CEO and co-founder of Masterfit Enterprises. Oversees operations of the Masterfit University Training Centers, the America's Best Bootfitters organization of top ski bootfitting shops and Masterfit’s insole and bootfitting products lines. Created on-hill boot testing program in 1988 while serving as executive editor of Ski Magazine; has tested boots every year since. Co-authors the boot reviews for Ski and Skiing magazines and their websites and is a senior contributor to Ski.
Testing boots since 1997, currently manages our entire test ops. Co-authors the boot reviews for Ski and Skiing magazines, our websites and the America’s Best Bootfitters website. Masterfit University Boot Fit Training Centers (MFU) curriculum director and staff manager of the MFU bootfitting workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Winters as a full-time bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR. Board-certified Pedorthist, author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing, level III PSIA Alpine instructor, on-call guide at Cat Ski Mt. Bailey. When not skiing he can be found windsurfing or surfing anywhere from the Columbia River Gorge, OR to Coolangatta, Australia.
Founder and bootfit team leader at Mount Snow Boot Works at Mount Snow, VT. Veteran Masterfit University instructor and co-creator of the Associate Level curriculum, long-time boot tester and former PSIA Level III Alpine instructor and coach. Univ of Maine at Farmington ski industry grad. ski boot designer and consultant. When not skiing or working on boots, like any vermonter, he's making maple syrup or brewing a new batch of beer.
Long-time Masterfit University instructor and co-creator of the Associate Level curriculum. Senior bootfitter at Bootdoctors in Taos, NM with more than 20 years experience. Bradley has completed guild-certified four-year professional Feldenkrais training in functional skeletal movement and neuromuscular movement patterns. When not skiing, he's most often found dancing. Not with stars, but certainly with women who could be.
Veteran boot tester, bootfitter/technician/salesperson at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor Bend, OR with 19 years ski industry experience. He is a snowboard bootfitting instructor at Masterfit University. He has a background in competitive hockey and splits his time between skis and a snowboard, depending on conditions. One of our favorite photo subjects at boot test, he flies high and far.
Owner/operator of Bootdoctors & Paragon Outdoors ski and snowboard shops in Telluride, CO and Taos, NM. Senior faculty member at Masterfit University. Has taught bootfitting in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia. Former instructor and racer with over 30 years experience training ski industry personnel and developing boot products. Veteran ski and boot tester for Ski Magazine. When the snow disappears he’s usually found plying the melt water on the great rivers of the west or mountain biking. He just finished his 21st private trip in the Grand Canyon. We all wish we can come back as Bob in our next lives.
Board certified Pedorthist and owner/operator of Green Mountain Orthotic Lab (GMOL), the premier bootfitting shops in Stratton and Bromley, VT. GMOL is also manufacturer of industry-standard stance alignment and sole planning equipment. Masterfit University instructor, PSIA level I Alpine instructor and member of the education staff for the PSIA. In the summers he can be found boating with his family on Great Sacandaga Lake in New York’s Adirondack Park.
IN SPIRIT...Owner/operator of Ski Boot Fitting of Vail and Beaver Creek, CO which operates out of Vail Sports locations in each resort. Veteran Masterfit University instructor, board-certified Pedorthist and a long-time boot tester. Former PSIA level III Alpine instructor. Don't mistake the faraway look in his eye for a hippy glaze-over. More likely he’s just mentally planning his summer in Cape Hatteras, NC which he spends windsurfing, surfing and fishing where he recently received his commercial captain’s license.
Boot test veteran, boot fitter and sales person at Gravity Sports, Mt Bachelor, OR. Parents married on skis, raised on the slopes, skiing is in her blood. Ski Instruction background. She is the most recent addition to our instructor roster at Masterfit University, and is one of only two female instructors.
Owner/operator of The Thotic Shops at Aspen Sports in Snowmass, CO. A veteran bootfitter and Pedorthist for over 30 years, he works with both athletes and orthopedic patients. Senior Masterfit University instructor, training consultant for sports equipment and balance compatibility as well as a published writer and lecturer. An ex-semi-pro hockey player from the Slapshot era, he knows how to throw down the gloves but these days is more apt to write a long letter to the editor when he gets irked.
