Kent Vertrees – Master of Chaos
After graduating from The Ohio State University (“OH”) with a degree in Fisheries Management, Kent decided to follow his passion for “living the good life” and became a guiding vagabond. Using Steamboat Springs as his home base, Kent spent several years pursuing his whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, snowmobiling and powdercat guiding dreams.
Kent now has shifted his focus from guiding on a full time basis, to working as Steamboat Powdercats “Master of Chaos”, where he oversees reservations, marketing, public relations, the website and lots of chaotic goodies for the company. His favorite job is working as the photographer during your trip, telling the story through imagery during the day.
Kent has been a leading advocate for recreational water rights, doing his best to preserve and protect local and regional rivers. He is also an adjunct professor at the Alpine Campus for Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs teaching river and canyon orientation courses along with a business class called, believe it or not, The Business of Ski Guiding.
Kent has 2 little girls, Josephine and Sophie, who are destined to become deep powder hounds and river rats. His wife Jules is a super hot, working mom who works in international sales and marketing. She is way hot by the way!
Roxy, the Golden Retriever office dog, who you’ll probably meet when you come to Steamboat Powdercats is Kent’s dog – WOOF WOOF.
Kent’s most defining moment: “Climbing those last few steps toward Baxter Peak on Mount Katahdin to conclude my 2,100 mile, Appalachian Trail “thru-hike” in 1992 (trail name “Wasitu”).