Who We Are
At Kind Bike & Skis, we are outdoor enthusiasts who inspire and empower others to head outdoors. Our team is passionate to the point of obsession — we geek out over gear. We want to share the stoke by finding you the right equipment, no matter your ability level. More than anything, we’re committed to providing outstanding customer experience, creating a welcoming and all-inclusive environment, and educating our customers to make confident choices.
Kind Bike & Skis believes in fostering a sense of belonging, well-being, and a healthy lifestyle.
- Community: With transformation in mind, we create experiences beyond transactions to encourage a healthy lifestyle and good choices.
- Kindness: Doing well by others is perceived as helpful rather than pressure.
- Teamwork: As a cog in the cassette, each team member is committed to efficiency and equity.
- Passion: Energized and fulfilled by taking care of others, our work evokes health and happiness.
- Professionalism: We treat our customers intelligently and empower them to make confident choices.
Empowering individuals on their journey to a healthy and active lifestyle by taking the time to understand unique needs and aspirations, offering personalized guidance, and top-notch products for biking and skiing enthusiasts.
Chris' love for bikes began at the early age of 3. Two wheels brought him freedom, joy, and a need for speed. In the late '70s and '80s in South Minneapolis where he was raised he raced BMX , then switched to competing in freestyle skiing and mountain bike racing during high school, where he worked at a local bike/snowboard shops through college. He moved to the Vail Valley in 1997 after completing university where he spent the next six years managing bike and ski retail operations for Vail Resorts and New Technology Centers in Schruns and St. Anton, Austria. Tapping into his background in aviation, Chris spent 12 years working at the Eagle County Airport, ultimately serving as Assistant Aviation Director.
After several years in in aviation, Chris still felt a pull to his lifelong passion of ski and bike, and dream of serving the community with a bike and ski shop. After a few years of research and looking at new and existing locations between the front range and Eagle County he reached an agreement to purchase the Kind and proudly stepped in as shop owner in 2017. Chris loves helping people find the right gear to get and keep them thriving on their bikes and skis, and one of his favorite parts of owning a bike shop is the community that it creates, and the ability to support the community through its many partnerships and programs that serve the well-being and growth of its cycling community.
Favorite Bike Trails: Doctor Park (Crested Butte), Monarch Crest Trail (Salida), and the Whole Enchilada (Moab)
We Are Riders
Our staff spans from recreational enthusiast to racers. We all remember our first bike and first shop experience (some good, some not so much.) We strive to meet you wherever you are in the journey of cycling, skiing, or pursuing an active outdoor lifestyle.
The Kind team proudly supports the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, raising funds for trail building and maintenance, volunteering hours to build trails, and working in trail advocacy. We love living the Colorado life and sharing our passion for the outdoors with you.