SKI Magazine Gear Tester: Mike Britt

This Aspen Mountain ski patroller charges on and off the slopes of SKI Test.

Photo: Keri Bascetta

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SKI Magazine Gear Tester
SKI Magazine Gear Tester Mike BrittPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

Mike Britt has been around the block at SKI Test, having tested skis for us for more than 12 years. An ex-racer turned ski patroller for Aspen Mountain, Mike effortless fuses great technical skiing with big mountain style. 

What makes you qualified to test?
After years of testing, I’m still trying to figure that out.

Skiing background: Ski racer turned ski cross racer, turned big mountain competitor, turned ski instructor, turned ski tester, turned patroller. Hopefully no more turns.

Favorite type of terrain: Steep gladed terrain.

Favorite part of SKI Test? 
The camaraderie and ripping with old friends.

Funniest story from ski test (any year)? 
When one of the testers dropped all of his completed test cards off the lift. I was behind him and it looked like a ticker tape parade. I think he recovered most of them. And then the year Tommy Moe tested—every day was a crack up!

What don’t people know about the ski test? What they don’t know won’t kill ’em.

Why should people trust the results from SKI Test? 
We are some of the best skiers in the industry and would never jeopardize our reputation over a biased test. And, we don’t get paid—we do it because we love it!


  • Age: 46
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 185 lbs. 
  • Home mountain Aspen, Colo. 
  • Day job: Ski Patroller
  • Avg. days per season: 51+

Skiing Style & Terrain Preference 

  • Athletic
  • Carvey
  • Medium to large radius turns
  • Gladed steeps
SKI Tester Mike Britt at SKI Test 2020 in Taos, NM
Mike Britt takes a lap on Taos Ski Valley’s Kachina Peak to put All-Mountain skis to the test during SKI Test 2021. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Ski Preference 

  • Metal in the core
  • Directional shape 
  • Damp
  • Favorite ski from SKI Test 2021: Blizzard Brahma 88 and Stöckli Stormrider 88
2021 Blizzard Brahma 88
The 2021 Blizzard Brahma 88 has been updated to include the brand’s new TrueBlend corePhoto courtesy of Blizzard

Mike’s Gear

  • Skis: Liberty Evolv100; “This is my daily patrol ski. Good width for all occasions—skis great in powder and rips up the bumps and groomers.”
2020 Liberty Evolv100
2020 Liberty Evolv100Photo courtesy of Liberty
2020 Head Raptor RS
The 2020 Head Raptor RS is a high performance ski boot with a narrow last designed for expert skiers. Photo courtesy of Head
BCA Tracker 4 Beacon
The new BCA Tracker 4 beacon features a faster internal processor and larger display for enhanced user experience. Photo courtesy of BCA
  • Gear epiphany: I’ve realized that at my age, I’m not as powerful as I used to be. It’s nice to be on a ski that doesn’t require you to take steroids just to bend the darn things. I like a ski now that allows you to be as powerful as you want it to be, but relaxes the minute you need it to. 

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

Michael Holmquist. “My ski partner in crime at SKI Test. We’re about the same size and have a similar ski style—strong yet smooth. Our boot sole is the same length, so we can easily switch in and out of each other’s test skis and get more laps in that way. 

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