59716 VOLUNTEER: For the love of skiing
Big Sky Ski Education Foundation teams excel with the help of Geyser Whitewater Expeditions owner Eric Becker
The weekend of March 12 was a big one for Big Sky Ski Education’s downhill and freeride teams. At Big Sky Resort the Freeride Team comprised of youths ages 10 to 18 competed in the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association Headwaters tournament where eight team members made the podium. Their downhill ski racing counterparts were at Bridger Bowl competing in the USSA Northern Division Youth Ski League Championships where four to five times as many of Big Sky’s young BSSEF competitors also competed and excelled, winning the overall best team award.
Unlike most competition weekends, BSSEF president Eric Becker was a spectator that weekend, watching his 17-year-old daughter Riley compete in the Headwaters competition. She usually takes part in downhill races, but decided to check out the Headwaters this time around.
Becker started volunteering for the nonprofit which offers competitive alpine, freeride and Nordic skiing programs about a decade ago when Riley joined the racing team. He’s been heading the board of directors for about eight of those years.
Becker’s duties as a BSSEF volunteer, beyond his role on the board, include timing, setting up the clocks and computers, as well as administrative roles and setting up courses. While he’s busy in the summer months running Geyser, coming up on its 28th season, Becker said his winters are a bit more flexible and allow him to offer up his time to a sport he enjoys.
“I just love skiing,” Becker said of his motivation to help out with BSSEF. “It’s a natural thing for me to do in Big Sky. This is really a fun volunteer position.”