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 coaches the Steamboat Springs High School and Middle School Nordic teams. 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 moved out to Steamboat Springs in 1995. Since then she’s been working as an XC ski instructor, coach and back country guide. 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 organizes and 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.
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."
David Lawrence lives to ski and skis to live. As a member of the PSIA National Nordic Team, David travels the west leading camps, clinics and exams for skiers, instructors and coaches. He runs the popular nordic website XCSkiAcademy.com, where he posts articles and videos about training, waxing, teaching and technique tips. His clinics are fast paced and fun, filled with the latest World Cup racing tactics and techniques distilled into attainable drills and memorable pointers. He laces every lesson with tips and tricks on rapid skill acquisition and how neuroscience helps us learn faster and retain more. During the summer, you'll find David on the Clark Fork River or Spokane River, guiding and running his business Pangaea River Rafting
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.
Don Camp lives in Grand Haven, MI and has been a teacher and coach for 35 years. He coached swimming for 25 years and has many High School state champions, state records, HS all Americans, and one National HS record to his credit. He also created and ran one of the first High School cycling clubs in MI, which became the source for many state, national, and even one world Jr. Mountain Biking Champion. He began alpine skiing when he was 13 with leather boots and wooden skis and claims his XC equipment nowadays is 10 times better than what he learned to alpine ski on. He fell in love with Nordic skiing in the early 70’s while he was racing bicycles and has never been able to find a winter long enough to make him tired of skiing.
He began his annual Thanksgiving pilgrimages to West in 1986 as a member of the Fischer/Salomon marathon team and continued for several years. In 1989, Dick Hunt asked him coach at the Fall camp and he has ever since. He has had the great fortune to learn from and work with some of the best coaches in North America; Marty Hall, Sven Wik, Torbjorn Karlsen, Sten Fjeldheim, Jon Aalberg, John Downing, way too many to name, but many are current camp staff members. He has written for the Master skier, developed XC trails and parks in MI, conducted countless clinics, and continues to travel the world, skiing, cycling, and watching the best. His goal is to have perfect technique when he turns 80.