Idaho Falls Ski Club 2017-2018 Board of Directors
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Robin Villarreal – President
“I have been actively involved in the Idaho Falls Ski Club since the late 80’s. I did Ski Fest and Membership Chairman for many years off and on. This is my first year of being actively involved as part of the Ski Sale team. I love that the Sale proceeds directly benefit area skiers and boarders. Even though winter is not my most favorite season, it’s nice to get out and enjoy the outdoor activities that our area provides”
Martin Plum – Vice President
Originally a native of Virginia, I moved from the snow-free environments of Berkley CA, Charleston SC, and Las Vegas NV to Idaho Falls in 1967. Not being extremely familiar with the winter season, I quickly fell in love with the seasons and snow, even with the lousy gear of wool sweaters, cotton socks, and over boots. In case it matters, I am a graduate of both Skyline and University of Idaho.
After college and with more money in my pockets, I took up Alpine Skiing because my Boise roommate was a professional patroller at Bogus. Moving back to Idaho Falls in 1982, I ended up as Social Chair in 1984 where I remained through the 1988 season. After a first date with my wife at Targhee, our priorities changed many times, but we always skied.
Still married and with three kids still at home and with four grand kids, you can find at least five of us on any weekend on the snow or ice sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, skating or playing ice bocce’ at least 45 days a year. Because I believe friendship, community, and lifetime sports are some of the best life has to offer, I believe also believe in giving back to those things that give meaning our my life. Skiing is just that – and it is why I have rejoined the IFSC Board, to help keep this club remain an important feature to our community in the SE Idaho winter season.
Our club faces many challenges, challenges similar to all social clubs today. Although I believe friendships and relationships are discovered, maintained, and nurtured differently than in the past, people still need these face-to-face human interactions for a fulfilling life. My desire is to help IFSC become an important part of the SE Idaho Winter Season by offering venues for friendships, good times, and a healthy and physical activity. I have no idea what these venues will be, but we must continue to focus on our shared passion for ice and snow. Please feel free to share your ideas with me and our Board.
As always, I look forward to continued opportunities for more perfect turns, more beer / pizza, more wine / cheese, more jokes / laughs, and of course, remembering the good times of those skiers who are no longer on the hill. Sincerely
“I was born and raised in Salmon, Idaho. My parents taught us how to cross-country ski at an early age. The house we grew up in was tiny so my brothers and I were always playing outside in the snow. When I moved to Pocatello to attend ISU, I bought my first season ski pass at Pebble Creek Ski area. My husband proposed to me at the top of Skyline on a beautiful sunny day. We now have two kids. You can find us trying to keep up with them skiing at Targhee most weekends. Skiing is my favorite activity and Idaho has always been home.”
Contact Jacie — Job Description – Secretary
I moved to Idaho Falls in 2005 and have been a member of IFSC ever since. Although a job brought me here, the snow and close proximity to great hills was a major factor. I grew up skiing in New Mexico and Washington and then ventured out to Montana for school (a Bobcat through and through!). I’ve enjoyed all the time I’ve gotten to spend with IFSC from alpine trips, to the Italy trip, to just having fun up at Targhee, and I’m excited for the opportunity to become more involved.
I also enjoy camping, hiking, cooking and traveling.”
Contact Delisa — Job Description – Treasurer
“I grew up skiing on weekends and nights in Montana with my family at a small ski hill outside of town. After moving to Idaho Falls I’ve continued this tradition with my husband and kids at area ski hills. We also appreciate all of the wonderful cross country skiing opportunities the area has to offer. We have enjoyed the discounts from the Idaho falls Ski Club and I want to help pass those benefits on to other skiers and families”
Contact Sandy — Job Description – Membership
Bill Rogers, Newsletter Director
Diane Sermon, Alpine Director
“In 1986 I moved to Idaho to try out a new job, and the Rocky Mountain life style…..I figured I would give it a year or two. Twenty years later I’m still here and just love it! Shortly after moving here I found myself on the club board, serving as vice president, president, and past president. Around that same time, I took telemark skiing lessons and sold my downhill gear at one of the club’s annual ski sale. I enjoy skiing on groomed trails, at the resorts, and especially in the tranquility and wonder of the back country. The IFSC nordic skiers are a diverse group, ranging from skate skiers, seasoned diagonal striders, beginners, and back country telemark skiers. As the Nordic Director (this is my third year), I strive to offer a variety of nordic trips for club members of all abilities.”
