About Us

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

Past Meetings

*October 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

*June 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

*January 2016 Board Meeting Minutes