After over a decade of teaching mountain bike skills camps all over the western U.S., Ben and Janae Pritchett decided in 2015 to join forces with some of mountain biking's best instructors to launch the Backcountry Bike Academy, a mountain biking school in Crested Butte dedicated to delivering the ultimate mountain bike skills clinics in the industry.
Ben Pritchett is the soft-spoken mountain goat. His lifelong curiosity with natural history accelerated early in life as he earned his degree in wildlife biology and ecology. In the summers, you'll find him on the ridges of the Elk Mountain or maybe riding singletrack with his kids, friends or clients. In the colder months, avalanche forecasting and education takes center stage, when he works as the Executive Director for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center and and a Technical Director for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. Ben carries an American Mountain Guides Association ski guide certification, Wilderness First Responder card, and plenty of chocolate!
Janae Pritchett is an exuberant teacher and coach, hyper-motivated athlete and the most fun person you can imagine leading you into the mountains. Achievement is her middle name: professional athlete, mountain guide, fitness coach, mother of two, Yale University degrees in Geology and Environmental Studies, and mathematics curriculum developer. In the summers, Janae raced professionally in Xterra triathlons, downhill, cross country, and enduro races, finishing on the podium in almost every race. In the winters, Janae mixed it up, winning events such as the Grand Traverse and being one of the only athletes to ever place top five in U.S. freeride alpine, telemark, and snowboard events. Now retired from racing, she shares her passion for the outdoors and adventure through her guide service and mountain biking school in Crested Butte. Want to do more in the mountains? Janae is your lady!
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