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Joe Ross Memorial Race Award

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Joe Ross came to the US from Frankfurt, Germany, at the age of 21. He was a very accomplished ice skater and was a member of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.

Joe started skiing in 1935 at the young age of 52, when some friends from Austria came to visit and he put on his first pair of skis at Snow Valley. He especially loved Sun Valley and traveled there many times by train. He skied all over Europe, particularly Austria and Switzerland.Joe belonged to Grindelwald Ski Club, Far World Ski Club and the FWSA for over thirty-five years. His first NASTAR race was at Jackson Hole at the age of 84.

He was featured by Harry Reasoner at age 88 on national TV when he won his gold NASTAR at Aspen. In his early 90s, he was featured in a Warren Miller film. He also appeared in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for being one of American’s most remarkable skiers as the oldest downhill skier in the US.

It was Joe's most earnest goal to ski until the age of 100. However, his goal came to an end at age 97 when he suffered a stroke while skiing at Aspen. Joe died shortly after his 99th birthday.

Joe was an inspiration to every skier with his vim, vigor, love of life and dedication to the sport of skiing. His spirit will continue forward in the FWSA Joe Ross Memorial Race.

The Joe Ross trophy goes to the ski club at Ski Week with the most total points for Slalom and Giant Slalom.

 Year 
Ski Club FWSA Ski Week Location
2017
Cabernet, Sierra Breckenridge, CO
2016
Cabernet, Sierra Telluride, CO
2015
Aerospace, LAC Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada
2014
Cabernet, Sierra Beaver Creek, CO
2013
Aerospace, LAC Aspen/Snowmass, CO
2012
Cabernet, Sierra Jackson Hole, WY
2011
Balboa, Orange Sun Valley, ID
2010
Modesto, BAC Keystone, CO
2009
Modesto, BAC Big Sky, MT
2008
Modesto, BAC Whistler, Canada
2007
Castro Valley, BAC Steamboat, CO
2006
Castro Valley, BAC Telluride, CO
2005
Modesto, BAC Aspen/Snowmass, CO
2004
Modesto, BAC Lake Louise, Canada
2003
Code 3, Sierra
Phoenix, AZ
Big Mountain, MT
2002
Code 3, Sierra Copper Mountain, CO
2001
Code 3, Sierra Sun Valley, ID
2000
Castro Valley, BAC
Whistler, Canada
1999
Castro Valley, BAC Lake Louise, Canada
1998
Castro Valley, BAC Jackson Hole, WY
1997
Castro Valley, BAC Steamboat, CO
1996
Castro Valley, BAC Mt. Bachelor, OR
1995
Balboa, Orange Whistler, Canada
1994
Castro Valley, BAC Banff, Canada
1993
Century City, LAC Aspen, CO
1992
Century City, LAC Vail, CO
1991
SLO Skiers, Central Breckenridge, CO
1990
Grindelwald, LAC Telluride, CO
1989
Sequoia, Central Banff, Canada
1988
Grindelwald, LAC The Summit, CO
1987
Sequoia, Central Park City, UT
1986
Edelweiss, LAC Jackson Hole, WY
 
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Joe Ross at 99

Joe Ross
May 8, 1886 -
July 17, 1985

Joe Ross at 84

Joe Ross skiing Aspen's NASTAR at age 84

 

 

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