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Snowsports Builder Awards - 2013
Pioneers drawn from the fields of ski racing,
coaching, and instruction; the evolution of disabled
skier programs, and ski area development.
by John Watson
History Committee Chair, FWSA
Shelley Leonard received the University of
Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame recognition
at halftime for skiing and coaching. Nevada
Governor, Bob Miller, presented the plaque
at UNR's Mackay Stadium, 1992.
What we cite here is but a microscopic
history related to fifty years of contributions
to snowsports of this heroic figure from
Nevada's Carson Valley, Arthur Chelton
Leonard was both a ski and football athlete at Reno High School (Class of 1941) and
the University of Nevada-Reno. He was
headed for international ski competition when
World War II changed everything. He volunteered for the U. S. Army and was ordered in
1943 to Camp Hale to train with the 10th
Mountain Division, a corporal designated as a
At the end of the war, Leonard enrolled
in the University of Oregon. Though he was
proud to be called a Duck, the siren call of ski
racing led him to Sun Valley, Idaho in 1947. In
1948, he was back at the University of Nevada
and a member of the ski team until his graduation in 1951. The next eight years were spent
as the University of Nevada Ski Coach, producing many skiers who went on to competitions and the ski industry. During this time,
he organized the first sanctioned NCAA Intercollegiate Ski Championships held at Sky Tavern, originated the "All American Ski Team",
was honored as Ski Coach of the Year and led
Nevada to two top five finishes in the NCAA
Ski Championships. In 1992, Chelton was inducted into the University of Nevada Athletic
Hall of Fame for Skiing and as Coach of the
In 1958, Chelton took the position of Assistant Sports Technical Director for the 1960
Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. He was involved in the Competition Jury, was the Chief
Gatekeeper for Alpine events and appointed
Advisor to Nevada Governor Grant Sawyer
for the Winter Olympics. In 1960, he was appointed Executive Director of the National Ski
Association of America (now the United
States Ski and Snowboard Association) and
continued working with the U.S. Olympic
Committee and as Chairman of the International Ski Competition Committee. Chelton
returned to Reno in 1962 for two more years
as Nevada's Ski Coach. He was recalled to active military service in 1967 and later retired
from the Army as a Colonel.
His last role was Director of the Luggi
Foegger Ski School at Diamond Peak, Incline
Village, NV from 1975-1990. His love of skiing, mountains and the Army had Chelton
traveling the world with the 10th Mountain
Division Association and the International
Federation of Mountain Soldiers. For three
years from 1995 to 1998, he served as Secretary General of the "International Federation
of Mountain Soldiers". He became lifelong
friends with many of his former adversaries,
including a German General.
"Shelly" Leonard founded the 10th
Mountain Division annual biathlon race and
he celebrated its 28th Anniversary April 19,
2009 at Auburn Ski Club. In 2007, he received
the Wendell Robie Award from Auburn Ski
Club for Lifetime Outstanding Service.
Leonard's long career includes Certified Official, Chief of Race, Referee and Chief Timer
for Far West Ski Association, United States Ski
Association and the International Ski Federation (FIS).
Arthur Chelton Leonard served snowsports and community youth sports in many
roles, especially in the Reno-Tahoe area.
Snowsports owes a great debt to the late
"Shelly" for his many contributions to the development of ski racing, coaching and ski instruction during skiing's growth years from
the Olympics through the 1980s. Between his
10th Mountain Division duty commencing in
1943 and Diamond Peak, "Shelly" Leonard
participated in every major ski activity in the
Reno-Tahoe area for 50 years. There may be
no trail marker, but those tracks in the snow
are "Shelly" Leonard's.
Doug Pringle, one of the Snowsport Builder
Award winners, participated in the Public
Affairs Panel at the 2013 FWSA's Annual
Convention. He was instrumental in the
development of disabled sports programs.
Doug Pringle is a ground breaking pioneer for disabled sports and a tireless innovator and organizational developer of services to
the disabled. And he is adding further to his
four decades of service to the expanding disabled community.
Doug Pringle, USMA (West Point) Class
of '67, arrived that same year in Vietnam.
Three months later, he lost most of his right
leg in combat. His long rehabilitation reinforced his determination to continue his recreational activities despite his handicap. He
found that there were but three amputee ski
clubs in the USA so he and 13 other amputees
organized and raced at Donner Summit in
1969. They called it a National Amputee
Championship. This was his initial point for
what is now Disabled Sports USA. It all began
on snow. And, Doug Pringle has been central
in the evolution of disabled sports in the USA.
Forty years ago, many of the wounded
from the Vietnam War became involved in skiing because major military hospitals were including the sport as part of rehabilitation
training. Pringle got hooked on skiing through
his participation in the National Handicapped
Sports and Recreation Association (NHSRA).
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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
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
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
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