Meet Our Staff

Thanks to Rose Long for creating our great questions.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for Patrol of the Week.

Dana

Sporting Background: I generally love physical activity, and I mostly prefer to do it outside.  My more serious sporting pursuits: I spent 5 years working as a whitewater rafting guide, have become a certified Yoga instructor, and am a PSIA level 2 XC instructor.  Most of my Nordic experience has been track xc, and I just started participating in citizens races last year (including 2 biathlons which I loved!) … but I can also say I’m looking forward to spending more time touring at Bolton.

Favorite Trail at Bolton Nordic: TBA!  I’m still exploring!

Favorite Food:

Last movie you watched: Stardust.  You may be skeptical, but it’s fantastic.

Where do you go Monday Morning? Starting in January, I’ll be heading to Chemistry class at 8am.

What’s in the backseat of your car? headlamp, wetsuit, wool blanket, 2 water bottles… etc.

Are you Extreme? I think not, but it’s all a matter of perspective.

skinny or fat? sns or nnn? Skinny, NNN.

Dan

Sporting Background: Nordic and telemark skiing in the winter, whitewater kayaking and a bit o’ rock climbing the rest of the year. A bit of biking, hiking, and running complete the picture.

Favorite Trail at Bolton Nordic:  Bolton to Trapps Trail

Favorite Food: guacamole

Last movie you watched: The Watchman

Where do you go Monday Morning? wherever the wind takes me

What’s in the backseat of your car? my life

Are you Extreme? I do a lot of extreme things, but tend to do them cautiously

How many years have you been skiing? 10

Where is the first place you ever skied? the back 40.

skinny or fat? sns or nnn? skinny and SNS.

Art

Art

Sporting Background: retired bike shop owner, 7X Himalayan mt bike trip leader, 7 years teaching here at Bolton, year round bike commuter, freeheeled tuckermans w/leather & lace. Favorite Trail: Holden Hollow, Cup Runneth Over. Favorite Condiment: Salsa. Last Movie you watched as of 12/16: Teorema. Favorite Pair of Shoes: Flip Flops. Where You go Monday Morning? Fretboard. Do You Have A Pet? What? Ewelysse (sheep). Are you hardcore? No! Soft and Cuddely. Ideal spot to ski? Holden Hollow. If your inner thoughts were a song what would they be? But Beautiful. Last Book Read? The Making of the Atom Bomb. Favorite Planet: Uranus. Are Pickles a Condiment? Discuss. N/A

Liz

Red is my favorite color!!!

Red is my favorite color!!!

Sporting Background: It all started with Sunday Ski Lessons at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and 5th grade soccer at Ferrisburgh Elementary School.  I have been active in endurance sports for 15 years as both an athlete and coach. One of my new favorite events is Distance Running Team Relays– Reach the Beach Relay and 100 on 100 Heart of Vermont Relay.

Favorite Condiment: Cabot Hunter Sharp Chedar Favorite Pair of Shoes: It’s a Tie. Alpina Ski Boots vs. Muzuno Running shoes  Are you Hardcore? I guess. I like to ski without gloves.  Ideal spot to ski? Oh I love so many places… maybe Foret Montmorency, Birch Glades,  Deer Run.  Do you have a pet? What? I am having a time out from pets.  Last book read? I mostly read the Sun Magazine… check it out.  Favorite Planet? I love Earth.

Zack

Sporting Background: I’ve been exploring the woods of the Northeast on skis, bike, horseback, canoe, and foot since I was a kid. I’ve also hiked mountain ranges on 5 continents and am pretty serious about badminton.

Favorite Trail at Bolton Nordic: George’s Gorge and any trail with fresh snow

Favorite Food: Tie between lamb and scallops

Last movie you watched: The Limits of Control

Where do you go Monday Morning? Depends of the weather

What’s in the backseat of your car? skis, ice scraper, shovel, umbrella, grocery bags

Are you Extreme? My extremes balance out

How many years have you been skiing? about 15

Where is the first place you ever skied? The fields and hills where I grew up

skinny or fat? sns or nnn? Fat, 3-pin

Erik

Erik in the Tucker

Erik in the Tucker

Sporting Background: Exploring these beautiful North Woods from the Adirondacks of New York through the Green Mountains to the Atlantic Coast in Maine, Erik has years of experience outdoors working and living with groups to learn, teach about and enjoy the outdoors. Orienteering, canoe trips, winter camping, trail construction and solo treks in the backcountry are big favorites, as well as helping others get out to do the same.

Favorite Trail: One that is well made, will lead me where I want to go, or show me what I need to see. Favorite Condiment: Maple Syrup or maybe Zucchini Relish. Last Movie you watched as of 12/16: Quantum of Solace. Favorite Pair of Shoes: Limmers. Where You go Monday Morning? Bolton Nordic. Do You Have A Pet? What? No, But my house mate has 2 dogs and 2 cats. Are you hardcore? Hugh? Ideal spot to ski? Where there’s snow. If your inner thoughts were a song what would they be? If they were songs? Last Book Read? Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont’s Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondacks by Bill McKibben. Favorite Planet: ah… Earth.

