Staff & Board of Directors
IFSA is a non-profit, 501(3)(c) organization built to support an athlete community of Freeride skiers and snowboarders. It is IFSA’s mission to support freeride athletes in any way we are able while providing competitive opportunities across the Americas Region. The mission of the IFSA is maintained through the part time work of just two paid employees and countless hours of volunteer work on behalf of our Board of Directors. The parents, event partners, and resort staff we work with are also crucial in accomplishing the mission of IFSA on a daily basis.
Our amazing Board of Directors is tasked with the following:
- Creation of a sustainable organization sufficiently staffed and with resources to execute its mission and objectives and to support the needs of its stakeholders.
- Development of guidelines and education for athletes, coaches, judges, and event coordinators in rules, safety, and event management.
- Support of each region and competitive opportunity development for the entire athlete community.
- Excecution of decisions and actions that reflect the voices of all participants to the best of our ability.
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Board & Staff
Scott Mahoney - IFSA President
Scott Mahoney began volunteering when his son was 12 and has had a massive impact in helping expand Freeride opportunities for juniors. Scott joined the IFSA board in 2010 shortly after the IFSA’s commitment to focus on junior athlete development. Mahoney joined the Board of Directors in the new position of Director of Volunteerism to bring athletes, families, programs, and resorts together to build a new, younger freeride community. Within a couple of seasons, the Board of Directors asked him to move into the role of President where he continues to volunteer massive amounts of time to our freeride community. “I enjoy working with a passionate group of athletes and community members. Our amazing volunteers have helped grow our series to include juniors to adults, to expand from 10 to almost 100 events, and to include members from North and South America." When not volunteering for the IFSA or holding down his day job, Mahoney can be found telemarking the slopes and backcountry of colorful Colorado.
Bryan Salatino - IFSA Vice President & Smuggs Freeski Team Coach
Bryan began coaching Freestyle skiing when it had many similarities to what we now call Big Mountain Freeride. The carefree vibe and sharing a love for great skiing attracted Bryan to the sport. He has enjoyed watching his young athletes grow into adults with careers and families. “Over time you realize that a coach’s influence extends well beyond just skiing and into the athlete’s everyday life. It’s a real special thing that I want to continue enjoying for as long as I can,” Bryan confesses.
Brant Moles - Senior Director of Competiton & Head Judge
Brant has been skiing since age 4. Like many, he has a ski racing background but found his passion belonged to Freeride skiing. Brant has been involved in big mountain skiing for over 25 years. “I love to support this sport; it is so cool to watch all the young Freeriders rip up the venues with pure self expression and creativity.” Brant serves as an active Senior Head Judge for many IFSA events across North America and he serves as the Senior Director of Competition on the IFSA Board of Directors.
Josh Mattson - Training & Development Director & IFSA Senior Head Judge
Josh was born and raised in Colorado as a Summit County front range "ski bum". He got his start in the mogul fields of Breck, realized bumps weren’t for him, and transitioned to Freeride. Josh competed for several years on the Freeskiing World Tour and attended various FWQ events. The IFSA has fully supported Josh’s journey to become a judge and welcomes him to our Board of Directors. Josh is excited to remain involved with this Freeride family of awesome people. Josh’s favorite place to ski: “Wherever the high fives are numerous and the vibe is high!”
Shannon Moller - Event Services Director & IFSA Parent
Shannon was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan and traveled with her family to their cabin every weekend to ski Boyne Mountain. After having kids, Shannon and her husband Mike picked up and moved to Vail, Colorado and here is where the story begins… Eight years ago her oldest son, Grifen switched from moguls to Big Mountain and Shannon has been involved ever since. She is excited to help IFSA and the Freeride community grow as the love of this sports run deep in her family of five. You can find Shannon at many of the Rocky Mountain Region events helping out, so don’t be shy and say hello!
Jeff Holden - Judge Advisory Board Chair & IFSA Seinor Head Judge
After winning the IFSA World Tour in 1999 Jeff began to help refine the judging system while implementing a venue boundary protocol and judging IFSA World Tour events across North America. Seventeen consecutive seasons later, Jeff has trained over 40 Freeride judges while acting as Technical Director or Head Judge for over 150 events. As an IFSA Judge Advisory Board Chair member and a Senior Head Judge Jeff helps us manage all aspects pertaining to technical directing, judging, judge training and scheduling for all IFSA events in Western Canada.
