Ian grew up in Vermont and skied for the University of Vermont. After college he taught in the Sepp Rusch Ski School in Stowe. During his career, he worked for many large ski companies including Head Ski Company and the Lange Company. In 1974, he joined Ski Magazine, where he is currently Associate Western Sales Manager. Throughout his affiliation with skiing, he has been involved in numerous special events and promotions benefitting the industry.