The Far West Ski Foundation (FWSF) believes in snowsports as healthful outdoor fitness and recreational activity for the whole family. The FWSF is currently staffed by volunteers, with a collective several centuries of volunteer experience in: club, council, regional and national leadership; racing, both recreational as well as sanctioned; National Ski Patrol (NSP), and the United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC).
The Far West Ski Foundation was founded in 1964 by seven prominent members of the skiing community. The founders included: Byron Nishkian, Sutter Kunkel, R. M. Heublein, Henry Jacobsen, Stanley J. Walton Jr., Kendall Manock and Len Speicher. The Foundation was aimed exclusively at preparing ski racers from California and Nevada for the 1968 Olympics and further international competition.
In 2009, the scope of the 1964 FWSF was expanded, with approval by the IRS and California Secretary of State in 2010. The new scope included four major missions: Building for the Future, Rehabilitation and Renewal, Sustaining Snowsports, and Preserving the Legacy. These missions allowed initial program support for: scholarships for young student athletes; support to rehabilitation and adaptive sports centers; women’s ski jumping, recognizing the heroic efforts of Deedee Corradini to get the women’s discipline into the 2010 winter Olympics; and preserving the legacy of snowsports through ski museums and libraries. It also provided the opportunity for additional future support for programs such as: increased support of athletes in international competition; snowsports disciplines such as Nordic skiing and snowboarding; safety; climate change initiatives; diversity on the slopes; and snowsports history research projects.
Far West Ski Foundation may receive tax deductible contributions in furtherance of its missions and objectives. Such funds are then directed to the focused missions of the Foundation. FWSF is an autonomous, public benefit non-profit corporation operating under the laws of the State of California and in compliance with law and regulations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. The Federal tax ID is 94-1540125.