Crested Butte Mountain Guides Joins Irwin Guides to Grow Services and Reach Together
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (December 21, 2013) – Two pioneering Crested Butte-based outdoor guiding companies have decided to join forces, bringing complementary capabilities and expertise into one outdoor adventure enterprise. Today, Irwin Guides announced its partnership with Crested Butte Mountain Guides through its purchase of the premier locally-based guiding company. The strategic partnership means the Company will expand its services locally and abroad, as well as its community involvement.
Working interactively for the past four years, Irwin Guides (IG) leadership team and Crested Butte Mountain Guides (CBMG) owner, Jayson Simons-Jones, view the purchase of CBMG as a win-win for both business and community.
“Irwin Guides is excited to carry the torch of CBMG while being able to expand our educational and guided offerings, and to provide more year-round employment for the highly skilled guides that make up the CBMG staff,” Said Irwin Guides Global Guide Manager Steve Banks.
CBMG will maintain its identity as the one-stop shop for year-round guided mountain experiences and outdoor education in Crested Butte and surrounding mountains. Tiff Simpson, who has been with CBMG since June 1, 2011 will remain as the General Manager for CBMG, and Simons-Jones, who purchased CBMG in 2008, will now be the Lead Guide in the next chapter of the guide business. All current CBMG guides will continue on in the newly formed company.
The combined company’s offerings will include increased global expeditions, outdoor youth leadership programming, avalanche course offerings, professional guide training and increased variety in day trips for guests. This expansion fits into CBMG’s mission to serve the Crested Butte community, international guide community and to promote safe and educated outdoor experiences.
“The future looks good for guided activities in our community. I see CBMG becoming a hub for continuing education in the guiding industry, attracting the highest caliber guides to Crested Butte for training and work, and sharing their skills with a diverse clientele,” said Banks. “The next chapter of CBMG will mean more steady backcountry-based adventure and tourism in the Gunnison Valley.”
IG looks forward to maintaining an Elk Avenue storefront in the historic ‘Guide Shack.’ For questions or to provide feedback, please visit www.crestedbutteguides.com.
About Crested Butte Mountain Guides:
CBMG has been providing custom, private, guided outdoor adventures in Crested Butte and globally, since its founding in 1990. Established by Jean Pavillard as ‘Adventures to the Edge’, the business was sold to one of his original apprentice guides, Alan Bernholtz in 2001 and given its current name. Jayson Simons-Jones purchased CBMG in 2008. As of December 2013, CBMG is officially part of Irwin Guides. Throughout various owners and direction CBMG has maintained a consistent standard of excellence in the services provided to its guests and is highly respected in the professional mountain guiding community. CBMG supports and operates under the accreditation guidelines set forth by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Visit www.crestedbutteguides.com for more information.
About Irwin Guides:
IG seeks to be a premier guiding service and purveyor of outdoor activities. Born at an elevation of 11,000 feet at the base of Scarp Ridge in Irwin, Colorado, IG employs superior staff and guides with a rich heritage of backcountry exploration and adventure. The mission of IG is to provide guided outdoor experiences and fun to participants of all ages and all skill levels in backcountry mountains, rivers and vistas. IG stands for exceptional focus on its clients. IG operations include Cat Skiing at Irwin, Heli skiing in Iceland, off-piste skiing in France and offers guide services for a separate, but partner company Eleven at its experiential travel destinations, worldwide. Visit www.irwincolorado.com for more information.