Instructors

Meet the Adult Lessons instructors!

Grace Burrell

Grace Burrell

My name is Grace Burrell and I am in my third year of college, majoring in Biological Sciences at UAF. Throughout most of high-school I skied with Lathrop and FXC-NSCF. For about 4 or 5 years now, I have coached the Junior Nordic kids and FXC. Last year was my first time coaching adults through the Junior Nordic program. My favorite ski races to participate in and cheer for are the Turkey Day Relays and the Sonot Kkaazoot. I’m excited to ski with you this winter!

Catey Burtness-Adams

Catey Burtness-Adams

I grew up here in Fairbanks and learned to ski at Tanana Middle School and Lathrop High School. I love skiing and Fairbanks’ innumerable trails offer a fun way to explore the community and surrounding areas. I am excited to help others learn to ski so they can get out and enjoy the winters here. Skiing technique can be challenging to pick up on your own. Lessons can help get you started, and it only becomes more fun as you get better.

Cody Koch

Cody Koch

I am 44 years old and started cross country skiing occasionally as a child In South Dakota. I learned to instruct XC and downhill skiing at the Northern Warfare Training school in Black Rapids while stationed here. I have lived in Alaska for almost 20 years. My wife and I have four great young Alaska skiers that participate in Junior Nordics and the FXC Prep team. I started coaching kids 10 years ago for Weller Ski Club and 2 years with Junior Nordics. I am a Level 100 certified Coach with the US Ski and Snowboard Association. I love coaching and learning about skiing. It is truly the best way for you and the family to get out during Fairbanks Winters.

Don Pendergrast

I moved from Georgia to Fairbanks in 1976 and was introduced to cross country skiing as a way to enjoy the winter. Skiing became the way I embrace winter, a season I look forward to. It has kept me from becoming too old and creaky. Skiing is healthy active fun, and if you can ski over your lunch hour you get into the sunlight, a huge mental health plus during our short days. I like to help others enjoy skiing and over the years I have taught kids through elementary school ski clubs and Junior Nordics, and adults at UAF and through the Nordic Ski Club. Skiing opens up the winter world whether you ski for recreation, fitness, backcountry exploration, or participate in community races; it’s what winter is about.

Join the Team!

Interested in joining NSCF’s team of Adult Lessons Instructors? Want to get paid to teach others an activity you love? Contact Andie for more information.