Jonny Manwaring - Judge Advisory Board Chair & IFSA Seinor Head Judge
Grew up Freeriding the majestic Wasatch. His first cut his teeth in competitive Freeride at a 1997 comp in Crested Butte. Jonny professes he never had great success in comps but he always loved the celebration of Freeride and the camaraderie among competitors. In 2008, while injured, Jonny was introduced to Freeride judging by the legendary Jim Jack. He became full-time IFSA Senior Head Judge in 2012. "Having judged over 50 adult and junior comps, my passion for the sport of Freeride will always burn as I am deeply in love with the mountains and the ability of our Freeriders showcasing their skills."
Trevor Tanhoff - Technical Director Advisory Board Chair & IFSA Coach
Trevor has been skiing since the age of 8 and instantly couldn’t get enough. Trevor originally competed in alpine racing and freeride and has coached both disciplines. He's managed terrain parks, worked in retail, sat on the IFSA Advisory Board, co-wrote the IFSA Coach Certification curriculum and is a current long-standing board member of the Tahoe Junior Freeride Series. His wide-ranging experience is now a huge asset to the IFSA Board of Directors. Trevor’s favorite aspect of competitive freeride skiing is witnessing the personal growth that athletes gain through the sport, in both adult and junior athletes. When not sliding on snow, Trevor can be found playing on the liquid state of water in his kayak!
Derek Foose - Coach Advisory Board Chair & Whistler Freeride Club Coach
Derek was coaching ski racing back in 2000 and noticed kids were quitting skiing altogether because they felt burned out. Derek founded the Whistler Freeride Club in 2001 to try and keep some of these talented young shredders involved in snow sports. He found it was a tough sell to the resort, as nobody believed this niche of the sport had a future. Six athletes rolled the dice in 2001 and today, the club boasts over 100 junior athletes! Derek has been involved with the IFSA on various coach’s committees since the IFSA began sanctioning events for juniors. "Joining the Board of Directors came about because I don’t feel like you have the right to complain if you don’t get involved… And I like to complain a lot!”
Brian Cole - IFSA/FWQ Freeride Coordinator - Americas Region
Brian hails from the ‘burbs of Denver, Colorado. He was a strikingly beautiful child with strong, healthy knees and ample free time in the winter months. In high school, he discovered the lure of competitive Freeride. His beautiful skin became weathered the by harsh Colorado winds and his knees were weakened by hardpack, but he couldn’t have been happier. His life in the mountains dashed his dreams of becoming a professional model/actor and instead he turned to his passion for the Freeride community. Brian now spends his time working for the IFSA because he likes providing skiers with the opportunity to challenge themselves, have wild experiences, and support a community filled with wonderful people.
Lexi Dowdall - IFSA/FWQ Director of Freeride - Americas Region
Lexi began skiing in Utah at 3 and has been relishing winter ever since. As a sinner in the land of saints, she spent every Sunday of her youth exploring the steeps of Snowbird. With no prior racing experience, she joined the University of Puget Sound’s Ski Racing Club Team as the team’s last seed, hilarity ensued. After time working for a toy store and Backcountry.com, Lexi decided to depart the 9-5 routine and develop a career around skiing and spending the bulk of her time outdoors. She is an ambassador for Ski Utah and her job with IFSA permits her to travel, ski, and support this incredible community of Freeride aficionados.
Josie Byron - IFSA 2017-2018 Season Intern
Josie was born in Crested Butte, Colorado as the spawn of two ski bums. She began skiing at age 3 with her older brother and hasn’t quit. Josie kept busy chasing gates until the age of 14. After dabbling in skiercross for a year, Josie began competitive Freeriding. During her first competition in Crested Butte, she was so nervous, she froze and sat down in the middle of her run. Thankfully, she got over her fear and started to enjoy competing and completed her runs. She won Keely Kelleher’s Girl on Fire essay contest, which sparked her interest in writing—with a focus on the ski industry. She currently studies Journalism and Spanish at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Josie will be interning for the 2017-18 season for the IFSA and competing in various FWQ events across the west.
Mike Hall - IFSA 2017-2018 Season Intern
Mike Hall, a skier since the age of 3, is still a kid at heart at the strapping age of 20. Mike is a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and started competing on the Freeskiing team in 2016. Mike enjoys designing, hucking himself off of things while listening to Waka Flocka, and hanging out with friends. When all the snow has melted, Mike can be found leaping off stair sets on his rollerblades. Mike is excited to begin working with the IFSA, where he can combine his passion for skiing and design.