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Keynote Speaker & Special Guests...

Far West 88th Annual Snowsports Convention
October 7 - 10, 2021
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Dr, San Diego, CA 92108 • 800-228-9290
www.marriott.com/sanmv


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

CHRIS ANTHONY

  • 2018 Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Award-winning Documentary Producer, Director, Writer, and Editor
  • Best History Film Cannes World Film Festival 2021
  • Featured athlete in 28 Warren Miller films
  • Executive Director & Founder, Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project
  • Professional skier and ski personality
  • A veteran of 9 World Extreme Skiing Championships
  • Former Alaskan Extreme Skiing Champion
  • Alaska Helicopter Ski Guide

Colorado Native and Snow Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Chris Anthony, is a professional skier who has been on skis since he was eighteen months old and competed in almost every discipline of the sport. He made his way up the international ranks of alpine ski racing before switching over to big mountain freeride competitions, formally known as extreme skiing competitions.

During the offseason, Chris raced road bikes professionally for one of the top continental teams.  Both sports allowed him to spend time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he was exposed to Exercise Physiology.   He would later study this subject at the University of Colorado and receive a Bachelor of Science degree.  

During college, Chris was recruited by Warren Miller Films to ski in one of the annual films. The opportunity inspired Chris to write a screenplay and eventually study film and writing while interning for Michael Douglas at Paramount Studios and attending USC in Los Angeles for a period of time. 

During the winter months, for more than 28 years, Chris continued to travel as an athlete, host and emcee for Warren Miller Films (Now Warren Miller Entertainment), building his brand. He is known for outlandish ski film assignments in strange locations. During his career, Chris has free-lanced for several publications, co-authored a guidebook, was commissioned to write a screenplay, hosted and produced several television and segment projects.

Chris has been booked for hundreds of speaking engagements, and formed a consulting and guide business. Philanthropy; Chris has volunteered thousands of hours for several charitable organizations, raising over a million dollars on their behalf prior to building his own youth outreach program called the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project. https://www.chrisanthony.com/youth-initiative-project

In 1991, Chris was appointed the title of youth Ambassador for the State of Colorado by Governor Roy Romer.  This sent Chris on a cultural exchange to the prefecture of Yamagata, Japan. In 1997, Chris was appointed to the Colorado Speakers Bureau, placing him in front of a number of Fortune 500 companies. One of his prouder moments was receiving the 2014 St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sarah Burke Spirit Award for his work with youth.   A year later, in 1998, Colorado Ski Country named Chris the spokesperson for their 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program. The Passport Program served as a platform for him to design his own youth mentoring program now operating under the guidance of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.  

In 2013, Chris was inspired by a mentor to create a 501(c)(3) foundation to honor his desire to impact youth. His most powerful resource came from his position as a professional skier, through which he has engaged with more than 85,000 students over 20-plus years through school programs and other educational outlets. Since the creation of his Youth Project as a fiscal partner of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center in 2013, Chris has been able to take his mission to the next level. He has expanded his programming and now offers financial aid in select situations to ensure a broad spectrum of students can participate in his educational offerings. More recently Chris expanded his Youth Project by underwriting snow science and avalanche education for youth and is currently working on an educational documentary.

In 2014 the Governor of the State of Colorado endorsed the Project with this statement: “Colorado has always led the way in quality of life, fitness, adventure and outdoors. The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project has taken the unique outdoor assets we have across the state and created a program that will further enhance youth education.” — John Hickenlooper, Former Governor of the State of Colorado. Current United States Senator




SPECIAL GUESTS SPEAKERS

Jon Reveal

Jon Reveal began skiing at the age of 3 near Dodge Ridge, California and raced in the Far West division of the USSA from 1953 to 1962. While attending the University of California, Davis, Jon began ski teaching at Dodge Ridge.  He became a certified Far West Ski Instructor (FWSIA) in 1965.    After graduating, he went to L’ Ecole Nationale de Ski in Chamonix, France and then taught skiing in Courchevel-1850 for two years.  Jon began skiing for Warren Miller in 1969 and appeared in 14 of Warren’s movies over the years he was featured on the “Skiing’s Great” movie poster for Warren Miller’s 1974 movie.

Jon has an impressive lifetime of ski industry experience with senior management positions at Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen/Snowmass, Mont St. Anne, The Yellowstone Club and Angel Fire ski resorts.  After a short retirement period in 2004 Jon returned to the ski industry as the General Manager of the Sleeping Giant ski area near Cody, WY.  In 2018 Jon joined a group interested in purchasing Tamarack Resort.  The purchase was completed in 2018 and Jon became President.  Presently he is the Director of Skiing at Tamarack.

