Application for Appointment to the Board of Directors (online form)

Application for Appointment to the Board of Directors

Martin Benes
Board Member
Elite Team administrator
Martin has been a Nordic coach for a range of programs from NCAA champion Dartmouth College to working with 1-2-3 Ski! at Auburn Ski Club. Martin grew up racing in the Far West division in high school, competing on three junior national teams. This is his 5th season as a Nordic coach, having coached for Auburn Ski Club, Dartmouth College, Bates College, Far West, and Sugar Bowl Academy. As a coach he has worked with Far West junior programs the past 5 summers as well as coached for Far West at three junior nationals, two nationals, and various other camps and competitions. He has been Nordic skiing his whole life and raced competitively from 8th grade through senior year of college, serving as captain of his college team for his senior season.
Bruce Culbertson
Board Member
Bruce has skied Far West races for the last thirty consecutive seasons and has also participated in a handful of Masters World Cups in Canada and Europe. Realizing that the leader has the worst view of the action on race day, Bruce always takes a position at the other end of the pack. However, skiing has bestowed on him the best prizes it has to offer: fitness, good health and the chance to meet many of his very best friends. On the Far West board, Bruce’s goal is to do his part to attract new skiers of all ages to cross country skiing and racing so they can enjoy the same benefits he has.

dion-m Mitch Dion
Board Member
Mitch Dion holds the record for being the tallest skier in the Tahoe region. He is easily identifiable by his unique style, oft described “a giant albatross on skis” at his home resort of Tahoe Donner. Mitch is the proud father of two Far West Juniors, Kelsey and Evan.
Julie Halvorsen
Board President
Julie’s second time on nordic skis was when she completed the Great Race. Yes, she is a bit of a thrill seeker. She has been skiing on skinny skis ever since. She grew up downhill skiing and still continues to enjoy it, but definitely prefers the fitness, crowd-free, beauty that nordic affords. She is currently building her own Nordic team with her husband Jon, who coaches Nordic at Truckee High School, with her own five athletic kids, 3 of whom can already beat her at either downhill or Nordic. She is proud of her kids accomplishments on and off the snow. Her daughter Hannah, won the middle school CNISSF State Championship two-consecutive years and is training year round with the Far West Team. Her boys, Haydn and Bjorn, compete regularly in the local Far West sponsored junior races. Julie is extremely passionate and committed to whatever she involves herself with which may be coaching soccer, entertaining guests, teaching her kids to ski or enjoying all that Truckee-Tahoe has to offer like hiking, biking, skiing, and swimming in the alpine lakes. Julie believes strongly in giving back to her community and is an active volunteer at her children’s schools and on the boards for AYSO and Far West.
Peter Hanson
Board Member
Peter grew up in Minnesota skiing cross coutnry and downhill. He has been an alpine racer, ski patroller, instructor and coach. After competing in crosscountry running, track and triathlons, Peter turned to nordic while in medical school. After his first Birkie in 1992, he was hooked. This year Peter finished his 20th American Birkebeiner. He is also a World Loppet Master and has competed in ski races around North America and Europe. He also competes in triathlons, mostly Xterras. Over the past 4 years, Peter has become more involved with the nordic skiing community in Tahoe. He has been an assistant coach at Incline H.S. and a Strider Glider instructor. Peter is trained in Family Practice and Primary Care Sports Medicine. He has done medical coverage for a variety of events and was the medical director for the City of Lakes Loppet.
Stacey Herhusky
Board Secretary
Stacey F. Herhusky was born in Lake Placid, New York. She and her husband, Mark (a Squaw Valley native) are the parents of two young junior racers and live on the North Shore. Stacey has been practicing law in the Lake Tahoe area for nearly 20 years and is currently a shareholder in Incline Law Group, LLP. Her practice emphasizes family law but she has also has taught Business Law at Sierra Nevada College. She has experience serving on other non-profit boards in our community. Although she laments the fact that she can no longer keep up with her children, she still enjoys alpine and nordic skiing as well as hiking and mountain biking in the summer months.

Gus Johnson
Board Member

Coach “Guscle the Muscle” is a Far West Nordic Board Member and Head Coach of the Auburn Ski Club Nordic Program. He was a member of the University of Nevada, Reno NCAA Ski Team from 2008-2010, a founding member and Vice-President of the UNR Winter Sports Club, and Far West Elite Team athlete (formerly Far West Farm Team) from 2010-2013 before transitioning to coaching skiing full-time.

Sally Jones
Board Member

Sally has been coaching as a profession for almost 20 years. Her Nordic focus began in New Zealand, where she coached The National Junior Team before moving to California to develop & run the Nordic Ski Teams at The Auburn Ski Club. Under her leadership, the Ski Club has made its mark on the National scene by producing many successful athletes & being awarded The USSA’s Cross Country Ski Club of The Year twice. Sally is well renowned for her eye for technique and her work at keeping athletes focused and centered. Sally is now the manager at TDXC.
Catherine Larkins
Board Member
Catherine grew up nordic and alpine skiing in Vermont and moved to the Tahoe area 22 years ago. She is the librarian at Alder Creek Middle School. Catherine also spends her winter afternoons coaching the next generation of nordic skiers at Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country skiing program. Parent to two Far West Junior racers, Catherine enjoys both the sport and community of nordic skiing. Beside the Euer Valley on a winter morning, Catherine’s favorite place to be is cheering on her kids and students at Far West races.

Marcus Nash
Board Member
Marcus Nash, a 9-time National champion in cross country skiing, went to two Olympics: in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway and 1998 in Nagano, Japan. Marcus was a member of the US Ski Team for 7 years. Now a pilot for Cathay Pacific Airlines, he also runs an internet-based training/coaching program, All Mountain Training. Originally from Maine, Nash traveled all over the world in his days as a professional cross country skier, and when he retired, he chose Truckee out of all the places to live and ski, often saying that the best cross country skiing is right here in California. Marcus’ emphasis as a coach are technical development, increasing endurance capacity, and strength training. Marcus has competitive and coaching experience in cross country skiing and cycling.
wells-m Mike Wells
Board Treasurer
Mike has been living full-time in Tahoe for 17 years, and doing the CPA tax thing all his life, often not seeing much snow in the late-winter months. Perhaps another career path would have beckoned had he discovered skiing earlier in life, but he still seems to get in quite a few days skate-skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. And during the summer and fall, he’s not far from his mountain or road bikes. Mike’s nordic claim to fame is being the only 1st wave Great Ski Racer to finish dead last in the GSR when he skied with his daughter in 2010. Unfortunately, neither of Mike’s daughters have picked up his passion for nordic skiing, but they keep him busy. Mike, Madison and Keegan live in Tahoe City.
zabell-f-2 Fred Zabell
Board Vice President
Fred has been skiing for most of his life. He used to be better at it than he is now. Originally from Ohio, Fred moved to this area in 1979 and worked in the downhill ski business for 13 years. He owns and operates Alpine Mounting Systems/tahoeposters.com in Truckee, where he lives with his wife Karen and son Sam. Sam is a Far West junior nordic racer who attends Sugar Bowl Academy.