While attending Colorado State University, Paul participated in the first inter-collegiate ski meet, at Berthoud, as a jumper. In 1939, he joined the Forest Service. Known as the original “skiing Forest Ranger”, he assisted in developing many ski area sites including Steamboat Springs, Buttermilk Mountain at Aspen, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. In 1960, he served on the avalanche control team for the Squaw Valley Olympics. He retired from the Forest Service in 1977.