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SKI Magazine Gear Tester: Jessi Hackett

Warren Miller Entertainment's Marketing Manager has a background in freestyle and backcountry skiing.

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Jessi was born on Colorado’s Western Slope and she grew up skiing Telluride. After moving to the Front Range as a kid, Winter Park became her home mountain. While in school at University of Colorado, she skied on the Freestyle Ski Team her freshman year. Jessi has participated in a handful of SkiMo races, enjoys backcountry skiing and travels around the American west to ski and explore other resorts. Aside from skiing, she’s a lover of mountain biking, running, cooking and reading. Currently, Jessi is the Marketing and Content Manager at Warren Miller Entertainment, and a freelance writer for SKI Magazine and local lifestyle publications. 


  • Height: 5’2″
  • Weight: 115 lbs
  • Age: 29
  • Years testing for SKI: 5
  • Avg. days per season: 31-50
  • Home mountain: Winter Park, Telluride, and Loveland Ski Area, Colo.

Skiing Style & Terrain Preference

  • A freestyle skier who loves bumps and back bowls
  • Rocky Mountain-raised girl who’s dabbled in big mountain skiing and SkiMo racing

Ski Preference

The qualities Jessi looks for in a ski:

  • Balanced
  • Forgiving
  • Versatility

In Jessi’s Gear Closet

  • Ski: 4FRNT MSP CC; “The width is perfect for skiing out West in any conditions and the mixed construction of Titanal and poplar give it a dampness without sacrificing pop and play. Loyal and trustworthy in all conditions.”
2019-’20 4FRNT MSP CCPhoto courtesy of 4FRNT
  • Boot: K2 Luv 110; “Comfortable, forgiving boot with a strong flex and responsive feel.”
2019 K2 Luv 110 LV women's ski boot
2019 K2 Luv 110 women’s ski boot. Photo courtesy of K2
  • Outerwear: Trew Chariot Bibs with Trew Shell Jacket
  • Favorite accessory: Skida Tour neckwarmer and Astis Short Cuff Mittens

If you like Jessi’s take on skis, you may also agree with…

“Jenny Wiegand. I often like the same skis Jenny likes. We both want a balanced, versatile ski that’s responsive and poppy, but damp enough to charge and trust. A ski with high energy, but one that’s still grounded.”

Biggest Gear Epiphanies

  • “I don’t like gloves, I can only wear mittens.”
  • “A 110 flex in a ski boot is my happy place and once I discovered that, my stance improved significantly.”
  • Regular waxing matters and learning to tune my own skis and throw wax on them regularly was a game-changer.”
  • “Capri baselayers! They are key to avoiding ski sock and baselayer bunching around your shin and top of the ski boot.”