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Yosemite Winter Club Board

Meet the Board Members!

Mato-Kuwapi Parker

Mato-Kuwapi Parker

President

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I am an Emergency Medical Services Coordinator/Paramedic Program Director with the County of Fresno. I have been involved in EMS operations and education for the last 20 years.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? Long enough to remember that Beaver had a T-Bar and Eagle was a Center-Post Riblet chair lift! I grew up racing for the Yosemite Winter Club learning from the legendary ski coach Leroy “Rusty” Rust.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? Skiing is my favorite, but I have been known to strap on a snowboard as well. I would also like to get into the Yosemite backcountry on some Alpine Touring gear.

What brought you to Yosemite? My grandparents (Julia and Ralph Parker) were long-time Yosemite residents and NPS employees. My dad Louis was also born in Yosemite. It has always been my home away from home!

Board Member Since: 2016

Lucy Royse

Lucy Royse

Vice President

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? 

How long have you been a Winter Club Member?

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity?

What brought you to Yosemite?

Board Member Since:

Kim Marcis

Kim Marcis

Secretary

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I have been an educator of every kind- outdoor/international/classroom and of course most importantly as a mother of my own 3 young students.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? Since 2000- memories of dressing up wildly for the cross country races in the early 2000’s.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? Anything that gets me out on the Glacier Point Road and into the winter backcountry.

What brought you to Yosemite? I came to Yosemite as an instructor for Yosemite Institute in 1999.

Board Member Since: 2014

Christy Hurlburt

Christy Hurlburt

Treasurer

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I am saving the world, one dumpster at a time… I work in the waste and recycling industry at a company called Enevo. We put sensors in dumpsters that tell you how full they are and then we make sure our clients (retail, restaurant, and property managers) are getting the service they are paying for. I have been in and out of the industry for 7 years and at Enevo for 3.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? Three years.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? Ski Team!

What brought you to Yosemite? My fabulous husband is a law enforcement ranger in Wawona.

Board Member Since: 2017

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker

Event Coordinator

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I’m fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom!

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? I have been a Winter Club Member for 10 years.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? My favorite Winter Club activity is Ancient Jocks.

What brought you to Yosemite? My husband reacquainted me with Yosemite.

Board Member Since: 2018

Phyllis Weber

Phyllis Weber

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I am happily retired after being a teacher and principal at El Portal Elementary and Yosemite Park High Schools for 32 years. Now I hike, ski, travel, spend time with my 4-year old granddaughter, and volunteer as a teacher of English for the Mariposa County Library Literacy Program.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? I’ve been a YWC member since the days when the membership dinner included steak and there was lively dancing at the event. I’ve been a member since I moved to Yosemite to work for the Yosemite Institute back in the 70’s.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? That’s hard to choose! I love everything winter!

What brought you to Yosemite? A friend’s brother worked at Yosemite Institute and we came to visit and hike up Half Dome. Since I was in a Master’s Program for Environmental and Outdoor Education, I decided to leave my career path job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the opportunity to live and work in the outdoors and in Yosemite. I haven’t regretted it one minute! I met my spouse at Y.I. and we could never find a better place to live and bring up our children, so we’re still here, skiing with our granddaughter at Badger and to Ostrander Ski Hut.

Board Member Since: Probably around 2011 when I retired from teaching.

Rob Grasso

Rob Grasso

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? Fish and Aquatic Biologist for almost 20 years.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? Three years.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? I’m not sure, there are so many!

What brought you to Yosemite? A new career position.

Board Member Since: 2017

Ryan Leahy

Ryan Leahy

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I have been working as a Wildlife Biologist for the National Park Service since 2007.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? I have been a Winter Club member since 2008.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? Hockey is my favorite activity with skiing a close second.

What brought you to Yosemite? I came to Yosemite in 2007 after three amazing seasons in Sequoia/Kings as a seasonal bear technician. I got lucky and loved it ever since!

Board Member Since: 2018

Dakota Snider

Dakota Snider

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? 

How long have you been a Winter Club Member?

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity?

What brought you to Yosemite?

Board Member Since:

Virgia Bryan

Virgia Bryan

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? 

How long have you been a Winter Club Member?

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity?

What brought you to Yosemite?

Board Member Since:

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Winter Club History

HOW DID THE WINTER CLUB GET STARTED? “In the fall of 1928, Donald Tresidder, President of the Curry Company [the primary concessionaire in Yosemite National Park] formed the Yosemite Winter Club to ‘encourage and develop all forms of winter sports and to advertise and exploit the great advantages, beauties and healthy benefits of winter in the California Sierra to all lovers of outdoor life.’

In it’s near ninety year span to the present day, the winter club has played a leading role in the evolution of winter sports in California.” (Magic Yosemite Winters by Gene Rose; 1999:21). During the first five years of the Club’s formation, Badger Pass Ski resort opened and tobogganing and ice-skating took off in Curry Village.

Backcountry skiing was encouraged when the Tressiders had the Snow Creek Cabin constructed near the north rim of Yosemite Valley. By 1941, a second ski hut was built at Ostrander Lake. Both Snow Creek and Ostrander remain popular overnight, backcountry destinations, while ice-skating at Curry Village, and skiing at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass) remain popular front-country destinations.

Today, the Yosemite Winter Club is comprised of hundreds of members who share enjoyment of winter sports in Yosemite. The Winter Club remains tightly linked with the National Park Service and Yosemite’s primary concessionaire, Aramark.

The purpose of this club is to foster regional amateur and recreational Nordic and Alpine snow skiing, snowboarding, skating competitions and events, while supporting and developing amateur athletes and recreational winter sport enthusiasts for such competitions and events.

The Yosemite Winter Club (YWC) is a non-profit organization bringing winter sporting opportunities to outdoor enthusiast since 1928.

Yosemite Winter Club, PO BOX 717, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 | 501c3 Tax ID number 56-2423307

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