Grand Traverse Ski Club

Board of Directors

Andy Humphrey

Andy learned to ski on Poma lifts at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, a small local ski area in mid-Vermont.  He ski raced USSA starting as a “Hopeful” at age 7 for the Middlebury Ski Club, and then in high school he raced USSA Alpine Snowboarding as captain of the Holderness School Snowboard Team and raced at the U.S. National Championships in 1997.  The abundance of new ski technology has brought him back to skiing and ski racing and you’ll find him ski racing Thursday nights at Crystal Mtn.

Andy is involved with many enterprises including,, Baseline Systems, 231 Commerce, and others. As an entrepreneur he enjoys the creative side of business and has a passion for customer service.  Andy and his wife Megan are graduates of Montana State University and have three current ski racers, Drew (12yrs), Phoebe (10yrs), and Hadley (6yrs). Megan is currently the GTSC Sunday Race Coordinator.  When not skiing, Andy enjoys mountain biking, sailing, and tennis.


David Shapiro

David was Born and raised in Flint, MI. After completing his education at Michigan State University where he attended both undergraduate and medical school, he completed a medical residency in Emergency Medicine. David and his wife have been happy to call Traverse City home since 2008. Their children both learned to ski at Hickory Hills and are looking forward to another great year of learning, racing, and finding new bumps to launch off of.

David learned to ski in medical school when a fellow student “accidentally” led him down a black diamond on his first day skiing, despite that he still skis today. He particularly enjoys skiing as a way to participate in a lifelong sport that the whole family can do together. When not skiing David loves to cook, read, and learn new things. David has been a GTSC board of directors member and treasurer since 2014.


Missy Russell

Meagan Alvarado
Membership & Registration Chair

As a Traverse City native, Meagan grew up skiing at Hickory Hills, Mt Holiday and Sugarloaf in Cedar. After living in Madison Wisconsin for 7 years, Meagan, her husband, Pete and their two kids (Alexander and Lily) moved back to the cherry capital in 2010. The Alvarado family chose a home in Slabtown, close to Hickory, so their family could enjoy skiing with GT Ski Club and taking advantage of everything the neighborhood has to offer. Meagan is a licensed Realtor with Century 21 Northland and enjoys running, skiing, biking, swimming and being outdoors. The Alvarado’s have been active members of GT Ski Club for over 3 years. She volunteers throughout the ski season for Sunday races, assists with the annual Ski Club Fundraiser dinner and currently oversees the clubs Facebook and social media accounts, assisting with Public Relations and marketing the clubs events.


Jack Rowell
Equipment & Hill Operations


Jack grew up in Northern Michigan and began skiing at the age 3. He started ski racing at 10 years old in the CUSSA program and never stopped skiing. He attended Bay Race Academy Camps and finished his racing career on the Kalkaska High School Ski Team. He attended Ferris State University and studied Business Administration. Jack is currently employed with Wade Trim and keeps busy with several volunteer efforts around the community including baseball coaching and Hickory Hills Advisory Board. Jack, his wife Jessica, and their two children, Jace and Brynn take advantage of all Northern Michigan has to offer. They enjoy boating, camping, biking, hiking, and pretty much any activity in between. Jace and Brynn share the same love of skiing that Jack does and spend their winters racing with the Grand Traverse Ski Club. Jack is the Sunday Race Setup Coordinator and you can find him on the hill most days during the week and weekends in the winter enjoying his favorite activity.


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Grand Traverse Ski Club

GTSC is a volunteer run non-profit club dedicated to offering quality instructional ski and ski racing programs for kids aged 4-14 at an economical price. Developing good skiers and ski racers with a focus on fun and sportsmanship.

Hickory Hills Ski Area is owned and operated by the City of Traverse City, Hickory Hills began operations in the winter of 1950 -51 on 12 City owned acres. Traverse City now owns approximately 125 acres.

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