Born and raised in Sun Valley, Idaho, Annie's commitment to Nordic skiing began as a child. She competed nationally with Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, then went on to ski for The University of Utah from 1994-1996, including being a member of NCAA winning team in 1996. After her racing career ended, Annie shared her love of the sport by coaching junior racing programs in Sun Valley, Boulder, Salt Lake City and Park City. Additionally, Annie was a Junior Olympic coach for the Rocky Mountain Division multiple years. Annie first became interested in women's Nordic ski programs as a coach with Sun Valley's VAMPs program, a women's team entering their 20th year of operation. Annie, the mother of four, and her husband Ned, can also be found on the mountain making turns, chasing chickens and goats on their farm and endlessly driving carpool....
Inge Travis started Nordic skiing when she moved to Park City in 1997. Her husband would drag her out at night after work with a headlamp to ski. No wonder she did not like the sport for the first few years! Today she is an avid Nordic skier and has entered a few Nordic Races; Some in costume and some in tight Nordic suits. She has placed third in The Boulder Mountain Tour the second largest race in the USA. Inge taught Nordic skiing at White Pine - private lessons, group lessons and Ladies Clinics. She also coached the Nordic Get Out And Play Program, which includes KG to 5th grade. Today she shares her love of Nordic skiing with friends, family and The Park City Nordic Betties.
Carolyn grew up in Minnesota alpine ski racing and cross country skiing recreationally. She ended up alpine ski racing for Colorado College and visited Utah several times when the team competed against BYU. Falling in love with the Utah mountains, she moved to Salt Lake in 1986. She then turned to telemark skiing and racing and eventually got back on her cross country skis in 1992. She has since been a lover of skinny skis and continues to race locally and competes in events in other states such as Idaho and Montana. She loves to train for the Boulder Mountain Tour every year and will compete in her 14th one this next February. Carolyn loves cross country skiing for its contribution to her fitness, but more importantly it gives us another opportunity to glide on snow with her friends and family! She looks forward to another year with the Betties and enjoys the camaraderie with all the great women in the Bettie program. Carolyn lives in Park City with her husband Mark and has two daughters.
Amy, a native Utahn, grew up alpine skiing, dancing, participating in sports and spending her time in the wild outdoors and in artsy endeavors. She was a modern dancer in Europe and the USA and found her way to skate skiing and competitive sports in the early 1990’s. Amy has over 17 years of competitive experience in skate skiing, running, biking, and triathlons. She skied in her first nordic race, the Idaho Boulder Mountain Tour, when she was seven and a half months pregnant, and crossed the finish line with the announcer calling “skiing for two!” Amy spends winters nordic and telemark skiing at resorts and in the backcountry. She continues to compete in nordic ski races locally as well as those in Wisconsin, Idaho and Montana. She has experience coaching young girls in running and is a certified spin and bike power camp instructor. Amy is honored to have been a coach for the inaugural season of the Betties and looks forward to many more years with the fabulous women who comprise the Betties.
Stacy McCooey taught herself how to Nordic ski in 2005. It was NOT a pretty sight, but Stacy eventually reached her goal: to ski “the 3k” track without stopping. Since then, she’s competed in more than 20 Nordic races. The highlights include 4th overall and 2nd in her age group at the Yellowstone Rendezvous Race 50k, 12th overall and 2nd in her age group at the Boulder Mountain Tour, and 1st place at Moose Chase amongst multiple Citizen Series blues. A physical therapist, Stacy combines her ‘PT brain’ with a passion for Nordic skiing to help athletes develop efficient, healthy technique. She believes Nordic skiing is the most beautiful sport ever created, as it combines strength, grace, power, balance, agility, flexibility, cardio, and the quiet of nature. When Stacy isn’t coaching the Betties or treating Park City’s rockstar athletes at Mountain Top Physical Therapy, she’ll be training for a spot in the Masters World Cup.
