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Hundreds of skiers visiting Boise for June convention

The keynote speaker and special guest to this year's convention is Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville (ret.). The Boise native became the first military amputee to summit Mount Everest in 2016.

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Calling all snowsports enthusiasts.

The Far West Ski Association (FWSA) is holding its 85th annual convention June 7-11 in Boise.

There's something for everyone - with public activities including a fountain party, silent auction and trade show, Saturday program and awards banquet.

"Boise has never had the opportunity to host this," said host council convention coordinator Michael Bouton. "We have a hidden value here that these visitors have never seen. And that is Bogus Basin. Hopefully, they'll see the reason they want to come back in ski season and take part in what we have here."

The FWSA is a volunteer, non-profit organization representing 150 affiliated ski clubs throughout nine regional councils in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

During the convention, delegates will discuss programs in public affairs, skier safety, ski heritage, athletic scholarships, racing, communications, travel, council development, ski industry and community outreach.

The event is hosted by the Bogus Basin Ski Club and the Intermountain Ski Council.

The keynote speaker and special guest to this year's convention is Boise native, Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville (ret.).

He became the first military amputee to summit Mount Everest in 2016 after two failed attempts in 2014 (avalanche) and 2015 (earthquake).

"He's a local hero," Bouton said. "And it's a great inspiration story to hear what he has gone through and what he's endured during his life."

The "Hero's Project" - a group that helps wounded veterans - and the Vail Veterans Program - helped Linville achieve his dream of reaching the top of the mountain.

He'll first be available to convention goers and the public Friday evening, June 9 at the FWSA's silent auction and trade show, which includes $85,000 in ski and travel packages.

The event is open to the public and a welcome party will begin at 6:30 pm and a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the College of Idaho Ski Team.

On Saturday, June 10th, Staff Sgt. Linville (ret.) will present his keynote speech to delegates, industry representatives and guests.

The Saturday banquet will also recognize outstanding volunteers and industry members.

A day program for Saturday's events is available for a small fee, covering activities from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Some activities include the Snowsports Leadership Academy sessions will feature topics related to building and sustaining clubs, and ski equipment updates and maintenance.

The public affairs panel will consist of news media representatives and leaders in the U.S. Forest Service industry, discussing current issues relating to public land development, ski history, ski safety and snowsport legislation.

"We're an outdoor, recreational community," Bouton said. "I don't think anyone would argue with that. I think it's going to be a great opportunity to show off our community - not just for the activities, but the people here."

Here's a brief rundown of the scheduled activities:

Wednesday, June 7: A Taste of Idaho including a Dutch Oven dinner with beverages

Thursday, June 8: Rafting on the Payette River; Wine, Wobble & Pub Crawl

Friday, June 9: Michael German Golf Tournament; A Day on the Mountain; Greenbelt and Nature Center biking; Fountain Party.

Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11: Day-long convention activities at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

Noteworthy: The fountain party Friday, June 9 is from 4 to 6:30 pm on the Grove Plaza and will be a free community event and recognize the 75th anniversary of Bogus Basin.

Entertainment will be provided by Boise Rock School and the Oinkari Basque dancers.

For a complete list of activities (free and some with charges), costs associated with the entire convention, and to register for the convention, activities and more, check out www.fwsa.org.

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