Alissa has been quietly gliding around the ridges and canyons of the Bridger and Teton Ranges near her family’s cabin since, as her children would say, the dinosaurs roamed. A Nordic enthusiast, she had a few decades of Alpine under her belt before the warranty on her knees expired and she focused on Nordic skiing exclusively. A few years ago, a friend introduced her to Backcountry skiing and now she may be found kicking and gliding through GTNP, exploring the range while imaging life as a Bison.
Sport Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:
Recently embarked on PSIA coaching certification for Nordic Skiing
40 years of Alpine and Nordic; recently added Backcountry
Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:
Retired Professor, M. Ed Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia
RYT500, Y12SR, and Yoga for Trauma certified
Working on Nordic Coaching Level 1 certification
Personal Philosophy or Statement:
I find my mental balance in the wild spaces, places where I can breathe and let the chatter in my mind settle. If I am very lucky, sometimes I get to cross paths with the locals, the Elk and Moose and Mule Deer. I have even backed into a Mountain lion on her day off (luckily). It would be so awesome to have the opportunity to introduce children to the magic of swishing through the woods and feeling the pulse of the landscape echo in your ears or follow a Snowshoe Hare’s tracks imagining you are a coyote. Nordic allows us access to all the magical places.