Contact Bob — Job Description – Nordic Director
“I grew up skiing at Sundance Resort in Utah at the age of eight. I absolutely loved to be on the hill and spent every weekend possible skiing. In 1993 I instructed youth ski groups and was excited to share my love for the sport. I am thankful I was able to teach my 4 children and that they love to join me on the mountain. We have had a family season pass to Targhee since 2008. I find so much beauty and solace in my time spent skiing with friends and family and blessed to have so many wonderful outdoor winter options available to us here in Eastern Idaho. I look forward to promoting the IFSC activites with my focus on Publicity and increasing awareness, membership and sense of community. I have a Bachelors in Advertising from BYU, and own a local boutique studio called Super Fly Fitness, specializing in Antigravity Yoga, TRX, and Kettle Bells. In addition to skiing, I enjoy tennis, cycling, running, golfing, hiking, boating, fishing, traveling, music and art. See you on the Slopes!”“A pair of skis are the ultimare transportation to Freedom!” Warren Miller––
Contact Alex — Job Description – Publicity Director
Jim Holman, Social Director
I was always a bad skier. I mean, really bad. I blame my parents, who raised me in Lincoln, Nebraska. I began skiing after we moved to Idaho in 1980, but after many years of lurching and stumbling down the mountainside, a miracle happened: my wife Barb bought me a snow board for my 44th birthday. And now, twenty years, three boards and many lessons later, I must state, with all due modesty, I at least don’t suck. Thrashing the freshies, carving the groomers, riding the rails and getting sick, inverted air in the terrain park. Okay, I lied about the terrain park. I’m old enough to know the meaning of the words “fractured” and “pelvis.” Barb and I have been Ski Club members for many many years, which has helped feed my snow boarding addiction. We have enjoyed the parties, bus trips, lessons and all the good people. We agreed to become joint social chairmen because, well, it’s time to give back. So we look forward to the coming ski season and all the Ski Club activities. See you on the hill!
I began Nordic skiing in Colorado in 1972 and have been an avid backcountry and track skier ever since. That culminated with many challenging ski mountaineering trips in the West and Alaska, but my big interests now are local track skiing and helping kids get into cross-country skiing. When the IFSC asked me to help out with the Kelly Canyon Nordic skiing opportunities, I was glad to step up because there is a great need to help kids and other folks around town get off the couch and find themselves through human-powered activities in the outdoors, and, in Idaho, that means through many months of winter. The local area around Idaho Falls is the land of sagebrush and finicky snow conditions, but there is a forested winter wonderland at Kelly only 30 minutes away where you can glide through the forest without the exorbitant cost or crowds of a resort! There is an extensive network of fun trails that have been developed, warming and overnight huts, and wildlife viewing. The local access to this wonderful resource needs our attention and care now more than ever. Please contact me if you would like to help out!
Ryan Jacobsen– Member at large
I live in Idaho Falls with my wife and two-year old daughter and am an attorney here in town. I grew up in Ogden, Utah, spending as much time as possible on the slopes. I have always loved the outdoors, and being on the mountain snowboarding is one of my favorite things to do. I spent my childhood snowboarding primarily at Powder Mountain. In high school, I started spending many of my winter weekends in Park City. However, once high school ended, my schedule suddenly became busier and my wallet thinner. It has been many years since I have consistently been on the slopes. I have been on ski trips here and there, but I am thrilled to finally be in a position to actively pursue the sport. I enjoy being part of the Idaho Falls Ski Club to help out where I can and be involved in the community. We have great club members and are always looking to grow the sport.
Member Benefits Tai Crawford
Born and raised in Pocatello, my dad taught my sisters and me ski at Pebble Creek when were about 3. I honestly do not know how he wrangled three of us by himself, but he did a great job! My parents and siblings still ski, and when the stars align, we try to take family ski trips. I currently live in Rigby with my husband and 2 mini schnauzers. Although we have been members of the ski club for several years, we have yet to really take advantage of the great benefits it offers. As a board member I look forward to being much more involved, and hopefully it will lead to more active participation in the group activities.
“Robb is a long time skier and a local of the Idaho Falls area. He learned to ski at Taylor Mt. and Kelly canyon si areas as a kid. He got involved in the ski team when his children started racing. As a coach on the sBorn and raised in Pocatello, my dad taught my sisters and me ski at Pebble Creek when were about 3. I honestly do not know how he wrangled three of us by himself, but he did a great job! My parents and siblings still ski, and when the stars align, we try to take family ski trips. I currently live in Rigby with my husband and 2 mini schnauzers. Although we have been members of the ski club for several years, we have yet to really take advantage of the great benefits it offers. As a board member I look forward to being much more involved, and hopefully it will lead to more active participation in the group activities. ki team he has enjoyed seeing kids learn to ski and race. The ski team has given Robb the opportunity to enjoy skiing on a much broader spectrum, although skiing the powder is still high on his list. As a member of the ski club Robb and wife Renee’ have enjoyed many trips to surrounding resorts and love skiing with friends and family. He would encourage any one to join the ski club and make new friends, ski new areas and have a great ski season.”
Contact Rob – Job Description – Race Team Liaison
“I started alpine skiing in Maine when I was 12 years old. I continue to ski in Idaho since I moved here in 1990. I also enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Last year was my first year working on the ski sale.”
Contact Debora – Job Description – Ski Sale Chair
“I moved to Idaho Falls in 1990. I started skiing in college. My daughter was on the Kelly Canyon ski team, because of that I get to go skiing quite a bit. I hope to start snow shoeing this year”
Contact Bev – Job Description – WebSite Director
“Peggy is a long-time member of the ski club and has been involved in many of its activities, including serving as co-chair of the ski sale, organizing trips, taking lessons through the Targhee Instructional, and attending club-sponsored events. She started cross-county skiing as a kid and has spent many hours enjoying the trails at the Kelly Canyon Nordic Area while her children were practicing with the Kelly Canyon Race Team. She also enjoys trying to keep up with her family on alpine skis. Peggy believes the ski club is a great benefit for skiers of all levels of interest and skill. She is excited about working with the club members to continue our status as one of the premiere clubs in the country. She encourages you to share your thoughts and views on the club and the sport (tips on powder skiing are especially welcome).”
Contact Peggy — Job Description – Past-President