I’m James, a ski-obsessed mountain enthusiast with a passion for turning travel dreams into reality. Born on skis in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, I knew from the tender age of four that my destiny was intertwined with those majestic slopes. Skiing became my first love, and the mountains became my second home.
After graduating high school, I made a beeline for Gunnison, Colorado, a cozy little town nestled near the mighty Mt. Crested Butte and home to Western Colorado University. That’s where my ski industry career kicked off, landing a gig at Crested Butte Mountain Resort while I was in college.
Gunnison, my mountain paradise, is where I hang my ski boots and keep my wanderlust alive. When I’m not conquering slopes, you’ll find me tearing up the trails on my trusty mountain bike or running trails deep into the wilderness. I firmly believe that traveling and immersing ourselves in nature can spark life-altering transformations.
Now, my mission is to sprinkle a little bit of that transformative magic into your travel experiences. Whether you seek snow-capped peaks, sun-kissed beaches, or culture-rich cities, I’ve got your back. Let’s collaborate on crafting unforgettable adventures that’ll make your heart race and your soul sing.
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At age 3, Kurt was already in the tracks of his dad’s leather-booted, slope-packing herringbone, up and down the woodsy pitches of the family backyard in Pennsylvania. Growing up within earshot of the snow guns at mighty Spring Mountain (and its 250 feet of vertical and two rope tows), fast forward to today, Kurt has visited virtually every ski resort in North America plus another twenty or so across Europe, South America and New Zealand. Many of Kurt’s finest experiences have included skiing and the mountains – he even met is wife in the ski industry. The marriage prompted a move from Mammoth Mountain in California’s Eastern Sierras to Banff in the Canadian Rockies and eventually, dual citizenship. During his fifteen years in Banff, Kurt dedicated a decade to directing the branding, marketing and communication efforts for Banff and Lake Tourism, promoting Canada’s iconic mountain destination and national park. He and his wife now live near Victoria on Vancouver Island, a short paddle away from the beautiful Gulf Islands and an inspirational ferry ride/drive to Whistler. They are also passionate cyclists, hikers, surfers, curators of their little beach cottage in Cardiff-by-the-Sea north of San Diego and are utterly indefatigable travel addicts.
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J.MAK doesn’t think it’s all about just a great hotel room. There is much more to it, where Hospitality meets Personality. Please meet the Personalities behind the Hospitality of these great places and spaces. J.MAK Hospitality is a brand that emphasizes the importance of relationships, social media, constant activity, and most importantly, success. J.MAK helps clients find their individual flair, relax, feel confident and stand out from the herd. Clients learn to trust their instinct and create their mark, focusing on what makes their property or service so attractive and unique. We work together combining our passion for the industry that is so deeply embedded in us.
A true Park City, Utah native – born, raised and currently still residing in Park City, Alix hasn’t moved from her breathtaking home town, other than attending college in California, for good reason! Alix received her degree in marketing from FIDM, and shortly after graduating, moved back to her home town and scenic Utah, where she excelled in the hospitality business. “My life motto is to be outdoors as much as possible, and take a minimum of two tropical vacations each year, as well as camping adventures annually from May through September.” A few of Alix’s favorite Utah summer camping/boating spots are Flaming Gorge, Lake Powell, and Moab. “Anywhere with a body of water, my family, and my pups, I will be there!” Alix has always had a passion for traveling and cannot wait to continue to do so, while helping others plan and live out their dream vacations.
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Marlene Christopher is a New Hampshire native who grew up skiing, but once she hit the slopes out West in Aspen, she knew she had found her true home.She has skied all the major mountains in the Western US and Canada from Whistler to Telluride, hiked the canyons of Utah, camped and fished from Alaska through Montana and Idaho to Wyoming, and she spent several years as an outfitter for hunters seeking big game in the high Western mountains. Marlene was an extreme skier before anyone knew it was cool, and was one of the many to hike up Independence Pass (above Aspen) with her skis, to get in those last wild runs in the Spring snow.She is an accomplished horsewoman, and she for many years had Snowmass Stables and a retail store in Snowmass Village that specialized in authentic Native American jewelry. She’s been selling ski vacations since 2000 and she knows the mountains, the lodges, the restaurants and all the fun outdoor activities available in the Alpine Adventures destinations.
