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Cross Country

What is Cross Country Skiing?

Cross-country skiing has two basic techniques, which apply to different surfaces: classic (undisturbed snow and tracked snow) and skate skiing (firm, smooth snow surfaces).

The classic technique relies on a wax or texture on the ski bottom under the foot for traction on the snow to allow the skier to slide the other ski forward in virgin or tracked snow. With the skate skiing technique a skier slides on alternating skis on a firm snow surface at an angle from each other in a manner similar to ice skating. Both techniques employ poles with baskets that allow the arms to participate in the propulsion. 

Athletes train to achieve endurance, strength, speed, skill and flexibility at different levels of intensity. Off-season training often occurs on dry land, sometimes on roller skis. 

Our Purpose

PCSS Cross Country programs are designed to launch a lifelong love for cross country skiing.  Our team will focus on creating a positive and rewarding atmosphere for all to participate.  Whether an athlete is new to the sport or a seasoned competitor, our goal is to inspire all kind of abilities and foster the love of the sport.

Cross Country Programs


Cross Country Staff

Emma Garrard

HEAD DEVO COACH & PROGRAM MANAGER

IEmma has been a coach for PCSS Nordic Coach since 2013 and Program Manager since 2015. She was also a head coach for TUNA and a ski instructor at White Pine Nordic. Emma learned to ski in Alaska and went on to compete in both running and skiing in college at the University of Nevada. Emma was also a professional triathlete for nine years.


Hanz Johansson

DEVO COACH

Started skiing at age 4 in Gothenburg, Sweden when my parents put touring skis under my feet. Since then I've been a recreational skier who enjoys cross country skiing as well as alpine and backcountry skiing. When not coaching can be found... in my backyard (the Uintas) exploring on skis, snowshoes, or foot!


Caitlin Riviere

KICKERS & GLIDERS COACH

I grew up racing in New Hampshire, went on to a PG year at Green Mountain Valley School and then was a member of the University of New Hampshire Ski Team. I decided to return to the sport when a coaching opportunity came up last season with Kickers & Gliders and so excited to return this season to assist with the Devo and Devo Plus groups.


Arthur Myshrall

DEVO/DEVO PLUS COACH

Starting my 5th year of coaching with the PCSS kids. A level 200 coaching licence and several years of coaching both adults and youth has given me a great opportunity to learn and grow. When not coaching I can be found on various types of skis in the winter months and mostly on my mt bike in the summer months. Kayaking some of the local flat water in search of wild life and a beautiful sunset can also keep me busy.


RUFF PATTERSON

CROSS COUNTRY ASSISTANT COACH

Very long time coach...


Catherine Best

CROSS COUNTRY ASSISTANT COACH

I have skied with the Park City Nordic Club for a couple of years before I left to focus my attention on mountain biking. This is my 5th year racing mountain bikes, and my first year racing varsity. I am also an avid reader.

Gordon Lange

HEAD COMP COACH

I grew up in Jackson Wyoming where I was active in all forms of skiing at the time. Reluctantly at first, I gravitated towards Cross Country skiing as I seemed to have knack for the sport. 50 years later after racing and coaching at two different colleges, several NCAA championship teams and coaching on three Olympic teams, I'm still involved. My true passion lies in opening the doors of a cross country skiing lifestyle to young adults.


Anne Morgan

KICKERS AND GLIDERS HEAD COACH

Started as a junior racer with SVSEF and was a member of the University of Utah Ski Team from 1994-96. Have coached for a variety of age groups and places including: Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team, RMD Jr. National coach, Sun Valley Ski Education, VAMPS, TUNA, PCNSC, and co-founder Park City Nordic Betties!

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  • Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho
  • Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes
  • When not coaching can be found... working on our little farm, skiing on the mountain, or endlessly driving my 4 kids to after school activities!

  • LIZ STEPHENS

    DEVO, DEVO PLUS, DEVO COMP COACH

    I grew up ski racing in Vermont and moved to Park City in 2006 when I made the US Ski Team in my sport of cross country skiing. I spent 12 years racing the World Cup circuit, went to 3 Olympic games and 5 World Championships. I am honored to be a part of this club again this season and get the continued opportunity to pass on the incredible gifts sport has to offer.


    BRENNA EGAN

    DEVO COACH

    I grew up skiing for Park City Nordic Ski Club, and continued to ski for the University of New Mexico. I graduated in May 2019, and I am excited to be a part of the team again, and to share all of the great things I learned being a junior and collegiate skier!.


    ANNABELLA MILLER

    KICKERS & GLIDERS, DEVO COACH

    Bella is a senior in high school, has been cross country skiing since she was 6, and loves both skiing for fun and coaching.