Mike was born and raised on the Continental Divide, just south of Guanella Pass, Colorado. He spent many of his formative days exploring and learning about the high alpine terrain near the 11,669ft pass that had been named by his mother. The remote mountain setting located between the historic mining towns of Breckenridge and Georgetown was Mike’s “home-range”.
After some years of exploring alternatives, including rodeo, Mike settled in Breckenridge and has continued to pursue his passion for skiing. His childhood days remain an influence on his approach to his adult pursuits and have nourished his deep felt joy for Wilderness.
Mike joined Paragon Guides in 1998, after 6 years with the Summit County Search and Rescue Team as Avalanche Training Coordinator, Snow Safety Helicopter Technician and Site Commander. As a Senior Guide for Paragon, Mike still loves every minute he gets to guide people through the magical world of the Colorado Backcountry.