Drew grew up in Ogden, UT as a downhill skier. He was introduced to cross country skiing during his college years at Weber State University, and so abandoned the downhill boards. Working in West Yellowstone during the 1980's, Drew attended the early Fall Camps and got his USSA Level III Coaches License. Drew has been Co-Director of the Fall Camp Clinics since 1989.
According to Drew: "The altitude, great ski conditions, and time of year make West Yellowstone the best place in America to transition from dry land training to on-snow skiing. It's fun to watch our skiers improve their skills, and advance to higher levels. "
Emily Lovett lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where manages the ski school at Lake Catamount Touring Center and is in her fifth season as head coach of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team. She Co-directs the West Yellowstone Ski Camp with Drew.
Growing up in Michigan, Emily’s love for skiing started at an early age. After college and a few years working as a system engineer, Emily wanted to simplify life and pursue her true interests. She moved out to Steamboat Springs in 1995. Since then she’s been working as an instructor, coach and back country guide in the XC ski industry. Emily jumps into citizen XC races when time allows.
Emily is a certified USSA Level 100 XC coach, has a PSIA Level III Nordic certification and is a member of the PSIA-Rocky Mountain Education staff. Her other interest include hiking, biking and yoga. In the summer months Emily guides hiking and biking trips throughout North America and Europe.
Alan Started skiing in 1954. He was an alpine racer in high school and college and then continued on as alpine coach for a few years. He says that when alpine skiing became too cold is when he took up cross country skiing. He’s raced in many, many cross-country marathons, all over the world. Alan Coached cross country at University of Utah and groomed for many years at Mountain Dell near Salt Lake City. Now, Alan mostly enjoys backcountry skiing and a few cross-country clinics. He’s a mostly-retired CPA and part-time substitute teacher and lives in Winthrop Washington.
Jack Hart has been working for the West Yellowstone Fall Camp and skiing in West Yellowstone since 1982. He began racing for the University of Montana in 1980. As a competitive marathon runner, Jack was looking for a way to cross train and xc skiing seemed like a great thing to do in Montana.
The US Ski team offered a coaching clinic and part of the responsibility was to help in the early days with the Fall Camp.
Jack currently lives in West Yellowstone, MT. He is a Master’s National Champion skier.
Coaching in the Fall Camp has always been very special to Jack because the athletes that come and take the camp are really into learning about skiing and the culture of skiing. “West has always had a feel for skiing and the community always is very supportive of the camp”.
Jack is the MC for the fundraiser on the weekend and he continues to be amazed of how many folks turn out to support the WYSEF. “So many people put there heart and soul into this event, Sara Hoovler, the gals at Free Heel and Wheel, the race crew and so many others that make this event the place to be every Fall”.
Chi Melville lives in Alta Wyoming with his wife Rene’ and has been teaching/coaching/racing Nordic skiing for over 30 years. He was the Grand Targhee Nordic Director for 7 years and involved in PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) for 20 years.
His professional certifications include:
- PSIA Certified Level 3 in: Nordic Track, Telemark, Backcountry and Alpine
- PSIA Clinic Leader & Examiner: Nordic Track, Telemark, Backcountry
- USSA Certified Level 2 Nordic Coach
As a racer at several National Master’s Championships, he has won Gold, Silver & Bronze and raced the Norwegian, American and Canadian Birkebeiners, placing 3rd in his age group and 15th overall at the Canadian.
“Skiing with good technique is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things, as skiing gets easier and more enjoyable when your technique improves. I’m always looking for ways to refine my own skiing and enjoy showing others things they can do to ski better, giving them the tools to improve their technique.”
“Fall Camp is the best way to start your ski season. I love coaching at West as it’s so fun to see everyone excited to be back on snow and to show them things that’s going to make a difference in their skiing. One of the side benefits is that after a week of doing all the exercises & drills with my groups, my own skiing feels better than ever – everyone benefits from doing drills.”
Scotty McGee has been on the PSIA Nordic Team since 2000, and is the current Team Coach and Senior Manager for Nordic, Guides and Training at Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School. He's been deeply involved in skiing and outdoor education since his college days, when he first instructed cross-country skiing and supervised the telemark programs for the legendary Dartmouth Outing Club. He's taught skiing and guided in the Wasatch and Teton ranges for resorts, colleges, private outfitters, and his own business.
