I am a Native from Littleton and swam collegiately at the University of Utah where I studied my other passion—Art. After 20 years of competitive swimming, skiing was a welcome shift. I enjoyed years of alpine and back country skiing with fabulous Utah powder, so much so that I named my son Altan after the ski resort of Alta.
When I was 30 I learned how to cross country ski and was immediately hooked. I felt a deep connection with my Scandinavian roots and my competitive urge propelled me into nordic racing. I was in the elite wave of the American Birkebeiner the year it was cancelled due to rain and it was a moment that opened my eyes to the importance of taking care of the earth.
I lived overseas in Turkey for 5 years and loved the travel and adventure opportunities. In winter we were able to take short flights to ski the Alps in Austria! One of my best memories was competing in the Engadin Marathon in St. Moritz, Switzerland, which was a highlight with the rush of gathering with 11,000 like minded souls skiing across a frozen lake.
Currently I live and teach Art in Montrose, remaining passionate about cross country skiing and wanted to join GMNC to give back and encourage others to discover the joy of cross country skiing. It all about loving snow and the beauty of winter.