Faces You'll Probably See in the Shop
Larry Fisher (1947-2018)
Larry Fisher, "old man winter," was the founder of Ski and Bow Rack in 1985 and proudly ran it for 33 years. He had a mustache that was the envy of the town, knew more about custom insoles than most people knew about themselves, had sold half the town (easily) his custom insoles, would vacuum your feet during the winter (to fit you into the Fischer Vacuum-Fit Ski Boots), and made the best homemade chocolate ice cream this side of Saturn. He was a beloved boss who's predictable answer to any salutation ("I'm doing just pretty good") will be sorely missed.
Brittany and Robert Bedtke
Brittany, Larry's daughter, basically grew up in the shop. At present she carries on her father's incredible legacy, and while her work behind the scenes keeps Ski and Bow Rack functioning, her perpetual encouragements keep the staff happy. Well that and the fact that she writes paychecks. That definitely helps. Her husband, the great Robert Bedtke, has picked up where Larry left off in the wizarding world of insoles, custom bootfitting, and crazy, daring adventures. You can always count on service with a smile from Robert, and his bubbling optimism is super contagious. Pessimists beware. When their busy schedules relax, which probably isn't as often as these busy bees would like, you can generally bet they'll be playing on the slopes or the lake with their four children, Trent, Peyton, Eden, and Summit.
Paul has been a backbone in the ski shop here at Ski and Bow Rack for years, and years, and years, and...well yeah, a good long while. Despite the almost-perpetual scowl, he's actually pretty cool, and he can tune a ski like a harp. He holds the ski shop together like glue, knows Pagosa country well (back of hand sort of well), and will happily lend his knowledge to those who ask, or to those who don't, but obviously need it. Moral of the story: ask.
Sally is the most knowledgeable archery tech in the Four Corners, if not the Milky Way Galaxy. She will gladly help anyone learn more about bows and how to shoot them. She's an institution here in Pagosa and well deserves her fame. Her archery accomplishments are the stuff of legend. And as rumor has it, she's never going to die because A: she survived a nasty horse fall that broke seven of her ribs and B: we can never hope to replace her here. But for now, you can come in to the shop, drink in her wisdom, and bask in her glory. No, seriously! It's worth it!
Dr. Chase Peeler
Chase says that he moved to Colorado in 2009 for graduate school, but we all know his real motivation for relocating to the Rockies: feeding his addiction to the outdoors. Besides guiding fly fishing trips, Chase is also one of our backpacking experts. In the past decade he has logged more than 5,000 miles on America's long distance trails, including complete hikes of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and good chunks of the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails (making him a strong candidate for the craziest shop employee). A true gear head, he can nerd out for hours about seemingly any aspect of backpacking equipment, and he loves helping customers get their packs dialed in so that they can better enjoy their time on trail. But if he sounds too crazy, just try talking to him. His happy smile and winsome attitude will convince you otherwise.
There's only so much you can say about a guy who loves Jesus, loves his wife Heather, sons Edmund, Janner, and Kian, daughter Berea, and after that fishing, skiing, hiking, writing, soccer, and most everything outdoors. Also, jokes. By the way, did you hear about the guy who threw his alarm clock out the window? He wanted to see time fly. Really, you can tell that he grew up here and never got away--in the best way possible. Also, what do you get when you cross a sheep and a bumble-bee? A bah-humbug. If you want more jokes, you have only to ask.
Sandrine is our French Sally. She loves archery and grew up shooting in France. Yes, she's from France. We know that. We hired her anyway. Though if you ask her where her accent is from, you could very well get "Montana" or "Texas" as an answer. And while she's an archery genius, she plays custom boot fitter, shop display wizard, and fashion guru on the side. You bet that you can see Sandrine around the water in the summer time, whether it be on a spud, stand up paddle board, or on a raft. She loves the water so much, she even named her horse "River"! She's almost perpetually cold and therein knows a great deal about the secrets of staying warm in the wintertime. And if you learn nothing else about her, learn this: purple is her favorite color. It's a great bargaining chip.
