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Snowsports Leadership Academy...

90th Annual Far West Ski Association Convention

June 15 - 18, 2023

Boise Centre
850 S Front Street, Boise, ID 83702

"Adventure Awaits in Boise"


Snowsports Leadership Academy Topics

Saturday, June 17, 2023

  Morning Session (8:45 - 10:25 AM)

Group Travel Secrets: “Details…Determines...Destiny”

Our moderator

Debbie Stewart
FWSA VP International Trave

Come, hear and share the most current information regarding researching, planning, organizing and leading successful group trips.   This interactive session will encourage audience participation while addressing the latest up-to-date issues that many are facing in the ever-changing world of travel.


We will be addressing some of the most asked questions regarding international and domestic rules and regulations, protocols, lodging issues, transportation challenges, pandemic issues, force majeure content in contracts, insurance and much more.  We are excited to share this information and also hear from you!

Morning Session (10:45 AM - 12:15 PM)

Preserving Club History – the Ease of Preparing a Digital Book

Our Presenters

Tony Baker

Editor of the book Rusty Bindings: 1971-2021,” and winner of the 2023 FWSA History Recognition Award.

John W Lundin,
award winning author of four snowsports history books and article entitled The Historic Sun Valley Ski Club.”  He is the winner of the 2023 FWSA Western Ski Heritage Award.

The presenters of this Sports Leadership Academy session will discuss the benefits of researching and memorializing your ski club’s history. Learn how to explore your ski club history and what resources to search.  Learn how a few club members can easily and inexpensively produce a digital and printed history book.

This is a great opportunity to learn how easy it is to prepare a history book for your club or council, from knowledgeable historians. All attendees will receive a four page outline of the step-by-step process.

The workshop concludes with a Question and Answer session.

The link to the Rusty Binding book can be found here:  

Click on the title for the link to John W. Lundin’s history of the Sun Valley Ski Club.  His website is located at:





All attendees of the Snowsports Leadership Academy will receive a Certificate of Completion for each module. All Delegates to the FWSA Convention are given internet access to the Leadership Packet, which contains a myriad of information on each of the components (with expanded topics).

Why should you attend the Snowsports Leadership Academy?
The purpose of the Snowsports Leadership Academy is to provide an informational forum to the members attending the Far West Ski Association Convention, and has evolved into a valuable resource. It is a Far West education program designed to provide Far West members training and tools to enhance and expand their clubs and be recognized industry wide as having a measure of standards and consistency.


The Academy Involves Eight Components

  • Taking Office
  • Membership and Communications
  • Risk Management
  • Travel Programs Management
  • Technology Resources
  • Ethical Responsibilities
  • Ski Equipment Design
  • Building Membership Through Racing


 Jean McCasey
VP Membership


Online Registration is OPEN.

Book your lodging by May 22, 2023 to secure your room.

We look forward to seeing you in Boise, ID, June 15-18, 2023