Jon is Married to Kim Waltrip a film producer, they have a blended family of three sons and four Grandchildren that live in Aspen, Colorado and Palm Springs, California, respectively.





Shawn Styles

I've traveled all around the world on assignment. They're all special - but my favorite place is on the weather set."

 

Meteorologist and lifestyle reporter Shawn Styles could not ask for a better job than bringing you the latest weather on CBS News 8. After all, it is a perfect fit for the self-described outdoorsman who loves to surf, ski, snowboard, fish, sail and play tennis, among other activities!

 

"Weather affects peoples lives," he says. "I can help them make plans." Speaking of plans, Shawn never planned to be in TV. "Television chose me," he says. "My career as a snow ski racer was ending; I had also worked in movies and television. Bringing people the weather seemed the natural way to go."

 

A San Diego native, Shawn grew up in La Mesa. He spent his summers at the La Jolla Shores, surfing and developing a keen interest in nature and the weather. By the time he was 20, Shawn's surfing adventures took him through California, Mexico and Hawaii. During the winters, his athletic abilities found another outlet; snow skiing in Utah. He did so well that his buddies convinced him to enter a freestyle skiing competition. That led him to a career as a professional ski racer.

 

In between racing the slopes and catching the waves, Shawn found time for broadcasting. He began doing snow reports for East Coast radio stations from his pro skiing gig in Park City, Utah. He then caught the TV wave and began doing surf reports at KGTV and in August of 1996, he broadened his horizons right here at CBS News 8. Now he brings you the weather, along with his unique "Adventures with Shawn Styles." And after much hard work, Shawn received his Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.

 

When he isn't in search of the latest adventure, Shawn lives an incredibly active life in La Jolla. Adding to his already long list of interests, Shawn also loves to cook, garden, discover fine wines, shop for antiques and "a whole lot more." With this kind of zest for life, it's no wonder he says, "It's all great!"



 

 

 





Andre C. Chappaz
U. S. Army
1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion
Technician 5th Grade T/5

Andre was born in San Francisco but was raised in France until he returned to San Francisco with his parents at 12 years old.
Andre was an art student living in San Francisco when he was called to serve in the war. When he left for the South Pacific as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers, he took his pencils, pens and drawing paper with him. Chappaz spent 4 months in Guam, eight months on Okinawa and 72 days at sea, chronicling his experience in about 100 drawings. He also helped to build airfields for B-29 bombers on the Mariana Islands and Ryukus. While on Okinawa, he was part of the 10th Army that was staging for the invasion of Japan. Hokkaido was designated as the unit’s landing area.
His assignments included: locating mines and unexploded ordinance in areas that were designated for airfield construction, providing protection to the bulldozer operators by riding as an armed guard on the equipment and participating in patrols in Japanese held areas. He was detailed to locate, establish and protect a water pipeline to one of the air bases through Japanese held area.
Chappaz says "I was young and impressionable, so I drew things that impressed me about the daily life of the soldiers. I drew about the life of my buddies as I went along. Later on, I got my mother to send me some colored pencils". His pen and ink illustrations include scenes of his comrades on patrol in the jungle, taking part in special missions and discovering land mines on the beaches of Guam. Most of his depictions were drawn from memory, as he was largely unable to draw in the field.
Tech 5 Chappaz’s awards include: Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific (w/2 bronze service stars), WWII Victory Medal, Japanese Occupation Medal, Marksman Badge (M-1 Rifle) and Meritorious Service Patch.
After the war, Andre returned to Art School on the GI Bill. He then worked as an advertising artist working in design and illustrations. At 95 years old, he does not plan on slowing down! He still downhill skis every winter and belongs to a local biking club.



Gilbert D Nadeau
U.S Navy; 1944-1954
Signalman 3rd Class

Gil Nadeau served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific from 1944-1946. He served as a visual signalman aboard an LCS, which at that time stood for Landing Craft Support, and was part of the “Mighty Midgets.” He served in the Philippines, the invasion of Borneo and in Okinawa.
Gil’s awards include the Pacific Asiatic Theater Medal/Ribbon with 2 stars, American Theater Medal/Ribbon, the China Theater Medal/Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal/Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Medal/Ribbon, Philippine Independence Medal/Ribbon, China War Memorial Medal/Ribbon, WWII Occupation (Japan) Medal/Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal/Ribbon, and Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation.
Gil speaks at numerous engagements, schools and participates in many local activities to honor our WWII Veterans. He is known to many as the “shortest sailor with the tallest tales”.


