Created: 11 May 2020

USASA’s Director of Administration, Zippy Neil, has been awarded the 2020 Anna McIntyre Award for her distinguished achievement in snowboarding administration. Anna McIntyre, a Waterville Valley native, has been an instrumental part of bringing snowboarding to a new international level with her strong common sense and leadership skills. In 2020, the US Ski & Snowboard committee felt Zippy Neil most deserved this award for her tireless efforts in support of snowboarding for twenty-two years and counting. 

In 1997, Zippy Neil, a then Mortgage broker, and mother of three-year-old twin boys embarked on a journey that would change the face of USASA and the snowboard community at large. As an avid snowboarder, Zippy’s husband Adam began competing in the local USASA series in the men’s Master division. Soon after, Zippy and their twin boys began competing too, making every weekend a family affair for the Neil family.

The Neil Family. A family that shreds together.

Not one to sit on the sidelines, Zippy began volunteering for the newly formed South Tahoe Series in 1998 and from there began volunteering at Nationals in 1999. As her career as a mortgage broker came to an end in 2010 due to the recession, the USASA hired Zippy full time to run the national office in South Lake Tahoe, NV.  

Zippy with South Tahoe Series Alumni Olympic Gold medalist Jamie Anderson and her sister Joanie. X Games 2010.

“I have not looked back and I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years to come with the USASA.” Zippy said, reflecting fondly on the past 21 years at USASA. “The most amazing part of my life in the snowboard and freeski world has been watching and experiencing the progression of so many USASA athletes who came from just little ones to now Olympians!” The South Tahoe Series has been home to such legends as Olympic Gold medalists Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman. “Having known so many of these athletes from their humble beginnings to becoming the best mentors for athletes in our nation is a wonderful thing to witness.  I am so proud to be a part of the USASA and this wonderful group of athletes, both amateur and professional.” 

Other past USASA recipients of the Anna McIntyre Award include USASA Executive Director, Mike Mallon (2010), Mid-Atlantic Series Director Bill Van Gilder (2012), and former Southern Vermont Series Director, Scott Palmer (2013).

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