McCall Winter Sports Club's coaching philosophy is to facilitate each athletes’ development to her/his full potential by offering an appropriate blend of guided free-skiing, skill enhancement, technical improvement, and race course tactics in an atmosphere of fun and encouragement. Our goal is to mold outstanding citizens and versatile skiers first, recognizing that with further nurturing, many will become outstanding racers. Implementation of this philosophy varies with age and ability; younger athletes will spend more time on fun and ski development, whereas older athletes will increasingly focus on mental/physical preparation and course tactics.
I was a former World Cup Alpine ski racer, 2 time Olympian (2010 & 2014), and on the US National team for 10 years.
I learned to ski and race at Bogus Basin near Boise, ID beginning at the age of 3. I was named to the US National Team in 2004 and was the bronze medalist in the downhill at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Italy.
My World Cup debut was made in November 2005 in Lake Louise, Canada where I finished 44th. An ACL injury in November 2007 kept me out of the rest of the 2008 season. Returning the following season in 2009 resulted in my best finishes on the WC circuit, with a 7th at Val Gardena, Italy, and an 11th at the famed Hahnenkamm downhill race in Kitzbühel, Austria.
After retiring from ski racing in 2014, I went on to coach for the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation through 2017.
I am an avid action sports athlete, including Kayaking, SpeedFlying, Dirt Biking, Snowkiting, Kiteboarding, and Snowmobiling.
- Erik Fisher
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.
- Austin Wrem
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.
I will always push each skier to become a better person and a better athlete.
- Dave Rosen
Originally from Wisconsin I grew up ski racing in the "northwoods" of the Midwest. After graduating high school I moved out West and left the icy slopes behind for the light fluffy snow of Colorado. I dabbled in Skier Cross racing for a brief period of time before I retired from my racing career and shifted my focus to chasing powder and bouncing from one ski town to the next spending as much time on the snow as possible. I've had a variety of miscellaneous jobs in the ski industry working as a lifty, tuning skis, Catski guiding, and now getting back to my racing roots and becoming a coach. During the summer months I work for the Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter which has been my primary career for the past 18 years. I moved to McCall in 2011 when I was offered a job with the Smokejumpers and have made Idaho my permanent residence ever since. Ski racing shaped my life in ways that I never would have imagined and has gotten me to where I am today. I am excited to have the opportunity as a coach to give back to our future ski enthusiast's and hope that I can have some influence on their next journey in life.
- Pat Romportl
Originally from Oregon, I now reside in McCall since 2017. I began ski racing in the Mighty Might program at a young age on Mount Hood. I had the pleasure of attending the Buddy Werner Championships which inspired me to continue racing and competing. Over the winters, I was a member of the Mt. Hood Meadows Alpine Team and Mt. Hood Academy where I compete in the Pacific Northwest Ski Association and FIS events until I was 20. I am fortunate to have been invited by PNSA to compete in the Junior Championships during my racing career. Additionally, I raced for Sandy High School where we secured the Oregon State Championships several times. After racing, I turned to coaching while attending college at Oregon State University. From 2011- 2014, I was the head coach for Crescent Valley High School Ski Team. During the ‘15/’16 winter I returned to Mt. Hood Academy where I was a lead coach for the U16/U14 athletes. My career with the U.S. Forest Service has brought me to McCall and I absolutely love it! I am excited to be involved with the Winter Sports Club and help develop young racers to reach their skiing goals.
- Erik "V" Vermaas
I was raised in Killington, Vermont and fell in love with skiing before I could make memories. My dad is (and was) a ski instructor so our “daycare” for my sister and I was the mountain. I joined the Killington Ski Club race program as soon as I was old enough and was hooked instantly. I raced through the junior series through high school and then in College for Castleton University. After college I joined the Killington Mountain School as an assistant FIS coach before heading to Lake Tahoe, CA to coach U10s and explore the mountains and powder of the west. I’m honored to be joining the McCall Winter Sports Club this season and looking forward to a winter filled with great turns, hard work, and sharing the joy of this lifelong sport.
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.
- Bob Giles
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!
- Michelle Romportl
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 Development 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...
- Willie Adicoff
At a very young age I fell in love with skiing in the White Mountains of Arizona. A little later in my childhood my family relocated to Oregon and I developed a passion for alpine racing on Mt. Hood. I moved to Boise during college and spent as much time as I could at Bogus Basin where I taught ski school and participate in rec league racing.
I am mom to an MWSC racer and we are fortunate to call McCall home.
I love working with our youngest athletes as I feel skiing is such an empowering sport for young kids. It’s amazing to watch the growth in confidence, self-reliance, and bravery throughout the season.
- Chelsea Hannan
My name is Kailyn and this will be my first season with McCall Winter Sports Club.
I was raised in Tennessee, but growing up, my family always took us skiing to different resorts out west. I learned at an early age that skiing was a passion of mine and after becoming a river guide, I decided to pursue a degree in Outdoor Recreation. I did a year of classes at Fort Lewis in Durango, Colorado in their Adventure Education department where I got my Wilderness First Responder, and took a Winter Expedition Skills class.
I moved to Park City, UT after college and honed in my skiing skills. I quickly learned what the term “steep and deep” is all about.
In the summer of 2018, I moved to McCall to chase the rivers in the summer and ski in the winter. My first winter at Brundage was amazing- talk about powder!!
Although I don’t have a traditional ski racing and coaching background, I’m so excited to share my passion for the sport and work with the athletes coming in this season.
- Kailyn Wright