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big final racing awards banquet. These preparations
for USSA Ski Week in Sun Valley paid off
with 800 participants in 1971. The chairmanship
of the week was rotated through councils and its location
changed annually through western resorts
able to handle the numbers and events. The structure
and format produced in 1971 was a template
for USSA Ski Week for more than a decade. It
created a nationwide council network.
Because of the success of Southern Council
(now Los Angeles Council) in the 1960s and the prospect
of expanding membership, the FWSA
changed the job description of its First VP to include
a special initiative to develop councils in areas
underserved by communication with FWSA. At
that time, FWSA had four councils: Bay Area - Lou
Polaski presiding; Central - actually the old Central
District of CSA, Ed McArthur of the Fresno Ski
Club leading; San Diego - led by the incomparable
Joe Harris; and Southern - John Watson presiding.
The Original Four!
Bay Area Council
The Federation opted to join FWSA in 1966
as the Bay Area Council, changed its name to Bay
Area Council of Ski Clubs, and most recently in
2005, to the Bay Area Snow Sports Council. The
major goal of BAC since its founding, was to serve
as an umbrella organization for its member clubs in
providing services and activities that were best accomplished
by the clubs acting as a group. Due to
the council's proximity to the Lake Tahoe ski resorts,
the council became most noteworthy for its involvement
in: developing discount lift tickets and
benefits programs for the member clubs; support of
legislative action related to skiing; support for funding
junior racers; and support for disabled skiing
programs. BAC is a FWSA Historic Ski Council.
Southern Council (Los Angeles)
The Southern Council emerged as a part of
the California Ski Association (Far West Ski Association)
not later than 1940 as the Federated Ski Clubs
of Southern California. It was first known as a District
of the California Ski Association and in 1946
it was organized as the Southern California Council
(later just Southern Council). Prior to the 1970's, the
Southern Council extended from June Mountain to
San Diego. With a large number of member clubs
(63 clubs by 1972), the council had volunteer support
to offer a wide array of council activities and programs.
Some clubs required FWSA membership
and made that a part of their dues, especially those
that hosted junior racing programs. Many clubs
made FWSA membership optional. Articles of Incorporation
were filed as Southern Council, FWSA,
Inc. on August 11, 1971. Even though the council
was normally referred to as Los Angeles Council
from 1974, the name was not officially changed
until 1999.
AEA Ski Club
Asian Skiing and Board Club of LA
Auslich Ski Club
Beach Cities Ski Club
Buckhorn Ski Club
Century City Ski and Sports Club
Conejo Ski & Sports Club
Edelweiss Ski and Sports Club
Executive Board Snowboard Association
Four Seasons West Ski and
Snowboard Club
Grindelwald Ski Club
Inland Empire Ski & Sports Club
The council's first Sno-Ball is believed to have
been held in 1949. Back then, it was a fashion show
of the latest in ski apparel. During the 1960's the
Sno-Ball was changed to a Costume Party since the
event usually coincided with Halloween. There was
a theme to the party, and clubs performed skits and
wore costumes; and won lots of prizes. In 1969,
there were more than 1,000 attendees at the SnoBall
at the Hollywood Palladium.
The LAC currently conducts an Annual Snow
Gala as a kick-off to the ski season and to select its
Council Man and Woman of the Year. Members
actively participate in Far West Ski Weeks and travel
opportunities. LA Council is a FWSA Historic Ski
Council.
Central Council
Central Council originated as one of the four
original districts of the California Ski Association
(name later changed to Far West Ski Association). In 2000,
the council's name was changed to the Central
Council of California. Its area currently extends
from the Sierra Mountains to the sea, and from Salinas
to Santa Barbara. Being such a large area,
Central Council was challenged in securing a meeting
location for all representatives to easily attend.
So, activity planning was mainly left to the clubs.
Also, Central Council did not want to compete with
its clubs with numerous council activities. The
council historically has been a strong supporter of
FWSA, communicating information about the Association
and participating in FWSA programs,
especially the travel programs.
San Diego Council
When the Far West Ski Association Board of
Directors scheduled its summer meeting at the
Town and Country Hotel in San Diego in 1963,
Lee Klein, Executive Director of FWSA, requested
Joe Harris of Convair Ski Club, to arrange an informal,
social get-together with the presidents of
the San Diego ski clubs. These clubs included Convair,
Don Diego, San Diego, Torrey Pines, Astronautics,
Solar, Aztecs, and Trolls of Oceanside. On
September 9, 1963, Len Speicher, FWSA president,
notified Joe that the San Diego Council was officially
declared a part of FWSA. Joe was welcomed
as the head of the new council and was given a position
on the FWSA board. San Diego Council was
incorporated as a non-profit organization through
the pro bono efforts of Tom Becca (lawyer and Torrey
Pines member) with established articles and by-laws.
This was an historical event for the San Diego
ski community. But the stepping stones and building
blocks leading up to this momentous occurrence
were based on Joe's initiative and energy that
bonded the various activities of the clubs, such as:
(1) Encouraged (i.e., strongly persuaded) each club he
helped in its formation (and there were many) to be
100% FWSA members; (2) Formalized the ski
CONGRATULATIONS
to Far West Ski Association
on its 90th year!
Los Angeles Council of Ski Clubs
appreciates all the hard work and dedication
from the many, many volunteers
over these 90 years that have given
their time and dedication to make FWSA
the vital ski industry leader that it has been
in the past and still is today.
Kronenstadt Ski Club
Long Beach Ski Club
Los Padres Ski Club
On The Hill Gang
Pacific Rim Alliance Snow Sports
Saga Ski Club
Santa Barbara Ski & Sports Club
Snowbusters Ski Club
Space Park Ski and Snowboard Club
Unrecables Ski Club
Wailers Ski Snowboard & Social Club
Westwood Ski Club
Winter Fox Ski & Snowboard Association
Again, LAC offers Far West Ski Association
our well earned and greatly deserved
CONGRATULATIONS!
Los Angeles Council of Ski Clubs
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