sweep. Steve had led the first of two runs, skiing flawlessly and building a large half-second lead over Swede Jonas Nilsson with Phil in third place, another two-tenths back. Phil skied a fine second run to grab the lead, then Nilsson skied next and faltered, dropping out of the medals. Steve skied down last, needing only a solid run to take the gold, but a series of mistakes dropped him into second place, and Phil became the Olympic champion. Meanwhile, unknown to the racers, Phil's wife Holly had given birth to their second child, a son, in Arizona an hour before the race started. Phil did not find out about it until a TV interview after the race.

The Mahres won two of the five alpine skiing medals taken by Americans, all from the NorthwestPortland'sBill Johnson (downhill) and Seattle's Debbie Armstrong also won gold and Christin Cooper of Sun Valley took the silver for an American 1–2 finish in the women's giant slalom.

The Mahre twins raced a limited World Cup schedule during the 1984 season, and retired from the circuit in early March at age 26. Phil ended his career with 27 World Cup race victories, at the time second only to Stenmark's 79 wins among men's racers (who ended his career in 1989 with 86 wins), while Steve finished with 9 wins.


Matt Zaffino, Meteorologist


Matt Zaffino’s career in television stems from his love of weather.

His love of weather is rooted in his love for being outdoors and in the wilderness. In his high school German class, his teacher drew weather maps on the chalkboard explaining the conditions needed to create a snowstorm and get everyone out of school for a day. He’s been making weather maps ever since.

Matt studied meteorology at the University of Utah, and then interned and worked as a weather producer at KTVX in Salt Lake City. In 1984 he moved to Traverse City, Michigan to forecast weather at WGTU, and then to Battle Creek, Michigan where he anchored the morning and evening weathercasts.

He happily returned to the West in 1985 and worked at a couple different stations until 1996, when he helped launch KATU’s morning news.  He was later promoted to the evening newscasts. It was also in 1996, that Matt left KATU to become Chief Meteorologist at KGW.

The Oregon Associated Press named him Best Weathercaster in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015.  Matt won Emmy Awards for outstanding individual achievement in weathercasting in 2000, 2015 and 2016.

In 2016 he was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle, for 25+ years of outstanding service in broadcasting in the Northwest.

He is the only person that has ever done a live television broadcast from the top of Mount Hood. Matt also reported for KGW from the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in 2000 and the Winter Olympics in Utah in 2002 and Vancouver, B.C. in 2010.

He has done many school visits over the years teaching Portland students about the science and beauty of weather. Matt’s community involvement includes work with the Oregon Humane Society, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Medical Teams International and The American Cancer Society. Matt also served on the Board of Trustees for the Oregon Chapter of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society.



Jordan is President of The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA), a non-profit trade association representing the interests of businesses associated with winter sports – skiing, snowboarding and Nordic – in the Pacific Northwest.  Membership includes 43 resorts located in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington plus a host of associate-suppliers, sustaining members and affiliated organizations.

The PNSAA began in 1957, when 7 ski area operators, representing 500,000 skier visits, gathered at the home of Webb and Virginia Moffett, former owners of Snoqualmie Pass Ski Area, in Seattle to address solutions to common problems. Today, the PNSAA member ski areas serve more than 5.5 million guests annually. The Association is involved in a wide range of activities including advocacy, education and member support.




Trux is the President of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation with the mission to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division past, present, and future by doing good works that exemplify the ideals by which they lived.

In 1958, WW II veterans of the 10th Mountain Division established the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation (Foundation) to memorialize the history and exceptional achievements of the Division; and to perpetuate its legacy for future generations.

He is the grandson of Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, founder of the National Ski Patrol and the 10th Mountain Division. Trux brings 7 years of non-profit program management and fundraising experience combined with an MBA, 20 years of high-tech product, channel, and marketing management experience and a natural aptitude for innovation to the foundation.


Luke was born and raised in Gresham, Oregon. Has one brother and two sisters and grew up skiing with his twin brother. He attended and raced for Mt Hood Academy before transferring to the Sugar Bowl Academy. He recently received his pilot's license through Pilot Makers in Provo, Utah.

He was first nominated to the US Ski Team in 2019 and was named to the Alpine B team and US Olympic Alpine Team in 2022. In Beijing, his first Olympic appearance, Luke placed 25th in Slalom and 42nd in Giant Slalom. His best World Championship finish has been a 6th in 2021.

In 2018, Luke and teammate River Radamus double podiumed at World Junior Championships in Davos, Switzerland.

In 2019, Luke grabbed his first national championship title, landing on the top of the podium in alpine combined at Sugarloaf, Maine. He then followed that up with his second national title, in slalom at Waterville Valley, N.H.!

After Luke graduates, he hopes to do something in construction, engineering, or real estate.

















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