chris read skiing


Program Director
Member PSIA
Member ATRA
PSIA Level 2
SWR Level 1
Colorado State River Guide
Avalanche Level 1
ABEE Ropes Course Facilitator Certified
Wilderness Emergency Certified
BS in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Utah
MA in Outdoor Education from University of Northern Colorado

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” ~Henry David Thoreau

Chris learned to ski in Crested Butte in 1973 at the ripe old age of 3, he has been hooked on the sport and town ever since.  Chris enjoys traveling and hanging out with his wife Jennifer and their alpine wonder hound Sundog. In his free time you’ll find him skiing, cycling, climbing, road tripin’ and occasionally just kickin’ his feet up around CB, Colorado and beyond. Chris is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), he holds a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Utah and an M.A. in Outdoor Education from the University of Northern Colorado and AMGA SPI, Turbish Mountaineering, Colorado River Guide and PISA L2 Adaptive Certifications. Additionally he is swift water rescue, ropes and challenge course facilitator, avalanche 1, LNT, EMT and Wilderness Emergency trained. Moving to CB from Colorado Springs in 1991 Chris joined the ASC in 1999 after being a Facilitator for various premier outdoor and adaptive programs. He became Winter Program Director in 2003 and Program Director in 2006.

Where were you born and/or raised?
Colorado Springs, CO

How long have you lived in Crested Butte?
22 Years

Why did you choose to work with people with disabilities?
A degree path change fro, Physical Therapy to Recreational Therapy was one of the best decisions I ever made!

How did you come to work with the ASC? How long have you been here?
I grew up skiing and adventuring around CB and was lucky enough to get my foot in the door as an Instructor and Equipment Manager in 1998. I’ve been here for 15 years.

How long have you been skiing/snowboarding?
40 years

What's your favorite restaurant in Crested Butte?
Depends on my mood…Many great choices.

What is your favorite ski resort?
Da Butte (Hands down…although Verbier, CH ain’t too shabby).