Tony Goodwin, who has served as Executive Director of Adirondack Ski Touring Council (ASTC) since 1986, will step down from that position in April.

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Tony Goodwin

 

During Goodwin's 29-year tenure as director of ASTC, the organization built the 33 mile Jackrabbit Trail and managed to keep it maintained through floods, hurricanes, and the legendary ice storm.  Stalled in achieving the organization's goal of a ski trail to Tupper Lake, Goodwin turned the organization toward the maintenance and improvement of popular ski routes that were being neglected.  These trails included the Wright Peak, Whales Tail, Mr. Van, and Marcy ski trails.  ASTC also worked to restore drainage, build bridges, and remove rocks from the Connery Pond to Whiteface Landing trail to restore that popular route to easy skiing.

Saranac Lake resident Josh Wilson will take over for Goodwin.  Josh has served on the Board of Directors for the Adirondack Ski Touring Council since 2012, and is a founding member of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA).  ASTC and BETA combined forces to form a single organization this past fall.

"I'm very pleased that someone with Josh Wilson's experience and enthusiasm is ready and willing to take over for me," said Goodwin. "Josh comes with experience in trail building, volunteer organization, and not-for-profit management.  These three skills coupled with a commitment to the area make Josh the perfect person to continue the growth of the combined organization.  That Josh came along just as I reached the nominal retirement age makes this transition seem even more perfect."

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Josh Wilson test riding new BETA-built trails at Mount Pisgah

“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead this organization,” said Wilson.  “Tony’s dedication to trail building has allowed countless residents and visitors to experience the joy of cross country skiing in the High Peaks region.  I’ll do my best to carry-on that legacy, while looking for new ways to continue to enhance and connect our communities through a network of world-class trails for skiing and mountain biking.”

For the past two years Wilson has served as Executive Director of the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), during which time he successfully built the political and financial strength of the statewide non-profit organization.  He brings to ASTC-BETA a broad range of experience in the non-profit world, where he has secured and managed state and federal grant funding; engaged in legislative and policy advocacy to address local, state and national bicycling issues; built partnerships with government agencies, community organizations, business groups and the bicycle industry; and overseen all aspects of non-profit administration, including financial management, communications, fundraising, board development and membership programs.

From 2009 to 2013 Josh worked as a Program Manager for the North Country Healthy Heart Network, a regional public health non-profit based in Saranac Lake.  He graduated from Paul Smith’s College with a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management & Policy.

Wilson will step down from his position at New York Bicycling Coalition in March, and will assume leadership of ASTC-BETA in early April.  Goodwin will take his place on the organization’s board of directors at that time.

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