Maddie Crowell

Growing up with the San Juans in my backyard I have  always had a work hard, play hard mentality. I was born and raised on Hastings Mesa, a little forest oasis 45 minutes outside of Telluride where my family’s log home is located off-the-grid and a three-mile snowmobile ride away in the winter. My parents strapped a pair of skis on my feet at the age of two and there was no looking back. While I raced competitively in high school, I switched my focus to big mountain and backcountry skiing when I moved to British Columbia to attend university. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, I spent three summers working as a field biologist on Vancouver Island.
I returned to Colorado in 2017 and decided to call Telluride my home base again. I now spend the summers working as a mountain guide on Mt. Shasta in northern California and had my rookie season on Denali in 2019. In the winters I work locally as a ski guide for Mountain Trip, as well as a cat-skiing guide for the Cimarron Mountain Club, and most recently, Helitrax. My skiing obsession has taken me to Europe, Japan, Canada and all over the western U.S. I seek to maintain a balance of pursuing my own big mountain dreams with my professional guiding goals. As I guide I strive to always create meaningful and authentic connections in the mountains, while obtaining objectives in the safest way possible.

I am currently on track to become an AMGA Ski Guide and have taken the AMGA Alpine Skills and Ski Guide Course. I have pursued my avalanche education through the Canadian Avalanche Association and have taken my Level 1 Operational, Avalanche Advanced Search and Rescue and Mountain Weather courses. I currently hold certifications for a Wilderness First Responder, Outdoor Emergency Care, Leave No Trace, and I’m also a member of the Salomon Ambassador Team. When I’m not skiing I try and make time for yoga, reading, potlucks and sewing fleece hats. I’m stoked to join Mountain Trip for another Denali season and head to Alaska!

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