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.
Testing boots since 1997, currently manages our entire boot test operations. Authors the boot reviews for OnTheSnow.com 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., Europe and Australia. Winters as a full-time bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor and Masterfit Tech Center #1 in Bend, OR. Former board-certified Pedorthist, author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing and level III PSIA Alpine instructor. 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. University of Maine at Farmington ski industry program graduate. 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 Ski Valley, NM with more than 20 years experience. Charlie 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 20 years ski industry experience. He is a snowboard and alpine 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.
Jeff Harper has been working in the ski industry since 1991 and brings a diverse set of knowledge and skills to outdoor sports. He started with National Ski Patrol, transitioning to the retail side as a shop manager, and focusing on ski tuning and boot fitting. For the past 20 years his primary area of expertise has been boot fitting, including telemark and snowboarding. He is currently the head boot fitter for SBF in Vail, CO where he has worked since 2009. Additionally he has been an educator with Masterfit U since 2012. An outdoor enthusiast, Jeff spends his time in Vail skiing, mountain biking hiking and camping. His claim to fame is living off the grid for 2 years in a tipi.
Owner/operator of Ski Boot Fitting of Vail and Beaver Creek, CO which operates out of Vail Sports locations at each resort. Veteran Masterfit University instructor, former 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, kiteboarding, surfing and fishing where he recently received his commercial captain’s license.
Hogen has labored as ski designer, binding and boot product manager, freestyle competitor, bootfitter, lecturer on risk management, ski instructor, marketing director, resort feature writer, ski tester for 30 years and boot tester for 20, OLN and RSN television show host, extreme camp coach, Desperate Measures co-creator, four-time Warren Miller screenwriter, R&D chief, honorary Canadian, college racer, two-time personal therapist to Greg Stump, regular contributor to at least ten different ski magazines, and his guise as Pontiff of Powder, married Paul Hochman and Carrie Sheinberg in all ways but legally. He currently serves as a bootfitter at Bobo's in Reno, NV when not providing all editorial services for Realskiers.com, including his weekly Revelation from the Pontiff of Powder. In addition to the 126 Recommended ski reviews on Realskiers.com, Hogen also provided 48 original reviews for the Masterfit Real Skiers 2018 Buyers Guide and another 99 for OnTheSnow.com, making him the world's most widely read ski analyst.
Boot test veteran, bootfitter and salesperson 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. She spent this past winter working as a bootfitter at Boot Solutions in Japan.
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 testing 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 he 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.
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. When he isn’t fitting boots, you will find Pat on the slopes nearly every day. He mountain bikes during the off-season.
Sam comes from a clinical sports podiatry background in Australia working with athletes before she saw the light and moved to Telluride, Colorado. She is the supervising and (currently) only female bootfitter at Bootdoctors in Telluride. Having mastered the art of snowboarding, she is now making parallel lines skiing more often than knuckle dragging. Sam joined the Masterfit University teaching team in 2014 in both Australia (using her native tongue) and throughout the United States (being translated by either Kevin, Greg or Mark). Her passions there fall on anything female specific and footbed related. When not wintering, she can be found trail running and giggling down single track on her bike.
Wiberg is a veteran boot tester and is currently working for Ski Boot Fitting Inc. in Vail, CO at the Lionshead location.
Veteran boot tester and bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR during the winter. A board-certified Pedorthist and owner of "Sole Motion" mobile orthotic lab, Chris 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. Please visit his website at www.tuneyourshoes.com.
Raced Nordic in college, boot fitter since 1985, PSIA level III Alpine instructor for 20+ years, Gravity School staff trainer at Mt. Bachelor. Fishing guide during the summer. Husband to wife and best friend, Carol, father and homework reviewer to Emily and Abby. While not checking over homework Blackwell is a bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor and am also certified PSIA level II Telemark and level I Nordic.
Nancy Prichard Bouchard is a prolific outdoor adventure and travel writer, climber and skier. Her by-line has appeared in many national and international publications including Men’s Journal, Playboy, Outside and Backpacker magazines, and she’s made appearances on The Today Show, ESPN, National Geographic TV and PBS. She met her husband, John Bouchard, while they both were competing in the X-Games. She and her husband have raised their three children with the same enthusiasm for outdoor sports that they both share. Bouchard holds a Ph. D. in history from the University of Colorado, and enjoys intertwining a solid sense of history with her reporting on outdoor sports and travel.
Last year Julia made the transition from the west coast, where she had been living in Bend, Oregon for many years, back to northern Vermont. She grew up ski racing at Jay Peak and last year became a member of National Ski Patrol at Jay. When not skiing hard you can find her making maple syrup on her parents' farm, doing yoga and adventuring outside with her black lab Oliver.
