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Industry partners participate in the 34th Annual Silent Auction at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
on June 14, 2019. Aspen Skiing Company has been a participant for 31 years. Mary Manning, Sr.
National Sales Manager, converses with attendees at her booth. Aspen has been a sponsor of the
Safety Person of the Year Recognition Program and is the current sponsor of the Environment Award
Recognition Program. The resort has also been a sponsor of many other events. Ski.Com has been
a participant of the FWSA Silent Auction program for 25 years. Gloria Saiya-Woods, Group Sales
Manager, has also hosted a variety of optional events as a sponsor, and is the tour operator for both
the 2021 Mini Ski Week to Utah and the 2022 Ski Week to Aspen. Eric Van Pelt Photography
evolved rapidly to attract more members and industry
attendees, and recognized a partnership role between
FWSA and the ski industry.
Conventions used to be conducted Friday to
Sunday. That changed in 1997 in Portland when
Sheri Parshall, Host Council Convention Coordinator,
planned a " Pub Crawl " at Portland Microbreweries
on Thursday evening. She felt this would
give the industry representatives that came in early
something to do. There were 70 participants and
the event was a huge success. Since then, the Pub
Crawl is an annual tradition, with a long time sponsorship
of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation.
One of the most memorable Pub Crawls in convention
history was held on the historic USS Midway
Aircraft Carrier in San Diego in 2015, with over
200 attendees.
The high quality of the properties selected for
our annual event enticed participants to make a vacation
out of the annual conclave and many arrived
early and stayed late. Since so many participants
started arriving on Thursday, Delegate Registration
started on Thursday afternoon beginning in 2001.
At the 2017 Convention in Boise, hosted by the Intermountain
Ski Council, the convention actually
kicked off on Wednesday evening with a rooftop
dinner downtown.
In 1992, the 1st Annual Golf Tournament
was added with an early start time on Friday morning,
at Northstar-at-Tahoe. In 2007, the name was
changed to the Annual Michael German Memorial
Golf Tournament in honor of a long time FWSA
and San Diego Council volunteer who was an avid
golfer. Additional optional events were added on
Friday to give convention attendees a choice of outings
and events to enjoy what the local area had to
offer. They have included: spa days, wine tours, museum
tours, a seal tour, bike tours, celebrity home
tour and shopping, tennis tournaments, river rafting,
skiing on Mt. Hood and much more.
Panel sessions on Saturday have been a mainImpressive
bound
stay of FWSA Conventions.
booklets were produced and distributed to the panel
attendees, in additional to the Delegate Book given
to all the delegates. Topics have included: club services,
club presidents, insurance, racing, travel, athletics,
finances, communication, web design, social
media and leadership. The Public Affairs Panels
feature special guest experts and snowsport celebrities.
It was traditional to invite a representative from
the local US Forest Service Area, and attendees
from the 10th Mountain Division were exceptionally
well received. Leaders from the National
Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Snowsports Industries
America (SIA) and the US Ski Team were very
informative. A wide variety of topics were discussed,
depending on the panelists attending. They have
included: area development and expansion, ski
safety, ski history, volunteer liabilities, transportation,
taxation, environment, consumer advocacy,
junior racing and ski fashion.
The Snowsports Leadership Academy was introduced
in 2008 as an FWSA education program
designed to provide FWSA members training and
tools to enhance and expand ski clubs and be recognized
industry wide as having a measure of standards
and consistency. All attendees of the
Snowsports Leadership Academy sessions received
a certificate of attendance. The coordinator of the
program was Diane Stearley, President of the New
Mexico Council. The first two modules were: " I'm
Elected, Now What? " and " Now You Have Them, How
Do You Keep Them? " To date, 27 Leadership Modules
have been presented at the Annual Conventions.
One of the most popular presenters has been
Todd Hood, Vice President of the National Broth1972
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