From an early age, Doug’s parents instilled in him a love for the outdoors, teaching him to ski at Connecticut’s 500-foot-tall Powder Ridge beginning when he was only x years old. Years later, his brother Jed introduced him to climbing (in Converse All-Stars) at Ragged Mountain. While a student at Colorado College, Doug got a taste for bigger mountains, and soon afterwards was climbing throughout the United States with ascents ranging from Yosemite’s El Capitan to the Black Canyon’s “Stoned Oven” and hundreds of ascents in Utah’s Canyonlands. In Alaska, Pakistan, and China, he was first introduced to the world’s Greater Ranges, where he made first ascents of big-wall rock climbs and fell in love with exploring the world's different cultural and mountainous landscapes.
Doug began guiding climbing in the Tetons in 2001—he has since guided climbs of most Teton summits and link-ups, including the renowned Grand Traverse, and taken many skiers down the Grand Teton’s steep slopes. He continues to guide Alpine Climbing, Ski Touring, and Ski Mountaineering while at home in Jackson.
In 2004 he was invited to join Valdez-Heli Ski Guides. Every Spring since Doug has been exploring and guiding what is, undoubtedly, the best skiing in the World.
Doug has worked as a ski patrolman at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and currently works at JHMR as an Alpine backcountry ski guide.
He has guided skiers from the summit of Alaska’s 20,320’ Denali, made multiple ski expeditions as a guide to the Antarctic Peninsula, including a 30 day trip aboard a 75’ sailboat, and guided sailboat ski touring in Iceland, Norway’s Lyngen Alps, and Svalbard. He has also led heli-ski trips to Iceland and Sweden.
In 2017, Doug will be guiding in Japan, Morocco, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard, and in his backyard in Jackson Hole. Be sure to check out the Upcoming Adventures page if you are interested in joining one of these trips.
The Otter Body Experience -- A film about skiing the Grand Teton