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A.J., a.k.a. Amanda Jo, went on her first trip at the tender age of 6 weeks and hasn’t stopped traveling since. AJ spent most of her childhood summers, with her family, exploring the National Parks, small towns, and out-of-the way places in the western and mid-western United States. She has an easier time telling you where she hasn’t been in the U.S., as opposed to where she has been. She spent three seasons working at a small luxury guest ranch in Wyoming and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the West.
AJ completed her B.B.A in International Business at Florida Atlantic University in 2004. As a result of working for Alpine Adventures, she went back to school, finishing her Master of Science degree, at the University of Central Florida, in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2009.AJ now spends most of her time teaching the “Travel & Hotel Management” program at a small university in Ohio, where she enjoys sharing her experiences with her students. In her spare time, AJ enjoys exploring new places and spending time with her dog, Ruby.
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Lee has lived most of her life in Roslyn in Long Island and now lives in South Florida. Earlier experiences in the fashion industry include acting as a buyer for 500 stores nationwide and also teaching business marketing in the NY school system.As a world traveler and avid skier, it was a natural fit for Lee to enter the travel industry. Lee has skied extensively throughout the world’s most beautiful mountains and is familiar with the best places to stay from budget to 5 star luxury.She has planned from start to finish not only group ski trips, but also group trips to other non ski destinations including Latin America, Europe and ocean cruises. Besides travel and skiing, other interests include competitive tennis, theater, art, film, and meeting new people.
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Originally from Scotland, I moved to Connecticut in the US when I was 11 years old. I first visited Africa in 2008 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Although this was a large focus of the trip, the few days spent on safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti following the climb immediately became a lifetime highlight and ensured that I would visit the continent again. The combination of amazing scenery, game viewing, wonderful local hospitality, and endless adventure experiences make it a very special place.
I most recently returned from my last trip to South Africa & Zimbabwe, where I experienced the majesty of Victoria Falls; the thrill of whitewater rafting the Zambezi River; the excitement of Big Five game drives in the Greater Kruger Park area; the stunning beauty and culture of Cape Town; and the history of Johannesburg. Africa always delivers on all fronts and ensures that you’ll start planning your next visit as soon as you return home.
I have been in the travel industry in various capacities for close to 30 years, much of that time spent selling adventure travel. I have a love for travel and a thirst for experiencing new places, people, and cultures. I look forward to helping you customize that dream trip to Africa and to experience all it has to offer firsthand.
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Denise grew up in Pasadena, California with parents who loved a good long distance road trip. Destinations included National Parks, the Southwest deserts, oceans, and mountains. Her father was an engineer from Jet Propulsion Lab and often their family vacations included ‘science’ lessons on the stars, lakes, rivers, snowpacks, desert winds, and ocean life. Her mother was more interested in fine dining and boutique hotels. So, the combination made for a first-hand travel education early on. This spirit of adventure and exploration guided her career working in the Outdoor Industry as a Brand Retail Marketer for over 17 years in Seattle, Washington. Her clients included Patagonia, Salomon, Giro, Smith Sport Optics, Burton, Merrell, Columbia Sportswear, Outdoor Research, The North Face, and Teva to name a few. Many of her client travels took her to ‘their offices’ and included a ski or other outdoor adventure as part of ‘getting to know the brand’ followed by the finest local dining experiences. Spending time in communities guided by locals gave her further insight into the delights of travel. This led to a leap of faith moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2005 to start her own branding company with a focus on the Outdoor Experience. It was during this time she met her husband, a Swiss-Canadian ski coach, and Heli-ski guide. She now splits her time in Boulder, British Columbia, and the Hawaiian Islands. Having traveled to almost all 50 states, and over 20 International countries, her travel experience is firsthand. Since 2015 Denise has worked as a Travel Agent in the Ski Industry and has experience in European River Cruises. Her goal is to tailor each and every vacation to exceed expectations, surprise and delight her guests. No vacation is one size for everyone, and thus she values listening, details and getting to know how to make each trip uniquely memorable. In her spare time, you’ll find Denise skiing, hiking, paddling, kitesurfing, and traveling. She loves to cook, does a little yoga, and makes a daily walk a daily practice.
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A Utah native who first tried skiing at age 6 at Snowbasin, when it was a small, family owned operation with no amenities whatsoever. Skied Park City (then called Treasure Mountain) for their grand opening at Christmas 1963; with their funky little Gondola. Have worked in Park City for nearly 25 years now; always in some aspect of the travel business. Tour operator, property management, retail travel agency or resort food & beverage management. These Wasatch Mountains are my home for life.Favorite ski resort – Deer Valley. Really have come to appreciate their grooming as I, and my legs, get older.Favorite place to après ski – The Beach at Silver Lake while the sun is up, then the No Name on Main Street when the sun goes down. Years in the ski industry – 24 years. What I ski – K2 Comanche’s.
