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Below are the folks lucky enough to be the people behind the ski test: the testers. Here, also, are their stories.

FREERIDE SUPERHERO TESTERS

Jill Adler
35, 5'6", 120 lbs.
A Deer Valley ski instructor with a law degree; looks for a ski like she looks for a man -- "lively, sexy, aggressive, and fun."
Style: A "pretty" skier; technical.
Favorite Ski: K2 AK Enemy

Chris Anthony
34, 5'10", 175 lbs.
Warren Miller movie star; 1996 Alaskan World Extreme champ; likes a strong, stable ski.
Style: Makes the worst snow look like packed powder.
Favorite Ski: Atomic 10.EX

Scottie Ewing
28, 5'9", 170 lbs.
A straight-edged, self-proclaimed "snow pimp"; started skiing after quitting a pro BMX career.
Style: Blasts through anything like a heat-seeking missile.
Favorite Ski: Stockli Asteroid

Tina Fraccola
30, 5'8", 145 lbs.
Powder-, crud- and steep-seeking freeskier; slings drinks at the down-and-dirty Goat in Summit County, Colorado.
Style: Goes big and skis fast.
Favorite Ski: Rossi Bandit XXX

Scott "Scooter" Gates
33, 5'11", 160 lbs.
Lead guide at Irwin Lodge snowcat skiing for five years; studies snowpack religiously.
Style: Solid in powder and crud.
Favorite Ski: Dynastar Intuitiv Big

Max Kuszaj
21, 5'8", 165 lbs.
Self-described "hazard to the freeskiing movement"; double ejected spectacularly at 50 mph in avalanche debris during the test.
Style: Crazy and fearless, will jump off anything.
Favorite Ski: Atomic 10.EX

Michael Miracle
30, 6"0", 165 lbs.
SKIING's senior editor; ski-test coordinator; erstwhile shop rat; gear head.
Style: Smooth and calculated.
Favorite Ski: Fischer Big Stix 84

C. Bradley Richmond
29, 5'7", 130 lbs.
Crested Butte pro ski patroller; ski instructor; placed third in 2000 U.S. Freeskiing Championships; third in 40-mile Grand Traverse extreme comp.
Style: Solid mountain goat.
Favorite Ski: Atomic 10.EX

Anda Rojs
30, 5'7", 140 lbs.
Three-time women's champ of the 24 Hours of Aspen; three-time NCAA All-American; manages a baggage store in Aspen.
Style: Incredibly strong and technically perfect.
Favorite Ski: Atomic 10.EX

Don Trischett
42, 5'11", 225 lbs.
Irwin Lodge Manager; former Alta ski patroller.
Style: Skis like the backcountry guide that he is.

Kristen Ulmer
34, 5'8", 140 lbs.
One of SKIING's top 25 skiers in North America; ski-movie star; queen of extreme; notorious for front flips off 30-foot cliffs.
Style: Fearless and totally aggro.
Favorite Ski: Atomic 10.EX


FREERIDE EXPERT AND INTERMEDIATE TESTERS

Frankie Alisuag
30, 5'5", 135 lbs.
Crested Butte local ripper; placed third at the 2000 U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships.
Style: Aggressive and smooth; likes to be in command.
Favorite Ski: K2 Axis X

Bruce Bedell
34, 5'11", 155 lbs.
Was inspired to start skiing after watching Franz Klammer win Olympic gold in Innsbruck; has been organizing race events for 13 years.
Style: "I ski like I mean it."
Favorite Ski: Atomic Beta Ride 11.20

Cindy Burkart
31, 5'9", 155 lbs.
Veteran mogul competitor; three years on U.S. Freestyle Team; Breckenridge bump coach.
Style: A smooth big turner and bump maven.
Favorite Ski: Salomon Scream 8 Pilot W

Chris Carson
34, 5'9", 160 lbs.
Former pro mogul competitor; coach for Devo Freestyle, a Summit County team; learned to do a 720 at age 33.
Style: Hard-charging all-mountain ripper who's extra good in bumps.
Favorite Ski: Atomic Beta Ride 11.20

Scottie Ewing
29, 5'9", 180 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Stockli Stormride

Pam Fletcher
38, 5'4", 125 lbs.
Nine-year U.S. Ski Team veteran; 1988 Olympian; holds six national titles; won gold at the '86 World Cup downhill in Vail.
Style: Carves a simply awesome arc on groomed; super strong everywhere else.
Favorite Ski: Rossignol Bandit XXL

