Name: Quincy Young
Home hill: Squaw Valley, CA
Day Job: Sales- Start Haus Ski Shop in Truckee California
What makes you qualified to test?: I ski a lot. All conditions all the time. I also sell skis to people so I have an idea of what they are looking for. There are some skis that I love for sure... but that I know wont work for the general population. It's important to be able to describe the characteristics of the ski so that you can relay that information to the consumer so they can get on a ski that they really love.
Skiing background: Learned how to ski at Squaw Valley in the Mighty Might youth ski program. I raced on the Far West Ski team through High School. I was one of the top junior ski racers in the Far West. Junior Olympic Champion (1997 I think?). Scholarship Athlete at University of Nevada Reno. Alpine Ski Racing coach in Snowbird while studying for a Masters in Sports Psychology. 5 years as Alpine Ski Coach. Currently work at Ski shop while working on my Sport Psychology business.
Favorite type of terrain: I can really get a gas out of wide open, rolling terrain with a great groom /corduroy job. Or just steep and deep!
Ideal ski: Right now??? Depends on snow conditions, always! But the Characteristics I look for are: something a bit stiff, but forgiving. I love when a ski has pop, or piazzas out of at turn, but not so still that it throws you like a bucking bronco. I also look for something with a comfortable balance point right off the bat. Skiing involves so many different plans of motions that you need to find a ski that will help you balance in all conditions. You can tell right away when your on an evenly balanced ski verses one that you cant commit to, leaving you with a wild ride and time inside!
Favorite part of the Skiing mag ski test: Skiing and getting to play and analyze the new gear and see the ski industry progressing. The first time I tested skis was in 2006. It's amazing to see how for the industry has come as a whole... especially how great the women's specific products have become.
Funniest story from ski test (any year)?: Nothing pops to mind right off the bat, but I know there are many stories of people crashing getting off the chair, test score cards in hand, only to biff with hands full coming off the ramp.
What don't people know about the ski test?: How much work it is. We (ski testers) don't like to complain about it, because we know how awesome the opportunity is, but not everyone is cut out for this type of work. It's grueling skiing 12-17 skis a day while analyzing a new ski each run. Then you have to rack your brain to try to accurately describe the ski to the best of your ability.
Why should people trust the Skiing mag ski test?: Because of the large cross sections of skiers from all different ages and backgrounds. Everyone who comes is stoked on skiing and getting more people evolved and enjoying the sport. A big part of the equation and most of our lively-hoods is helping people love the sport. If you have the wrong equipment it can really make it or break it for the consumer.
Please translate the following phrase: Hafmeyjunum ekki skíði, þú kjánalegt manneskja!: What do we do when the snows all gone? We go to Chile to ski Portillo!