IFSA Regional Director Board
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…Fourteen 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. Grifen and Blake have both competed in the FWT. Grifen was on the circuit skiing for 3 years and is now married living in Eagle, CO. Blake is entering his 3rd season snowboarding after winning last year (2022). Tanner is a sophomore at the University of Utah.
Far West (TJFS)
Pacific NorthWest (PNW)
Pacific NorthWest (PNW)
Courtney Smith began skiing when she was three-years-old and has never stopped! She grew up spending every weekend in an RV parked at Stevens Pass. In her early teens she became a ski school instructor and began competing in IFSA junior competitions. Courtney attended Gonzaga University and graduated with degrees in Communications and Elementary Education. While there, she established and managed the Gonzaga Freeride Team. Courtney currently competes in the FWQ Series and earned a 2nd place podium at the 2022 Kicking Horse FWQ 4*. Courtney also serves as an IFSA Freeride Coach and she is excited to use her experience as an athlete, coach, and educator to support the Freeride community.
Fernando was born to be wild. He grew up in farmland close to nature and often riding horses. Fernando or “Focha” earned a professional degree in Marketing and Public Relations. After studying he started skiing and working as a ski instructor living the “never summer” life and traveling between Chile and Canada. It was during this time that Focha discovered his passion for Freeride and traveling in the backcountry. After a few years he moved to a small mountain town in Chile called Farellones, and started exploring the Chilean Backcountry.
Gonzalo grew up skiing at a small ski town in the Argentinean northern Patagonia called Caviahue. At age 17 he started instructing skiing at his home resort and from age 19 he's been doing double winter seasons, skiing more than 200 days a year, travelling to the USA and going back to Argentina and Chile to work as a ski instructor and ski coach. In 2013 he competed for the first time at age 24 at a 4-star event in Chile and since then he has competed in Chile, Argentina and the US, dreaming about the development of the sport in South America. Gonzalo has a journalist degree and he spends his days working as a full cert ski instructor at Aspen Snowmass, serves as an IFSA Head Judge and is the managing director of Freeride Sudamerica for Argentina.
“Aligning the sport with US and Canada and creating a one Americas region it will give athletes many opportunities to travel, learn about other cultures and mountains and it will raise the sport to the next level”