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SKI Magazine Gear Tester: Jon Jay

SKI's digital content editor has a history of competitive freeride skiing and international ski mountaineering.
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SKI Test Director and Gear Tester Jon Jay

SKI's Test Director Jon Jay 

Jon grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and learned to ski at Aspen Snowmass starting at the age of 3. While attending the University of Denver, he was President of the DU Alpine Club and competed on the Freeskiing World Tour. He lived Kazakhstan for two years and completed a number of first descents in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and then spent three years living in Silverton, Colo., where he received his AIARE Level 2 course certificate and EMT license. 

He now lives in Boulder and skis all over the world for work. As the SKI Test director, Jon oversees all hardgood tests. No professional skiing background, but he worked in various ski shops for almost a decade and is still a total gear nerd. He is also SKI's digital content editor.

Vitals

  • Age: 32
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 200 lbs. 
  • Home mountain: Aspen Snowmass, Colo. 
  • Avg. days per season: 51+

Skiing Style & Terrain Preference

  • Primarily a freeride-oriented skier, former Freeskiing World Tour athlete
  • Enjoys skiing hard and fast
  • Looks for steep terrain with things to jump off
Jon Jay skiing in St. Anton, Austria

Jon Jay samples the accessible off-piste terrain of St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. 

Ski Preference

  • Wide skis that are playful yet damp
  • Skis that can carve and charge with ease
  • Favorite ski from 2021 SKI Test: Nordica Enforcer 100
2021 Nordica Enforcer 100 Men's All-Mountain Ski

The 2021 Nordica Enforcer 100 was tested in the all-mountain category of SKI Test. 

Jon's Gear

  • Skis: Nordica Enforcer 100; "No matter the conditions, it does everything well."
  • Ski boots: Tecnica Mach1 MV; "Great fit and solid performance in all terrain."
Tecnica Mach1 HV 130 2019 ski boot review

The Tecnica Mach1 is a men's high-performance ski boot. 

OR 2020 HH Elevation Infinity Pro Jacket

Helly Hansen Infinity Shell

  • Favorite accessories: Shred Simplify goggles; "Best lenses I've used so far for clarity of vision and a wide peripheral view."
Shred Simplify Ski Goggle & Slam-Cap NoShock Ski Helmet

The Shred Simplify ski goggle pairs well with the brand's Slam-Cap NoShock ski helmet. 

  • Biggest gear epiphany: "If you want to really impress everyone riding the lift, stomp the showtime air but then get your hip on the ground carving on the groomer below. A ski that allows you to do both is an ideal ski."

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