Co-founder of Masterfit Enterprises and Masterfit University and leader of Masterfit's Product Development team. Veteran boot tester (he co-founded the on-hill program in 1988) and board-certified Pedorthist. Owner/operator of U.S. Orthotic Center in New York City, a leading pedorthic and footwear modification lab working with athletes, individuals with severe foot ailments and just everyday folks seeking comfort and support. When not skiing or working on boots, he can be found rolling around on his motorized skateboard or leading one of his kids’ scout meetings.
Founder and lead fitter of the Boot Lab at Windham Mountain Resort in NY. Marc has over 20 years experience as a bootfitter, is a board certified pedorthist, and has been a MasterFit University instructor since 2013. He is a PSIA Alpine Level III Instructor who lectures on stance analysis and bootfitting, and conducts on-hill clinics for PSIA’s Eastern Division. When he’s not tinkering with ski boots or playing in the snow he’s probably in his boat somewhere on the mighty Hudson River.
Patrick Sullivan is the senior ski boot fitter at Jackson Hole Sports in Jackson, Wyoming. He has been a board-certified Pedorthist since 2009, and started working in the ski industry in 1998. He owned Alpine Pro Performance boot fitting lab in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for eight years. Pat also has an extensive background in medical pedorthics and worked for orthotics and prosthetics facilities in Washington and Idaho. A MasterFit instructor since 2002, he is a veteran ski boot tester for America’s Best Bootfitters and Ski and Skiing magazines. When he isn’t fitting boots, you will find Pat on the slopes nearly every day. He mountain bikes, during the off-season.
Veteran boot tester and bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR during the winter. A board-certified Pedorthist, he also works as a Special Education EA for the Bend La Pine school district. A Masterfit University instructor with more than 25 years experience in the ski industry, the "Wildebeest" is the food and beverage manager for boot test where he cooks up a mean BBQ feast.
Raced Nordic in college, boot fitter since 1985, PSIA III for 20+ years, staff trainer at Mt. Bachelor. Fishing guide during the summer. Husband to my wife and best friend , Carol, father and homework reviewer to Emily and Abby. While I'm not checking over homework I am a bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor and am certified PSIA Level III, Alpine II and Telemark I Nordic.
Julia grew up ski racing at Jay Peak, Vermont. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2003 she moved to the sunny side of the state. She has been teaching and supervising in the children's program at Mt. Bachelor Gravity School since 2005. Current certifications include: PSIA Level 2, Level 2 Children's Specialist and Level 1 Snowboard
Veteran boot tester and former PSIA Level II Alpine instructor. Has worked in the ski industry as a retail salesperson and technician as well as a snowcat driver and bartender at Cat Ski Mt. Bailey. Currently a committed pow-skier and line-poacher, she works full-time as a 'Junk'/antique dealer and helped her husband Mark coordinating the boot test. She was the critically important après ski bar stocker.
Our most veteran Mt. Bachelor-based boot tester, he joined the test team at inception in 1988. Head junior alpine race coach for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and a ski instructor for Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. A certified PSIA level III Alpine instructor and Level 400 USSA coach, he coached current U.S. Ski Team members Laurenne Ross and Tommy Ford as junior racers.
An Upper Wet Coast native, Eino learned to ski in the heavy and the dark. This helped foster an affinity for a flannel shirt, a twangy guitar, some black Gore Tex. He doesn't social media. He does occasionally drop the knee. If you walked into his tune shop, he'd be nice. If he were ever in charge of the radio, there'd be more Steve Earle and less Katy Perry. If he ran the ski area circus, there be more Mt. Ashland and less Park City.
Megen has spent her winters in the mountains for as long as she can remember. Growing up with "weekend warriors" for parents meant she started ski racing when she was 6 and continued racing through college. She's been a coach for the past 15 years and currently coaches at MBSEF. After 7 years overseeing lift operations at Mt. Bachelor, Megen recently moved to an indoor job at the Race Place in Bend, OR. This is her 6th season as a boot tester. When not skiing, she can be found gardening, hiking, biking, boating and testing out the many delicious breweries in her hometown.
Avi 1, 3rd year learning more about my feet and boot fitting for all feet types. Tsunami Sport for 3 years and Wilson Golf for 2 seasons. Fera ski wear for 1 year freelance. Currently at Rugged Thread as a technical outerwear and gear repairer and an outwear product developer and field tester.
Manager and retail hard-goods buyer for at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR. Coordinates on-hill logistics for the boot test and is our local “on-hill fixer.” Veteran boot and ski tester for Ski Magazine. Former race coach and manufacturer’s sales rep with 25 years ski industry experience. When not skiing, he leads the moto-crazy Korman family expeditions on the single-track east of Bend.