 

Tom Rice
US Army – 1943-46
101st Airborne (Staff Sergeant)


Staff Sergeant Thomas M. Rice fought in several of the major battles of World War II, including Normandy, Market-Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. He made combat jumps at Normandy and Market-Garden.
As a paratrooper, Tom Rice was one of 13,000 who parachuted into France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the night that turned the corner for the Allies in World War II. He was with the 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles”, parachuting behind enemy lines.
In Normandy Tom was wounded by shrapnel and caught a sniper's bullet in his left knee. Rice also made a fight jump in Holland during Operation Market Garden in Sept 1944 and the Battle of the Bulge from Dec 1944 to Jan 1945. He was seriously injured in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and other bullets tore a four-inch piece of the radial just below his right elbow. His last combat experience of WWII took place in Birtchengarten, Austria.
Military awards include 4 campaigns, Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf clusters, Two Invasion Arrows, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with cluster, Good Conduct Medal, French Fourregue, Belgium Lanyard and Parachutist Badge.
After the war, he taught social studies for 44 years at Chula Vista and Hilltop High Schools. Tom continues speaking to school students and civic organizations about his WWII experiences. Tom continues to do tandem jumps each year on his birthday as a way to honor those who never came home from the war.
Tom Rice has returned to Normandy and Market Garden numerous times which included his jumping for their 75th Anniversaries in 2019. Tom will be celebrating his 100th birthday by jumping out of the Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing Day Doll on Aug 15, 2021 in Coronado.


 


John W. Lundin, founding board member of the National Nordic Museum, with U.S. Olympic Skier and medal winner Phil Mahre, Mahre is holding John’s book Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass at the October 2017 anniversary celebration of the museum. Profits from the book go toward support of the museum.

John Lundin

Skiing Sun Valley: a history from Union Pacific to the Holdings
, published by The History Press in 2020, is an in-depth history of the country's first destination ski resort where modern skiing in this country began. The book authored by John Lundin includes more than 180 historic photos from a variety of sources.

It tells previously untold stories from original Union Pacific documents, oral histories of individuals involved with the resort from its beginning, and histories of Union Pacific and the Harriman family.

The book discusses the history of Sun Valley, the country's first destination ski resort built in 1936 by Averell Harriman and Union Pacific in the wilds of Central Idaho for $1.5 million. Harriman intended to regenerate rail passenger traffic that had been decimated by the Great Depression.

The resort was designed to bring European ambiance to the U.S., and was called America's St. Moritz. Sun Valley had an ultra-modern lodge with big city amenities, a ski school with Austrian instructors that made skiing sexy, and chair lifts invented by Union pacific engineers based on a system to load bananas onto boats.

Skiing Sun Valley explores Sun Valleys' relationship with Averell Harriman and the Union Pacific Railroad, Harriman's personal involvement with virtually every decision made about the resort, and how its role was governed by railroad economics. It demonstrates how Harriman used ski tournaments to make Sun Valley an international resort.

Skiing Sun Valley explores the unique history of our first destination ski resort that introduced modern skiing to this country. Developed as an economic asset of the Union Pacific Railroad, Sun Valley became a cultural icon and influenced many other ski resorts developed afterwards.

The book is based on previously unpublished sources about Union Pacific, Sun Valley and the people who developed it and made it famous.


Ski racer and author Dick Dorworth in his review of the book in Skiing History magazine said the following: "Skiing Sun Valley is a deeply researched, scholarly book about the connections between the Sun Valley of today and the people, places, cultures, economics, wars, inventions, wilderness, ecology, risks and personal relationships in the 19th and 20th centuries that made it what it will be in the 21st.


"Every aspect of the story is accompanied by an abundance of photos that on their own are worth the price of the book. Every person with a connection to and love of Sun Valley will be better informed, inspired and wiser after reading it."

During the Covid-19 quarantine period John Lunden also published two other books about ski history: Sun Valley, Ketchum & the Wood River Valley and  Ski Jumping in Washington State: a Nordic Tradition, which is a companion book to an exhibit on ski jumping at the Nordic Museum that he helped prepare.

He also wrote Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass that was published in 2017. It and Sun Valley, Ketchum & the Wood River Valley received Skade awards from the International Skiing History Association.

John was born and raised in Seattle. He received B.A and J.D. degrees from the University of Washington and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from The George Washington University.

He practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Seattle as a federal attorney and as a private practice trial attorney in federal court.






 
 

Online Registration is now Open.

Book your lodging by September 10, 2021 to secure your room.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego, CA, October 7-10, 2021.