Shawn and Capri Little of Essex, Montana
– own and operate Snowy Springs
How Snowy Springs Started
Shawn Little and his wife Capri are the owners of Snowy Springs Outfitters. Growing up with horses and with the mountains of Montana surrounding him, Shawn and his family went on pack trips during the summer and each fall went on extended hunting trips. Once grown, Shawn had a variety of jobs, then settled on being a taxidermist. This came easy to him as he had so much experience seeing animals in their natural habitat. But the longing to spend more time in the mountains soon turned his thoughts to becoming and outfitter and providing a service to all to see the wonderful wilderness of our nation. He had even given up a successful high school football career because it interfered with his hunting.
Becoming an Outfitter
Shawn and his stepfather Phil began researching backcountry permits and found one on the market that appealed to Shawn. With a meeting of business associates, including his mother Mary Margaret and Phil, Snowy Springs was born. We are honored that one of these associates was renowned western artist Fred Fellows who was generous enough to provide the Snowy Springs logo. Shawn then began the process of obtaining an outfitter’s license, which was not an easy chore. He took tests, clawed his way through red tape and came out a licensed outfitter in the State of Montana.
Expanding the Family
Capri began her riding career at the age of 8. Coming to Montana in 1984, she fell in love with the wilderness and the horse riding aspect of it. She worked for an outfitter and learned to cook in the backcountry. Capri and Shawn met in Kalispell and became friends in the rodeo world. After Shawn started his outfitting business she would help out occasionally and then more. And before you know it, they decided to get married (which is a long and funny story in itself). Of course Shawn swears to this day that she asked him. Oh well, it seems to have worked out as they married in 1992 and had a daughter, McKinnon, in 1998.