Tina Fraccola
30, 5'9", 145 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Atomic Beta Ride 11.20

Bill Grout
57, 5'11", 156 lbs.
Former SKIING editor; a magazine ski tester for more than two decades; likes a lively ski that does the work for him.
Style: Relaxed carving aficionado.
Favorite Ski: Salomon Scream 8 Pilot

Kristen Lignell
37, 5'6", 116 lbs.
Freerider; long-time ski model; perennial Warren Miller film star; ski mountaineer (her last winter expedition was Denali); extreme competitor; veteran ski tester; registered nurse.
Style: Powerful, but with a light touch; can smile, turn, and chew gum all at the same time.
Favorite Ski: Rossignol Bandit XXL

Brian Metzler
32, 5'11", 165 lbs.
Contributing writer for SKIING; exiled Midwestern ski bum; former junior national miniature golfer.
Style: Aggressive enough to have fun; smart enough to stay alive.
Favorite Ski: K2 Axis X

Helen Olsson
35, 5'3", 125 lbs.
SKIING Magazine's executive editor; den mother for the test squad; former ski racer and ski instructor.
Style: Makes six turns for every one of most testers; eats big lunches.
Favorite Ski: Volant T3 Epic

Bruce Ruff
44, 5'7", 155 lbs.
Spent 14 years on the pro mogul tour; ski model; host of "Better Skiing" TV and radio segments.
Style: Really well-balanced whatever the condition.
Favorite Ski: K2 Axis X Pro


RACE SKI TESTERS

Andy Bither: Former Middlebury racer; two-time NCAA All-American.

Bruce Bedell: Veteran tester; former race organizer at Breckenridge.

Pam Fletcher: World Cup racer; '88 Olympian.

Trina Hosmer: Former Middlebury racer.

Bill Madsen: 1983 U.S. Junior Worlds Team; NASTAR pacesetter.

James McGrath: Top-15 FIS racer; race coach.

Anda Rojs: Three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Aspen.

Jason Rosener: U.S. Ski Team downhiller; '98 Olympian.

Erin Sullivan: NorAm racer; NCAA All-American; race coach.

Scott Tanner: Seven-time Masters national champion; race coach.


CARVING EXPERT AND INTERMEDIATE TESTERS

Eric Archer
33, 5'10", 175 lbs.
Reigning Powder 8 and World Skiercross champ; former NCAA GS champ.
Style: Lays it out and carves massive trenches in the snow; makes muscular turns.
Favorite Ski: Atomic 11.16

Bruce Bedell
34, 5'11", 155 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Blizzard Sigma SLK

Cindy Burkart
31, 5'9", 155 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Atomic 11.16

Mark Elling
31, 5'10", 165 lbs.
Demo tech at Mt. Bachelor; 11-year ski instructor; author of a how to ski book; admits that he's still learning to ski.
Style: Happiest in funky snow at high speeds.
Favorite Ski: Rossi T-Power Viper X

Pam Fletcher
38, 5'4", 125 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Volkl Carver Motion

Trina Hosmer
23, 5'8", 140 lbs.
Former collegiate racer at Middlebury College.
Style: Can bend a ski like a drunk bends a swizzle stick.
Favorite Ski: Dynastar Autodrive Speed Carve

Peter Oliver
47, 5'8", 135 lbs.
Longtime SKIING contributor; carving test coordinator; veteran ski tester; East Coast diehard.
Style: Solid and balanced arcmaster; likes a ski with zing.
Favorite Ski: Salomon Crossmax 10 Pilot

Helen Olsson
35, 5'3", 125 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Volkl Carver Motion

Jason Rosener
26, 6'0", 210 lbs.
Retired eight-year U.S. Ski Team veteran; former Olympian; four-time Junior National Champion; currently a broker for Charles Schwab.
Style: Skis like a World Cup downhiller. No surprise, really.
Favorite Ski: Fischer Race SC

Bruce Ruff
44, 5'7", 155 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Dynastar Autodrive Speed Carvei: Volkl Carver Motion

Jason Rosener
26, 6'0", 210 lbs.
Retired eight-year U.S. Ski Team veteran; former Olympian; four-time Junior National Champion; currently a broker for Charles Schwab.
Style: Skis like a World Cup downhiller. No surprise, really.
Favorite Ski: Fischer Race SC

Bruce Ruff
44, 5'7", 155 lbs.
(For bio, see above.)
Favorite Ski: Dynastar Autodrive Speed Carve

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