Paul Hamilton (Manager + Customer Service): Paul Hamilton, also known as 'the slender skinner', frequents his favorite stashes in the upper Crystal River Valley during the peak of winter season. You'll catch him laying a mean uptrack on his lean pow sticks with laser focus and precision, hooting and hollering as he makes kick-turn after sweet kick-turn. Paul also enjoys competing in the immensely popular and cut-throat Cosmic Series Randonnee Rally events, where like-minded enthusiasts gussy up in their finest Lycra and lightest touring gear to see who can slide up and down snow with speed and style. When he's forced to rest and attend to his work obligations, Paul helps guide the smooth operation of Cripple Creek Backcountry in Carbondale with the help of a knowledgeable and eager team.
Randy Young (Owner/Operator): Growing up in Ohio, Randy was lucky if he got to spend a handful of days on snow each year which made those days all the more special. Randy moved to Colorado just after college and his love for skiing and snow only grew. He quickly found ski touring and loved the difficulty and adventure that came with it. He wanted to do more with better gear, but options and availability were extremely limited. That's when he realized that backcountry touring needed a dedicated shop. Randy and his good friend and business partner Doug opened Cripple Creek Backcountry the next winter and it has done nothing but grow since then. Randy is extremely grateful to be a part of this sport and the communities that support it. Running three stores keeps Randy on the move so be sure to say hi when you see him and be sure to ask him your gear questions because he loves to nerd out on the gear that keeps us moving up and down the mountains.
Doug Stenclik (Owner/Operator):