Leslie HallProgram Director & All Around Coach
Three time Olympian (‘88, ’92 & ’94), 5 time World Championship Team member (‘87,‘89,‘91,93 & ’95) and World Cup racer, 11 time US National Champion , 2 time World Junior Team member (‘81, ’82). Post racing: worked for Nordic Equipment Co, coaches ski camps, clinic instructor and has coached for MVNT since 1997 and been the junior team director since 2012-13 season!
Grace ButlerPolar Bear Lead Coach
Grace Butler is from Waterbury Center, Vermont where she Nordic skied and ran for Harwood Union High School and VTXC under the tutelage of coaches John and Ryan Kerrigan. She left the East to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla from 2014-2018. Through her field study of public lands and natural resource policy at Whitman she was introduced to the Methow Valley and was smitten with the place and community. She is ecstatic to be here and to spend time with young skiers who are learning to love the sport and love the outdoors. Grace leads the Polar Bears!
Laura McCabeWolverine Lead Coach
Laura McCabe is a 2 time Olympian ’94 and ’98. On the Fisher/Solomon Factory team for 11 years winning numerous marathons throughout the country including the American Birkebiner. Laura has been coaching the Methow Valley Nordic Team for 23 years and was head coach for 6 years before she had her own children. Laura leads the Wolverines.
Heide AndersenLynx Lead Coach
Heide has been a MVNT coach for five years since moving to the Methow Valley from Colorado 8 years ago. She raced in junior nationals several times while racing in high school in Minnesota and qualified for NCAA championships while racing for Williams College in MA. She also competed for the province of Vienna, racing in Austrian championships and other european races. After graduate school, she raced for the Peltonen/Exel and Madshus/Alpina teams as a marathon skier, including competing in the elite wave in the American Birkebeiner. Besides Nordic skiing, Heide also competed as a professional mountain bike racer while living in Utah and Colorado. She enjoys backcountry skiing and riding her horse when she’s not on her nordic skis or her bike. Heide leads the Lynxes!
Peter LeonardSnow Leopard leader
2019-20 will be Pete’s 16th winter of coaching XC skiing, and his second with MVN after becoming Executive Director last year. He spent his previous 12 years coaching and building NSCF-FXC program in Fairbanks, AK, and 2 years prior to that as assistant coach with NYSEF in Lake Placid, NY. He is a US Ski and Snowboard L100 Technique Instructor, and has coached at 15 Junior Nationals, 10 Senior Nationals, 2 World Juniors, 1 U18 Nordic Nations Cup and a bunch of Regional Elite Group Camps. He loves going on adventures in wild places, and helping others find fitness, personal growth and enjoyment through active outdoor pursuits. Pete is the leader of the Snow Leopards.