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David Lawrence, Nordic Coach

Email: david@xcskiacademy.com

Where is your home mountain?
Mount Bachelor, OR

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Rossignol, Hestra, Bolle

What other occupations are you involved in?
Owner of a Whitewater Rafting Company, Team Building, XC Ski Academy Blog

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
Leading 30 XC skiers across a parking lot in the rain through a classic ski drill. They loved it and I loved them for doing it!

Specialties

  • Cross country teaching, coaching, and training 
  • Writing contributions: Track Magazine, Cross Country Ski Magazine, Master Skier, 32 Degrees, PSIA Cross Country Technical Manual


Telemark:

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Grant Bishop

Email: grantbishop@hotmail.com

What is your home mountain"
Snow King (Jackson WY)

Who are your official PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Hestra , 22 Designs

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Raft Guide

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
One of my most memorable learning experiences was watching a blind skier (Paul) ski everything but Corbett's Couloir in Jackson Hole. Paul would make it down anything anywhere. Many times I would close my eyes and see if I could make it down the same things Paul did. He was unbelievable to watch!

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Gregory Dixon 

Email: dixongregory@hotmail.com

What is your home mountain?
Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers? 
Blizzard, Hestra, 22 Designs, Scott, Leki, Scarpa, Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in?
Professional Mt Bike Guide and Instructor. SUP Instructor. 

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
One of my most memorable teaching experiences was from the year I taught at Jackson Hole. I was new to the staff, yet somehow was able to secure a spot teaching for the coveted Steep and Deep Camps. On the first day of my first camp we had a great powder day and I was very anxious to hit the good steep terrain while it was conditions were still fresh. Without spending the proper time to move my group through the appropriate steep progressions, we worked our way to the double diamond Alta Chutes under the Sublet Chair. Alta 3 no problem. Alta 2, we got through it. Alta 0 not so lucky. With a narrow goat trail to get in, my last guest hit a rock and tumbled the entire length of the chute and over the smaller 12 foot cliff, and luckily into a pile of soft snow. We were lucky with the outcome, but had actually put ourselves in some dangerous situations. This was a great lesson to me to make sure that the proper time is spent working on the entire skill set that is needed for more extreme skiing. Picking lines, self arrests, airing out. The lure of fresh powder got the better of me and my group. Lessons were learned by all of us that day. 

Cross Country:

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Emily Lovett 

Email: emilylovett44@gmail.com

Where is your home mountain?
Lake Catamount Touring Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers? 
Patagonia Outerwear, Rossignol Cross Country, Hestra Gloves

What other occupations are you involved in?
Active Travel Guide and Trip Designer;  West Yellowstone Ski Camp and Steamboat Nordic Camp 

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
Having fun, connecting with people, and making skiing progress always leads to memorable experiences. Once in Juneau, Alaska, I was facilitating a clinic on skate skiing uphill efficiently with a group of skiers with different ability levels. Just as we were getting started, it started dumping snow. As we explored drills and exercises for skiing uphill the group was very interactive, started learning from each other and having breakthroughs. The skiing was challenging because of all the new snow and the powder runs downhill were super fun. The group just kept doing laps, learning, exploring, and having fun with each other. As the sun started getting lower, we skied in all together, exhausted but so fulfilled from this fun learning afternoon. 

Specialties
Cross Country: 

  • Instructor training
  • Instruction – all ability levels
  • Coaching athletes (high school, middle school, club teams, masters groups)
  • Coaching coaches – specifically on technique development

Certifications

  • PSIA-AASI: Cross Country Level 3; PSIA-RM Division Education Staff and Trainer
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Level 200 Coach

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Gregory Rhodes 

Email: gregrhodes@gmail.com

Where is you home mountain and/or ski club?
Endurance United Ski Club, St. Paul, MN and Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, CO

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers? 
Rossignol (skis, boots, and poles) and Hestra gloves

What other occupations are you involved in?
I have a PhD in Kinesiology with a focus on Sports Performance Exercise Physiology. I work as a college professor and a sports performance consultant for individual athletes as well as club teams. 

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
Every time I see a student return a year after I had them in a lesson or a clinic and have them be excited to show me how they have improved their skiing with working on drills and skills that I helped them with the last time I worked with them.

Specialties
Training for cross country ski races and working with ski clubs on developing year-round programming to keep participants involved with skiing 12 months a year.

Certifications

  • PSIA-AASI: Alpine Level I, Snowboard Level III, Children's Specialist 2, Cross Country Level 3, Rocky Mountain Trainer, RM-Divisional Ed Staff
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Level 200 Coach
  • NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Functional Movement Screening (FMS) level 1
  • USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
  • USA Cycling Level 3 Coach