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Rebecca Armstrong brings over 20 years experience in the Adventure Travel and Luxury Hotel business. Armstrong is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she grew up riding horses, skiing, ice skating and just spending as much time outdoors as possible. She moved to Berkeley, California in 2008, so she could do more mountain biking and snow skiing and eventually joined Backroads Active Travel as a bike and hike guide where she spent over six years leading trips in Europe, South America and the USA. Her travels took her further south of the equator, and she moved to work and live in Chile in 2002 where she continued to guide for Backroads. Settling down in Chile, she moved into the role as Sales and Client relations at Chile Nativo Travel as well as some guiding in Torres del Paine National Park and then managed the outdoor activities for all Explora Hotels in Chile. Her most recent job was at Ski Portillo Chile where she worked for over six years as their International Marketing Manager. You’ll find her now in Pucon, Chile surrounded by the beautiful lakes and volcanoes of that area where she enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with her family.
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Pete Kovacevic was born and raised in Yugoslavia, which is now a small landlocked country called Serbia. He studied to be an expert in geography, tourism and hospitality. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Novi Sad. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe and has enjoyed learning about different countries, people and their cultures.After graduating from college Pete went in search of new opportunities and he moved to “the country of freedom”. Raised in the spirit of US culture and thanks to his father’s influence, he adapted very quickly. He joined Alpine Adventures in 2006. He has actively participated in the growth and development of the company. He currently oversees international markets and he coordinates international supplier relations, including negotiations for the best terms with industry partners. As the ‘go to’ person, much of Pete’s time is devoted to assisting Alpine’s agents in getting the best products and amenities for their clients.Pete loves the mountains and the outdoors. He is fascinated with the mountain world and the adventures it inspires. “I enjoy meeting new people, traveling, and immersing myself in new cultures. It’s great when you can make a living doing what you love. Skiing always means good times, good food, and a great adventure! The more I travel, the more I appreciate the diversity of our planet” Pete’s greatest love is for soccer, and he says this passion will last forever.
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Francoise, or as most people call her Marion, has been with Alpine Adventures for 19 years and has close to 40 years of experience in the travel industry between France her native country, and here in the United States. She has been in charge of the Air Department at Alpine for many years now, manages our Operations Team, and enjoys her position which also includes servicing some of Alpine’s group clients and her French clientele. If someday you get tired of skiing, Marion is your “gal”; she will help you with any other possible trip option such as a cruise, a safari, or a European tour. Her personal interests include, you guessed it, traveling with her family! As well as going to the gym, taking Pilates classes, and attending plays and musicals.
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Richelle was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she started skiing Mt. Hood at the tender age of 3. She spent her high school and college years, at the University of Utah, ski racing. After graduating from college Richelle lived in Mexico where she enjoyed the beach, playing volleyball, and drinking Corona. Six months passed and she missed the mountains and ski racing so much that she returned to Oregon to get back into competition shape for the European ski-racing season. Richelle was a member of the US Ski Team from 1991-1994, competing in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.After retiring from the US Ski Team Richelle moved to Florida and formed Alpine Adventures with her brother Rick. Alpine Adventures began by organizing ski groups to Europe, however, they quickly recognized a need for other adventures and the company grew. Richelle’s favorite places to ski are off-piste in Courmayeur, Italy and Chamonix, France.Her preferred non-snow adventures are rafting in Costa Rica and kayaking in Thailand.
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Rick was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He started skiing at the age of 3 and attended the Mt. Hood Academy and grew up racing for the Mt. Hood ski team. Weekend races during the school year and family vacations took him to many western ski resorts throughout Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Montana, Idaho and Utah.
Rick’s summers were spent training on the Palmer Glacier in Government Camp, Oregon, the summer training center for the U.S. ski team at the time. Notables Phil and Steve Mahre, Marc Girardelli, Picabo Street and Tommy Moe attended the camp. After high school he attended the University of Washington where he was on the ski team.Rick’s start in the travel industry was a post-university stint in CanCun Mexico. His favorite winter activity is Heli-skiing in Val Grisenche, Italy. Away from the office Rick is a certified PADI scuba diver.
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