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FWSA 2021 Convention




 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gloria Raminha, President, Far West Ski Association, president@fwsa.org

 

Ski club members, friends and ski industry representatives from throughout the western United States will convene for the 88th Annual Far West Ski Association Convention, October 7 – 10, 2021, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The convention is hosted by the San Diego Council of Ski Clubs. A discounted room rate of $159 per night is available for attendees who reserve by September 17th. Convention registration information is on the FWSA website www.fwsa.org.

 

The keynote speaker is world class ski mountaineer and filmmaker, Chris Anthony. His 10th Mountain Division film “Mission Mt. Mangart” just won the Best Historical Film at the Cannes World Film Festival!

 

An amazing lineup of true American heroes will be attending as special guests. They include Bruce Campbell and Howard Koch, 10th Mountain Division veterans; Tom Rice, 101st Airborne veteran; Andre Chappez, 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion veteran; and Gilbert Nadeau, US Navy veteran.

 

FWSA is recognizing Candace Cable and Schone Malliet with the FWSA Snowsports Builder Awards.

 

Candace Cable is a pioneer in the sport of wheelchair racing. She is a nine-time Paralympian who competed in three sports: track and field, alpine skiing and Nordic skiing (12 Paralympic medals including 8 Gold medals). She also had the opportunity to compete on an Olympic stage, when wheelchair racing was an exhibition event in 1984, 1988 and 1992. She won two bronze medals. Candace’s athletic career includes 84 first place finishes at various marathons around the world. She has demonstrated a continued commitment to the future of sport, including her US Olympic Paralympic Hall of Fame induction, serving as the vice chair for LA 2028 and consulting with various groups across the world to create a more inclusive environments for those with disabilities.

 

Schone Malliet was very active in Four Seasons West Ski Club and served as executive vice president of the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS). In 2014 Schone helped raise $12 million to buy a small ski resort in northern New Jersey called Hidden Valley, update all the infrastructure, and convert it into a non-profit facility for teaching skiing and snowboarding to kids from the greater metropolitan region. He renamed the ski hill the National Winter Activity Center (or just The Center) and partners with existing youth organizations to introduce kids to skiing and riding. The Center introduces children to activities that they would not typically be exposed to or consider trying, while making it economically feasible. It is the only facility of its kind in the country. The program includes wholesome meals, six weeks of lessons typically held on weekends, and fitted gear. The Center served 180 children in its first year of operation. In 2018, more than 1,400 kids came through the program. The projection is to serve 10,000 children by 2022.

 

We hope you are able to join us for this amazing event!