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Yosemite Winter Club

Yosemite Winter Club Board

Meet the Board Members!

Phyllis Weber

Phyllis Weber

President

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.

Claudine Ronay

Claudine Ronay

Vice President

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I currently work for the National Park Service in Yosemite as an Administrative Assistant for Search and Rescue. In addition, I coordinate the family liaison and crisis management programs in the park. Formerly, I worked in the NPS Health and Safety Office, owned a gymnastics business, and was a Park Ranger.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? I have been a winter club member since 1991… I joined the first winter I stayed in Yosemite. My kids both learned to ski at Badger Pass when they were toddlers.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? I like to downhill ski and look forward to getting better at cross country skiing, but my favorite activity is the Snow Ball!

What brought you to Yosemite? I came to Yosemite in February 1990 to do my internship with the wilderness unit while enrolled at CSU Chico. After graduation in May, I came back and have no plans of leaving!

Board Member Since: 2014

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

Kathleen Pfeffer

Kathleen Pfeffer

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? For over 30 years, I have been designing custom homes with a focus on using Earth friendly sustainable materials. I also manage two local vacation rentals; one of which is a straw bale home.

How long have you been a Winter Club Member? Since 1995. Our current Board President, Phyllis Weber, introduced us to Yosemite Winter Club and Ostrander Ski Hut. Since then, we make an annual pilgrimage there each winter with a very special group of friends.

What is your favorite Winter Club Activity? The Snow Ball! A lovely evening at the Ahwahnee celebrating the history of the Winter Club, honoring individuals who support our mission, and raising funds to continue supporting winter sports for local youth.

What brought you to Yosemite? It’s beauty and the variety of outdoor sports. Hiking, downhill and back country skiing, and rock climbing (although my rock climbing skills and shoes are now quite dusty!).

Board Member Since: 2014

Lucy Royse

Lucy Royse

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

Treasurer

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:

Mato-Kuwapi Parker

Mato-Kuwapi Parker

Board Member

What do you do and how long have you been doing it? I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Drug Calculations to prospective Licensed Vocational Nursing students at Fresno Adult School. I have been with Fresno Unified School District for 13 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


Christy Hurlburt

Christy Hurlburt

Board Member

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

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

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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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