Russell Poulsen grew up in Olympic Valley and is an integral part of the valley's fabric. His parents, Wayne and Sandy Poulsen, are considered ski pioneers and founders of Squaw Valley. The youngest of eight, Russell embodies an matched charismatic energy and a passion for all things skiing. Russell has also served on the Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Committee and remains very active in the community. He is a manager at Poulsen Commercial Properties and resides in Reno with his wife Gillian and their children.