Every year, Ermine Skate sponsors a small group of skaters who contribute to the sport and culture of Nordic skating.
Kristin is based in Palmer, Alaska, where she spends her time playing outdoors with her three children and writing for “Tales of a Mountain Mama.” Kristin’s article “Wild Ice Play with Kids” is an exceptional resource for those seeking guidance and tips for recreating on wild ice with children. In Kristin’s words, “I have been spending years out on wild ice with my children, and through them have recently discovered a love for skating. Finding Nordic skating just last year has changed the way I get to explore one of my favorite ephemeral wonders.”
Ryan is a wildlife biologist based out of southern coastal Maine. Ryan has done an excellent job putting together long trips on New England lakes and sharing them with the growing New England Nordic skating community. In Ryan’s words, “I am deeply passionate about wildness, wilderness, and adventuring. I am in love with frozen enchanted landscapes and feel most alive while on Nordic skates chasing ethereal sunsets and unique ice formations.”
Bronté is an Outdoor Studies student at Alaska Pacific University (APU) with concentrations in Snow Science and Public Land Management. Bronté says, “I was drawn to study in Alaska to get back to my roots, and to seek out adventure in winter landscapes through backcountry skiing, ice climbing, and ice skating. Getting joy from a place you wouldn’t normally find yourself, like the middle of a frozen lake, is always magical.”
Josephine “Jojo” Qimagar Leonard
Jojo is a speed and wild-ice skater born in Bethel, Alaska and now living in Anchorage. She is of Alaska Native (Yup’ik Cup’iq) Italian and Polish descent and has been skating since she could walk. As a member of both the Alaska Speed Skating Club and the Anchorage Skate Club she is honing her competitive speedskating short and long-track skills under the tutelage of Coaches John Monroe and Peter Haeussler. Jojo says, “What excites me the most about skating is that it gets you outside and is great exercise. I also like the competitiveness on the track.”
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