Jim JohnstonPresidentJim Johnston is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon who, along with his wife Lynn, has been skiing at Soldier Mountain for the last 18 years and has a great interest in helping Soldier Mountain Ski Area strengthen and grow in the future.
The Johnston’s are originally from Texas and moved to Idaho, settling in Boise, when Jim left active duty in the US Navy in 1992. During his active duty time, Jim served as Orthopedic Department Head, managing a busy 6 surgeon department, along with a dozen corpsmen, and had the experience of two wartime deployments to the Persian Gulf. While serving in the Navy, Jim enjoyed a fellowship in Sports medicine in Salt Lake City, and that experience convinced Lynn and Jim to move to the Intermountain West.
After educational experiences including Medical School in Dallas; internship in Tulsa, Oklahoma; residency in Mobile, Al; along with six years on active duty in Charleston, S.C., Dr Johnston practiced in Boise as a Sportsmedicine Orthopedic specialist until his retirement in April, 2014. In addition to running (along with his partners) a busy practice and an outpatient surgery center, he has experience serving on non-profit boards in Southwest Idaho. He also benefits from Lynn’s many years’ experience in leadership roles with non-profit boards ranging from higher education to the arts in Idaho.
Jim and Lynn have three adult children and a dozen grandchildren, who hopefully will continue to enjoy their cabin near the ski hill, and the slopes at Soldier for decades to come.Vicki CookVice PresidentVicki Cook is a resident and business owner of Fairfield. She is 29 years old, is happily married and mother of two children, ages 6 and 7. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Vicki moved to Idaho in 1992 with her parents and two siblings. In 1997, her family moved to Fairfield, where she learned to love the outdoors as many other Idahoans do. Through her four years attending highschool here in Fairfield, she participated in many local activities, the highlight of such was learning to ski at Soldier Mountain. While never an avid skier, she quickly learned to appreciate having such a great jewel as Soldier Mountain here in Fairfield, as it adds definition, character and adventure to the surrounding area to an adolescent.
As an adult and aftermarket snowmobile parts business owner, she has learned to greater appreciate what Soldier Mountain means to the local and surrounding populace. Winter in Idaho can be brutally long and cold, adding little to an Idaho community save for the presence of activities such as are found at Soldier Mountain. Soldier Mountain is a great asset and since the formation of the 501c3 organization, it has become apparent that it will require an ever vigilant team of dedicated volunteers to guide and support its future for coming generations to enjoy.
Vicki, as an avid snowmobiler, has an intimate appreciation for winter recreation. She is educated in the art of making winter fun, albeit in powersports, but the basis of enjoyment is the same; family experience, safety and economical recreation. As a local business owner dependent upon a plentiful winter as Soldier Mountain is, she appreciates the challenges facing Soldier Mountain at this time. Utilizing her valuable experiences in business, and her having lived here for her adolescence, she will add solid and calculated support and guidance to Soldier Mountain. She will bring new ideas and a fresh, unique view to the already dedicated team of members at this cherished organization.
Thank you for the opportunity to become a member of this team and I will do my absolute best to be an asset to it.
Vicki CookWinston EllisSecretaryWinston Ellis, Secretary of the Board, came to Idaho from Maine 14 years ago after selling a small marine hardware manufacturing business that he had started and operated for 20 years. He now does computer aided drafting for a local construction firm. He has pushed for the community operation of Soldier Mountain Ski Area since the earliest suggestion that a gift of the business to a non-profit organization might be possible. He is an enthusiastic skier and lives in Camas County.Ken CoxMemberKen Cox has been a lifelong fan of Soldier Mountain Ski Area. It started in the early 50's, when the ski lift was very young. His father Don Cox was a good friend of the founders in 1948. Ken enjoyed riding shotgun with his dad and spent many hours helping the men labor on improvement projects in the summer and operations in the winter.
Due to a leg injury at a very young age, he was never able to master skiing. Frustrated with the difficulty he cased trying, as a teenager. This setback never dampened his love for Soldier. He continued to support the mountain by helping his Dad set the towers for the chair one installation. These towers are still being used today.
After high school, Ken went to pursue a career in Oregon and Washington, continued to return home several times a year to be with family and friends. After 34 years of enjoying the world, he decided move “HOME”. When Ken moved back and it was then, that he rekindled his passion to work and improve his mountain. Home again; he could now help on a much larger scale.
When the new current non-profit organization took over operation he took the opportunity to get even more involved in the operation of Soldier Mountain Ski Area, He volunteered by transporting the newly donated ski lift from Squaw Valley. Every winter Ken has taken the task of keeping the three acre parking lot plowed and ready for guests at five every morning. Ken is very committed to seeing the operation succeed and is ready to do “Whatever” he can to help this community mountain grow, and maintain the home-town family feeling.