We are a diverse group of planning and design professionals that, brought together, provides distinctive value to our clients.

Spencer Stanek // Managing Principal

Spencer acts as the Managing Principal of Mountainworks and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as assuming a principal planning and design position for all Mountainworks projects. His experience includes the comprehensive master planning of large scale destination resorts and has been responsible for the firm’s diversification into broader based land planning and visioning projects.

Through working directly with project owners, managers, and operators throughout the world, he has gained a specialized knowledge of planning and design for mountain destinations. Spencer’s direct experience includes numerous projects throughout North America, South America, Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia.  Spencer attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and holds a degree in Landscape Architecture / Environmental Design. He has also studied Ski Area Operations at Colorado Mountain College.


Mike Larson // Founding Principal

Mike is Mountainworks Founding Principal and specializes in the planning, design, and oversight of alpine resort and landscape projects worldwide. With over 30 years of expertise, including 20 years as Vail Resorts internal resort planner, Mike provides clients with vast knowledge and experience from countless successful project implementations.

During Mike’s time with Vail Resorts he was responsible for the governmental approval, design documentation, project budgeting, field layout, construction oversight, and post-completion evaluation of all resort projects. This included the design and implementation of over 4,000 acres of trail construction and numerous lift installations resulting in master plans for Vail, Breckenridge, and Keystone, as well as the complete new resort design and development of Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch in the early 1980’s.  As director of Vail Consultants, an internationally recognized resort planning consulting group, Mike was a key component in the master planning of major resort destinations in Japan, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Argentina, Canada, and the United States. Since founding International Alpine Design (now Mountainworks), Mike has continued to guide and complete successful and operationally friendly projects around the world.