Owned by Ben and Janae Pritchett, Colorado Backcountry offers custom guided biking, hiking, and skiing trips. Working as a professional mountain guide, outdoor educator, and avalanche forecaster, Ben spends countless hours on foot, skis, and bike exploring the mountains around Crested Butte and beyond. In addition to his wildlife biology degree, Ben gained his knowledge of the local geology, flora and fauna through many years of dedicated study and observation, including ecological research and management projects. Janae has lived in Crested Butte since graduating in 1998 from Yale University with degrees in geology and environmental science. In her free time between playing with her and Ben’s kids, Maryn and Tucker, and her summers guiding, you’ll find Janae racing around the mountains. Her race results include national wins in extreme and skiing competitions, mountain bike races, and off-road triathlons. Despite her racing success, you’ll find Janae really just loves to have fun outdoors!