Carrie grew up in Hopkins, MN a suburb of Minneapolis, with four sisters and a set of parents driven to show them the United States from their 1987 conversion van. Her passion for the outdoors grew from that van, and from time spent in the north woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Her second love has always been soccer, and it afforded her a scholarship to play Division I for the University of Montana in Missoula. Along with playing soccer Carrie double majored in psychology and sociology with a minor in philosophy. After graduating she pursued a PhD in Economics as a result of time spent in South Africa.
She operated a hostel in Cape Town and played semi-pro soccer in Austin, Texas before discovering her next love in life: skiing powder. Her home since 2010 has been Big, Sky MT where access to the mountains and outdoors expanded her opportunities and rejuvenated her outdoor enthusiasm!
For the last decade, Carrie has been guiding trips all over the United States from ultra-deluxe to ultra adventure, as well as being an integral part of planning, designing scouting, and running new trips for Austin Adventures. When she isn’t chasing powder or guiding people on life-changing adventures, she enjoys exploring the world and spending time with friends and family.
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
South Africa! It really has it all, ocean, mountains, wine, adventure, wildlife, people, braais, weather, music, soccer.
What’s your favorite bike ride?
Thunder Mountain in Bryce Canyon National Park. It is a spectacular descent through the orange rock hoodoos of Bryce.
What’s your favorite historical site, castle, museum, etc.?
The Battle of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana. A top-notch list of legendary warriors fighting to keep land and a way of life on this continent. The rangers there are fantastic.
Describe the most amazing experience you’ve had while traveling:
When I finished running the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim, which is 54 miles and 24,000ft in elevation change, I sat down at the Yavapai Tavern on the south rim and ate 3 cheeseburgers. That meal was an amazing experience:)
What’s your favorite trip to guide? Why?
Yellowstone National Park. The greater Yellowstone ecosystem has been my home since 2010. It is one of the last wild and intact corners of the North American Continent; home to most of its original wildlife and void of development. Who doesn’t love showing off their home?!
Sister Act II
The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell
Favorite Outdoor Activity?
I simply cannot get enough of skiing powder. It is the most fun thing I do. Period. Well, that and dancing 🙂
What are your hobbies?
Laughing, dancing, playing music, drawing, playing soccer, skiing, mountain biking, SUPing, backpacking, exploring new places, spending time with friends and family, etc!
When did you first catch the travel bug?
When I was 12 years old, my dad put me on my first airplane and brought me to Colorado to ski in the mountains and explore the Air Force academy. I saved half of every paycheck from that day forward so that I would have the means to explore the world. Four years later, my paper route and bagging grocery money took me on my first solo adventure to the islands of Vancouver. I have not stopped exploring since.