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.

Bruno and Jolyn Petersons

Bruno and Jolyn's passion and joy is found in seeking out and soaking in the grand expanse of our good Lord's creation. They enjoy the beauty of Pagosa country while skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, hiking, and fishing with their daughter, Hannah, and their dog, Cooper; and if per chance you meet them on the trail, well, let's just say you'll know them when you see them. Note the picture. Jolyn is a tall, beautiful blonde, and Bruno is...well...much bigger. "How tall is he?" you ask. 5' 24" But don't be intimidated; his smile is genuine, and he and Jolyn will make you feel like you're old friends in minutes flat.

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 three children, Trent, Peyton, and Eden.

Paul Midgley

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 Delange

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 easygoing manner and winsome attitude will convince you otherwise.

Kevin Muirhead

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 Willis

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. She's almost prepetually cold and therin 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.

Morgan Reed

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. Instead, he's the friendliest ski tech you'll ever meet.  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. But when you come in to get rentals, look for Morgan and then enjoy your stay.

Garrett Forrest

If the first thought you have about Garret is, "Now, THAT guy probably wrestles bears while simultaneously cutting rounds with a chainsaw and fixing a compound bow," you're not too far off. I would probably add something about catching a state-record bass out of like a pothole on a forest service road or something like that. If anyone could do it, Garrett could. But truthfully, Garrett knows hunting and fishing like a librarian knows categorization systems. Okay, poor simile, but you get the picture. However, don't let the tough guy exterior fool you. He's a proud daddy to a beautiful little girl, and yahyoubetcha, he's got a soft spot. For her, anyway. But if you need to talk hunting or bass fishing, he can tell you all you need to know, plus some. Well, minus his favorite spots. There are rules about that, you know.


Jamie Aponte

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. Secondly, this Puerto Rican guy will talk your ear off if it has to with fishing.  How his girlfriend hasn't left him 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 hello (in English or Spanish), and I'm sure he'll ask you if you want to go out and fish!


Tyler Wilson

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.


Josh Taves

Josh is the sort of fellow you feel will solve world hunger or something like that, right off the bat, soon as you meet him. There's a scintillating intellect flashing behind those eyes. Whatever he looks at, he really studies, whether it's searching water for fish, a valley for elk, or the finding the truth behind a lie. He guides fly-fishing trips during the summer, guides big game hunts in the fall, and guides people to powder as ski tech in the winter. "What does he do in the spring?" you may ask. Sips coffee and wishes the melt would hurry up so he can fish. The follow up question, of course, being: "Is he curiously single?" Absolutely.


Bryce Baca

Bryce enjoys the title "Boss of Fun" (or "Executive of Merrymaking) at Sonlight Christian Camp most days. Some days, 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?"


Niall Pastuszek

Yes, his name sounds exactly like it's spelled. He's a boarder. Yes, I know for some of you images of bloodthirsty vampires waiting to ambush you from the trees flood your mind. Others of you have the phrase "Right on, bra!" popping into your head. But Niall is a boarder of the highest caliber and is a VERY HELPFUL snowboard tech. He knows his stuff and will get you riding with the best of them. Also, he happens to be a tech wizard and often rescues us from computing woes. Thank God for Niall Pastuszek, however you say his name.

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith. Soon this name will be synonymous with "awesome fishing" to most everyone in Southwest Colorado who has taken a guided fly-fishing trip or known someone who has. His cool collected demeanor and genuine smile will melt anyone's trepidation and his knowledge and guiding ability will impress even the most snobbish fly-fisherman on the planet. And if you happen to be a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, you'll like him even more!