Owner / Lead Guide
Ben is the soft-spoken mountain goat who leads our guiding and avalanche education operations. His lifelong curiosity with natural history accelerated early in life as he earned his degree in wildlife biology and ecology. An AMGA certified guide, Ben has over 20 years of guiding experience in western Colorado. Ben has also served as the Program Manager for AIARE and an avalanche forecaster for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center.
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Janae is an exuberant coach, hyper-motivated athlete, and super fun person to lead you into the mountains. Achievement is her middle name: professional athlete, mountain guide, fitness coach, mother of two, Yale University degrees in Geology and Environmental Studies, and mathematics curriculum developer. Now retired from racing, she shares her passion for the outdoors and adventure through her guide service and mountain biking school in Crested Butte.
Jake has been guiding since 2006. In the spring he makes his pilgrimage to the Alaska Range to guide his favorite trip on Mount McKinley, teaching climbers how to live and climb on North America’s highest peak. When not guiding globally, Jake calls Crested Butte home. Jake’s favorite aspect of guiding is sharing his love of the high places and teaching others how to access the view.
Reed's spirit vegetable is Cauliflower. Reed has been working as a guide, specializing as a mountain bike instructor and guide, for 12 years at home in Crested Butte as well across the western slope of Colorado and Utah. Reed is an Instructor Trainer for the Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP) traveling across the United States and Internationally teaching and certifying the next generation of mountain bike instructors and guides.
Dave has been guiding all over the American west and throughout Europe since 1998. He has directed well-established outdoor programs in Colorado and Germany. He is a certified AMGA guide and certified AIARE and ACA instructor. When he's not guiding for us he teaches for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He is currently working on his masters degree in Higher Administrative Education. Dave loves sharing the outdoors with his clients.
Sierra is a BICP Level 1 and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance certified Mountain Bike Coach. In addition to coaching with Colorado Bike Academy, she works with Crested Butte DEVO, VIDA Mountain Bike Series, and SheJumps. She is a Juliana Ambassador and will suffer any uphill, if it means a shredy downhill.
Lauren grew up riding horses in her hometown of Evergreen, CO, and knew from an early age that the mountains would always be home. She spent many years trying to keep up with her brother on bike trails and ski slopes, and finally made it to her dream town of Crested Butte in 2014. When she isn't biking, hiking, skiing, and romping around with her dog, she can be found teaching history and English at the local high school or exploring far corners of the world. She loves to share her favorite trails while providing thorough, individual feedback to help riders progress.
Come explore the mountains with one of Colorado's most versatile, inspiring, talented, and fun female guides. As Crested Butte locals describe her, Sydney Dickinson is a "legend in the making." After earning her BS in Health and Exercise Science, Sydney moved to Crested Butte with her husband, Rob. Since then, she has proved to be a formidable athlete, taking every sport she does by storm. A talented coach and guide, Sydney provides exceptional, personalized feedback while taking her clients on the unforgettable adventures of a lifetime.
Krista has lived in the Gunnison Valley since 1985 and passionately explores the outdoors year around. She has been a professional ski patroller for 29 seasons, an avalanche instructor for 12 years, and loves winter sports with her husband and 2 boys. In the summer you can find her in the field hiking, biking and frolicking amongst the spectacular wild flowers.
Molly's current passion is sharing wildflowers and natural history while hiking, backpacking, telemark and cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. She’s guided and taught at institutions such as Colorado Outward Bound, Alaska Wildland Adventures, and Colorado State University, with course around the world. A creative non-fiction, place-based author, Molly lead writing workshops and has over 400 published articles including in Mountain Gazette and Powder.
I grew up in Northern Michigan where my dad taught me to love mountain biking! I have raced everything from Cyclocross, XC, Endurance to Enduro! One of my favorite parts about mountain biking is that I am constantly improving and working on my fitness, and handling skills. I love going on an awesome bike ride and ending it with an ice-cream cone.
Growing up in Colorado I developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. I'm in love with exploring the mountains by snowboard, foot, motorcycle and especially by mountain bike. Cycling is my first passion in life that was sparked by riding a section of the Colorado trail when I was 8. Since then I have raced professionally at Enduro and Downhill.
Karin enjoys sharing her love of the backcountry with others. She has spent the vast majority of her life learning, growing, and being humbled in the mountain environment. She began working professionally in the mountains in 2002 and has spent the last 17 years as an outdoor educator, instructor, technical guide, ski patroller and avalanche forecaster. She worked as an instructor, course director and staff trainer for Outward Bound. She is currently an AIARE Course Leader, AMGA certified rock guide, AMGA ski and alpine guide-in-training, an BICP Level 1 instructor.
Evan, originally from Jackson Hole WY, gained his ski skills from participation in the Jackson Hole Ski Club starting at the age of 7. He has since traded the skinny skis and groomers for fatter planks and powder. When he’s not skiing or paddling he can be found on his mountain bike logging long rides around the Crested Butte area where he now lives and works. Evan is a certified ski guide with the AMGA, is a certified EMT-B and AIARE Course Leader.
Lead Mountain Bike Instructor
Andy Shabo has over a decade of mountain bike coaching experience. After leaving his role as a coach for BetterRide, he helped develop the curriculum for the Backcountry Bike Academy. When not coaching bike clinics, he can be found building skis at Romp Skis or helping teach his two youngsters how to shred.