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Far West Ski Association

We are one of the largest associations of snowsports enthusiasts in the U.S. Through our activities and programs, we have earned the title “The Voice of the Western Skier.”

If you are a member of a club that belongs to a Council in the Far West family, you are automatically a member of FWSA and entitled to all the benefits. You may also join Far West as a Direct Member.

Please use this web site to learn more about the benefits, programs and activities offered to members of the Far West Ski Association.

FWSA covers twelve states with nine regional COUNCILS with more than 150 CLUBS and a combined membership of over 50,000 skiers and snowboarders.

Far West Racing Association

Racing is for everyone. The handicap system allows skiers of all abilities to find a competitive level. Much like golf's numerical handicapping system, skiers are grouped by their past performance and race against individuals with similar skills. Although as many as 250 or 300 skiers might be competing in a league race on a typical Saturday at Mammoth, Lake Tahoe area or a ski resort near Portland, they're not all competing for the same prize. Skiers compete within their ability group, so that maybe only a dozen or so racers are vying for a particular title on a given day. Far West Ski Association recognizes that the racing program helps build better skiers

Orange Council of Ski Clubs

Since May 5, 1971, Orange Council of Ski Clubs has been addressing the issues of Skiers in and around the Orange County and Southern California. Originating from the Southern Council to better serve the high concentration of skiers and snowboarders (Sliders) in this area , this motto was established - "Toward Better Skiing." We are and always have been an active member of the Far West Ski Association and we are also a member of the National Ski Council Federation.

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US Ski and Snowboarding Association

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. From grassroots programs to governance of sport, management of rules, competitions and athletic rankings, the USSA oversees athletic pipelines for development in the sports. With a vision to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. The USSA, established in 1905, operates out of the national training and education facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT.

National Ski Council Federation

The National Ski Council Federation was formally established in 1999. It consists of the largest 30 ski councils in the United States and boasts a total membership exceeding 1/3 of a million snowsports enthusiasts.

“Our mission is to strengthen councils, with industry participation, so they may better serve member clubs through communication, education and benefits, and to influence issues relevant to snowsports.”

United States Adaptive Recreation Center

The United States Adaptive Recreation Center was founded in 1983 (as California Handicapped Skiers) to ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities.

The USARC believes people are empowered when they undertake and succeed at challenging outdoor recreation. In 1989, the USARC established the first full-time on-site adaptive ski school in Southern California at Bear Mountain Resort. Adaptive watersports and summer camping programs were added in 1993, and continue to evolve today.

The USARC works with schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers
and park and recreation departments to serve children and adults with all types of cognitive or physical disabilities. The USARC knows that, after learning new skills and redefining their abilities, participants are able to feel the freedom of recreating with their families and friends. These experiences often result in increased self-confidence and greater success in academic, professional
and personal life challenges.

The USARC has earned a national and international reputation as a model program in adaptive outdoor recreation, and USARC personnel have served in training programs throughout the United States and the world.

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