Garrett Summerfield

U14/U16 Head Coach

My name is Garrett Summerfield. I was born and raised in McCall. I grew up on the local ski racing team, back then it was MSRT. I started skiing when I was 4 and racing in the same year, racing competitively in USSA and FIS events until I was 17. I have always had a love for skiing and the winters in McCall. After my ski racing career ended, I took few years off to just enjoy winter in the McCall area. After some time away from the team I decided to come back and try coaching. I always wanted to give back and pursue coaching for the team that helped raise me on the local ski hills. This will be my third year coaching with the MWSC. I spend my summers working hard so I can take my winters off and help coach. This program is near and dear to me, I am happy to be able to give back to such a great organization and help coach and mentor the next generation of local skiers.

 

 

Dave Rosen

U10/U12 Head Coach

 

 

I am a professional Big mountain skier working with sponsors including Parlor Skis,
Zeal Optics, FlyLow gear, Grass Sticks, and Free The Powder. I grew up racing in NH
and was Captain of New Hampton School Ski team. I spent the last decade in Park City,
Utah where I coached U10s/12s covering a wide range of skill sets on the hill. Over the last 4 years I have been focusing on bringing park style airs to the backcountry and attacking steep secluded lines. I credit 100% of my abilities to my race background. I preach hard work, safety on the hill and the importance of taking calculated risks by using everything in your surroundings to your advantage. I am very excited for the opportunity to spread my passion with The McCall Winter Sports Program.

Bob Giles

Alpine U8 Coach

I learned to ski at Boreal Ridge, CA, Donner Summit at age 12. After high school, college and graduate school kept me off snow. Forest service career got me back on snow every weekend at Bogus Basin beginning in 1986. After several years training with the Masters Race Team at Bogus, I became interested in working with young racers and was able to join on as a Mites Mite Coach with Bogus Basin Ski Racing Team. Two years later the Forest Service moved me to McCall and shortly after started coaching 5, 6 and 7-year-olds at Brundage. Total years coaching-20. Philosophy- I always make a point of having as much fun as my athletes do. It is rewarding to see these young ski racers develop their passion for skiing and racing. It is  privilege to Coach this age group and I look forward to lots of smiles this winter.

Austin Wrem

Big Mountain Freeride Coach

I grew up in Meridian, skiing Bogus Basin since I was three. After a few years, I gave snowboarding a shot. Quickly deciding it wasn’t for me, I switched back to skis and joined the BBSEF race team the next season. After racing for three years, I switched to the freeride team instead, wanting to chase after the kinds of lines I saw on the big screen every season. At 13, I was offered a position as an assistant coach, and have continued to coach every season since. After high school, I felt the pull of bigger mountains and gnarlier lines, so Montana State University in Bozeman seemed a good fit for college. I transferred my coaching to the youth freestyle team at Bridger, focusing on moguls and slopestyle. It was also in Bozeman that I discovered backcountry skiing and realized that was what I truly wanted to pursue. Gaining the knowledge I needed through Avy 1, 2, and ski mountaineering courses, I soon found myself skiing at any possible time I could. Dawn patrols before class, a few laps at Bridger between classes, and sunset tours after class became the norm. Unfortunately, winter doesn’t last all year. So I found myself hiking up mountains with skis on my back, past staring tourists, in the summer months to find turns year-round. After 22 months, my streak was broken due to scheduling too many weekend mountain biking trips. Now, I am excited to bring my backcountry and coaching experience together with MWSC so the next generation of skiers can pursue their own dreams lines.

Willie Adicoff

Big Mountain / All Mountain Coach

While born in sunny California, I moved and spent most of my younger days in Sun Valley, learning the basics of skiing on the alpine racing team.  While visiting other resorts for racing, I would often find myself enjoying the chutes, cliffs, and steeps of those places more than the gate smashing.  All the while, I was slowly picking up skills for backcountry skiing and avalanche awareness.  After going to school in Denver and realizing the skiing I had left behind, I moved back to Idaho and enrolled in the McCall Outdoor Science school where I fell in love with skiing the boundless powder of Brundage, Tamarack, and other local backcountry destinations.  Meeting Mark Beaver led me to coaching with the Big Mountain team with MWSC for a winter and then coaching the All Mountain team, where I can draw from a racing background to teach basic techniques used by all skiers.  Sharing the deepest stashes and best lines is what skiing is all about! Let's rip...

Ian Woodruff

Park / All Mountain Coach

I grew up in the mountains near Idaho City, enjoying all that Idaho has to offer. My mom put me on skis when I was 5 years old. From late elementary school through the end of high school, I had a tight knit group of friends who enjoyed skiing at Bogus Basin as much as I did. Although I dabbled in racing, I always found myself more interested in park and all mountain skiing. The creative nature of freestyle skiing fascinated me. Through college, I spent most of my time focusing on freestyle at Stevens Pass. After attending college at Western Washington University, I moved to Bozeman, MT and quickly became interested in big mountain and backcountry pursuits. I spent last winter instructing at Big Sky Mountain Resort. The incredible terrain in Montana pulled me away from park skiing, but helped me become a complete skier. I am excited for the opportunity to step back into the park and develop young skiers with positivity and passion for freestyle skiing.

Michelle Romportl

Big Mountain Coach

A passionate skier, I grew up in the mountains of New Zealand. I spent multiple years working at backcountry ski hills, ski patrolling and being a chef. I competed on the New Zealand Big Mountain Circuit before moving to Canada to learn to ski trees. New Zealand has a lack of tree skiing; it's all alpine! I fell in love with tree skiing. I spent three years skiing and working in Alberta and British Columbia before visiting Southwest Colorado where I decided to immigrate to the United States. I moved to McCall in 2012 and was excited to find a small town with a great atmosphere and a lack of Colorado ski crowds. I have a background full of skiing the backcountry and most recently ski instructing. I am excited to have the opportunity to pass on my love of the skiing lifestyle that our town is known for and inspire kids to dream big. Those sticks can take you anywhere!

Erica Laidlaw

All Mountain Ski Coach

Native to McCall, I return home after spending 17 years chasing various skiing and academic pursuits.  After this, I am excited to reunite with the mountains that shaped me and work with aspiring young skiers.  My upbringing on the McCall Ski Racing Team built my foundation as a skier - from it I went on to attend Burke Mountain Academy (racing FIS/NorAm) and later to compete on the Freeride World Tour.  Most recently, however, I put skiing aside to finish my Masters i n Architecture from UBC.  Today, with my degree completed, I am eager to reacquaint myself with my Idaho roots and be involved in both racing and big mountain programs in McCall, Idaho. 

Mark Beaver

Big Mountain Freeride Consultant

I was born and raised in McCall and took my first trip up the Brundage rope tow at age 3. Almost every winter since I’ve spent my weekends exploring every inch of skiable terrain in and around Brundage. Soon after first starting to backcountry ski, I attended graduate school through the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). Here I became fascinated with snow and avalanche science, and outdoor leadership leading to obtain Avalanche 1 and Wilderness First Responder certifications.  I’ve since worked with MOSS, Payette Avalanche Center, Sawtooth Avalanche Center, and the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) in Ketchum on youth education related to snow and avalanche science. The Big Mountain Program offers the perfect combination of appreciation of outdoors knowledge and the pure joy of skiing. bigmtn@mccallwintersportsclub.org

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