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.
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.
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 do 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.
A native of Seattle, Megen learned to ski in Cascade concrete. She started ski racing at age six and continued through college. After graduating, she began coaching ski racing and in 2009 moved to Bend, OR where she continues to coach for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. Her “real job” was overseeing lift operations at Mt. Bachelor for 7 years. She's currently doing “real job” things at The Race Place, where the focus is – you guessed it - all things ski racing! When not on the mountain, Megen can be found in her garden, trail running, or camping with her husband and their blind cat Momo.
Michael Kendrick Powderly is a Bend, OR native who grew up racing in the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation program. When she is not skiing, Michael spends her leisure time mountain biking and adventuring with her husband and two kids.
Outside junkie, nature lover and owner of Rugged Thread, a technical outerwear and outdoor gear repair facility located in Bend, OR. Kim dropped out of college to follow the snow and ended up at Snowbird where she skied religiously and followed a passion in product design and development, merchandising and sourcing of outerwear soft goods. Now her home mountain is Mt. Bachelor and she is passionate about building a sustainable company focused on repair innovations in the outdoor industry. Got a broken zipper? Fix it!
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 ABB boot and ski tester for Realskiers.com. 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.
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.
Colleen grew up skiing in Oregon with her family and ski raced through high school and college and is currently on the full time staff with the Mt. Bachelor Pro Patrol. She has 15 years experience in the ski industry. 2 years teaching, and 13 patrolling. She holds a level 2 Avalanche certification and is fully certified in all 9 disciplines with the Association of Professional Patrollers. When not on skis, she enjoys spending time and working on the rivers and ocean in SE Alaska as a river guide and deckhand.
Taught skiing for 20 + years and was a ski school director at Ski Bluewood, WA for 4 years. Mjelde is a retired elementary school teacher and in her free time she loves to travel with her family and discover new ski areas. Her new local ski area is Discovery Basin in Montana, where she and her family have recently relocated. Certified as PSIA Level 3
My ideal ski day is everyday.
PSIA III, Children's Specialist II, level I exam accredited. Staff trainer for Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Ashland. Linda began her career in snow sports in 1997 when one of her sons decided he wanted to ski race. Through the process of certification she added a level 100 USAA coaching accreditation and went on to coach at Willamette Pass.
Amy is a PSIA level 3 alpine ski instructor with 11 years of experience in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. She currently skis at Bogus Basin near Boise, ID, where she coaches U14 racers with the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation. During the warmer seasons, Amy teaches environmental education and gardens. She enjoys biking, hiking and yoga in her free time.
Masterfit boot tester. Powder Mag ski tester. Former Mt. Bachelor ski instructor. Beer: Rainier. Whisky: Jameson. I love storm skiing!
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 Rowmark Ski Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. Competed in college ski racing for Western Washington University. Coached at Mt. Ashland Association for 5 years. Ski instructor formerly at Mt. Ashland and now at Mt. Bachelor for 2 years. Currently works for a native American non-profit organization doing grant writing and curriculum design. She is a Faction ski ambassador.
15-year veteran at the Mt. Bachelor grooming department. Owner of Skyline Appraisal, Inc. in Bend, OR. Ambassador for K2 Skis NW, Marker/Dalbello and Descente. Grateful lover of all things snow.
Grew up stubborn and determined; playing soccer and ski racing through college. She quickly moved into the coaching realm focusing on tech events until migrating over to the Adaptive ski world where she’s been giving lessons, providing trainings and more for the past 10 years. When not skiing, you can find her on her bike (especially DH riding), hiking or running in the mountains, rock climbing, on or in a lake, and maybe even learning a new sport.
P.S. This one love’s all ski conditions.
A Bend, OR native and first time boot tester, Tanner has been skiing Mt. Bachelor for 30 years. He is currently on the full time staff with Mt. Bachelor Pro Patrol, and prior to that was a sleep deprived snow cat operator. In the non-winter months you can find him chasing wildfires all over the country, throwing the ball for his overly energetic bird dog, or researching his next winter gear set up.
A Bend Native, Kelsey grew up ski racing for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and later coached for Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hood Meadows Race Team. Kelsey hails from a family of skiers and moved back to Bend from Portland, OR in 2014 to work side by side with her dad in the family ski race business, The Race Place. After handing over the reigns of the behind the scenes work at Race Place to fellow boot tester, Megen Johnson, Kelsey joined the National Ski Patrol and works in Therapeutic Recreation for the Bend Park and Recreation District, getting kids with disabilities outdoors.
Former racer, coach, and instructor. Lives in Park City, Utah and is an airline captain.
