Alumni Ski Day

March 16 FWD Alumni Day at Heavenly Valley!

You are invited to the 2016 annual FWD Alumni ski day at Heavenly Ski Area at South Lake Tahoe on March 16, 2016. We’re very excited to see as many Alumni as possible as we have great snow, all lifts and slopes are open and we look forward to getting together. If you are attending and have a Vail EPIC pass let us know also.

Please RSVP by at least March 2 so we can have passes ready for all those attending. We will meet at 9 AM in the patrol room at the base of the Heavenly Cal tram. Park in the parking lot near the tram and you can come in and boot up. We will have a quick orientation and greeting from the non-paid (NSP) and paid (Pro) staff. We will then break up into groups and be led by either Heavenly Alumni or patrollers around the mountain.

We should then meet for lunch at the Tamarack Lodge on the Nevada side. After lunch you can be on your own or form groups to complete you day of skiing. If desired, you may join us for first tracks at 8:30 AM and/or participate in Sweep after the lifts close.

Check the weather as it can be windy at the ridge tops or snowy as we have seen much of this season. We’ll hope for a blue bird day but this is Tahoe so who knows.

For those coming into South Shore the night before, there are many accommodations from the Casinos to motels, all within 10 minutes of the Cal base. Call us if you need help with lodging. We are thinking of a no host group dinner the evening of March 16 but will let you know before March 2 so if you are interested in a group dinner let us know.

Please RSVP by March 2 to:
Bob Hoffman at
Alumni Advisor, Heavenly Area Patrol
Home: (775) 473-7953
Mobile: (434) 942-2179

We look forward to seeing many of you at Heavenly,

Bill Gibson, FWD Director

On March 19, 2014 the Eastern Sierra Region conducted a quite successful Alumni Ski Day at Homewood Ski Area. It was attended by 21 alumni plus the host, Nancy Stromswold, ESR Director. Both ESR and Mother Lode Region and alumni from 7 patrols were represented. The surprisingly spry group totaled 676 patrol years. Many had retired in Reno and around Lake Tahoe, but others came up from Sacramento and the Bay Area. Hal Bechtle came all the way from Arizona!

Snow conditions were somewhat springlike, but the brilliant sun and views of the Lake helped to make a very fun day for all. Many of the participants hadn’t seen each other in decades, but certainly enjoyed the camaraderie and sharing remembrances of skiing together in years past.

Many thanks are due to Nancy Stromswold and Armon Cooper, ESR Alumni Advisor, for organizing the event , Homewood Ski Area Management for supporting it and Homewood patrollers for contributing vouchers so that the alumni could ski for free.

This Alumni Aki Day is the first of other benefits beyond the patrol level that are contemplated for ESR alumni as part of the reinvigorated alumni program. A similar ski day is considered for 2015 and Daniel Howsepian’s European Patrol Seminar will be opened to alumni in 2016.

For more information contact
Armon Cooper