Leadership Team

Fred Rumford

Fred Rumford

Director, Vail Ski and Snowboard School

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
With Vail Since: 1987
Favorite Vail run: Forever & Riva
Playlist: Dirt On My Boots by Jon Pardi
Skis on: Nordica
Favorite Food: Sushi
Current TV Show: Wheeler Dealers
Favorite travel destination: Verbier, Switzerland
Can usually be found: Enjoying a powder day followed by an après ski beer

Experience of a Lifetime: Skiing the Valley Blanche in Chamonix, France with my family

Lance Wellbaum

Lance Wellbaum

Senior Manager, Adult Programs

Hometown: Dana Point, CA
In Vail since: 1996
Favorite Vail run: Weather Station
Playlist: Anything Jerry, Minor Threat, NPR
Favorite movie: Anything Star Wars
Skis on: Whatever is given to him
Last book read: The Fountainhead
Favorite sports team: Broncos
Off-snow activities: Bike, hike, Daughter & Wife

Experience of a Lifetime: Any powder day with more than a foot in the trees: Headwall. Seven days of pounding snow. Can’t see. Can’t breathe. Cotton balls coming down. An eternal experience.

Jason Schetrompf

Jason Schetrompf

Senior Manager, Children's Programs

Hometown: Bedford, PA
In Vail since: 2006
Favorite Vail run: Shangri La Glade
Current TV show: American Pickers
Ski morning breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Playlist: The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Nappy Roots
Favorite travel destination: Wrightsville Beach, NC
Rides on: Burton

Experience of a Lifetime: Any powder day with more than a foot in the trees

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Privates Manager - Vail Village
Steve Clark

Steve Clark

Location Manager – Golden Peak Adults

Hometown: Hanover,MA
With Vail Since: 2004
Favorite Vail run: Front side Chutes area
Playlist:Hip-hop to bluegrass and everything in between.
Skis on: Whatever I get a good deal on.
Current TV Show: Game of Thrones, anything Boston sports
Favorite travel destination: Summer on Cape Cod
Can usually be found: on the golf course, river or mountain.

Experience of a Lifetime: 20” day at Snowbird

Erin Cygan

Erin Cygan

Location Manager – Lionshead Adults

Hometown: Niwot, Colorado
With Vail Since: 1997 as a kids ski instructor in LH, 1979 as a student on Chair 15
Favorite Vail run: Red Square & Little Ollie
Playlist: Chicken Fried by Zach Brown, Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker, Come Away with me by Norah Jones,
Skis on: Rossignol
Current TV Show: Madam Secretary & Bull
Favorite travel destination: The British Virgin Islands in a 42 foot sailboat
Can usually be found: Doing something outdoors with friends and family

Experience of a Lifetime: Skiing the Back Bowls in 2001 with the Vail management team the day before they opened the bowls to the public

Dan Houck

Dan Houck

Location Manager – Lionshead Children's

Hometown Algonac, Michigan
In Vail since: 2001
Favorite Vail run: Red Square
Current TV show: Major League Baseball
Ski morning breakfast: Breakfast sandwich from Loaf n Jug or 7-11
Playlist: Anything
Favorite travel destination: Belize for Tarpon
Rides on: Nordica

Experience of a Lifetime: Employee Ski Day on 4/15/13

Sherry McDonald

Sherry McDonald

Location Manager – Golden Peak Children's

Hometown: Wheatridge, CO
In Vail since: 1993
Favorite Vail run: The Slot
Ski morning breakfast: Toffee nut latte and breakfast bagel with cream cheese
Playlist: Jason Aldean and Band Perry
Off-snow activities: Swimming, road biking, hiking, crossfit
Skis on: Fischer, Lange
Most Proud of: two boys skiing racing at Nor-Am Level

Experience of a Lifetime: Teaching and coaching ski racing in New Zealand and attending the National Academy in St. Anton, Austria

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

Manager of Training and Quality

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
In Vail since: 2012
Favorite Vail run: Chickenyard
Playlist: Hip-hop to classic rock to folk to Johnny Cash and Eric Church.
Ski morning breakfast: I’m a sucker for a good breakfast burrito
Rides on: Burton, Anon, Patagonia, Hestra, Leki, GoPro

Certifications: PSIA-AASI National Snowboard Team, AASI-RM Examiner 3, CS2, FS1, USASA 200 Coach, AIARE Avalanche 1

Experience of a Lifetime: Trying out for the PSIA-AASI Snowboard National Team in April, 2016 with 80 amazing educators.

Eric Aragon

Eric Aragon

Finance Manager

Hometown: Swink, CO
In Vail since:
Favorite Vail run: Genghis Kahn
Ski morning breakfast: Breakfast burrito
Current TV show: College Football
Favorite sports team: Chicago Bears
Rides on: A snowboard, learning to telemark
First ski outfit: Neon green coat with neon blue pants and matching gloves.
Off-snow activities: Golfing, fly-fishing and hunting
Can usually be found: On the mountain or on the river
Favorite travel destination: Alaska
Unusual fact: Grew up on a farm

Experience of a Lifetime:

Shannon Fergus

Shannon Fergus

Administrative Coordinator

Hometown:  Norwalk, CT
With Vail Since:  2013
Favorite Vail run:  Lodgepole or Ouzo Glade
Playlist: Spotify playlists friends share
Most memorable ski moment: Riding every lift at Vail (except Epic Mix race course) on a powder day
Rides on:  Burton Day Trader
Current TV Show: The Broncos
Favorite travel destination:  New Zealand
Can usually be found: Camping, traveling or snowboarding

Meg Sierant

Meg Sierant

Guest Services Supervisor

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
In Vail since: 1994
Favorite Vail run: Riva
Current TV show: Castle
Ski morning breakfast: Bagel w/ peanut butter
Playlist: Love Pandora – can listen to whatever depending on my mood
Favorite travel destination: Any place with sunshine and waves.
Rides on: Völkl

Experience of a Lifetime: The sad day when I could no longer keep up with my kids

Cyndi Seebode

Cyndi Seebode

Hiring and Training Coordinator

Hometown: Murphys, CA
In Vail since: 2008
Favorite Vail Run: Can’t choose
Current TV Show: The Voice
Ski Morning Breakfast: Waffles or pancakes with fruit, pecans or walnuts
Playlist: Country and 90’s alternative rock
Favorite Travel Destination: Summer in Cape Cod
Rides On: Dynastar and Harlen, my horse in the summer

Experience of a Lifetime: Jan. 1997, 1st time skiing in Vail, blizzard, Vail pass closed, Skied Game Creek and China Bowl all day and saw maybe 20 people. A perfect day that made me want to move here!