Our Coaches

XCSupercamps attract some of the most experienced coaches in North America. Our team is comprised of award-winning coaches dedicated to seeing you achieve your personal best. Many have international or team coaching experience, all are multi-sport athletes, and all have unique perspectives to offer.

Our Communications Director, Michelle Deacon, is one of our Advanced ski coaches and the friendly voice on the other end of the phone. She brings a wealth of experience to the team as well as a passion for engaging others. Find her facilitating coaching courses, engaged in the community, and otherwise skiing as much as possible!

Our XCSupercamps Manager, Bryana van Leeuwen, remains behind the scenes at the helm of the camps.



CANSI IV, NCCP Comp. Dev. (sailing), HBKin., CSEP-CEP

The friendly face behind XCSupercamps operations, Bryana is here to help you have the best ski experience possible.

Coaching Highlights

Over 13 years of coaching, Bryana has led three Masters groups and worked with Jackrabbits, community groups, junior race teams, university groups, and paranordic skiers. The best part is seeing the smiles and sense of community grow - skiing brings joy!


After competing for Nakkertok Nordic, Lakehead University, and Big Thunder Nordic, Bryana is now an enthusiastic loppet skier keen on backcountry adventures.

When not skiing...You can find her running, bikepacking, and sailing. She loves all things outdoors and can't wait to meet you at XCSupercamps!


Michelle Deacon


Michelle loves sharing her passion for skiing with adults and children, helping folks achieve their ski goals and seeing the (self) confidence that skiing brings to people’s lives. A lifelong multi-sport athlete, Michelle took up competitive skiing as an adult.

Coaching Highlights 

XC Supercamps (SUPER FUN!); nearly a decade with Foothills Nordic Ski Club – adult programs and youth skill development programs; supporting  new Community Coaches in their development; and Ski at School – a rewarding program that brings skiing to local school yards.

Fun Fact 

Michelle is a physical literacy keener. Developing it early fosters a lifetime of participation and achievement of potential. While more difficult to achieve as adults, Michelle tries to apply foundational physical literacy elements to coaching encouraging adult learners to constantly develop their agility, balance, coordination and rhythm – also the foundations of the best skiers!

I love skiing because of the pure joy and freedom it brings. Skiing is an endless dance on snow and you can participate if you’re 2 or 102!



CANSI IV, NCCP CCI-Advanced, Head Coach of Foothills Nordic Masters

Colin is passionate about all aspects of XC skiing: the friendships, the fitness, that perfect lightning on freshly fallen snow, that elusive perfect glide...and loves to help others experience the allure of skiing.

Coaching Highlights

Colin started skiing more than 40 years ago and has been coaching for the past 10. He is the head coach of the XC Masters with Foothills Nordic. The best recipe for fitness is to make it fun and the kilometres just seem to ski themselves.


Colin loves to travel to races and loppets throughout the world, and (so far) has competed in Austria, Italy, and of course Canada. What's next: Sweden? Norway?? Iceland??? Locally, you can find him munching cookies (his favourite trail snack) at the Kananaskis Ski Marathon.


David Allen

CANSI II, Ironman Competitor

Coaching Highlights 

XC Supercamps – the experience gives time to assess, teach, integrate and see people be happy and better skiers.

Favourite Trail Snack 

Lara Bars & Solo Bars

Fun Fact about David 

He is from the Australian Outback, and has a peculiar love of winter.


I love being out in the forest on snow…. So un-Australian.

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Denys Lawrence

CANSI IV (Nordic), CANSI II (Telemark), CANSI President


Originally from Montreal, Denys is a multi-sport athlete who has lived and worked at SilverStar Mountain for over 20 years. An enthusiastic coach and instructor, he believes that while instruction can do much, encouragement can do more. An enthusiastic booster of all things Silver Star and Sovereign Lake, Denys is overjoyed to be part of the Supercamp team.

Favourite Trail Snack 

Clif Bars

Highlights + Racing

Backcountry skiing in Canada, Switzerland and Japan​.

2011 Masters World Cup at Sovereign Lake; competitive Outrigger and Dragon Boat

I love skiing because of the effortless glide, smooth rhythm, fresh air and exploring new trails.

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Gary Chambers

CANSI IV, B.Phys.Ed, AFLCA- RT, Group

Coaching Highlights 

Upon completing his Physical Education degree, Gary programmed for the Strathcona Wilderness Centre and AusCan Ski School in Edmonton. After a number of years, he moved to the Canmore Nordic Centre where he spent many years teaching full-time at Trail Sports.

