The Bridger Ski Foundation is pleased to announce four new additions to the Board of Directors, which gives us a larger board going forward into this next season. We're excited by the enthusiasm and talent this group brings to the table. New board members Chris Sledz, Erin Gaasch, Tyler Maxwell, and Eric Goldwarg join the current board of Hunter Lacey (President), Chris Darnell (Vice President), Melodee Kelly (Treasurer), Jordan Helvey (Secretary), Ben Stanley, Geoff Stephenson, Natalie Flowers, and Spencer Lawley. Caroline Price, outgoing president, will remain as an ex officio through the end of this year.
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Chris learned to ski with his family at Wilmot Mountain. Skiing, like riding a bike, offered a sense of freedom that he has always sought out–whether living on the west or east coast for his 20+ year career in sales and business development. But living for the weekend wasn’t enough, and Chris moved to Bozeman in 2019, setting a personal record of skiing 70 days in his first season here. He now works as onX’s VP of Business Development and is excited to bring his professional experience to BSF, helping the organization continue to achieve its mission and grow within our community.
Eric Goldwarg grew up in Montreal, Canada, where he discovered at a young age that he preferred being outside on the Nordic trails than in a damp hockey rink. Eric ski raced at the high school and club levels in Quebec. He then attended Middlebury College where he was a four-year member of the Nordic team. After college, Eric coached the Ford Sayre Ski Club in Hanover, NH, and earned a JD from Vermont Law School. Eric is now an attorney at Angel, Coil & Bartlett in Bozeman. He has three young children who love BSF’s Alpine and Nordic programs. Eric is excited to give back to the sport that has given him so much.
Erin Gaasch moved to Bozeman in 1997 and has called Bozeman home ever since. After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Environmental Science, Erin later earned her real estate license in 2006 and continues to advise her clients across the Gallatin Valley. When not working, Erin spends the winter months on snow however she can, whether touring Hyalite, skate skiing at Crosscut, or finding powder stashes on the ridge at Bridger Bowl. Much of the time you will find her with her husband Derek and her three children Signe, Inga, and Anders -- all of whom share her passion for skiing and the magic of winter and have benefitted from BSF programs, trails, and events. Erin shares BSF's commitment to promoting and supporting a love of skiing and the outdoors and is excited to have the opportunity to serve the community as a board member.
Tyler was born and raised in Bozeman, and naturally grew up enjoying outdoor activities and extensive travel with his family. Throughout his youth Tyler alpine ski raced for BSF and professionally kayaked around the world. After high school he continued ski racing for College of Idaho. After 3 years racing in Idaho, Tyler moved back to Bozeman to finish college at Montana State University, earning a degree in graphic design. After a year of traveling, he stepped back into BSF as a ski coach. Through the next 10 years Tyler coached all levels of athletes and eventually retired from coaching to start a creative design company. Tyler currently works in conjunction with Mammoth Marketing as the creative director. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys kayaking, skiing, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, rafting and just being outside.
A huge thank you to Caroline Price and Rebekah Bunting, who have each completed two terms on the board. They've been incredible leaders and have volunteered countless hours over the last several years. Caroline, the most recent board president, will stay on as an ex officio through the end of the year in order to help with transitions.