Four Tahoe athletes were awarded by the Far West Ski Association with grants of $500 to $1,000 to be used to cover training and competition fees during the 2013-2014 ski racing season.
All four skiers — Garret Driller, Addison Dvoracek, Kye Moffat and Riley Plant — have excelled both on the racecourse and in the classroom, boasting an average GPA of 3.94.
Garret Driller, 17, ($750): Driller is a senior at North Tahoe High School and a member of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. He finished the 2012-1013 season 12th in super G, second in giant slalom and third in slalom in his age group. He had 13 top-10 finishes with four in the top three. His 2014 goal is to qualify for the U.S. Nationals and place in the top 15 in the technical disciplines (GS and slalom). His coach, Lee Schmidt, said Driller has always had unbelievable natural talent and ability. He always takes everything to the edge, and risks everything to be the very best. In addition to skiing and school, Driller devotes a great deal of time to volunteer activities, including two programs he created himself.
Addison Dvoracek, 17, ($500): Dvoracek is a senior at Forest Charter School in Truckee and a member of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. He finished 10th in GS and seventh in slalom in his age group during the 2012-2013 season. He reached the podium once out of five top-10 finishes. His coach, Bradford Saxe, said Dvoracek worked hard throughout the season to firm up his fundamental skiing, and the effort paid off. He qualified for the U18 Nationals and was 11th in the slalom and 13th in GS. At the U.S. Alpine National Championships, he placed 40th in GS and 20th in slalom. Both of these results came from start positions deep in the field. He finished in the top two in his age group.
Kye Moffat, 18, ($1,000): Moffat is a senior at Berkeley High School and a member of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. Coming off a strong year in the speed events, he finished eighth in the downhill and 15th in super G. For the 2013-2014 season, Moffat has his eyes set on qualifying for the U22 Nationals and the U.S. Nationals. Squaw Valley’s head coach, Greg Jones, said, “I look forward to his continued success both in his education and athletic career. I think given his track record and the hard work he is putting forth this summer, I believe he can reach his goals.” His scholarship is sponsored by the Castro Valley Ski Club.
Riley Plant, 18, ($750): Plant is a 2013 graduate of the Sugar Bowl Academy. He has been accepted at Middlebury College in Vermont and is concentrating on technical disciplines in order to prepare himself for East Coast skiing. He has qualified for the Junior Nationals in each of the last three years, and finished the 2013 season ninth in GS and 33rd in slalom, with six top-10 finishes. Jeff Kai, Sugar Bowl Academy head coach, described Plant as “an exceptional person who is willing to help out wherever it is needed, on the hill helping staff or off the hill in dry-land helping younger athletes learn to do their best.”
The Far West Ski Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to skier safety, ski travel, ski club programs, recreational ski racing, ski area development, and family ski involvement.
It is one of the country’s largest ski associations with 11 active councils representing skiers and snowboarders in all the continental states west of the Great Divide with the exception of Montana.
The FWSA scholarship program was established in 2004 as a means of aiding deserving young alpine ski competitors. It is sponsored by Whitefish Mountain Resort, Grouse Mountain Lodge at Whitefish, the Far West Racing Association, and Shure Sports, the maker of Karbon brand ski and snowboard apparel.
This year, 19 young athletes from Washington, California Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada will benefit from FWSA grants.