Scott is among the most widely certified members of the PSIA Nordic Team with certifications in ski teaching, avalanche, and guiding. He is Certified Level III in Cross Country, Telemark, and Backcountry. Scott has been a regular contributor to The Professional Skier, and for SkiTrax, for whom he’s written a regular Tele Technique column for the last five years. He’s also been widely published in other ski instruction publications.
Scott’s latest passion is backcountry skate skiing, and to date he has posted over 20 trans-Teton tours on light gear, and other distance tours in other ranges. Demonstrating he is an all-season mountaineer, guides for Exum Mountain Guides, and relishes in his summer training regimen of leading climbs and peak ascents in the Tetons.
Choosing to live in Bozeman, Montana, Angela spends many months of the year in snow living her passion for skiing. Angela began teaching alpine skiing in 1991 in the Tahoe area and quickly switched to nordic skiing 2 years later. She has been teaching skate, track, and telemark skiing since 1993 from the beautiful mountains of Tahoe to the high alpine area of Crested Butte, Colorado, and for the last 9 years, Bridger Bowl and Bohart Nordic Center.
Angela has previously been the Ski School Director for Bohart, training staff and teaching popular women's programs, along with a PSIA Nordic Clinician and Examiner. She has recreationally raced in the Tahoe, Crested Butte, and Bozeman areas for fun in track, skate, and randonee races, and enjoys mountain biking in the summer months.
Outside of winter, Angela instructs for the National Outdoor Leadership School on various course types, and ballroom dances as much as possible when she's not in the mountains. Her favorite vacation spot is anywhere the sun is shining, and nature is alive! Angela loves teaching at the West Yellowstone ski camp for the people and the beauty, there's no better place to be during Thanksgiving week!
Murray came to skiing in the ‘80’s as a way to stay fit for triathlons during cold Vermont winters. Once his sons got into Nordic ski racing, he was hooked and now summer sports are a way to keep fit for skiing!
Murray has been a coach and keynoter at fall camp off and on for many years and loves reconnecting with old ski friends. He says, “The problem with fall camp is that it takes 3 hours to ski 2 hours… you head out onto the trail and then stop to talk with all the people you haven’t seen since last winter!”
Murray is a Masters National Champion and 3-time Masters World Champion and although he doesn’t race often, he likes picking a couple unique races each winter to gear up for. He has been a coach at Mansfield Nordic Club in Vermont for many years and his experiences with both youth and masters skiers provide many imaginative and fun drills and skills for skiing faster. His clinics often incorporate playful agility challenges to keep older athletes young on skis.
Murray and Janie have two sons who are mountain guides in Chamonix, France, so their skiing includes high altitude adventures on fatter skis.
Greg has been on Nordic skis since he was 2 years old. Growing up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, he raced in high school and continued racing at Carleton College. Greg’s passion for the outdoors and snow sports inspired him to move to Aspen, CO to share this passion with others. As a PSIA Cert. 3 instructor in both Nordic and Snowboarding, Greg gets to inspire as many people as he can to love their time on snow. Currently, Greg is back in the Twin Cities finishing his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Minnesota and teaching Nordic skiers 7-days a week, including coaching master’s skiers with the SISU Foundation and Balance Fitness Nordic Ski Team and volunteering his technique expertise with several local high school ski teams. Back in Minnesota, Greg races regularly throughout the winter from weeknight sprint races, Super Tour Races, and regional ski marathons--he never misses the American Birkebeiner. As the owner and head coach of Endurance Athlete, Greg helps athletes at all levels reach their athletic and racing goals in sports that range from triathlon, running, and bike racing in the summer to Nordic skiing in the winter.
Judi grew up skiing in Lander, WY and raced in high school when classic skiing was the only option. After taking a 10 year break from the sport, she learned how to skate and started racing again. Judi has coached adult group and private lessons in both skate and classic for the Medicine Bow Nordic Association at the Happy Jack trails near Laramie for the last six seasons. She has also coached for The Nordic Link's Steamboat Ski Clinic for many years and will make her third appearance as an instructor at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival. When she isn't teaching skiing, she is training and/or racing. Along with participating in many local races in Wyoming and Colorado, she has finished the American Birkebeiner five times, starting out of the elite wave and achieving age group placement in both skate and classic disciplines.
Judi works full-time administering energy research programs for the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources in Laramie, WY. She also serves on the board for the Medicine Bow Nordic Association. Her other activities include Crossfit, yoga, cycling and hunting.
