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Action County: Justin Easter

CAITLIN ROW
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Special to the DailyJustin Easter, head coach of Summit Nordic Ski Club, with the kids he took to Junior Nationals last winter in Anchorage.
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Justin Easter jumped at the chance to be Summit Nordic Ski Club’s head coach last year, despite being a full-time Montana resident. It was the next step in his quest to live and breath Nordic skiing.

“I truly see this as a lifestyle more than a job,” 27-year-old Easter said. ” … This is the greatest job in the world.”

As head of the Summit Nordic Ski Club, which includes everything from the junior Nordic team to the Summit Masters, he works tirelessly every day to make the program great ” often waking up at 5:30 a.m., working with his students and coaching staff, and pouring over coaching plans until late in the evening. He takes his job seriously and strives to maintain constant availability to others interested in the sport.

“I want to be able to share this sport,” Easter said. “This club is the perfect spring board for that.”

Easter, a Maine native who’s been on cross country skis his whole life, began racing at age six and never looked back. He raced in high school, college and even professionally. He now sees coaching as a fulfilling way to continue with the sport, handing his knowledge to others and watching them grow.

“These athletes are some of the finest young people that you’ll ever meet,” he said.

He sees ski club participants, especially kids, as the future of the movement. His goal is to simply inspire people and to increase Nordic skiing within the community.

“Justin’s such an understated guy, but his accomplishments are nothing short of phenomenal,” said Deb Nelson, a Summit Masters participant. “We’re so fortunate to have him here. … He’s so understated that he never talks about himself unless he can share a story from a coaching perspective.”

Easter was an All American Nordic skier and he’s won several national titles, including the Vasaloppet USA. He was also a member of the Pro Subaru Factory Nordic Team. Additionally, he won several NCAA championships as a cross country runner.

“Justin has a broad vision for nordic skiing in Summit County,” Nelson said.

And the club is growing. He started the Masters program last year with 12 people and this season it has 30 participants.

“We’ll likely have to expand the coaching staff,” he said.

When Easter isn’t coaching or Nordic skiing, he’s knitting.

“It’s one of those frustrating hobbies,” Easter said. He’s even made a few sweaters.

Please contact Caitlin Row with any Action County nominations. She can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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