Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
Level 1 Adaptive Snowboard
Certified VI Guide by Discovery Blind Sports at Kirkwood Mountain Resort
BA in Journalism from University of Missouri, the world’s #1 journalism school!
“Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.”
A California native, Mike got his first Colorado experience working in the communications department at the United States Olympic Committee. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Mike returned to Colorado Springs to lead a number of marketing campaigns for nonprofits before heading to Silicon Valley to direct marketing strategy for Adobe Systems, Inc. at Big Sky Communications. While there, he became a voice for Adobe Photoshop on the product’s social media pages and blog. A former guide for skiers with visual impairments and a volunteer for Burton Chill, Mike left the city life to combine his marketing career with community efforts at the Adaptive Sports Center. After work, Mike can be found snowboarding, dirt jumping or stand-up-paddling while his black lab follows closely behind.
Where were you born and/or raised?
San Jose, California
How long have you lived in Crested Butte?
Why did you choose to work with people with disabilities?
One of my best friends lost her vision while she was in college and shortly after the incident we decided to get involved with adaptive snowboarding. After having the honor of serving as her guide for a winter, I saw first-hand the positive impact action sports can have on a person.
How did you come to work with the ASC? How long have you been here?
I came to the Adaptive Sports Center after working in corporate marketing for Adobe Systems Inc. in Silicon Valley. Commuting from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe every weekend wasn't satisfying my need for the mountains and adventure, so I moved to Crested Butte over two years ago to become the Marketing Director at the Adaptive Sports Center.
How long have you been skiing/snowboarding?
My family had a ski condo in Lake Tahoe and I remember going to ski school as a kiddo and ripping groomers. When I got to high school I thought snowboarding was "cooler" and made the switch. Now I have been snowboarding for almost 15 years.
What's your favorite restaurant in Crested Butte?
Every drive through Gunnison requires a stop at Twisted Fork for a bowl of noodles.
What is your favorite ski resort?
Arapahoe Basin convinced me that Colorado skiing one-ups Tahoe.