Our shop mascot. No, seriously. He looks like our viking, Ullr, minus the horn-studded helmet. The good news? He's missing the bash-your-face-in demeanor most vikings possess. There's always this silly smile plastered on his face, and we're not quite sure if he ever grew up or just finds the best (ie funniest) in any situation. But fortunately, he's also a good ski tech. The guy loves to ski in the winter and boat in the summer. He's a heck of a raft guide, but isn't too shabby on a canoe, either. In fact, I wouldn't put it past him to try canoeing the ditch in the road after a rainstorm. When you come in to get rentals, look for Morgan!
First off: don't ask for his full name. It takes about five and a half minutes when rattled off at Mach 2.5 in Spanish. Just call him, "El Apo". Secondly, this Puerto Rican guy will talk your ear off if it has to do with fishing. How his girlfriend hasn't left him in the dust because of his obsession with catching fish, we may never know. He himself admits it may be an incurable sickness. His favorite water to fish is salt in his homeland, but he'll help you out in any water with a flashy, infectious smile. He's fished the San River in Poland for trout, Guatemala for Bones, Florida for Reds, Puerto Rico for Tarpon, and the list goes on. And on. And...well, you get the picture. Some people call it bragging. We call it a well-oiled resume for a top notch fly-fishing guide. Come in say and hello (in English or Spanish), and I'm sure he'll ask you if you want to go out and fish!
Given the way he lives and breathes fishing, I wouldn't be surprised to learn he possess a pair of gills, or that perhaps he has a Greenback Cutthroat trout for a distant cousin. Weston rivals most otters, herons, and even a few alligators in their ability to poke a fish from the water. His easygoing manner may fool the innocent bystander with a feigned nonchalance, but there's a fierce intellect behind the winning smile. And when it comes to guiding, this dude will put you on fish, period. Perhaps it's a fine blend of savvy fishing know-how and curly hair. Perhaps it's just blind luck. Or perhaps he just calls up that distant cousin to get the skinny on what happens to be on the menu that day.
What do you call a snowboarder with a guitar riding on a motorcycle with a toddler? This is not a joke, I promise. Nor is the answer a silly punchline: Tyler! Actually, I don't think he's ever tried to do more than three of his many hobbies at once. He's a true renaissance man, a jack-of-all-trades whose music can be felt in his woodworking which mirrors the finesse of his lines down a field of fresh powder. But closest and dearest to his heart are his wife, Madison, and his son, Wilder. If you get the chance to meet him in the shop, don't let his mellow demeanor and happy smile fool you; this snowboarder absolutely shreds the slopes. The good news? He wants you to enjoy boarding as much as he does and will do his utmost to ensure that happens.
Good ol' Paden. Big bass guy. Big guy in general. Paden is an all-around fisherman and aspiring MLB prospect. Just kidding, but he is good at fishing and baseball. The man has a knack for finding lunkers, may that be a huge bass or a stud brown trout. Although he is a goofball, he can easily point you in the right direction when it comes to all your fishing needs. Heck, even his Instagram handle is @fishingpj. Shoot him a follow.
Bryce's day job is Assistant Pastor at Grace in Pagosa. But by night...err...well...some afternoons, he graces us with his laid back, slightly silly presence. The dude loves Jesus, his wife Natalie, playing outside in the mountains, and getting kids (or anyone for that matter) to smile. Visit with him before your next backpacking trip and his camping know-how and gear-headed can-do attitude will have you enjoying the outdoors without all of those little questions of "Wait...so how does this work?"
The tube slayer himself. Peyton is your go-to for all things tubing. His bright personality and humorous demeanor light up the shop and he fills it with a laid back atmosphere. Although it is sometimes difficult to make him be quiet, his customer service is top of the line and he's sure to make your day better. His knowledge of the outdoors is great considering his parents are the owners of Ski & Bow Rack. Don't let that fool you, though, we all love Peyton around these parts.
Sammy. El Guate. Yes sir.
Anthony is a world-class archer. His expertise in the bow and arrow field paired with his excellent customer service is killer. He'd be more than happy to help you with all of your archery needs. ranging from compound bows to recurve bows. His friendly personality and his hilarious jokes are sure to put a grin on anyone's face while they're shooting at our in-store archery range. Be sure to ask him for some tips and tricks when you stop by!