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Outdoor enthusiasts turn passion in purpose

At Cripple Creek Backcountry, human-powered skiing and snowboarding beyond the restraints of the resort is their passion.

Randy Young, co-owner/co-operator, grew up in in Cincinnati, OH but caught the Colorado bug right out of college.

 “I visited once and fell in love with the mountains,” Young said. 

That appreciation for outdoor recreation opened so many doors. He worked in local gear shops and later launched Cripple Creek Backcountry in Carbondale with longtime friend and ski partner, Doug Stenclik.

“We started Cripple Creek because we were really frustrated with the lack of selection and expertise around backcountry ski and split board gear,” said Young. “Turns out there were a lot of customers that felt the same way.”

Cripple Creek now has eight locations in Colorado and one in Seattle, WA as well as a webstore. And they recently partnered with Basalt Bike and Ski so they can bring the same full selection and expertise to the bike community.

“Being in communities where people value the outdoors and make it such a priority to get outside is really special.” – Randy Young, co-owner/co-operator of Cripple Creek Backcountry

What sets Cripple Creek Backcountry apart from the rest? Young noted they meet customers where they’re at, whether that’s brand new to skiing and biking or a lifetime skier or cyclist.

 “We are a resource to our customers and help them to pick out and purchase the right gear for them,” he explained.

And having the right piece of gear when you need it most. There is no better feeling.

“When sports are more enjoyable because I have the right piece of gear, it makes my day that much better,” he said. “It is pretty awesome when we get to do this for our customers.”

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