Big Mountain Freeride Director
I was born and raised in McCall and took my first trip up the Brundage rope tow at age 3. Almost every winter since I’ve spent my weekends exploring every inch of skiable terrain in and around Brundage. Soon after first starting to backcountry ski, I attended graduate school through the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). Here I became fascinated with snow and avalanche science, and outdoor leadership leading to obtain Avalanche 1 and Wilderness First Responder certifications. I’ve since worked with MOSS, Payette Avalanche Center, Sawtooth Avalanche Center, and the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) in Ketchum on youth education related to snow and avalanche science. The Big Mountain Program offers the perfect combination of appreciation of outdoors knowledge and the pure joy of skiing.
I was born in Jerome and grew up in Boise. I learned to alpine ski at an early age, but when I outgrew my alpine gear one season, my dad set me up with some cross country gear so he would have someone to ski tour with. I haven’t looked back. I spent most of my middle and high school years back country skiing throughout Idaho, with a few races thrown in each year for fun. When I went to college, I hadn’t planned on being a ski racer, but when the coach learned I was a Nordic skier, I was pressured into joining the team. It was a great experience and helped coach during my final year in college. After graduation, I found myself in McCall fulltime and raced the northwest ski marathon circuit for several years. Eventually, I decided I didn’t want to just race and started touring again and telemark skiing at Brundage. The last several years I have been a “Ski Dad”, taking my kids to alpine and Nordic races across the Intermountain Division and helping keep a strong Nordic ski tradition alive in McCall. I work for the Nez Perce Tribe on a Salmon Recovery Project, which affords me the opportunity to live in McCall.
Growing up in Alaska, I was no stranger to winter and all the fun sports that came with it! I started Nordic Skiing at age 5 and in high school I tried shooting and fell in love with the sport of Biathlon. I was recruited to be on the US Junior Biathlon Team throughout high school and attended the U.S. Olympic Education Center in Marquette Michigan until I was nominated to the Senior US Biathlon Team. I competed in a variety of World Juniors, World Universities, and World Cup races through my career. After being an alternate to the US Biathlon Olympic Team in 1998, I decided to settle down and moved full time to McCall in January 1998 and have been a full time realtor, mother and wife since. I have been coaching the local teams here off and on over the last 15 years. I absolutely love working with the kids and showing how fun Nordic Skiing can be!
Alpine U8 Coach
USSA Club Coach and Level II Slalom certification. 11 years coaching experience. Former Masters Racer. Focus on U8 racing group.
I have been skiing in McCall since I was about two years old with help from my dad of course. I have always had a huge passion for the sport. I spent a few years on the alpine team here in McCall, and then after quitting I was offered a job working with the U8 alpine skiers. I was so excited to be a part of the team again! After highschool I plan to pursue a career that has something to do with skiing and being outdoors. I love spending time with the kids and getting to know the wonderful families!
Alpine U10 Coach
Alpine U12 Coach
I am a professional Big mountain skier working with sponsors including Parlor Skis, Zeal Optics, FlyLow gear, Grass Sticks, and Free The Powder. I grew up racing in NH and was Captain of New Hampton School Ski team. I spent the last decade in Park City, Utah where I coached U10s/12s covering a wide range of skill sets on the hill. Over the last 4 years I have been focusing on bringing park style airs to the backcountry and attacking steep secluded lines. I credit 100% of my abilities to my race background. I preach hard work, safety on the hill and the importance of taking calculated risks by using everything in your surroundings to your advantage. I am very excited for the opportunity to spread my passion with The McCall Winter Sports Program.
Alpine U16/19 Coach
I have always been inclined to be an athlete. I grew up running, road bike racing, triathalons, and eventually Nordic skiing. After a two year Nordic collegiate career, I pursued professional road bike racing. I learned how to win and how to lose. Now I am doing my best to pass on what I learned to the young athletes of McCall. My coaching philosophy is making sport fun, interesting, and with a feeling of accomplishment. My wife, Kasey, and I have been in McCall since 2003. When I’m not involved with MWSC Nordic team, I am working as a wild-land firefighter.
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I’m an Idaho home grown boy who grew up skiing. I got involved in nordic skiing in college and began racing in 2000 while living in Ketchum, Idaho where i was able to get a lot of coaching from being on the Rossignol local hero program. I love coaching kids on a sport that gets their cardio up during the winter months in the outdoors. I have found that Nordic skiing can prepare and make you stronger for all sorts of winter time outdoor recreation especially for backcountry skiing and alpine skiing. My goal is to make nordic skiing as fun as possible so that it will be a lifetime sport for the kids. We are all fortunate to be able to live in such a place for winter recreation, so put on your smiley face and get out and ski!!
I have been classic skiing with my parents through the woods of Arizona and South Dakota since I was about 5 years old. After finishing medical school and moving to Idaho, I started skate skiing and racing for fun in my mid 20s. I now work part-time in McCall as a family practice Doctor, which allows me to pursue my other passion of being a mom. I started coaching the various sports that my kids participate in so that I could spend more time with them. Now I love teaching kids how to Nordic ski, as they are like little sponges, pick it up quickly, and are fun to hang out with. Teaching kids to Nordic ski gives them an activity that will keep them fit, healthy and happy for the rest of their lives.