Bolton Nordic Ski Patrol

Are you interested in joining the Bolton Ski Patrol?  Give us a call or contact Keith Chase, Ski Patrol Director.     |     More information online at the National Ski Patrol website.

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Chris Ford

Favorite Condiment? Honey Mustard — sweet and spicy
Favorite Pair of shoes? I’m a utilitarian with respect to shoes.
Where you go Monday Morning? To my job that pays the bills and allows me to ski on the weekend.

Do you have a pet? What? We have three dogs, my wife claims that the Siberian Husky is mine as he only listens to me.

Are you hardcore? I’m hardcore at/with things that I think are important.
Ideal spot to ski? Not too steep in the woods with powder. There are plenty of places at Bolton that fit this description. Some are on the map, some aren’t……

last book you read? I’m not a big reader of books.
Favorite Planet? I’d have to say Earth, although Mars and Venus are pretty cool when you can see them in the night sky.
How long have you been on the Bolton Ski Patrol? This is my third year.
What is your favorite part about being on the Ski Patrol? Helping other people.
How many years have you been skiing? Off and on for 30 years.
How many pairs of skis do you have? Favorite pair of skis? 5 – I’m really enjoying my Karhu Guides.

Martin Wolf

nsplogoFavorite Condiment? Wasabi.
Favorite Pair of shoes? Do you mean what’s my favorite FOOT GEAR? My Garmont Veloce boots.  Warm, comfortable, and strong enough to drive my skis.
Where you go Monday Morning? To my other love, my work designingdsc_0134 environmental products at Seventh Generation.  And the view of Lake
Champlain and the Adirondacks from my office isn’t bad, either!
Do you have a pet? What?
I have PET and HDPE, too.
Are you hardcore? Caramel. actually.
Ideal spot to ski? On the snow.
Last book you read? Changes weekly.
Favorite Planet? This jewel we live on called Earth.
How long have you been on the Bolton Ski Patrol? About  2 years.
What is your favorite part about being on the Ski Patrol?
That sense of satisfied exhaustion after a day in the backcountry with good friends. Helping others is icing on the cake.
How many years have you been skiing? Five. Not nearly enough!
How many pairs of skis do you have? One pair for each year I’ve been
skiing.  I use three pairs (one on piste, two backcountry), but never at the
same time.
Favorite pair of skis? The ones on my feet.

Ann Gotham

img_5185nsplogo1Favorite Condiment: Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar
Favorite Pair of Shoes: My T-2s of course in the winter.  In the summer, Flip Flops.
Are you Hardcore? Nah, In fact my belly could stand a bit of firming
Ideal spot to ski? The woods at and around BV. Not so keen about the alpine trails.
Do you have a pet? What? Heck no.  The poor thing would suffer from extreme neglect!  But let me introduce you to my pet rocks!
Last book read? “Dreams of My Father” By Barack Obama.  Work related info. And I confess, I read Vanity Fair, where I get my gossip/junk fix.
Favorite Planet? Earth
How long have you been on the Bolton Ski Patrol? I think 6 years… Who’s counting?
What is your favorite part about being on the Ski Patrol? Skiing in the woods on Saturdays, with my ski patrol buddy, Hope. Giving directions with a friendly smile, keeping the trails free of debris. Skiing all those “not a trails” to get first hand knowledge of terrain (You never know… May come in handy some day)
How many years have you been skiing? Not enough.
How many pairs of skis do you have? 3 (Skinny skis, alpine skis, wax less back
country skis)
Favorite pair of skis? My Karhu Guides

5 responses to “Meet Our Staff

  1. Great staff!!

  2. Good Luck

  3. Great website. Best in a long while. Looking forward to skiing the trails. More snow on the way. Yay!

  4. I had a great late afternoon jaunt up to the glades and back down last Sunday and met Erik at the desk. I told him I wish they’d revive the old Telemeister race and he suggested I check out this blog. Does anyone else remember this race? I worked at BV Nordic back in ’95-’96 and would be happy to share my renewed vision of it if anyone else is interested. I think the BV backcountry trails could offer an incredible challenge to the all around skier because one can utilize nearly every technique; classic, skate, tele, and alpine. The concept of cross country downhill that Karhu was pushing back in the eighties could be due for a revival. Anyone game?

  5. Props to Chris Ford for being a terrific patroler. In mid-January two college buddies and I finally got it together to do the Bolton-Trapps. Chris, perhaps sensing we total newbies, hitched along, claiming he was only going up to Raven’s, but he kept going with us to the mid-point. He didn’t have to–we were well within out experience–but he sure increased the comfort margin of our traverse. Sadly, he missed a great powder run. Thank, Chris!

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