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Balboa Ski and Sports Club has a year round
Sunday morning tennis challenge. They also
have a monthly tournament held either in
Newport or Costa Mesa depending on which
courts are available.
of Ski Clubs
Vand Bakke Ski Club traveled to Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana for their annual Ski Week.
Originally called Big Mountain, the area offers 3,000+ acres of accessible terrain with spectacular
views of Glacer National Park. Some participants stopped to admire the views. Stephanie Delgadillo
ORANGE COUNCIL OF SKI CLUBS
by Sheila Van Guilder,
Since May 5, 1971, Orange
Council of Ski Clubs has been addressing the issues impacting
skiers in and around the Orange
County and Southern California.
Originating from the Southern
Council (which before 1971 was
LA, Orange and Riverside clubs)
to better serve the high concentration of skiers and snowboarders
in this area, Orange Council was
established. But, our scope is
much wider. Our clubs and members extend into LA, north and to
the Midwest. Our council is and
has always been an active member of the Far West Ski Association and is also a member of the
National Ski Council Federation.
Each year, our council shares the
information and the opportunities
that flow from these organizations with our clubs and club
Over the years and into the
future, our members also serve
these organizations. Sheila Van
Guilder as Council President is on
the Far West Ski Association
Board of Directors. George Kish,
our Council Treasurer, is the FWSA
ByLaws Chair. George also serves
as Orange Council webmaster.
Jess Gorman is the Orange Council
Trip Coordinator for the Far West
Ski Association's trip to Banff, as
VP of Travel. Maxine Hanlon is VP
of Racing and as Schusski Race
League Chair, represents the league
and council on the Far West
Racing Association Board and
with ROKKA Race League. We
also want to thank Anne Barneson, who serves as Council secretary.
Orange Council club members attended a very well organized, fun and educational Far
West Ski Association Convention
in Boise in June. Well done!
Orange Council is proud of Balboa Ski and Sports Club member
Nancy Ingalsbee, who was awarded a Snowsports Builder
Award at the FWSA Convention.
We look forward to the Reno
Convention in 2018, which we
know will be a great experience.
We also look ahead to Orange
Council hosting the 87th Annual
Far West Ski Association Convention, to be held at the Hyatt
Regency Indian Wells Resort &
Spa, June 13 - 16, 2019. Judy Thurman has accepted the position
of Host Council Convention
Coordinator. Join us at one or
both upcoming events. See the
link to FWSA on the www.
Our volunteer based organization encourages our members
to: get in shape for skiing, boarding and sliding; find great travel
adventures; support disabled
skier programs and other charities; be informed on public affairs issues; participate in social
events; and, oh yes-ski and embrace the opportunities on the
recreational race course with our
very own Schusski Race League.
Spring and summer offers
beach volleyball, mountain biking, golf, hiking, not to mention
water related sports and summer
concerts - the varieties are endless. This year, a number of our
clubs have scheduled weekly
Bay events such as kayaking and
paddle boarding. Wet Wednesday
is a big event for Fountain Valley
Ski Club. Biking events are also
great summer adventures for
Snowbounders Ski Club. Check
out the YouTube video of Huntington Beach Ski Club on the
water inspiration. Tennis is the
mainstay of Balboa Ski and
Sports Club for summer activities. Gary Seaton, a Balboa Ski
and Sports Club member, starred
on a winning senior Olympic
Volleyball team this year. We find
a number of crossover adventurers who join other clubs for summer events.
Being so close to the ocean
(at least most of our clubs are), seaside events are high on our list of
summer attractions. Summer outdoor picnics, BBQs, and so much
more can be found on our club
schedules. Our local weather
provides us the opportunity to
play tennis, to bike, and to inline
skate, as well as participate in
snowsports. Thus, our council is
truly blessed. Add to that, the
friends that we have found in
our ski clubs through sharing
our good times, and those blessings are boundless.
Each year, we conduct a trip
to the Far West Ski Association
Ski Week. In the past, we have
joined FWSA for Aspen, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Steamboat
Springs, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise,
Whistler/Blackcomb, and Sun Valley (to name just a few). February
3 - 10, 2018, we plan to attend
FWSA Ski Week in Banff, Alberta,
Canada. A number of our members also join FWSA on other adventure and international trips.
Our council also plans to join Far
West in 2019 for the Ski Week in
Steamboat Springs, CO.
Most of our clubs concentrate on trips to Mammoth Mountain during the winter season, and
this year into spring and summer!.
Some of our members took pride
in skiing through the 4th of July
and into August, with a wonderful, extra long season this year.
Our clubs are all looking forward
to a great experience on the slopes
again this coming season. Other
club trips are being considered for
Whitefish, Park City and other
designations. Check our website
for more up-to-date information.
Although many of our races
were snowed out last year, we
look forward to a great season for
racing this year. Our race dates
begin December 16, 2017 with a
GS. Then, we continue, January
20, 2018 (S), February 10 (GS),
March 10 (S,GS) and joining the
Far West Racing Association
(FWRA) at Mammoth Mountain
Far West Skier's Guide 2O17 - 2O18 / See the Digital Edition of the Far West Skier's Guide at www.fwsa.org.