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was racing within skill classes that were populated
using a handicapping system (which achieved further
stepwise sophistication over the years).
" The current racer handicapping system was created
around 1981 by John Rosenkranz. I was part of the group
developing the system. I am an original Pacesetter and still am
a Pacesetter. I have maintained the Pacesetter Ratings from the
beginning.
Prior to the current system, handicaps were calculated
Nancy Ellis, Sierra League, races at the 2020
FWSA Ski Week held at Big Sky Mountain Resort,
Montana. photo provided by Nancy Ellis
and it was the core of the successful racing program
of USRSA in its Nations Weeks. Alan Christian was
the first racing coordinator for the United States
Recreational Ski Association (USRSA), followed by
Bob Warzinski and wife Debbie. In one USRSA Ski
Week in the 1990s, from among 1,300 registrants,
there were 400 racers on the hill on four different
courses.
" The ten leagues currently represented in the Far West
Race Leagues were founded over a period of time ranging from
1964 to 1978. While the individual leaguers presently operate
as autonomous organizations, there is great commonality in the
reasons for their organizations and in their basic structures.
Each league is the result of ski club interest in developing competitive
programs. Representatives of geographically related
clubs affiliated with one another to form an association to promote
competitive skiing opportunities. Through the years, each
league has changed somewhat as new clubs join the group and
others drop out. However, the general size of the league is monitored
by its affiliated clubs in order to insure a manageable
and competitive environment. Thus, there are a number of race
leagues in the larger geographic area while only one league represents
a wide area of central California.
The oldest league in the Far West Race leagues is
ROKKA League, which was started in 1964 by a group of
representatives from five ski clubs in the Los Angeles area. In
1965, a sixth club joined the group and they adopted the name
Rokka a variation of the Japanese word for six; roku. The
Asian language from which the name is derived has yet to be
precisely identified. Through the years the league has grown in
participation, although not in the number of clubs affiliated,
and now actively promotes competitive programs in softball,
tennis, volleyball, and bowling, as well as, cross country and
alpine ski racing. The size of the programs organized by the
league is now large and complex enough to require a computer
to track race history and handicap information. Other Far West
Race leagues boast similar histories in that each was an organization
formed at a grass roots level to promote competition.
It should be noted that the leagues were not created as subbodies
of a larger group such as regional ski councils or national
ski organizations, but rather, they are local concerns. " -
George Eachus
The Intramurals program, which later
changed its name to Recreational Racing in 1972,
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using a formula that incorporated FIS points. We would get
one of the junior mountain racers to run our course to establish
a " zero " par. It was getting harder to get consistent juniors.
That led John to create our own system of zeroing courses.
Starting with only five classes (Novice, Intermediate,
Advance, Expert, Elite), around 1983 Vet Classes were added
for those over 35. We then created a new racer classification
system. The new classes were Elite, A thru E. In 1986, the
This handbook was
prepared by the Intramurals
Handbook
Committee, Joe
Harris, Chairman,
1972. The Forward
was by Bruce Bell,
Director - Intramurals
Activities, FWSA
and Chairman -
Recreational Racing
Committee, USSA.
from Jane Wyckoff Collection
Far West Racing Association (FWRA)
is a skiing, snowboarding, and
recreational ski and snowboard racing
organization operating in the
Western United States.
It has eight racing leagues offering races
at various resorts with racing categories
for children through older adults and from
beginner to expert skiing/riding skill levels.
FWRA extends its congratulations to the
Far West Ski Association on their
90th Anniversary. We appreciate
your continued support
of Snowsports in
California and the Far West.
Contact Bob Ellis, FWRA President,
rellis9681@aol.com
for more information about FWRA.

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