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Andy Bigford 43; SKI’s main man; ski historian; passionate skier and gearhead; former Michigan state collegiate ski champ; 2002-03 Boot Test MVP runner-up.
Joe Cutts 39; boot-test co-director; SKI Magazine senior editor for equipment and Eastern resorts; token Vermonter and woodchuck; never takes adorable wife and kids anywhere fun.
Joey Manley 38; Level III certified instructor in Australia and the U.S.; one of SKI Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors; member of women’s ski test team; cool accent.
Jackson Hogen 51; Yale graduate cum laude; 12-year ski and boot product manager and veteran tester and test director; 2002 Boot Test MVP; hedonist, humorist, analyst and now SKI columnist.
Doug Sabanosh 30; boot-test co-director; SKI Magazine online editor; former Squaw Valley instructor; wouldn’t stop talking about a) upcoming Alaska heliski trip and b) new girlfriend (in that order).
Matt Ross 34; boot-test technical director; manager of Surefoot Aspen Bootfitters; 1986 Junior Olympic downhill champ; University of Vermont racer; placed third in 2001 24 Hours of Aspen; master of bar tricks.
Mike Diver 39; Vail instructor and former member of the Vail and Australia demo teams; quiet, studious tester surrounded by slackers and cutups.
Erik Steinberg 48; Vail native; Steamboat resident; former World Cup and Olympic coach (Bill Johnson’s tuck doctor); 10-year boot-test veteran; loves royal christies.
Andrew Couperthwait 30; Vail local; ski model; hard goods manager and bootfitter for Kenny’s Double Diamond and Vail Sports; future mayor of Vail.
Scott Speedy 35; general manager, Boulder (Colo.) Ski Deals; eight-year veteran bootfitter; sells thousands of pairs of boots per year; conscientious, uncomplaining and astute tester.
Jeannie Thoren 56; one of SKI’s Most Influential Skiers; conducts instruction and equipment clinics for women at resorts across U.S.; veteran ski and boot tester; voice of reason and enthusiasm.
Tim Brewster 40; ski instructor for more than half his life; currently teaches at Vail/Beaver Creek and Cardrona, New Zealand; 1994 Top 100 instructor; editor for New Zealand Snowsports Magazine; comes out of his shell after a few.
Michael Biggs 39; PSIA fully certified Vail/Beaver Creek instructor and Demo Team member; SKI Top 100 instructor; 24-year veteran teacher; has taught almost everyone in Vail to ski.
Carrie Sheinberg 29; eight-year U.S. Ski Team member; 1994 Olympian; three-time U.S. National Champion; covered 2002 Olympics for the Salt Lake Tribune and Park City radio; future Today Show host.
Krista Crabtree 29; SKI associate editor and women’s ski test director; former Bates College racer; two-year pro racer; Eldora Mountain ski coach; only bride-to-be we know who obsesses over boot details.
Nicole Pelletier 29; former U.S. Development Team racer; Sun Valley, Idaho, race coach; veteran ski and boot tester; freeskiing maniac, bump-skiing queen and outdoor-sports rock star.
Trina Hosmer 24; ad coordinator for Mountain Sports Media (publisher of SKI); former Middlebury College racer; dances on bars in red stretch pants and matching ski boots.
Erica MacConnell 24; former three-year captain of UVM; 2001 NCAA GS champ and four-time All-American; UVM ski team coach; former Aspen J4 coach; great with kids; acts like one.
Christian Denis 32; owner of Elite Feet Custom Boot Fitting Shop, Squaw Valley, Calif.; Killington, Vt., native; former World Pro Mogul Tour competitor; fits boots for all skier types, from Shane McConkey to Mrs. Havercamp.
Mike Brown 40; former U.S. Ski Team downhiller; pride of Vail; contractor extraordinaire; knows every nook and cranny of Vail’s 5,000-plus acres; tested race boots only.