We welcomed Jake Moberly as the Adventure Center Manager this fall and are pleased to introduce him to those who haven’t yet had the chance to head out on the trail with him. Jake started working in the guest ranch industry in 2016 as a seasonal Adventure Guide, and quickly fell in love with all aspects of Western hospitality. Over the last five years he worked at two other luxury guest ranches, which only furthered his passion for getting people outside and facilitating unique experiences. After developing the Adventure Program at another ranch, Jake decided that he wanted more mentorship in the programming side of adventure guest ranching. Everyone he talked to in the industry raved about the guides and the program here at Vista, so he knew he had found his new home!
Q: What does your perfect day look like?
Jake: I tend to find myself outdoors in some form or another almost every day. Most days are multi-sport adventures including hiking, fly fishing, archery hunting, or getting out to the local crag to climb. Typically finished off with a dinner cooked on the camp stove overlooking some beautiful country!
Q: What about the VVR adventure program made you want to take this role?
Jake: Simply put: the guides. I am surrounded by some incredibly talented and passionate people that strive to provide an extraordinary experience for the guests, while continually learning and growing in their field. They push me to learn new things and assist in the continual development of the program. Piggy backing off the programming that Steve and Kelly King developed to the new age of guiding that Ben Simms integrated into the program has created a unique experience for all guests. I took this role to continue the legacy of providing a unique, individualized, “New West” guest ranch experience.
Q: What are you excited about as you move toward the winter in this role?
Jake: I am most excited about the skiing operation offered here at Vista. The geographic location of Vista provides some of the best terrain in the state, coupled with that historic “champagne powder” that Steamboat is known for. These two collide and create some of the best XC and backcountry skiing in the west. If miles of perfectly groomed trail and beautiful backcountry ski lines, accessed through snowmobile and your own two legs doesn’t excite you, come pay us a visit, we’d love to change your mind!