Teresa learned to classic ski with her family on sundays when she was a kid but really fell in love with Nordic skiing when she moved to park city. Teresa coached the kids biathlon team for 4 years and then the XC ski team for 8 years. She also competed in the Wasatch citizen series and US XC marathon series for 11 years. Teresa is a USSA level 100 certified coach
Vanessa Reichartinger Conabee developed an early love of the outdoors growing up in Berchtesgaden, Germany and Maine. After skiing for the D1 Nordic Team at St.Lawrence University Vanessa moved to Chicago for grad school, until a spring ski trip to Utah redefined her priorities. Vanessa is a part time Mountain Host at Deer Valley Resort and the Park City Editor of Salt Lake Magazine.
Aga Bednarz is a new addition to our skier community. She has spent the last 8 years in Duluth, MN where she fell in love with cross-country skiing. Though new to the sport then, her first two coaches, now coaches for the US Ski Team, Brian Fish and Jason Cork, gave her great technique and training. Being part of the CXC (Central Cross Country) team, she was able to train and ski with some of the greatest skiers in our country like Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Compton-Gregg and many other Olympians. She took her newfound love of Nordic skiing into racing as well with many midwest races and world loppets now under her belt. Having spent most of her professional life in a mentorship role to medical students and residents (she is a gastroenterologist currently practicing at the Park City Medical Center), coaching was a great fit from the beginning. She coached many women's clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin and has been an active mentor and ambassador for nordic skiing at the former home base of the Duluth community. Being a long-time dancer, she has deep seated body-awareness and an eye for technique, which combined with a racing and training experience for both nordic and running competitions, makes the "secret sauce" to cook Nordic Betties in!
Born and raised in Rochester, NY: Nordic ski racer, cross country and track athlete at Penfield High School (’84)
Attended St. Lawrence University: Division I skier and team captain; graduated in 1988
Lived in Lake Placid, NY: Coached skiing and trained with the US Biathlon National/Olympic Team till 1994
Live in Salt Lake City, UT currently
Career Objectives: To continue to provide quality, lifelong, holistic coaching advice to master skiers. To teach cutting- edge technical skills, physiology, training modes and motivational aspects based on my current knowledge as well as my personal Nordic ski experience.
Current: Master Nordic Ski Coach, Elementary/ Middle School Physical Education Teacher
2001-Current: Master skier dryland coach for the Utah Nordic Alliance Ski Club, UT
2009-Current: Head Coach and founder of the The Utah Nordic Alliance Winter Masters Ski Training Program
2007-2013: Senior Research Analyst, Madison Capital Management, NY, NY
1998-2006: Commercial Real Estate Research Analyst Consultant: Madison Capital Management, Madison International Realty, Aslan Capital
1998: Head Coach and founder of The Utah Nordic Alliance Junior Ski Program, Salt Lake City, UT
1996-1998: Technical Sales Representative, Nordic Equipment, Park City, UT
1994: US Olympic Biathlon Team, World Cup Team, US National Team
1990-1994: Vermont Army National Guard, International Sport Team
1994-Current: Junior Nordic Ski Coach/Biathlon Coach
* 1995-1997: Junior Biathlon Coach, Park City, UT
* 1994-1995: Junior Biathlon Coach, National Sports Academy, Lake Placid, NY
1988-1992: Nordic Ski Instructor, ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority), Lake Placid, NY
Education: 1988 Cum Laude Graduate, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
* Bachelor of Arts, Education/Sport & Leisure Studies, NY State Teaching Certificate (Physical Education)
* Bachelor of Science, Psychology
* Minor in Coaching, Coaching Certificate
* Captain of Division I Nordic Ski Team
* Founder of Women’s Running Club, now a Division III team
* Studied the Spanish language for 8 years
* Member of Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Lawrence University, Inducted 2011
* Member of Athletic Hall of Fame for Penfield High School, Inducted 2004
* Level III Coaching Certified, US Biathlon Association
* United States Ski Association Level I coaching certification
* United States Ski Association Sport Psychology certification Level II