Gail Shears is a New England native who now lives in Summit County, Colorado, about an hour west of Denver. She received degrees from the University of Denver, and the University of Rochester in New York. After teaching middle school science for many years near Rochester, she retired to live in the stunning Colorado Rockies in 2008.
Gail is the current president of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. FDRD is a nonprofit that is celebrating its tenth year as a partner with the forest service in the White River National Forest. FDRD is a way to give back to the environment and has programs that include hundreds of volunteers involved in trailwork, education, Ranger Patrol, Ski With A Ranger, youth programs, reforestation and other initiatives.
Gail is also an avid alpine skier having skied at close to ninety different resorts over the years. For many years she oversaw the sixth grade ski club in Pittsford, NY taking as many as 250 sixth graders skiing, no small feat. She currently works as the Lead Ambassador for 155 volunteer Copper Mountain Resort Ambassadors who serve as hosts and hostesses for Copper Mountain.
Other interests include Mountain Mentors, is a participating artist at the Art Gallery at Keystone Lake with her stained glass work, traveling, hiking, country dancing and most anything outdoors. Her daughter Kim lives near Boston.