Originally from the outskirts of Chicago, Dave Scanlan was enamored by skiing at the tender age of 9. Following his downhill passion into adulthood, his aspirations led him west, where skiing became his life, riding 200 days a year, and learning the trade of building chairlifts.
At the age of 22, with powder calling his name, he moved north to Hope, Alaska. His love for community and values-based entrepreneurial spirit helped him and his wife to create a successful community-supporting tie-dye shirt company, Glacier Dyeworks. Appreciating his forward thinking, the local people appointed him to the Hope and Sunrise Land Use Advisory Planning Commission. In June of 2006 he was elected by his peers as chairman of the Planning Commission, where he still serves today.
Dave’s first look into ski area development planning was in 2001, after seeing local business owners that he cared about struggling to keep their doors open due to a lack of winter business. In 2007, he was contacted by the Cooper Landing Chamber of Council president to assist in local ski area development to promote a stronger winter economy. These planning efforts led him to the current development plan in the Summit Lake Recreation Corridor, and his involvement with Mountain Rider’s Alliance in 2010. Dave took over the General Manager Role at Mt Abram in 2013 and lead it to its most successful season under current ownership. As a founding partner of MRA, his collaborative spirit is monumental in formulating the groundwork needed to develop sustainable mountain playgrounds that support their surrounding communities.
In high school Jamie Schectman saw the movie Hot Dog and immediately recognized his life’s calling. At graduation when asked what he was going to do with his future, he responded, move to Lake Tahoe and become a ski bum. He made good on his promise, moving to Squaw Valley and becoming a lift operator. He quickly realized the importance of working nights, switched to the coveted swing shift sandwich-maker position, and a path of 100-day seasons began.
Sandwich making turned into front desk detail and night audit for a small hotel at the mountain, which led to a position on the opening team of a 5-star hotel in 1990, where Jamie was promoted to Hotel Auditor and Night Manager at the age of 22. Furthering his community connections, in 1991 he became Treasurer of his Homeowner’s Association Board for three terms, and in 1995 he became a Certified Massage Therapist and created Therapeutic Thursdays at the local hospital. He was also a member of Tahoe Nordic’s Search and Rescue for three seasons.
As his passion for skiing deepened, Jamie became intimate with the Sierras. In 1999, he scored the dream job of a lifetime as office manager and tail guide for a first-year heli ski operation in Alaska. It was in that season that his love for the big mountains was forever solidified. This led him to living for five years in the Andes of Argentina where he refurbished an old wine vineyard, the beginning of Jamie’s ongoing involvement with community-supporting businesses. He then relocated to Patagonia, developing a vacation rental business and several philanthropic projects to empower the local community. With first descents in both the Andes and Chugach, Shecky has a strong pioneering spirit. He is honored to serve on the advisory board for the Center for Sustainable Tourism, a board member for Incorporate Olympic Valley and a Climate Reality Project 100% Committed Pro Snow Ambassador.
Jamie was nominated for a SAMMY in 2014, awarded to emerging stars in the ski industry. He is committed to leaving the world a better place than he found it and believes making skiing cool again can play a major role. As an Initiating Founding Partner of Mountain Rider’s Alliance, it is his dream come true to see the MRA global collaborative effort proving that great places to ski can also be stewards of our communities and environment.
Shanie Matthews began her love-at-first-sight affair with downhill skiing in the Cascade Mountains at age 4. Her fascination with the sport turned into a lifetime passion that has taken her around the world, working in retail, as a ski instructor, on avalanche control teams, in the race department, and as an on-mountain EMT supervisor. From the Sierras to the Alps, from the Chugach to the Andes, skiing taught Shanie the importance of being a citizen of the world with a focus on global sustainability, community stewardship, and environmental awareness. Beyond skiing, Shanie is a values-based entrepreneur and writer, advocating happiness with her website My Happy Path.