Taught skiing for 20 + years and was a ski school director at Ski Bluewood, WA for 4 years. I am a retired Elementary school teacher and retired ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor, Bluewood, WA. Certified as PSIA Level 3.
Veteran boot tester residing in Ashland, OR. Level III PSIA Alpine instructor with 17 years teaching experience, Level 100 USSA coach and a coach for the Willamette Alpine Race Program. Works as a surgical assistant on her days off. Definitely the hottest grandma to ever test boots.
Alpine Level III ski instructor with 10 years of experience in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. Currently a supervisor and staff trainer at Bogus Basin in Idaho . Enjoys helping fellow instructors reach their goals, teaching children the joys of French fries vs. pizza, and the nerdy aspects of boot testing. Hikes, bikes and gardens in the off-season.
MBSEF Racer since 1994 and currently a rippin mum.
Ski instructor with the Mt. Bachelor Gravity School for 13 years, veteran boot tester. PSIA level III Alpine instructor with a Senior Specialist level I accreditation. NASTAR national champion in 1973 and a retired Foreign Service Officer. That makes her the most worldly of our ski bum-centric test team. When not skiing, she's often found casting a fly at bonefish in a salt flat somewhere.
Ski raced for 10 years for Ron Mark Ski
Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. College Racing for Western Washington University. Coached at Mt. Ashland Association for 5 years. Ski instructor at Mt. Ashland and Mr. Bachelor for 1 year. Currently a native American non-profit grant writing and curriculum design.
Kelly Finnen has run ski retail operations for Mountain High Resort, Intrawest Retail Group, Squaw Valley Ski Corp. and currently works for Vail Resorts Retail overseeing all retail and rental operations at Northstar California. She is Masterfit Master level Bootfitter and is a member of the K2 Ski Alliance. As a resident of Lake Tahoe, Kelly spends her off-seasons as an avid long distance trail runner, downhill mountain biker and enjoying time on the lake with her pup Rocky.
Ski tech, salesperson and bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor and backcountry skiing gear specialist. Veteran boot tester with 20+ years ski industry experience from ski patrolling to product representation. In the off-season he is a bicycle technician as well as avid rider.
Doing it big!!
Masterfit boot tester, Powder Mag ski
tester. When I'm not testing boots I am a Middle School teacher.
Graduate of Masterfit University, Forerunner of the US Telemark Nationals in 2013, 35 years of Alpine Racing and a bootfitter for 9 years at Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare. Curently a pro bootfitter and a telemark instructor.
Masterfit Dark Arts Graduate. Fir for
members of U.S. Freestyle Team. Fit for members of Canadian Paralympic Team. Currently a service manager at Next Adventure in Portland, OR. Owner of Boots and More Performance.
Boot fitter and shop manager for Goldsmiths sports in Big Bear Lake California. Has attended Master fit University multiple times.
PSIA certified since 1976 where I started teaching in Aspen in 1970. Ski school supervisor in Aspen, ski school director at Wolf Creek, Masterfit University: Dark Arts, Boot fitter since 1985, Freestyle aerialist in mid 70's. Currently a ski shop owner and have been since 1985 and certified PSIA Lvel III.
Co-owner/operator of Goldsmith's Board House, the leading ski and snowboard specialty shop in Big Bear Lake, CA. As our resident PGA golf pro, was disappointed in our “amateur” status parties and team challenges. Apparently pro golfers party harder than skiers. Who knew? He will be head of this department at next year's test.
Eric is a Masterfit University trained master bootfitter at California Ski Company in Berkeley, California A 6th generation Californian, Eric has been skiing the Sierra Nevada for half a century. Kirkwood Mountain is where he is often found on the weekdays when away from the shop. Eric's bought his first custom fit ski boot in 1999 and that experience of skiing in a well fit boot was a game changer for his skiing. He would love to do the same for you.
Jim is a Masterfit graduate and bootfitter at Goldsmith's Board House in Big Bear Lake, California.
A PSIA certified instructor since 2002, He is a former Vail instructor and was a supervisor at the Bear Mountain Ski School for 12 years. He currently teaches the able bodied at Snow Summit as well as disabled skiers with the U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center at Bear Mountain.
In the summer, you'll find him on Big Bear Lake teaching adaptive water sports with the USARC.
He aspires to endure and survive while running with pro party animal, Dallas Goldsmith.