The Nordic DECL (Division Education and Clinic Leader) team is a group of highly trained instructors who are responsible for running the various Telemark and Cross Country clinics and assessments that the Division offers.
Originally from – Olympia, WA
Been teaching since – 2003
Favorite Skier – the one sitting next to me
Why do you work in the ski industry – I get to ski every day
What else do you do besides skiing? (hobbies, work) – running, biking, saving the woods
Home Resort: Pebble Creek
Scotty grew up in Nashville, TN, where he played in a 50 piece ‘Guitar Band,’ then the largest in the country. After uprooting for a family move to Utah, he attended Dartmouth College, famed for its pioneering role in skiing, and began teaching Telemark and Cross Country skiing in his junior year.
He’s never looked back (sometimes to the chagrin of his parents) ever teaching a different mix of Alpine, Tele, XC and Backcountry at Targhee, Solitude, Jackson and now Snow King Mountain Resort, where he heads up the Mountain Sports School. A DECL for Tele since ’94, he’s garnered Level III’s in Cross Country, Backcountry and Alpine, and served on the PSIA Nordic Team from 2000 to the present, with his second term as Coach ending in 2016.
Scotty spends his summers guiding for Exum Mountain Guides, teaching climbing and leading climbs up the Grand Teton and other peaks in the Tetons and nearby ranges.
Originally From: Nashville, TN and SLC, UT
Year started Ski Instructing: 1986
Favorite Skiers: Kikkan Randall and Tanner Viznick
Why do you work in the ski industry? I love sharing my passion for winter, exploring and sliding on snow.
What else do you do besides skiing? Bake, write, SUP, and camp with the kids in the great outdoors.
Alpine L3 / Tele L3 / Track L3 / Backcountry L3
Home Area: Snow King, WY
I started cross country skiing as a fifth grader just outside Syracuse, New York. I graduated from Cortland State in 1990 with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education, and moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 1992. I began my ski teaching career with the Pocatello Parks and Recreation Program, and have taught cross country, telemark, and alpine skiing at the Mink Creek Nordic Center, Pebble Creek, Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole. I have also coached junior cross country ski racing, and worked in ski retail. My other pursuits include almost anything outdoors and active, along with reading/writing, music, and spending time with family/friends.
Sam resolved the mistake of his birthplace in 1972 and moved to Utah. After a brief stint with the Military as a Ski Patrolman in Garmisch, Germany, he began instructing with the Garmisch Ski School in 1977.
He started Cross Country Skiing when he realized it was faster to ski to work this way than driving. He returned to Sundance for the Winter Season of 77-78 and has remained since (minus a 3 year diversion with the Snowbird Ski Patrol)
Sam started the Sundance Nordic Center in 1989. It continues to be a work in progress….
Year started – 1977
Favorite skier – You!…Dario Cologna is a distant second.
Why Ski Industry? No two days are ever the same, and of course… people!
Home resort: Sundance, UT
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Ann grew up as the child of parents who are ski bums at heart. When she was five years old, her father took a six-week sabbatical from practicing law to teach skiing at Keystone Resort in Colorado. That year, and every year afterwards, while her parents both taught skiing, she and her two siblings attended the Keystone ski school.
A ski instructor since 2003, Ann likes to say that she was raised with an unusual expectation for the number of days on snow each year. That number has increased to well over 200, as she currently spends her winters in Jackson Hole, and her “summers” working in Ski Portillo, Chile. Ann works for the intermountain division as the current Nordic Discipline manager, a Nordic DECL, and an Alpine DECL.
Originally From: Pittsburgh, PA
Started Ski Instructing: 2003-2004 at Copper Mountain in Colorado
Favorite Skiers: Nina Oqvist, Marcus Caston
Why do you work in the ski industry? It’s a never ending project–both as a skier and as a coach.
What else do you do besides skiing? (hobbies, work) Run, ride bikes, travel. Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Home Mountain: Jackson Hole
I grew up on the coast of NC, so I have always had an affinity for playing in water, frozen or otherwise. I did not grow up skiing and only took my first turns as a 17 yr old. My friends, or so I thought, took me to the top of the beginner lift having just put on skis for the first time. Luckily, no carnage ensued. I did not ski again until my mid-twenties while taking a semester off from school. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked ever since.
During my 20 year journey to gaining a graduate degree in Exercise Science I continued to explore a passion for skiing and teaching. Training for certification greatly enhanced my skills as a TA and RA in graduate school and vice versa. Most of my ski teaching career took place in Vermont and NC until moving to Utah in 2001. I relocated here with the intent of gaining my PhD in Exercise Science yet the strong pull of the mountains was too much to resist. I’m currently the Sr. Manager of the Adult Programs at Canyons Resort in Park City Utah.
I’m incredibly proud to be a new member of the Nordic Track DECL team. I have a lot to learn from those team members both in skiing skills and clinic presentation. I continue to search for answers to life’s most pertinent questions. Like how can I ski more and work less. J
I enjoy most anything involving being outside with any type of human powered cycling, skiing and hiking being on the top of the list. I’m really a five year old with a fascination for everything and understanding how stuff works including the human body during exercise. Hence, my geeky side involves exercise physiology and biomechanics, data science and analysis, keeping my old Subaru running and hobby robotics. Skynet is coming so I’m trying to be prepared. J
I will leave you with a quote that inspired me to never stop seeking knowledge and remain a lifelong learner.
“You understand something you are inclined to resist, ONLY if you can fool it’s proponents into thinking you get it.”
Home Resort: Canyons