The annual FWSA convention includes the opportunity for your club to be recognized with several awards competitions. In addition, there are special annual awards which include valuable prizes, such as ski trips for two people to the sponsoring ski areas! We would like to see MANY of our clubs entering the awards competitions and sending their members to Convention. There are no opportunities quite like this for your club to gain recognition for its accomplishments!
Club and Council Communications Awards
It couldn't be simpler for entering newsletters and websites--just send a link to Bill King, firstname.lastname@example.org, our 2019 Communications and Outstanding Club Chair. Clubs and councils entering newsletters will automatically have their websites entered unless they opt out. We discovered two years ago that many of the clubs submitting newsletters had very good websites that they did not submit. We are looking for judges for the newsletter, web and outstanding club awards. Clubs do not have to provide a judge to enter, but we do need volunteers. Newsletter editors and webmasters make good judges, so please encourage your club editors and webmasters to volunteer. Scoring is online and judges should have the ability to open Excel spreadsheets to do the scoring and to open .pdf documents to see the entries. See the following for reference:
Outstanding Club Award
The Outstanding Club application was streamlined last year to eliminate some redundant criteria. Your club will be judged against other clubs of the same size throughout FWSA, and it is really fun to WIN! If your editors and webmasters would like to view last year's winning entries, they can see the winners on the FWSA website and google the clubs to see their websites and newsletters. Submitters should also look at the scoring criteria attached and online to see how content will be judged.
Your club can also enter the “Club & Council Historical Recognition” Program with a history of your club - potential museum or library reference resources!
Is your club active in community service or charitable activities? Then enter the “Charities and Our Community Service Recognition” program for the chance to be one of 3 clubs to receive checks to be donated to the charity of your choice!
Individual awards (with prizes!) that are well worth entering are for the following: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 31 FOR THE FOLLOWING THREE AWARDS ONLY!
Western Ski Heritage Award: The purpose of the Far West Western Ski Heritage program is to raise the awareness of skiers and non-skiers alike of the contributions made by individuals, groups, or companies to all aspects of skiing – competitive as well as outdoor winter recreation and fitness. A parallel purpose of this award is to convey the positive role skiing has had in its contributions to the communities in the West. The prize is open to an individual or a group leader (not restricted to FWSA members) and can be self-nominated or nominated by a club or club member. Prize is awarded on basis of a history product or a work in progress. Sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation since 2000 – the winner is awarded a five-day ski package for two in Steamboat with lodging, lift tickets, rentals, lesson, lunch, and more!
Safety Person of The Year Award: This yearly award honors the person who has done the most to promote safety consciousness within the association. This can be done through a variety of methods including safety articles, on-mountain activities, presentations, public speaking, working ski patrol, creating posters or banners, and many other activities. Sponsored by Telluride Ski Resort & Mountain Lodge Telluride – the winner is awarded a five-day ski package for two in Telluride with lodging, lift tickets, and rentals.
Environment Award: From Fran Long, Chairperson of this award: This is a wonderful award that has had very little response over the past couple of years. Please encourage your clubs to apply for the award even if their idea doesn’t exactly fit the criteria. Aspen/Snowmass and I can provide coaching to the applicant to help them refine their idea/program. See this information for ideas.
The Environment Award is designed to encourage good stewardship of our environment. We want to inspire and reward creative efforts to conserve and protect our environment. This award should recognize a special action that the applicant took, or something he or she put in place that made a difference. Some areas to consider are: Volunteering at the community level – particularly in some leadership role; conducting or arranging for an environmental oriented event(s) – either for club, council or public; writing a series of columns regarding environmental conservation, education or protection in your ski club or council newsletters; being proactive in environment protection. Sponsored by Aspen/Snowmass, The Gant, and The Crestwood – the winner is awarded a 5-day ski package for two in Aspen/Snowmass with lodging split between The Gant in Aspen and The Crestwood Condominium Hotel in Snowmass, including lift tickets, rentals, and group lesson.
NWSCC encourages ALL of our member clubs to consider entering these competitions!! Go to the FWSA website under Awards for full details and application materials. We want to see OUR clubs as winners at Convention!