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Los Angeles
Council of Ski Clubs
The Los Angeles Council of
Ski Clubs, Inc. currently consists
of 25 snowsports clubs that cover
a very large area from Santa Barbara to Long Beach, and east to
the Inland Empire. LAC is one of
the largest of the ten councils of
the Far West Ski Association, and
included in the National Ski Council Federation. The make-up of
the council's clubs is a bit older,
but very active and outgoing in its
club leaders and members, and
we offer networking opportunities for fun and future planning.
Due to the large population and
number of ski clubs involved, the
club make up is so diverse with
small clubs, large clubs, winter
and summer sports programs that
a number of the clubs go together
for better pricing on their trips,
different events to do, and more
people, that just makes for more fun.
The main ski resort for bus
trips and drive up trips for the
council clubs is Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, a five hour drive
from central Los Angeles. Mammoth offers a myriad of year
round outdoor activities (skiing in
winter; mountain biking, hiking
and camping in summer). This is
also where most of the council
races happen, and we are part of
Far West Racing Association. Los
Angeles supports two race leagues:
ROKKA and ULLR chaired by
Laura Preiss and Ken Kawahara, respectively. Included on
the schedule are: ROKKA Race
Camp; the Ski, Ride & Race Week;
three race weekends, the SoCal
Championships, and the Far West
Racing Association Championships.
Los Angeles Council participates in the FWSA Ski Week each
year, this year with our own Todd
Hood as LAC's VP of Travel, and
what a great job he does! Steamboat was a wonderful winter wonderland last year, and I know the
group got a bit of skiing in with
legendary Billy Kidd. Can you
think of a better way to go skiing,

and have someone REALLY show
you how to ski than a former
Olympic medalist? Thank you,
Billy!
The council's clubs are
headed to Big Sky, Montana at the
end of January, 2020, with FWSA,
with a side trip to Yellowstone.
LAC also takes advantage of FWSA's
international trips; and the "mini
week" ski trips that have become
popular for their interesting ski
resort choices; and great pricing.
This year, we are going to be promoting the Big White Mini Week,
in late March, and get a group
going up there. We also have a
combined group of clubs going to
Winter Park, Colorado, and that
should be a fun trip for those
clubs.
Paula Hazard, VP of Programs, organizes the council's
main event, our Snow Gala. This
year marks the 70th year of hosting this evening of dining, dancing, and award prizes, with the
most important event being the
announcement of our Man and
Woman of the Year, who then go
on to represent LAC at the FWSA
Convention.
At the 87th FWSA Convention in Indian Wells, California
this past June, Los Angeles Council had the privilege of assisting
Orange Council, as they are a
small council, and LAC was honored to be able to fill in with volunteers a few places here and
there. LAC had the fun of hosting
a few late night events that are always a hit with this convention
group. Our council had 25 members in attendance, with a few
coming down for the Friday night
Silent Auction to try to bring
home a trip at a bargain price.
Saturday night's award banquest was great! LAC was honored with Regina Reilly (Wailers)
and Victor Chan (Unrecables) as
Man and Woman of the Year.
Our congratulations to the following LAC award recipients.

n Jimmie Heuga Award:
Hannah Nishimoto (Unrecables
Ski Club)
n Safety Person of the
Year: Peter Smith
(Wailers Ski Club)
n Tollakson Outstanding
Club, 1st Place Novice:
Long Beach Ski Club
n Wentworth Outstanding Club Publication, 1st Place
Masters: Catherine Ohl, Editor
(Pacific Rim Alliance)
n Wentworth Outstanding Club Publication, 1st Place
Novice: Catherine Singer,
Editor (Long Beach Ski Club)
n Wentworth Outstanding Club Publication, 3rd
Place, Novice: Steven Soukup,
Editor (Conejo Ski & Sports Club)
n Outstanding Club
Website, 2nd Place, Masters:
Catherine Ohl, Webmaster
(Pacific Rim Alliance)
n Outstanding Club
Website, 1st Place, Advanced:
Bill Welty, Webmaster,
(Conejo Ski & Sports Club)
And, last, but certainly not
least,
n Councils' Man of the
Year: TODD HOOD, (Snowbusters Ski Club) and (National
Brotherhood of Skiers - Western
Region)
One last award, the Western Ski Heritage Prize, was presented to Jane Wyckoff, Judith
Miller and Steven Markman, for
their publication, "A History of the
Single Ski Club of Los Angeles on its
50th Anniversary". They were
SSC members for many, many
years. I thank you all for putting
out the effort to see a long-time
club earn such a prestigious
award.
LAC looks forward to the
88th Convention - set for Portland, Oregon starting May 28,
2020. What a fun town in which to
have a convention!
Los Angeles Council continues to be represented within

Los Angeles Council
President, Sandra Blackwell,
greets attendees at the
FWSA Convention Silent
Auction, at the LAC booth.
Eric Van Pelt Photography

Far West Ski Association as members of the Board of Directors,
Board of Trustees, and its various
committees. There are four members currently who are FWSA officers that continue on after the
June Convention, or as appointed
Committee Chairs. They are:
Catherine Ohl (Pacific Rim
Alliance), Webmaster
Sigrid Noack (Unrecables),
Charities and Our
Community Chair
Todd Hood (Snowbusters),
Succession Planning Chair
David Krupp (Century City Ski
Club), Athletic Scholarship
Program Chair
In addition, Sandra Knapp
is the newly elected Secretary of
the National Ski Council Federation.
I would like to thank my
LAC Board members for their
hard work, diligent efforts, and in
making the council a great team
to work with: new Treasurer,
Dan Haste (Wailers), new VP
Membership, Iris Williams (Executive Board), and continuing on
as Secretary, Sandra Knapp (Grindelwald), VP Programs, Paula Hazzard, VP Travel, Todd Hood, and
Past President, David Krupp
(Century City Ski Club).
For details regarding all of
the LAC clubs and activities, please
visit us at: www.lacouncil.org.

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LOS ANGELES COUNCIL OF SKI CLUBS

by Sandra Blackwell,
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