The Flatland Races began March 21, 1965, in a gully in Crested Butte, born after two years of writing open challenges in various major ski publications.
The Kansas City Ski Club originated and hosted the first event. Omaha, Amarillo and Wichita Ski Club members joined in the first competition. Coors Brewing Company sponsored the first trophy, won by Kansas City.
Participation in the Flatland Ski Association races has grown from the original 40 racers in 1965 to one of the largest and oldest amateur alpine ski events in the United States. Since then, the annual races have provided hours of fun and recreational competition for thousands of flatland skiers.
The forerunners of the flatlands races were Olympians Dave Gorsuch, Renie Cox, and Linda Meyers. Dave and his wife moved to Vail with the race and he was a leading competitor for several years. Billy Kidd was also one of the early participants.
The Flatland Ski Association met annually through 1967 in Crested Butte. Vail hosted the races from 1968 through 1980. Now the races are held at various ski areas. The site of the races is determined through a competitive bidding process and is selected by Flatland Ski Association Board of Directors.
2018 - 2019 Board of Directors
President – Michael Messimore, Tulsa
Vice President – Scott Branum, Kansas City
Secretary – Candy Girth, St. Louis
Treasurer – Mary Herring, Kansas City
Activities Director - Paul Snyder, St. Louis
Race Director – Kelli Kinnamon, Oklahoma City
Past President – Matt Knechtel, Kansas City
Race Data Coordinator - Ryan Breding, Oklahoma City
Website - Daphne Reitz, Kansas City
Club Race Chairs
Columbia - Jack Kramer
Cornhusker - Hollis Anderson
Kansas City - Linda Minson
Oklahoma City - Charlie Wood
Omaha - Phil Bintz
St. Louis - Joe Bauer
Topeka - Penny Morgan
Tulsa - Richard Watts
Wichita - Herb Schnoetzinger
Club FSA Representatives
Columbia - "Captain" Ron Lueck
Cornhusker - Steve Meyer
Kansas City - Kip Tevis
Oklahoma City - Gary Jones
Omaha - Teri Hammon
St. Louis - Cindy Girth
Topeka - Penny Morgan
Tulsa - Haven Willis
Wichita - Cindy Francisco
Officers are elected in January
*October 2016 Board Meeting Minutes