Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014 - (Page 24)

Participants await their turn to race down the course in Aspen, Colorado. FAR WEST RACING ASSOCIATION Board of Directors - 2O13 / 2O14 PRESIDENT Bob Ellis (530) 414-4270 rellis9681@aol.com photo by Ken Calkins SECRETARY Jo Simpson (775) 787-7556 jo_simpson@sbcglobal.net FINANCIAL OFFICER Nancy Ellis (530) 582-0566 nancyellis2@sbcglobal.net RULES CHAIR Bob Warzynski (775) 266-3976 bwarz@linkline.com FWRA COMMITTEE CHAIRS Webmaster George Stewart (559) 734-9294 gwstewart@prodigy.net FWRA Championships 2014 George Eachus (949) 874-4739 geachus@cox.net League Race Chairs BAY AREA SNOW SPORTS COUNCIL (BAC) Open League www.olrc.org Debi Phelps (530) 414-8503 bmw.rider8@yahoo.com Singles League www.slracing.org John Walsh (415) 596-7234 johnwalsh37@sbcglobal.net CENTRAL COUNCIL Central League Jim Grady (805) 929-1334 jjg2@pge.com LOS ANGELES COUNCIL Rokka League www.rokkaracing.org Laura Preiss rokkaracers@aol.com ULLR League Ken Kawahara (310) 944-0371 ken.kawahara@verizon.net NORTHWEST SKI CLUB COUNCIL PACRAT League www.pacrats.org Gordy Lusk racing@swskiers.org ORANGE COUNCIL Schusski League www.orangecouncil.org Maxine Hanlon (714) 641-8513 maxch@prodigy.net SAN DIEGO COUNCIL San Diego Alpine League www.skisandiego.org Eileen Weiner (858) 334-8876 eileenweiner45@yahoo.com SIERRA COUNCIL Sierra League www.sierraleague.com Jo Simpson (775) 787-7556 Jo_simpson@sbcglobal.net 24 Why Do We Race? by Bob Ellis President, FWRA / Vice-President of Racing, FWSA Why do we race? Because it is fun, exciting, competitive, individual, instructive and social. The Far West Racing Association provides races for any ability of skier or boarder, and then, we break them down by age, gender and skill level, so all of our racers are competing with other racers in the same category. On any given day, Far West racers in any class can win in their class. In our races, we do not separate our racers only by age, but also by skill level, so they are not competing with pastOlympians unless they work their way into that class. Most of us are weekend warriors that ski or race whenever we get a chance, and when we get a chance, we want to make the most of it. When our racers go down our race courses, they are going down a run all by themselves with no one else skiing down the hill at the same time, and our racers can go as fast or slow as they want without being cited by a Ski Patrolman for skiing too fast amongst the public. The thrill of skiing and boarding is the challenge of the slope of the hill and the speed we get while flying down the mountain. Racing naturally makes skiers and boarders better athletes by forcing them to turn where they normally would not turn. Almost everybody I have seen racing has improved due to the extra effort required by going down a race course. Obviously, not everybody wants to race or enjoys the competition, but where else can you be the only person on the ski run for one to two minutes without fear of being run into by another person. When we run our races, we try to schedule them to be punctual and efficient so we can get our participants down the courses as quickly as possible, so they can go off and enjoy skiing the rest of the mountain. We understand that their time is important, especially on a bluebird ski day. We also run several courses, not one course for everybody. We set a course for beginners and novice participants so they can progress at their own speed and move up to the next harder course when they improve. We also try to schedule the race times so participants have plenty of time to make it to the courses, and we also base the start times on the predicted snow conditions. If we believe the snow conditions are going to be very firm in the morning, we normally will schedule the upper level racers in the morning when the conditions are more challenging, and the novice racers will end up getting better snow conditions in the afternoon when they would race. Sometimes we run into delays because of weather or timing, but most of the time, we are on schedule. Our goals are to put on a safe event that is punctual, fun and challenging for the participants. We want to allow them to see their times immediately, and an area where they can congregate safely afterwards and share their experiences with their friends about the race course. We are recreational racers that enjoy the courses, the challenges of the mountains, the social aspect, and also receiving the awards for good results. The Far West Racing Program is different from any other program in the U.S. It was smartly designed back in the 1970's to encourage participation for all abilities and ages of participants. We also conduct clinics to help our racers improve and allow them to have a chance to practice. Next year, we will be racing at Beaver Creek during the Far West Ski Week, and the Far West Championships will be held on April 4-6, 2014 at Mammoth Mountain. The ROKKA Race Camp will be at Mammoth Mountain starting on January 6 and ending on January 10, 2014. I encourage all of you to try racing just once. There is a very good chance that you will enjoy it. L L Far West Skier's Guide 2O13 - 2O14 / See the Digital Edition of the Far West Skier's Guide at www.fwsa.org. http://www.olrc.org http://www.slracing.org http://www.rokkaracing.org http://www.pacrats.org http://www.orangecouncil.org http://www.skisandiego.org http://www.sierraleague.com http://www.fwsa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014

Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014
Board of Directors, Trustees
President’s Message: FWSA is on the Move!
FWSA Committee Chairmen and Other Representatives
FWSA Presidents Gather at 2013 Convention
Council Information
FWSA Council Services Supports Clubs
National Ski Council Federation Brings Councils & Clubs Together Nationwide
FWSA Membership: Through Clubs or Direct
FWSA Direct Member Application Form
Order Form / Far West Skier’s Guide
FWSA Communications
Ski Season - 2014
FWSA Travel Program
FWRA Board of Directors
FWRA League Race Chairs
Why Do We Race?
FWRA Race Schedule
The FWSA Athletic Scholarship Program Helps Junior Racers
Pursue Your Passions Through the FWSF
Hope on the Slopes Events
Winter Trails Day
FWSA 81st Annual Convention - Mountain Magic Moments - Recap
FWSA 2013 Convention Sponsors
FWSA Industry Award Winners
Convention Door Prize Donors & Milestones
2013 FWSA Councils’ Man & Woman of the Year
Silent Auction & Travel Expo Participants - 2013
2013 FWSA Convention Award Recipients
Snowsports Celebrities Entertain & Inform
Candace Cable, Keynote Speaker
FWSA Safety Person of the Year
FWSA Western Ski Heritage Award
FWSA Snowsports Builder Awards
FWSA Ski Clubs & Councils Continue Generous Charity Support
FWSA 82nd Annual Convention - Volcanic Paradise - Bend, Oregon
FWSA 83rd Annual Convention - Salute to San Diego
Twelve Resorts / One Pass
Public Affairs - 2013 Update
The Road to Sochi
Lodging Options
Regional Ski Shows
High Hopes Exist for an Olympic & Far West History Museum in Squaw Valley
Zermatt: Where Legends Meet!
Has Technology Made Skiing Safer?
How Well Do You Know Your Resorts?
A Visit to the 2013- 2014 Digital Edition Only Insert
FWSA Council & Club Information

Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014