NORDIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Phone: (530) 426-3313 Ext. 102
Our cross country programs serve the very youngest (age 3) first-time skiers and progress through youth racing, Junior National level, and adult Masters. ASC Training Center’s 25km Cross Country Center is the first to open each season and hosts the majority of Nordic races in the Far West region, so athletes in our programs get the benefit of a long season on expertly groomed home terrain.
If you are new to our teams, please contact the Program Director to discuss the best match for your interests and skill level.
TEAMS: Devo, Comp, Masters
HOMETOWN: Salt Lake City, UT
Gus is a USSA Level 200 certified coach with experience coaching skiers at many levels of the sport, from the very beginners to national level athletes. Before coming to ASC Training Center in 2013, Gus was a Junior Competition Coach for The Utah Nordic Alliance, Assistant Coach at North Tahoe High School, and Co-Head Coach of Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association’s development program. In his tenure as Head Coach of the ASC Training Center Competition and Development Ski Teams, he has coached athletes toward achieving their individual skiing aspirations, and has helped athletes to success at both the local and national level.
Gus grew up downhill skiing in Utah at Alta Ski Resort, but switched to cross-country skiing around age 16 when a coach for The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) convinced him that real skiers ski uphill too. Having come to endurance sports at a later age, he had a rewarding experience as a junior racer, but limited success in his race results, having never qualified for a Junior National Championships for the Intermountain Division. A proof that hard work and perseverance pays off, Gus went on to ski for the University of Nevada’s NCAA ski team as a walk-on transfer-student, and eventually gained a skiing scholarship. He was a founder of the UNR Winter Sports Club upon the discontinuance of the NCAA Ski Team at Nevada, and raced at an elite level as a member of the Far West Elite Team for 3 years. He always tries to find the right combination of work and play, and believes in the positive, enriching, active lifestyle of pursuing high but achievable goals in ski racing.
When he's not on the trails or in the gym with athletes, Gus can be found truck camping, adventuring in the great outdoors, or listening to true crime podcasts.
TEAMS: Devo, Comp
HOMETOWN: Truckee, CA
Lizzie is a Truckee native who is returning to Auburn Ski Club as a Comp/Devo coach for the Nordic Programs. She raced for Auburn Ski Club from 2013-2017 and is a proud founder of the Mini Pony mascot. She raced at 5 Junior Nationals for Far West where she earned 3 All-American titles and is a recipient of the Glenn Jobe Award. After graduating from Truckee High School as a 2-time Nordic State Champion and an All-League soccer player, Lizzie attended the University of Vermont as a member of the nordic ski team. She qualified for the NCAA Ski Championships in 2019 and 2020. Lizzie graduated from the University of Vermont in May with a bachelor's of science in Nutrition and Food Science and a certificate in Integrative Health.
In addition to skiing, Lizzie is an avid runner, backcountry skier, coffee connoisseur, and she is striving to become a mountain biker. She is very happy to be home and back to her roots as a coach instead of an athlete!
TEAMS: Devo, Comp
HOMETOWN: Glens Falls, NY
Kate skied for Glens Falls High School Nordic ski team before going on to become a 4-year member and captain of the Nordic team at St. Lawrence University. Kate graduated from St. Lawrence in 2015 with Honors in Political Science and English. After St. Lawrence, Kate attended Vermont Law School. She practiced as a land use attorney in Vermont before locating to Truckee in 2019.
Before joining the ASC Training Center, Kate coached with Mansfield Nordic Club in Jericho, Vermont. She worked as a coach, wax tech, and support member for Eastern Cups and competitive races around New England.
When she's not coaching the Devo and Comp programs, Kate can be found trail running, reading, painting, and writing. And don't be surprised to see Kate on the starting line of ASC's skiing, running, and even biathlon races!
TEAM: Alder Creek Middle School
HOMETOWN: Truckee, CA
Sam is a lifelong Truckee resident and self-proclaimed dirtbag local. On skis from 18 months old, he has been a skier and biathlete for Sugar Bowl Academy and the Auburn Ski Club. He attended Middlebury College and raced on the ski team before graduating in 2019. He can be found at CNISSF races wearing the sparkliest costume and coaching the Alder Creek Middle School Team.
TEAMS: Super Sliders, Sonics 1, Sonics Race
HOMETOWN: Salem, NH
Meg has been teaching kids how to ski since 2001, and began running ASC's youth Nordic programs in 2010. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in physiology from WSU. In addition to coaching, Meg is the Executive Director of the Headwaters Science Institute and is the head Technical Delegate for Far West Nordic. She has also been ASC's Race Director for many years, and is certified by US Ski & Snowboard in Timing and Calculations, Competition Official, and TD (both Alpine & Nordic skiing).
When she's not coaching or organizing races at ASC, Meg can be found running, kayaking (whitewater and flatwater), backpacking, or teaching kids about science and nature through the Headwaters Institute.
HOMETOWN: Truckee, CA
A Tahoe native, Jennifer learned to ski here at the ASC Training Center and at Tahoe Donner Cross Country. She competed on both collegiate and national levels, including top finishes at NCAA Nationals, the Western Collegiate circuit, US Nationals, and US Junior Nationals. She has a fundamental passion for Nordic skiing and loves to push the boundaries of technique. Jennifer has been coaching at ASC since 2017.
With a doctorate in Physics and a B.S. in mathematics, she has worked as both an educator and researcher in both fields. As a lover of math puns, Jennifer can often be found putting her education background to work as a coach by quizzing her athletes about the physics of their skiing out on the trails.
Jennifer is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is often found long-distance running, backpacking, or rock climbing.