Favourite Trail Snack 

Peanut butter marshmallow square

Fun Facts

Gary owns and operates a 2500 acre 4th generation grain farm central Alberta. He is the host of the #FitFarmer Podcast on Real Agriculture and is a life long learner sharing his knowledge on his blog TractorView. He has been a competitive mountain bike racer, spending the last 20 years racing with DeadGoat Racing out of Calgary, AB. Most recently he has completed and placed top 10 in SingleTrack 6 (2014/15/16/17), Breck Epic, Frosty & Nipika Fat bike races 2018.

What I love about skiing is the perfect balance of quiet mind, pounding heart, and complete focus on the skis gliding.


George Young

CANSI III, CSAI III, CSIA Course Conductor, CANSI II (Telemark), CSFA II

George has taught skiing since 1961 and is multi-certified in XC, DH, and Telemark skiing. He has skied extensively in Europe and all across North America. Calling Silver Star home for the last 40 years, George is proud to be part of the coaching team on the best high altitude terrain in the country. Sliding on snow is his way of life!

Fun Fact

George has skied in every month of the year, including some sand dune experience


Gregory Munby


Greg is beyond excited to return as a Supercamp coach for his fourth season. You can find him out on the trails logging miles after a full day of coaching because he just can’t get enough of skiing! In the off-season, he enjoys whitewater kayaking, cruising around on his rollerskis, and trail running - ask him about his latest adventure and he's sure to have an epic story!

Coaching highlights

Any time I’m at SilverStar / Sovereign Lake!

Favourite Trail Snack

Grilled cheese and sriracha

Favourite quote 

“You can. End of story.”


I love skiing because of that feeling when you make it back to the trailhead at the end of a long day and the group is safe and stoked!!


Guy Paulsen

CANSI IV (Nordic), CANSI III (Telemark), CSIA IV - Level IV Examiner, CSIA National Hall of Fame Inductee


To put it lightly, GP is a legend.

Guy is the first Canadian to attain top-level certification in all three winter ski disciplines: Telemark, Cross Country and Alpine. With over 30 years of teaching & coaching experience, Guy has represented Canada internationally at numerous skiing events. His strong alpine background has lent credibility to his Nordic & Telemark pursuits with the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors. Most importantly Guy is known for his expert and individual approach and enjoys skiing with campers of all ages & abilities.


Nanaimo, BC


Ian MacDonald


Ian is a returning Supercamp coach who loves giving back to his club by coaching skill development clinics and helping with the junior racers for Nelson Nordic ski club.

You can always find him out on the trails working on his latest technique drills and searching for the best snow. 


He got his start with skiing through his racing career as a competitive skier and biathlete, and has competed with many other Supercamp coaches. 

When he’s not on skis, you can find him rock climbing in every spare minute he has!


Nelson, BC


Ingrid Granlin


Ingrid grew up ski racing and exploring the backcountry in Smithers BC and has taught XC in California, Oregon, Alberta, Switzerland and BC. She now resides in Bend, Oregon where here she runs the programs at the Mt Bachelor Nordic center and specializes in teaching amazing women how to better their skating technique. Her favorite goal is to get students to the efficiency level where skiing becomes fun and not just a great workout!

When she’s not teaching the masses excellent Nordic ski technique you’ll find Ingrid exploring the Central Oregon backcountry on alpine touring gear, mountain bike or her trusty enduro motorcycle, Roxy.


Greg Kilroy

Head Coach of Blackjack Nordic, NCCP II, B.Sc, XRay Technologist

Coaching Highlights

Greg's favourite coaching moments - apart from XC Supercamps - include traveling and competing in the American Birkenbeiner with the masters he had worked with all season, and guiding Jesse (visually impaired skier) at the Para World Cup in Canmore and Canadian Para Championships.

Favourite Trail Snack

Ritter Bar and TriFuel Sports Drink​

Fun Fact

Greg is two-time Ontario University Nordic Champion. In addition to nordic racing, he competes in trail and road running racing, and is an avid mountain biker. 

I just love being outside, and the full-body workout skiing provides. It clears my mind and makes me appreciate the majestic beauty around me.


Karen Messenger

CANSI IV, former Biathlon Canada Dev. Team member, B.Ed/Outdoor Recreation

Karen has amazing ski stories as both a competitor and a coach. Ask her about many World Loppets &Euroloppets!

Coaching highlights

Seeing the progress at Supercamp – helping skiers achieve that “floating up the hill” feeling is amazing! Also, coaching with Spirit North and seeing the pure joy.

Recent Ski Adventures:

In April 2019, my husband Erik and I did “Tour de Fun; Part Carpe Skiem”.  Why “Carpe Skiem” you ask?  Since we couldn’t bear to think that the loppet racing season was over in North America, it was time to “Seize the Skis!”  We went to northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle. I will never forget seeing a woman sitting beside the trail knitting.

