Skis: Test Team

Olympians, freeriders, coaches, retailers, our testers occupy every niche in the industry. They do have one thing in common: They know gear— and how to use it.
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Olympians, freeriders, coaches, retailers, our testers occupy every niche in the industry. They do have one thing in common: They know gear— and how to use it.
ski test roster

› Kim Beekman, 35, 115 pounds; SKI’s managing editor; Colorado native

› Erik Boller, 40, 190 pounds; repair manager of Rennstall for Jans ski shop in Park City, Utah; ex-racer

› Todd Casey, 42, 190 pounds; PSIA Level III alpine and telemark instructor at Copper Mountain, Colo.

› Joe Cutts, 48, 245 pounds; SKI’s deputy editor and equipment-test director; Vermont native

› Mark Elling, 42, 185 pounds; SKI’s boot-test director; educational director at Masterfit University; master bootfitter in Oregon

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› Toril Forland, 57, 130 pounds; five-time World Pro Skiing champ; Olympic bronze medalist in combined for Norway

› Courtney Gillet, 25, 130 pounds, customer care specialist at; ex-racer; Stevens Pass, Wash., native

› Bob Gleason, 60, 175 pounds, senior instructor at Masterfit University; co-owner of The BootDoctors shops in Telluride, Colo.

› Jackson Hogen, 60, 185 pounds; marketing VP for Panoptyx eyewea, 23-year test veteran

› Stephanie Humes, 39, 123 pounds, hardgoods and store manager of Jans Mountain Experts at Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

› Erik Korman, 40, 185 pounds, retail manager at Mt. Bachelor, Ore.; former racer and ski coach

› Luke Larsen, 30, 220 pounds, native Utah racer; manager of his family’s shop, Lifthouse Sports

› Doug Lewis, 46, 160 pounds, former U.S. Ski Team and Olympic downhiller; World Championship medalist

› Tyler Mearce, 25, 235 pounds, Start Haus Ski Shop manager/ buyer; Tahoe, Calif., local

› Laura Merino, 32, 145 pounds, freeride competitor; Aspen, Colo., area resident

› Colin Moffatt, 34, 170 pounds, Cochran Ski Club, Vt., head coach; grandson of SKI’s founding editor

› Rachel Moscarella, 47, 135 pounds, veteran pro patroller and snow-safety director at Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

› Danielle Nichols, 34, 145 pounds, director of Start Haus Ski Camps; former ski coach for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team in Truckee, Calif.

› Michael Rogan, 43, 185 pounds, PSIA National Alpine Team member since 1996; SKI’s instruction director

› Kaylin Richardson, 26, 145 pounds, U.S. Ski Team veteran; two-time Olympian; four-time national champion

› Sarah Scott, 24, 140 pounds, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, local; Salt Lake City native

› Jennifer Sletten, 39, 135 pounds, ex-racer; Park City local since 1995

› Meredith Sletten, 25, 118 pounds, SKI’s style consultant; ex-racer; Park City, Utah, native


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Boots: Test Team

Sure you want to be a boot tester? It’s a special breed, because testing can be an uncomfortable ordeal. But our testers are happy martyrs, since good boots are the key to every skier’s success.

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Ski Test Outtakes: 2010

Our expert gear testers—World Cuppers, Olympians, top instructors, retailers and SKI staffers—hit the slopes at Deer Valley, Snowbird and Stratton to put more than 200 skis and boots through the ringer...and the trees, pow, bumps, crud and corduroy. To see what passed the test, click on our gear galleries.