Don Portman has been teaching Nordic skiing for close to half a century. He was on the PSIA Nordic Demo Team for eight years and has taught telemark skiing throughout the West, including Alaska and at summer telemark camps on Mount Hood. Most of his teaching, however, has been track skiing in Washington State’s Methow Valley. A founder of the trail system there, Portman owned and operated a ski school and ski-rental business in the Methow Valley for more than 40 years. He continues to be a certification examiner and clinic leader for PSIANW. A former equipment editor for Skitrax, Portman has skied hundreds of kilometres testing ski gear. For Portman, almost every winter day is a ski day, be it Classic, skate or backcountry.