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75 Year Celebration of
Snowsport History
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Far West region!

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Sharon Reece

Sharon Reece 1970

Man & Woman of Year

Tyoni Busch 1972

Faye Halden

Faye Halden 1973

Pamela Kay Anderson

Pamela Kay Anderson 1974

Man & Woman of Year

Dottie Gallagher
Donn Bryant
2001

Councils' Man & Woman of the Year Award

In the beginning (1970), the contest was mostly a beauty pageant for the women where the contestants modeled ski apparel. There were rounds of cocktail parties, publicity photographs followed by a hectic day of interviews, tours and parties.

In 1975, the Bay Area entered a man, Don Drury, in the pageant and he was proclaimed King. The following year FWSA opened the competition to men. They too had to model ski apparel.

In those early days, the “Sno Queen & King” were chosen by noteworthy & impartial judges. Many of the Far West Woman went on to be named Miss USSA**, first held at USSA's Nation Ski week in 1971. The King and Queen were often referred to as Mr. Far West and Miss Far West.

In 1981, the contest was not held because FWSA thought that the "Sno Queen & King" contest was too sexist. The contest reappeared the following year as the "Councils' Man and Woman of the Year" in the format we use today. Councils' Man and Woman of the Year should not be confused with the Wood and Mullin Awards where the winners were often referred to as Far West Man and Woman of the Year.

FWSA recognizes its best volunteers. The FWSA Councils' Man and Woman of the Year are chosen by their peers based on their contributions to Clubs, Council, Race League, FWSA and nationally.

Year  Woman of Year Council Men of Year Council
2016 Colleen Stroeder Northwest Mike Ferketich Bay Area
2015 Linda Westlund Arizona Dave Felker Los Angeles
2014 Nancy Ellis Sierra Gene Fulkerson Los Angeles
2013 Jennifer Milstein Bay Area Dale Parshall Northwest
2012 Sigrid Noack Los Angeles Norm Azevedo Bay Area
2011 Debbie Stewart Sierra Gary Gunderson Northwest
2010 Helen Harris San Diego Jim Sommer Sierra
2009 Lennia Machen Intermountain Don Anderson Intermountain
2008 Sheri Parshall Northwest Dennis Heffley Bay Area
2007 Jessica Freeman Los Angeles Bob Ellis Sierra
2006 Mary Beth Fitchlee Arizona Jeff Peebles Arizona
2005 Barbara Bryant Sierra Steve Coxen Northwest
2004 Marge Fons Arizona Emilio Trampuz Northwest
2003 Elaine Cabos Arizona Andreas Vogel Los Angeles
2002 Maxine Hanlon Orange Bob March San Diego
2001 Dotti Gallagher Sierra Donn Bryant Sierra
2000 Catherine Ohl Los Angeles Dan Halcomb Sierra
1999 Diane Hicks Northwest Joe Loader Sierra
1998 Karen Davis Bay Area Ethan Chickering Bay Area
1997 Kathy Hoffmann Bay Area Mark Hanlon Orange
1996 Connie Smith San Diego Mike Sanford San Diego
1995 Linda Keller Orange Hal Richey Los Angeles
1994 Marge Fons Arizona Tucker Hoffmann Bay Area
1993 Judy Sobel Los Angeles Steve Ziomek Arizona
1992 Susie Vetter San Diego Randy Lew Bay Area
1991 Debi LeVine Los Angeles Steve Smith Los Angeles
1990 Julia Guifford Central Norm Cullen San Diego
1989 Pat Nangle Orange Woody Hogan Central
1988 Lauren Nagle Central Dennis Doty Inland
1987 Judy Purdom Bay Area Bill Silliman Orange
1986 Terry Mayle Orange Cloyde Howard Orange
1985        
1984 Linda Walker San Diego Robert Jiminez Inland
1983     Alan Christian Bay Area
1982 Kay Cofield-Raab Los Angeles John Davidson Los Angeles
1981 not held   not held  
1980        
1979     Howard Wickersham Los Angeles
1978     Leo Stytle Los Angeles
1977        
1976 Pam Fontius San Diego Dennis Eggert Los Angeles
1975 Connie Cox Inland    
1974 Pamela Kay Anderson ** Los Angeles    
1973 Faye Halden ** Central    
1972 Tyoni Busch ** Central    
1971 Lori Spann Central    
1970 Sharon Reece ** Southern    

** Named Miss USSA at USSA's "Nation's Ski Week"


Man & Woman of Year

Pam Fontius
Dennis Eggert
1976

Man & Woman of Year

John Davidson
Kay Cofield-Raab
1982

Man & Woman of Year

Steve Smith
Debi LeVine
1991

Man & Woman of Year

Randy Lew
Susie Vetter
1992
 

Man & Woman of Year

Steve Ziomak
Judy Sobel
1993
 

Man & Woman of Year

Hal Richey
Linda Keller
1995
Billy Kidd

Man & Woman of Year

Mike Sanford
Connie Smith
1996

Man & Woman of Year 

Karen Davis
Ethan Chickering
1998

Man & Woman of Year

Catherine Ohl 2000


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Don Anderson
Lennia Machen
2009

Man & Woman of Year

Dennis Heffley
Sheri Parshall
2008

Man & Woman of Year

Jessica Freeman
Bob Ellis
2007

Man & Woman of Year

Mary Beth Fitchlee
Jeff Peebles
2006

Man & Woman of Year

Barbara Bryant
Steve Coxen
2005

Man & Woman of Year

Emilio Trampuz
Marge Fons
2004

Man & Woman of Year

Elaine Cabos
Andy Vogel
2003

Man & Woman of Year

Maxine Hanlon
Bob March
2002

Man & Woman of Year

Connie Cox 1975

 

 

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