Summer is a good time to feature the hardworking NSCF Board members who help make winters so great here in Fairbanks. This week we feature Skier Development Oversight Committee chair Helena Rueter:

I grew up mainly in Florida and was very excited to purchase my first beginner-level ski package from Floyd at Beaver Sports when I arrived in Fairbanks to attend UAF in 1985. I skied wrong for over twenty years, and finally started taking lessons regularly in 2006 through the NSCF Adult Lessons program. It was a great feeling to eventually ski well enough to start participating in local and statewide ski races (at my own pace).

This is my fifth year on the board of the ski club, where I currently serve as chair of the Skier Development Oversight Committee (SDOC). This committee supports Junior Nordics, Adult lessons, and FXC.

My husband José and I have served as Junior Nordics coaches for over 15 years, and both of our children, now 21 and 17, have participated in Junior Nordics and FXC. Our whole family embraces cross country skiing as a sport for life.  We hope to continue to enjoy it and to share the joy with others for years to come.

In my non-NSCF life I am a mechanical engineer.

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks relies on dedicated people to serve on the board. Without board members, we wouldn’t have a club! If you would like to be considered for the board at some point in the future, please send an email to fbxskierparent (at)