Where is your home mountain?
Minocqua Winter Park, Wisconsin
What other occupations are you involved in?
I’m a carpenter and musician.
Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
Teaching kids from Texas to ski on ice in the rain.
What are your specialties in your role as a team member?
Cross country skiing, teaching children and families, coaching, freestyle cross country (yes it’s a thing), and telemark and snowboard liaison.
Do you have any other relevant certifications or accreditation you’d like to include?
United States Ski and Snowboard Association Level 100 Coach. PSIA-certified Cross Country Level III with a Children’s Specialist 2 credential.
What are you looking forward to most during your time on the team?
I am eager for the opportunity to meet more members of the cross country community and create lasting connections across the country.
Who is your greatest inspiration as an instructor?
I’ve had the privilege of skiing under many coaches and instructors, all of whom have contributed to my commitment to skiing today. Dan Clausen’s mentorship and career in snowsports has been especially inspirational. Through the decade plus I’ve been working toward this position I have also been blessed with two children, and they are now my inspiration and the future of snowsports.
Best part of teaching?
Helping guests discover they can! From surviving and thriving in -10 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, to learning new movement patterns, to accessing more terrain, it’s the moments where you successfully guide someone towards self-discovery and share a victory of mind or body that are the most rewarding.
What’s your favorite run at your home mountain?
Vo2 Max/Squirrel Hill