Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, Sam was surrounded by all things outdoors. With a physician for a mom, and an avalanche forecaster for a dad, Sam spent his youth exploring wild places around the world by foot, bike, and ski.After moving to Bozeman in 2009, Sam earned dual degrees from Montana State University in Ecology and Neuroscience. From there, he has pursued enriching experiences working with people in rugged places around Montana and abroad.
In addition to teaching English in rural Nepal and working on community development initiatives in Mongolia, Sam has undertaken expeditions to ski high-altitude peaks in remote mountain ranges (including 7,134m Peak Lenin in Kyrgyzstan) and bike-packed across large swaths of North America. Prior to joining Crosscut in 2017, Sam managed the Soil Interrogation Lab at Montana State University and worked for Gallatin Valley's Community Health Partners. Sam draws inspiration from his partner, Kelly, a professional Biathlete, and the adventures they share. In the spring of 2019, Sam stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director, bringing his passion for healthy lifestyles and vibrant communities to Crosscut Mountain Sports Center.
Nicki grew up in in the foothills of Colorado, and also spent many years living and working in Latin America. The backdrop of the Andes proved to be an amazing playground for all things outdoors. Nicki pursued work in Outdoor Education and nonprofit development in between extremely long bike rides.
Realizing she needed snowy mountains again, she made her way back West and joined Crosscut in 2015. Nicki loves wearing costumes, getting into the nitty gritty of development fundraising and teaching kids to Nordic Ski.
Fay Johnson grew up skiing in Santa Fe, NM. She moved to Bozeman in 1978 to enroll in the Earth Science program at Montana State University where she studied snow and avalanche processes under the tutelage of John (Doc) Montagne. Fay was one of the early investors in the original Crosscut Ranch Nordic Center, before joining the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol in 1983. She patrolled at Bridger for the next 28 seasons. Most recently, Fay was a faculty instructor and the Quality Assurance Director for Wilderness Medical Associates for 30 years. Fay is thrilled to be a part of the new Crosscut vision.
Emily joined Crosscut in 2014 with the hopes of convincing more kiddos to try tromping around on cross-country skis and to spread her passion for geology and winter ecology. Originally from Maine, she has fallen in love with the mountains, the views, and the bison burgers of the West. When not frolicking on the beautiful trails at Crosscut, you can find Emily grilling in her backyard or biking around the trails of Bozeman.
Scott Schmidt (“Schmidty”) grew up skiing in the mountains of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. He moved to Montana in the late 80’s to pursue his PhD in Engineering at Montana State University. During his time at MSU he conducted research in blowing snow, avalanche flow dynamics, and snow metamorphism. Scott was on the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol from 1996 to 2014 as well as working as a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for 9 seasons. Scott is excited to bring his lifelong interest in snow and skiing to the Nordic community at Crosscut.
Seth recently came to Crosscut after 9 years of Biathlon coaching in Fort Kent, Maine for the Outdoor Sports Institute. Seth was both a high school and college nordic racer. Upon graduating from Bates College, he went on to join the US Biathlon Development team before joining Maine Winter Sports/Outdoor Sports Institute.