Wilderness First Responder
Head Nordic Guide
Hometown: Clark, CO
School: Kent State University
Steve is a lover of being active outdoors, dual sport touring, gardening, construction projects and reading. He loves spending time with his wife Kelli, daughter Madi and loyal pup Rosey. Steve also enjoys riding around on his dual sport bike and camping around Routt County.
Kelli is often asked by our guests which is her favorite season; summer or winter? Her favorite is always the one she is in, although, winter holds a certain magic for her. There is nothing more amazing than the “delicious” powder of Colorado and quiet beauty winter holds! She loves the opportunity to share this beauty with our guests- as well as working in it with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Madi, and their pup, Rosey. When she’s not outside playing in the snow, Kelli enjoys furthering her study of yoga and healthy cooking.
Previously, Shannan has spent time working at a bike shop in Guatemala; that experience has led her to being a wonderful all- season guide here at Vista Verde! She has also been a guide for backcountry skiers, snowshoers, white water rafters and caving trips. Some past experiences that Shannan has encountered across the world include: deep water soloing in Vietnam, spelunking in some of the largest caves in the world, working at an elementary school in New Zealand and participating in Songkran in Thailand.
As a lifelong fisherman, outdoorsman, and turtle wrangler, Isaac established his passion for nature at an early age. Now, Isaac splits his time between fly fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, snowboarding, and skiing. Some other fun facts about him are that he played lacrosse for 6 years, loves Jazz fusion, and his favorite type of dog is a chocolate lab!
Paul is returning for a second season at VVR. At age 11, Paul saw a marvelous moose on Isle Royale National Park and from then on was hooked on the outdoors. He likes mountain biking, backpacking, pontoon boats, grapefruit, corny one-liners, and playing the piano. His most extensive adventure was a 40 day backpacking and sea kayaking trip to the arctic circle of Scandinavia.
After being a guest this past winter, Rachel couldn’t get enough of VVR! She has a twin brother and an older brother as well; both are currently involved with medical schooling. At Miami University (in Ohio, not Florida), Rachel studied Zoology, with her favorite animals being elephants and pigs. Rachel has previously been to Portugal and Belgium and has lived in the Caribbean.