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The Far West Ski Association Athletic Scholarship Program is beginning its 10th year. The Athletic Scholarship Program has grown from a modest $1,500 and two recipients in 2004, to $15,000 and 18-19 recipients in 2013. The 2013 scholarships will bring the total awarded to over $75,000 and over 100 recipients. The scholarship program was initiated to provide financial assistance to deserving young ski racers. Applicants must be junior alpine ski racers licensed by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and must participate in racing programs in the states represented by the councils of the FWSA in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic performance, athletic achievement and community service. Additional information is available at the FWSA website: www.fwsa.org. Why provide assistance to junior racers? After all, skiing is an expensive sport and shouldn't parents foot the bill? Well, for the most part they do. For the younger athletes, the costs are modest. Most competition is at the local level. However, for 16 through 20 year olds, the competition becomes national and even international. Some examples include: the U.S. Nationals in California, the NorAms in Canada and Colorado, the Wildwest Classic Elite FIS Series in Wyoming, the Northwest Cup in Washington, the Alaska State Downhill Championships, and the Western Region Junior Championships in Idaho. It is not unusual for a top athlete to compete in 40-45 races during the regular winter season; virtually every weekend except during the Christmas holiday. photo provided by Dick Shawkey The FWSA Athletic Scholarship Program Helps Junior Racers by Dick Shawkey Athletic Scholarship Committee Chair, FWSA Kayleigh MacGregor and Lila Lapanja were two of the Athletic Scholarship Recipients. Both were special guests at the Far West Ski Association Convention in June. photo by Sebastian Diaz / Sabastian Diaz Photography For a top competitor, expenses can reach $20,000 per season. These athletes don't begin their training when the snow flies in the fall. Dryland training begins shortly after the winter yields to spring. Summer camps, both in the U.S. and abroad, help bridge the gap between seasons. These camps typically run about $1,200 per week, not including transportation. Winter training is in the area of $1,000 $1,500 per season. Most applicants work part time jobs to help out. These athletes have to balance the demands of training, competition, and work with their academic responsibilities. Despite all these demands, the average GPA for Molly Leavens, from Park City, Utah, received a FWSA Athletic Scholarship. She recently spent time training in La Parva, Chile with the Park City Ski Team advancing her skills as a competitor. our scholarship recipients has been consistently over 3.9. While our scholarships are modest in relation to the need, they do provide assistance that may make a difference for an athlete on a tight budget. Funding for the scholarships is derived from a number of sources: raffles, auctions, club/council sponsorships, and direct contributions. The FWSA Athletic Scholarship Program has greatly benefited from the generosity of its sponsors: Whitefish Mountain Resort (www.skiwhitefish.com), a year around family fun destination; Grouse Mountain Lodge (www.grousemountainlodge.com), the premier choice in mountain resorts; Schure Sports Inc. (www.karbonmail.com), maker of the Karbon brand of snowsports apparel; and the Far West Racing Association. Their contributions of vacation packages, winter sportsware, and cash brought in over $10,000 in this year's fund raisers. Our partnership program whereby councils and clubs are afforded the opportunity for direct sponsorship of athletes accounted for one third of last year's scholarship funds. Finally, the Far West Ski Foundation (www.farwestskifoundation.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established to support and enhance snowsports in the western U.S., is becoming a valuable resource for encouraging tax exempt donations. L L 26 Far West Skier's Guide 2O13 - 2O14 / See the Digital Edition of the Far West Skier's Guide at www.fwsa.org. http://www.fwsa.org http://www.skiwhitefish.com http://www.grousemountainlodge.com http://www.karbonmail.com http://www.farwestskifoundation.org 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