Chris gets to spend more than 100 days a year on skis, and most of it is on the clock, making him the luckiest person he knows. He has taught in the juniors programs for TUNA in Salt Lake City and for the National Sports Foundation in Park City. Chris coordinates the grooming crew for The Utah Nordic Alliance at the Mountain Dell course in Salt Lake City. He also runs the TUNA adults' 9-week clinic as well as coaching private clients at Mountain Dell.
Chris has been on the teaching staff at White Pine Touring in Park City since 2005. His clients there run the range from sea-level warm climate folks putting on skis for the first time in their life to masters age group winners looking for classic technique work to national guard biathletes competing internationally. A few years ago, over the course of one month at White Pine Chris taught a lesson to a 3-year-old and a 98-year-old, setting a shop record client age span of 95 years in one season, a mark that might be hard to beat. The 98-year-old bought new classic skis at the end of the lesson.
"That sense of skiing being a life-long pursuit resonates strongly with me. My idols are the unbelievable 70-year-olds I get to line up with in our race series, and I hope to be so fortunate as to be one of those strong old guys on skis a few decades down the road."
"I also love the idea that I will be learning ski technique for as long as I can stand on skis. This ancient sport continues to evolve and there is always more for me to learn and new skills to develop. Rather than find that frustrating, I find that to be its own reward."
Marti Irish lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she been involved in Alpine and Nordic skiing for years. More recently, she practices physical therapy in a sports medicine clinic while continuing to coach Nordic Clinics at the Catamount ski area. She looks forward to returning to West Yellowstone for this years ski festival!
Marti is a USSA level 100 Nodic coach, PSIA Level III Nordic Certified, Polestar Trained Pilates Mat instructor and holds a Masters Degree in physical therapy.
She enjoys biking, swimming, Pilates, camping and hiking in the off season.
Jon Kreamelmeyer took the job as USA’s Disabled Cross Country Team head coach in 1999, although he had been part of the staff since the early 90’s, serving as a guide for the visually impaired and assistant coach for several seasons. He grew up skiing in Colorado but “JK” was a wrestler at Dakota Wesleyan University. After graduation, he turned to education – teaching in the classroom and coaching in sports. He spent three decades coaching and teaching youths in Colorado’s Summit County High School. During his time as head ski coach, he collected seven Colorado High School State Championships; he retired from the school district after the 1999 school year. He originally joined the U.S. Disabled Ski Team as a guide for Michele Drolet, the first American woman to earn a Paralympic cross country ski medal (bronze, 94’ in Lillehammer). As acting head coach at the 98’ Paralympics, he saw U.S. skiers collect two bronze medals. At the 2000 World Championships the team came home with a USA-record eight medals; at Soldier Hollow in 2002, U.S. skiers earned five Paralympic podiums, including the first relay medal for U.S. athletes. The team earned three more podiums in Torino in 2006. “JK” retired from the Disabled Team in 2010. He was awarded USSA’s Coach of the Year in 2000 and has been a member of PSIA since 1974, serving as an examiner for the Rocky Mountain region.
Leslie has been teaching Nordic skiing at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman Mt, since in 2007. She holds a PSIA Level Two Nordic Certification and has taught Alpine and Tele skiing in the past. Leslie also runs an Adaptive Nordic Ski Program for Bozeman Eagle Mount. This will be her 5th year coaching for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. The last two years she has coached the adaptive ski clinic the festival has offered.
Brian Sweet’s second day on skis was a 10k race at New York’s Mohonk Mt House in 1985. Two days later, he had his second ski race. And three days after that, his third ski race and now fifth day on skis. He continued this pattern most of the winter of his high school freshman year, and yet, somehow, actually learned to love to ski. He continued to race cross country and Biathlon around the country for the next ten years. His adulthood has been a combination of working hard and playing hard in the outdoors: Work included winters teaching skiing and coaching high school ski racers in Killington, Vermont, Crested Butte, Colorado, and in the Methow Valley of Washington, and summers teaching wilderness courses for Outward Bound. His play time has included thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail (twice), the John Muir trail, a two thousand mile long canoe trip the length of the Yukon River (along which he got married to his lovely bride Amy) and an 8,000 mile bicycle tour through the U.S. and Europe. His current passion is long runs through the mountains and he is very pleased to return to coach in West Yellowstone where some of his fondest ski memories still linger.