Ben Young Bio


Benjamin Young - Sales Associate

Ben Young was raised in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts, and grew up loving to play in the outdoors. After he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Journalism, he sought to combine his love for the outdoors with his love for good stories. Before coming to SNEWS, Young worked for six years in the outdoor retail industry, first at Eastern Mountain Sports in Massachusetts and then at Alpine Shop in Columbia, Missouri.

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In his free time, Young plays guitar and ukulele, hikes, runs, and tries to fill his day with time spent outside. Young has recently relocated to Boulder and is excited to begin exploring the Rockies and all the outdoor beauty that Colorado has to provide.

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