Alexia (also known as Lex) was raised in a small Ohio town before moving to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2018. The rolling hills of the midwest fostered her interest in the outdoors with horseback riding, snowboarding, rock climbing, and water sports. Seeking to further her love for adventure, she moved west and fell victim to the Yampa Valley Curse. She lives in Steamboat with her dog, Misha, and tries to find a bit of adventure every day.

Alexia began her time in Steamboat as a snowboard instructor for the mountain before finding STARS and falling in love with the mission. Alexia is a level one certified snowboard instructor through AASI as well as a PSIA Children’s Specialist Instructor. As a lifelong learner, she has hopes to add many more certifications to that list. Currently, she is pursuing PSIA ski and adaptive certifications as well as PATH Intl. therapeutic horsemanship certification.

After working seasonally with STARS, both with the winter ski program and the summer horseback riding program, Alexia is eager to take on a new role as Equine Program Coordinator.

Why I love STARS…
STARS’s mission is to empower and enrich lives–but I find that I am empowered and enriched every day by working here. Nowhere else can you find such positive and encouraging people–staff and participants alike! No one complains about the snow conditions or about riding their horse in an arena–they’re just happy to be having fun outdoors. Every win is celebrated and every opportunity is appreciated. It’s a privilege to be able to make memories with such amazing people.

Other stuff about Alexia:

  • She loves adventures: snow sports and horseback riding are obvious–but also loves rock climbing, boating, SCUBA, skydiving, and hiking.
  • She also spends a lot of her free time reading, writing, and cooking.
  • She began learning American Sign Language in fourth grade so that she didn’t have to write notes with her Deaf friend anymore
  • She has been riding and working with horses since she was nine