2017-2018 Far West Skier's Guide - 32
After five years of planning, the 85th Annual Far West Ski Association Convention is
a wrap. It started with a question mark on
the weather and ended with bright sunshine
and nice temperatures. Guests enjoyed The
Grove Hotel, and Convention events held at
the newly expanded state-of-the-art Boise
Centre. Located in downtown Boise, attendees had easy access to many restaurants,
shopping, museums, the capitol building, and
This year's Convention was hosted by
Bogus Basin Ski Club and Intermountain Ski
Council. The city of Boise rolled out the red
carpet, with the Mayor issuing an official
Proclamation proclaiming June 7 - 11, 2017
"Far West Ski Association Days".
The Convention kicked off a little earlier
this year on Wednesday, with a group participating in A Taste of Idaho, touring Boise and
the surrounding area, with a stop for a dip in
the famous Springs in Idaho City. The day
culminated in a fabulous Dutch Oven Dinner
in the Penthouse of the CW Moore building,
offering spectacular views of the city of Boise.
Thursday featured an exciting rafting trip on
the Payette River. Cascade Raft and Kayak gave
the participants a trip experience of a lifetime!
Friday morning started early for golfers,
with the 11th Annual Michael German Memorial Golf Tournament at the Quail Hollow
Golf Course, nestled in the Boise Foothills. A
group of adventurous bikers had a fun ride to
the MK Nature Center, which included lunch
and a stop at Coiled Winery. It was unfortunate that the greenbelt was flooded, so riders
could not get the full effect of the area. Other
outdoor enthusiasts headed for Bogus Basin
Mountain Recreation Area for A Day on the
Mountain - riding the lift, enjoying lunch, an
afternoon hike and learning what makes a ski
resort run. The large group of participants attended the Wine Wobble & Pub Crawl that
evening, visiting four local hot spots in downtown Boise.
The FWSA's first ever Fountain Party
took the place of the traditional pool party, on
the newly refurbished Grove Plaza on Friday
afternoon. The Oinkari Basque Dancers were
a unique introduction to their culture, and some
Convention attendees joined in the dancing!
Local club members and snowsports enthusiasts were out in force to bid on great
packages at the 32nd Annual Silent Auction
and Snowsports Trade Show on Friday
evening. Ski industry and resort representatives from North American and international
destinations, were present to share information about their resorts, outdoor activities,
properties and products. A portion of the proceeds from the Silent Auction was donated to
The College of Idaho Ski Team, who served
as bid runners.
Saturday started off with a continental
breakfast and a brief opening session. Next
was the Travel Expo, where club members
personally met with resort representatives and
tour operators to discuss and plan future
snowsports and adventure trips.
The Keynote Speaker following the
Luncheon was Charlie Linville, a Boise native,
TOP: Michael Hayes, Sales Manager at Brundage Mountain, holds the First Place Team Trophy for the 11th Annual Michael German Memorial Golf
Tournament, a snowboard with a special plaque. It will be displayed at Brundage Mountain. Other members of the winning team included: Scott
Burum - Proletariat Wines, Dave Kopet - Bogus Basin Ski Club, and Michael Bouton - Host Council Convention Coordinator.
LOWER: Michael Bouton - Host Council Convention Coordinator, presented Jane Wyckoff - FWSA Convention Chair, with a painting of the
Boise River, in appreciation for her efforts in working with Bogus Basin Ski Club and Intermountain Ski Council in conducting the Convention.
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