MEET THE COACHES
Odd Bervensenden: Born in northern Norway in 1958 and started skiing at 2 years old. Started ski-racing at the age of 6 and have never stopped. Passionate about XC-Skiing, Mt Biking, Backcountry ski adventures and Orienteering. Mechanical Engineer and corporate slave in defense, automotive and medical industry. Love to travel and explore beautiful and dramatic places. Live with Sally in Fraser Colorado who also is my travel mate and love.
Mark Pearson started teaching cross-country skiing in the Mid 1970’s. Ski school locations included Mount Telemark, Wisconsin; Bretton Woods, New Hampshire; and Sun Valley, Idaho before moving on to the Aspen Cross-Country Center in 1986. Mark was also a 12 year member of the PSIA Demonstration Team and coached instructors on teaching methodology and updated skitechnique for classic, skate, and telemark skiing. Mark’s goal is to create a fun environment with his classes, teaching all levels of classic and skate technique.
My approach is to concentrate on the basics of balance, timing, and weight transfer coupled with proper joint placement and flexion. Like many outdoor activities, I believe the secret to truly enjoying the sport is to be a master of efficiency which can only be accomplished through proper technique. Pretty sure there are pictures of me breaking trail with 3 pins around 6 years old, but I didn’t become a real “skier” until I walked onto the Michigan Technological University (MTU) ski team in Houghton, MI in 2003. In 2005 I was beating skiers ranked well within the top 100 on the USSA list, but my career was cut pretty short due to illness. Having recovered, completed a masters degree, and entered the workforce, I placed top 300 in the 2012 Birkie with a time of 2:37. That marked the end of my competitive saga and now I ski simply for the joy of it. I’ve been skiing for 18 years now and it’s my absolute favorite pastime (followed closely by multi-day backpacking trips).
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