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Martin Benes Martin Benes
Board Member
Farm 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.
Paige Derdowski Paige Derdowski
Board Member
Paige is an avid hiker, snowshoer, gardener and photographer. She does occasionally get out on nordic skies, but has found that she is speed-impaired (her own words) so she enjoys snowshoeing much more. Both of her children, Emma and Peter, took up nordic skiing in middle school which led her to become an ardent supporter of the sport and its many benefits. Paige and her husband, Kelley, and kids live in Truckee and love being part of the nordic community!
Mitch Dion 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 Julie Halvorsen
Board Member
ulie'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 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 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.
Kathrin Hudson Kathrin Burkhart Hudson
Board Vice President
Auction/Raffle Chairperson
Kathrin has been living in the Tahoe Area for 45 years and has been involved in Nordic Skiing since the age of 5. She competed in Junior Nationals fro 1979-1984, Junior World Tryouts in 1982, and was National Ski Archery Champion in 1992. She has been a coach/instructor, both in Park City, Utah and Tahoe City. Kathrin is the parent of three children involved in Far West. Kathrin is a Nurse Manager at Truckee Tahoe Medical Group.
Sally Jones 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.
Marcus Nash 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.
Chauncey Parker Chauncey Parker
Board Member
Chauncey spent the ’70s and ‘80s teaching and guiding rock and ice climbing throughout the U.S. In the early 1970s, he began cross-country skiing in northern Arizona and skied for several years not realizing skis could maneuver with other than a step-turn or a kick-turn. He first taught skiing in the late 1970s at the Palm Springs Cross Country Ski Center. Active in Nordic racing in the mid 1980s to the early 1990s, he managed some top three finishes in the Tahoe region citizen races. In the late 1990s, Chauncey helped design and cut the trail system for the short-lived and much loved Atoma Cross Country ski center across from Mt. Rose Ski area. In 1990, he helped revive the long dormant UNR Nordic ski team and coached them at the NCSA level for two seasons before he turned his full attention to pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In 2004, Chauncey returned to the Tahoe area and has gradually resumed Nordic racing.
Michelle Syben Michelle Syben
Board Member
Michelle was born and raised in Laguna Beach, CA. Her parents met in Aspen Colorado where her father was on the ski patrol. Downhill and Nordic skiing have been part of her life since an early age, however she was more focused on competitive swimming in her youth, competing across the country in High School and swimming for Cal Berkeley as an undergrad. More recently (in modern times), Michelle and her family moved from Marin to Homewood "for a year or so", of course everyone feel in love with Tahoe and that year has been extended many times... She and her husband Gregor have two children, Dylan and Camille whom have both developed a strong passion for both Alpine and Nordic skiing. Dylan is a member of the Far West Comp team while Camille has just finished the strider glider's program.
August Teague August Teague
Board Member
August was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado. Where he began skiing and racing as a member of the Aspen Valley Ski Club (AVSC) and then Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS). August is now in his second season running his own business Unleashed Coaching & Consulting. His clients includes the Australian National Ski Team, UNR Winter Sports Club, and various elite endurance athletes. Prior to starting Unleashed Coaching, August was the head coach of University of Nevada NCAA XC ski team from 2004 to 2010. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Teague was named the director of skiing in the summer of 2007 and oversaw all aspects of the UNR's Wolf Pack skiing program. In May of 2007, Teague was named to the Cross Country Coaches Committee, and the Cross County Sports Committee at the United States Ski Association (USSA) Congress in Park City, Utah. August has also been on the Far West Alpine board since 2010.

Prior to coming to Far West in 2004, Teague spent one season as the head Nordic coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Teague lettered four years as a member of the University of Denver cross country skiing, and cross county running teams. Where he helped the Pioneers to three NCAA skiing championships from 2000-2002. August was a six year Rocky Mountain Devision (RMD) junior national team member, with numerous top 10's and the Colorado State Champion in Skate and Classic in 1999.

Mike Wells 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.
Steve Yale Steve Yale
Board Member
Steve is an avid athlete and outdoorsman having hiked, climbed and skied for most of his life. While attending the University of Maine, he captained the Wrestling team and competed in the 1980 Olympic Trials. After moving to California to attend Graduate School, he began exploring the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada, and has never left. Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Diana, and their two children, Eli and Olivia, who are both Far West team members. Steve is the President of Summit Medical Services, Inc., a distributor of medical products in the Tahoe region.
Fred Zabell Fred Zabell
Board 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/ 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.