Mia has worked in the outdoor industry since 1985 when she moved to the mountains of Colorado. Although she has made the Vail area her home base for almost 30 years, she has traveled far and wide in search of outdoor adventures. She has climbed the highest peaks in North America, explored the Himalayas, climbed ice in Canada and throughout the lower 48, skied extensively in Alaska, Europe and New Zealand, and climbed in Thailand, Europe, Canada and all over the United States.
Her outdoor teaching and guiding experience started with working as a raft guide and as a ski instructor (she is a fully certified ski instructor). This led to becoming an adjunct faculty at Colorado Mountain College teaching many outdoor education classes. She is now teaching and guiding everything from rock and ice climbing, avalanche education, all aspects of in-bound and backcountry skiing/riding and ski/ride mountaineering.
She is an American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) certified Rock, Alpine and Ski Guide. In 2021 she became the 15th female IFMGA licensed mountain guide in the United States. One of her big goals is to inspire, support and coach women and other underrepresented groups to become leaders in the backcountry. She guides several women specific courses every year.
During the spring and summer you can find her climbing splitter cracks in the Utah desert, grueling off-widths in Vedauwoo, or impeccable granite in Squamish with her husband Dave.
- IFMGA Mountain Guide
- AMGA Certified Rock, Ski & Alpine Guide
- AIARE Course Leader
- AAA Level 3
- Leave No Trace Master Educator
- PSIA Fully Certified
- Wilderness First Responder