Editors note: This is a weekly column highlighting our ski coaches from around the country including elite coaches, college coaches, high school coaches, volunteer coaches, and learn-to-ski coaches. This is an effort to sample a diverse group of coaches and recognize the people who are the backbone of today’s skiers. If you would like to nominate a coach for an interview, please email email@example.com . Please give coach’s name, email, phone, and a small paragraph describing the nominee. The more diverse, the better.
Erik, 33, is Director and Head Ski Coach at the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center (APUNSC) in Anchorage, Alaska. Erik recently took the reigns of the APU program this past summer, along with his assistants Holly Brooks and Frode Lillefjell. APUNSC athletes won 12 of 30 medals awarded at the recent U.S. National Championships in Houghton, Michigan, the first week of January.
Erik resides in Anchorage with his wife Gretchen, two daughters Marit and Ingrid, a baby boy due in March .. and the family dog, Soda. He’s a former elite ski racer with an accomplished resume. On a side note, Erik’s also a former Alaska Bush Pilot and is a certified A&P (airplane) mechanic.