Favourite Trail Snack 

Energy balls (Whitewater Cooks)

I love skiing because of the pure joy that skiing brings! Nothing could be better than gliding over the snow past beautiful mountain scenery in the fresh winter air.


Keith Nicol

CANSI IV (Nordic), CANSI III (Telemark), CSIA III


You may know Keith from his column in Ski Trax Magazine, or from his popular cross country ski videos on You Tube.

Coaching Highlights 

In addition to XC Supercamps, Keith teaches at Mt. Washington Ski Resort on Vancouver Island

Favourite Trail Snack 

Mars bar


Fun Fact 

Keith has been on four Canadian Demo Teams representing Canada at INTERSKI. He was also the first CANSI instructor to achieve the top level track and tele skiing simultaneously.

I love skiing because of the flow of both skating and classic skiing, and sharing that with skiers who want to improve.


Mae Hooper



Mae is a Vernon local, spending a large part of her week on Sovereign’s trails chasing down her daughter, Hannah. Hannah recently went to World Juniors and is a member of the Junior National Team. You can always find them putting in miles on the mountain with the biggest smiles!

Coaching Highlights

A really happy customer makes the time, effort, enthusiasm for the sport and high level of care all worthwhile.

Favourite Trail Snack

Almond Fudge Cliff Bar...helps me to keep up with Hannah on her 3h distance skis. We’re slow to start but endurance comes with age!


Racing Highlights 

Sometimes Mae will do a replay of the 2011 World Masters and really kick it into gear at the bottom of Carl Wylie, pretending she's in the race again and Mike Bell is cheering on the course. He was saying just the right words to make Mae go for that silver medal: “You’re killing it Mae!”


Every day is a good day on the snow. My favourite is when it is quiet and you are going through the forest and huge snowflakes are falling. I love how cross country skiing empowers you in your life – it makes you so strong!


Jocelyn Marcotte


Jocelyn coaches primarily in Gatineau Park with Skinouk SKI+. He enjoys seeing progress and witnessing the occasional «Eureka» moment when a student suddenly understands something he/she had been struggling with.

Favourite Trail Snack 

Granola bars, any one that isn't too hard to chew when frozen.

Fun Facts

Jocelyn loves endurance challenges! He has completed the Gatineau Loppet and the Canadian Ski Marathon multiple times and cycled across Canada in 2013.

I enjoy the cool clean winter air and the silent stillness that winter brings. The silence only punctuated by the sound of my breath and that of my skis on the snow. It's so satisfying to travel from one point to the other through my own efforts.


Mike Bell

CANSI III, XC Supercamps "Original," B.Phys.Ed / Exercise Physiology / ED Cert UBC, U of M and Gonzaga U

Mike is a past Olympic coach of the Canadian National Nordic Team & former CANSI XC Interski Demo Team Member (Captain) / Examiner. Mike has become a driving force with the BC Masters XC Ski Association. His wax technician abilities at the XC World Masters in recent years has proven to help his athletes and students to continuously improve their skills.

Favourite Quote

“Ski smart and ski smooth!” 


Kelowna, BC


Murray Wood

CANSI IV, CANSI I (Telemark), CANSI Level 1 Course Conductor

Big HELLO from Murray Wood here at Silver Star …

Looking forward to seeing you this winter at our Supercamps. We have lots in store for you this season, but most of all it’s the opportunity to get out on the snow with you and have a really good time reaching and obtaining your goals.

This past spring I went through the PMBI Mountain Bike level one course and spent the summer teaching downhill and cross country level one here at SilverStar.


Don’t forget to add some specific core works to your schedule and we shall see you on the snow … Very Soon ..


Pat Pierce

CANSI III, B.Phys.Ed., Masters of Education Leadership (San Diego State)

Pat started skiing in 1978 in the backcountry after coaching high school sport across the board during her education career. She took an interest in nordic skiing as her children grew up and started competing. Her motivation to work on her technique started when she skied her first 50km loppet in 1984 and decided she wanted to ski faster!

Coaching Highlights

Head Coach Bulkley Valley Nordics;

Led a Junior Provincial team on a Norwegian tour and to the Junior Nationals in the States in the year 2000; selected as a Provincial Coach for the Canada Winter Games in the same year, and coached several junior athletes who earned podium results in the Canadian Junior Nationals.


Fun Facts

Pat received the Cross Country Canada Firth Award in 2000, given to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to Canadian nordic skiing.

Currently, she is a mentor for the Masters Program at SLNC. 


Pat van Mullem


Coaching Highlights

Various awards over the years including, “2018/2019 Jessica Eaman Volunteer Coach of the Year” award from Sovereign Lake.  The awards have all been awesome, but the most rewarding is guiding a new skier to success and seeing their eyes light up with a new-found joy in XC skiing.

