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CONGRATULATIONS FWSA
SCHUSSKI
RACE
LEAGUE
Orange Council of Ski Clubs
www.orangecouncil.org
President: Sheila Van Guilder
714-656-6032
svanguil@yahoo.com
Serving Orange County and
neighboring areas since 1971
Auslich Ski & Sports Club
Belmont Shore/Long Beach
President: Joe Vanderhoof
sailorjv13@aol.com
Balboa Ski and Sports Club
www.balboaskiandsportsclub.com
President: Connie Peacock
949-645-6086
sailingpeacock@yahoo.com
Flatlands Ski Club
President: Dan Crawford
816-805-0384
macrci@aol.com
Fountain Valley Ski Club
www.fountainvalleyskiclub.org
President: Jim Wisenbaker
714-841-7814
president@fountainvalleyskiclub.org
Huntington Beach Ski Club
www.hbskiclub.com
President: Eric Lang
hbskiclub@yahoo.com
Orange County
Ski Club
www.ocskiclub.org
President: Anne Bareneson
pres@ocskiclub.com
Snowbounders Ski Club
www.snowbounders.org
President: Roger Philips
949-258-3491
enrapt@gmail.com
Snowfliers Ski Club
President: Jim Hughes
562-593-9905
James.hughes@boeing.com
United States Adaptive
Recreational Center
www.usarc.org
Program Coordinator: Sara Rosell
909-584-0269
sara@usarc.org
club's individual swap meets into a single giant swap
called the Ski Trade Night; (3) Established a SnoBall
(now Annual Gala), with all the ski clubs participating,
where the club princesses were judged and
a queen was crowned; and (4) Promoted racing by
having the two strongest clubs at that time, Convair
and San Diego, each host an open race so other
clubs could participate. Joe was able to accomplish
most of these activities with the assistance of San
Diego Club members Bob Dean and Jim Wehsener.
Racing participation grew due to the formation of
the Intramural racing program which is now the Alpine
League. San Diego racers compete in Far West
races. (Information from Helen Harris)
San Diego Ski Club Council is a FWSA Historic
Ski Council.
The Council Development Initiative
The council development initiative started in
1970 aimed principally at Sacramento, Reno-Tahoe
and Arizona. We found a willing chairman for Sacramento
- Don Adee in Lodi, Dr. Fred Wilts of
Reno and Marlene Steinmeyer of Incline (1972-73)
for two of these chairmanships. Although the arrangements
didn't last more than three years, the
template was set and future probabilities were good.
Ironically, the greatest success in council development
lay in spinning off two councils from the
63 clubs in Southern Council in 1972. Thus was
born Orange and Inland Councils. FWSA still has
no council in Sacramento.
Orange Council
The Orange Council of Ski Clubs' official
founding was on May 5, 1971. Since that time, the
council has been addressing the issues of skiers in
and around the Orange County and Southern California.
The council originated from the Southern
Council in order to better serve the high concentration
of skiers and snowboarders in their area, and a
motto was established - " Toward Better Skiing " .
Orange Council started an Annual " President's
Dinner " in the early 1980's for club presidents
to share ideas, and hear presentations from
invited guests from Far West Ski Association, resorts
or travel industry. Due to its proximity to the Newport
Back Bay and ocean, the council and member
clubs of snowsport enthusiasts have always been
able to take advantage of a myriad of water sports
and beach volleyball. Orange Council will celebrate
its 50th Anniversary in 2021.
Inland Council
The Inland Council was founded as a result
of the spinoff from Southern Council in 1971. The
objective of the founders was to enhance skiing opportunities
for all skiers and member clubs in the
Inland Empire and the Las Vegas area. When Robert
Jimenez, Council President from 1977-1990,
came into office there were three clubs - Vand
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John Watson, Southern Council President,
conducts a " swearing in " of Snuffy Smith,
a Dartmouth man, as new FWSA Executive
Director in Los Angeles, 1970. Watson worked
to establish an integration of the council with
FWSA. In 1969, he invented and launched the
publication of Councilman, treating matters
of common concern to members and other
councils. He personally researched the presence
of councils nationwide and how they operated
and what their objectives were. That research
led to the inauguration of USSA Ski Weeks.
Photo by Elmar Baxter.
Bakke, Tyroleans and Sitzmarkers (latter two providing
an intense rivalry). Rolf Christopherson from
Vand Bakke Ski Club requested Robert pick up four
sets of timing equipment for ski racing at Mount
Baldy. With Snow Forest Ski Area as a sponsor, they
began building race courses, a race team, and learn
to ski program for the clubs and Inland Council. By
1992, there were 19 clubs. Support was received in
the 1990s from Bear Mountain Ski Resort and
Mountain High Ski Resort. They were fortunate in
having these resorts in their own back yard. Working
with resorts, several sponsors, and dedicated ski
club members, they were able to produce excellent
prizes and incentives for races. One of their clubs,
the Blitzsnell Ski Club, was located at Bear Mountain,
and Inland was part of the Blitzsnell Race
Series and Training Program, a comprehensive alpine
racing program. They also conducted races
at Mammoth Mountain.
Arizona & NWSCC Councils
Twenty years later, two councils were added
due to the sustained diplomatic efforts of Norm
Cullen to bring in Arizona (the " Zonies " ) as a council
in 1993, a FWSA objective from 1970. That same
year, visionaries, Linda Braudy (BAC) and Steve
Coxen brought Portland Area Ski Club Council
(PASCC) into Far West as the Northwest Ski Club
Council (NWSCC). These were the first, but not last
FWSA mergers with an entity outside the original
bounds of CSA.
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