Sven has been a permanent resident of Durango since 1992. He came to Durango after graduating with honors from the University of Arizona with degrees in both Marketing and Finance and began his professional career in Durango in Guest Relations for Tamarron Resort. To keep his days free to fully explore Durango, Sven began working nights waiting tables at the Red Snapper restaurant. Within a year, Sven became the restaurant GM and held that position for the next eight years.
Sven’s passion for skiing led him to Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory) where he eventually became Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In addition to his leadership role at the resort, Sven served as the Chairman of the Board for Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO). In 2014, Sven left the resort to become the Director of Sales and Marketing for Photo Folio, a Durango-based software company that provides the world’s top photographers with tools to build fully custom websites. Sven joined the Durango Land and Homes team in 2016 looking to combine his love of working with people with his passion for the Durango community.
In addition to his traditional employment roles, Sven has also had the good fortune of wearing some additional hats. Over the past two decades, he has been a professional big-mountain skier working with the best ski photographers in the world. His image has appeared on more than 100 magazine covers including Skiing, POWDER, Backcountry, MOUNTAIN, Ascent, National Geographic Adventurer and Men’s Journal. He has been in print more than 2500 times and has skied on five continents and in more than 20 countries. When not skiing for the camera, Sven can be found on the other side of the lens shooting images of mountain biking, skiing, and the incredible landscapes he is fortunate to visit through his global escapades.
Sven lives in downtown Durango with his wife Beth and their two kids, Aspen and Stowe. When he’s not working, he can be found in the San Juan Mountains hiking, biking, or camping with his family. After visiting mountain towns around the world, Sven is always excited to come home to Durango.