Prep Nordic Ski

Bethel and the surrounding Western Mountains of Maine are a haven for Nordic skiers, and Gould Academy has a long, rich history of developing Nordic skiers by focusing on the long-term goals of the student-athlete through technique work and year-round training.

On-campus Gould boasts a 40-kilometer trail system with access to an additional 500 kilometers of some of the best skiing in the east just an hour away! Direct access to groomed terrain is quite literally on our doorsteps, and our students and coaches make the most of it with practices five days a week.

Year-round training is available and is tailored to the individual. Other endurance sports opportunities in the offseason include cross-country running, road cycling, or mountain biking, which can be supplemented with other physical conditioning like roller skiing and strength training at our Farnsworth Field House weight room, with the help of a coach / athletic trainer’s expertise.

Prep Nordic skiers compete within NEPSAC, with regional competitions against other boarding and high schools. For those students looking to compete at a higher level, there is also the Gould Academy Competition Program to consider, with access to national level events.

Prep Nordic Schedule

Prep Nordic Coaches

Tim Whiton ’05

Associate Registrar
Nordic Program Director
M.A., Montana State University
B.A. Bates College;

As Associate Registrar, Mr. Whiton assists in the development of the academic schedule and student course selections. Hehas coached NCAA Division I programs at Montana State University, Bowdoin College, and the University of Maine as well as privately worked with professional athletes skiing independently or with clubs such as Bridger Ski Foundation and Auburn Ski Club. He has been fortunate to work with six NCAA All-Americans, one NCAA individual champion, dozens of NCAA and Junior Nationals competitors, several US Nationals and Super Tour podium finishers, and two athletes who skied at the 2018 Olympics. He is a 2005 Gould graduate and raced at Bates College and semi-professionally post-college. He is a passionate believer in helping young people understand and trust the process of development and wants to see his former athletes being successful and enjoying their athletic lives far beyond their time at Gould. Success at this comes from blending life, academics, and athletics together and bringing a young person’s other interests onto the ski trails and skiing into other parts of their lives. He earned L200 USSA Coaching certification and is a NENSA certified coach . He also coached Gould’s Nordic team from 2011 to 2012. While he lives and breathes skinny-ski skiing, he also loves most other endurance sports, especially ones involving time in the mountains with his wife, Tara, and son, Rhys.
Brad Clarke

Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D. Brandeis University
Cross Country Running Coach
Nordic Team Coach


Dr. Clarke has been teaching and coaching at Gould for over twenty years.  Over the years he has taught many courses including AP Comparative Government, AP US History, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and Dylan and American Culture. In his time at Gould, he has coached a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, softball, cross country, mountain biking, road cycling, and Nordic skiing.

In Dr. Clarke’s spare time he enjoys climbing mountains with his corgis, listening to music, collecting vinyl, and doing crossword puzzles. He likes long walks on the beach and has a soft side for the Carpenters, especially “Rainy Days and Mondays.” He lives in Bethel with his wife Beth, the principal of Agnes Gray Elementary School in West Paris. They have four children, Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Liv ’19, who continue to amaze and inspire them.

Laurel Fiddler

English Teacher
B.A., Bates College


Ms. Fiddler comes to us from Mammoth Lakes, California. At Bates College, she majored in English with a creative writing concentration and minored in history and religion. She was also a member of their Nordic Team and is now part of Gould’s Nordic coaching staff and coaches cross country running. Prior to Bates, she attended Community School in Sun Valley, ID, and competed for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Along with her skills in writing and skiing, she is a certified Yoga instructor and is involved in the local yoga community in Bethel. She is pursuing a master of arts degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. During her free time, she enjoys skiing, running, and hiking and loves the accessibility to the outdoors in Bethel. She lives in Gehring Hall with her cat, Winnie.