Favourite Trail Snack

Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem tablets


Racing Highlights

Pat's wife showed up unexpectedly to cheer him onward at various points along the 90KM course while he skied the Swedish Vassaloppet.

Boy, there are so many things I love about skiing, in no particular order:  the quiet & solitude, it’s a winter wonderland, the XC community, the challenge of the sport, the healthy lifestyle, fitness, the ballet dance like quality of the movements, and the XC worldwide culture.

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Sandy Cook

CANSI IV, CSIA III, CANSI I (Telemark), CSCF II, HonBSc (Kinesiology), BASc (Mechanical Engineering)

A Supercamp "original," Sandy is an avid skier, mountain biker, road cyclist and paddler. Sandy has been a resident at Silver Star for nearly 20 years – raising her family and being involved with the Snowsports School for most of the time.


Many years were spent teaching and coaching in the east while attending university for kinesiology and engineering.


She enjoys trail running and spending time with her new grandchildren!

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Sheila Kealey

NCCP Comp.Dev., Expert in sports nutrition, Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion)

Coaching Highlights

I have over 20 years of coaching experience, and Supercamp 2017 was a definite highlight so I’m thrilled to be returning in 2018! My current nordic ski coaching includes uOttawa Nordiq Head Coach and Nakkertok Nordic Coach.

Favourite Trail Snack

One of my homemade energy bars.


Fun Fact

I still love to compete!  Beyond skiing, I love good food (I have co-authored a Cookbook/Food Guide and share recipes on my website) and am involved in health research. My experience as a researcher keeps my coaching, training, and nutrition communication grounded in science, which I communicate on twitter and my website.

 I love skiing because I love being outside on ski trails and beyond soaking in the beauty of nature, I like challenging my body’s balance, agility, and fitness. I want to share this passion with Supercamp guests and show them that with the proper mindset, coaching, and challenges your body can keep doing amazing things

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Troy Hudson

NCCP T2T, General Manager Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

While Troy has been off the market as a coach for the last few years he brings passion, enthusiasm

and a huge smile to his clinics. Troy also enjoys being out on his bikes, throwing down some riffs on his trumpet, climbing in the mountains with his two kids or most likely out on his sailboat during the non snowy months. Troy has the good fortune to be the new General Manager at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club as of January 2015. He looks forward to hosting you on the outstanding system of ski trails. Bring your A game, or your B game, as he is happy to work with all abilities, but most of all…bring your smile and a willingness to learn.



Golden, BC

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Val Tinker

CANSI III (Nordic), CANSI I (Telemark), CSIA III, Mechanical Engineer

Val has an extensive background coaching in Canada and overseas. He is fluent in Russian and a graduate from the Moscow Automobile /Highway Institute as a Mechanical Engineer. His broad background and passion for winter sports and as an elite level mountain biker has been an excellent addition to skiers of all abilities.

Coaching Highlights

Val coaches because he enjoys the interaction with participants and other coaches during the camps and helping people achieve their personal goals.

Favourite Trail Snack


Val’s skiing adventures include some unusual skiing in the summer, skiing gravel pit slopes on old dh skis, skiing wood chip pile….it is hard to stay away from skiing for too long!

What Val loves about skiing...

In one word – everything. Up or down, freedom of speed not regulated by anyone but me, fresh cool air and , of course, the friends who come along.

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Wendy Grater

CANSI IV (Nordic), CANSI I (Telemark), Paddle Canada Moving Water Instructor

Wendy has a deep love of any outdoor activity, particularly if it involves sliding on snow or water. She has competed at over 15 World Masters events, is the Ontario Director of the Canadian Masters Association, and on the Board of CANSI Ontario. She has twice ski toured across Baffin Island’s Auyuittuq National Park. She owns and operates Canada’s premier wilderness travel company, Black Feather – the Wilderness Adventure Company.


Coaching Highlights

As well as coaching at Supercamp, I work as a CANSI course conductor, leading level I and II courses. I am founder and head instructor at the Georgian Nordic Ski Club’s Women on Skis day, which has been an annual event for 20 years. I also coach the instructor teams at the North Toronto and High Park Ski Clubs.


Favourite Trail Snack

Peanut butter Granola bars from Beamer’s Café in Canmore! Wash it down with Licorice spice tea!

Recent Skiing Adventures

Recently, I did a ski tour in Norway … the Troll’s Trail. This 8 day tour was incredible, skiing in the birthplace of Nordic skiing. The trail climbed above treeline into the fjells, and each night we stayed in a cozy hut or inn. To top it off, we skied the 54km Birkebeiner Loppet. What a way to celebrate skiing!