) Bruce spent his early years skiing Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor, and alpine racing in college. Skiing Snowbird for two winters set the stage for becoming a pro patroller, where he met Warren Miller, skied in a couple films, became hooked on photography, then documented the Bob Beattie World Pro Ski Tour. A 20 year break from skiing due to knee issues helped Bruce become one of the top large format landscape photographers in the country (www.brucejackson.com). Fully back to skiing since 2002, and richly inspired by the alpine World Cup, Bruce has keenly embraced equipment and technique changes, evolving his hard charging approach in the process. Sensitivity and attention to detail gained through his photography career, contributes greatly when testing ski boots.
Currently a pledging member in good standing of the Midwestern chapter of SA, Skiers Anonymous, and hailing from the hard pack of Hyland Hills Ski Area in the heart of Minnesota nice and ice comes Mark Korman an eighties top 1OO FIS slalom ski racer and now "forgot my heart pacer pow chaser" A rinse lather repeat 3 time state High school State champion who later captained the Lewis & Clark race team van across the Northwest with slogans like "Bomb the hill, not Iraq" and "Memorize courses not vocabulary." Now, when he does pilgrimage his kids out west to Mt. Bachelor you might spot them with the A & I cuz cousins, "cuz you can't get hurt in the air" Korman twin tips... Mark is the exemplar of the adage that old skiers never die, they just go downhill.
Alli lives in Bend and spends her winter days touring Central Oregon's backcountry. In the spring, you'll find her climbing and skiing the Cascade volcanoes. She loves to ski anything from bottomless pow to spring corn and (almost) everything in between.
Karin got bitten by the ski bug back when she was 5. Since then, she's been the proud owner of season passes at Telluride, Snowbird, and most recently Montana's very own gnarly Snowbowl. She's primarily a research scientist who studies wildfire, but what is a better complement to fire than some time on the snow?
AKA “Beana,” Simones started skiing young at Eaglecrest in Juneau, AK. She ski raced for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, Green Mountain Valley School, Middlebury College and later coached at Waterville. Eastern ice and awesome boot reps taught her about dialing-in a boot fit and she still likes a responsive race-feel in her boots. Now she’s a soccer/baseball/gymnastics-mom, teaches yoga, races duathalons and skis with her family occasionally. This was her first year testing boots and she’s stoked to do it again!
Patti spent most of her life as a competitive athlete, in the last six years she has transitioned from competition to fun. She loves surfing, skiing, and mt. biking. Patti moonlighted ski patroller for 12 years and a level 1 alpine race coach for 8 years at Mt. High Ski Resort. Patti enjoys almost all terrain when skiing but loves being off piste. Patti and her husband, Lex, own a software company and live in Bend with their two boys and 3 dogs. This was Patti’s first year boot fit testing and she had a blast!
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. Coulter has fit boots for members of U.S. Freestyle Team and for members of Canadian Paralympic Team. He is the owner of Boots and More Performance based in Portland, OR.
Veteran boot tester, bootfitter and shop manager for Goldsmiths Sports Inc. in Big Bear Lake, California. Crumpler has attended Masterfit University multiple times.
PSIA certified since 1976 when he started teaching in Aspen in 1970. Fisher has previously served as ski school supervisor in Aspen and ski school director at Wolf Creek and he competed as a freestyle aerialist in the 70's. He has attended Masterfit University many times at the Dark Arts level and has been a bootfitter since 1985. He has been the owner of Ski and Bow Rack in Pagosa Springs, CO since 1985 and is a certified PSIA Level III ski instructor.
Penelope manages marketing and PR for the BootDoctors shops in Telluride, Co and Taos, NM. She is a lifelong skier. She was a Nordic competitor in high school at St. Paul’s in Concorde, NH. She is a key organizer of the Telluride Women’s Ski Day event. She is the media voice for ski boot fitting in SW Colorado with print and digital articles and blogs. Penelope professes to be the working woman’s boot tester.
Co-owner/operator of Goldsmith's Sports Inc., the leading ski and snowboard specialty shop in Big Bear Lake, CA. As our resident PGA golf pro, Goldsmith has been disappointed in our “amateur” status parties and team challenges in the past. Apparently pro golfers party harder than skiers. Who knew? He inspired us to successfully ramp up our levels of debauchery at this year's test.
Co-owner and C.A.O. (Chief Amazement Officer) at Goldsmiths Sports Inc., EST 1987. Goldsmith-Rahill started building snowboard boots (as there were no snowboard boots yet) in 1987. She was a pro snowboarder for Simms snowboards and Morrow snowboards from 1988 to 1991. She has been a Masterfit-certified bootfitter since 2012, a snowsports industry product tester since 1987 and an ABB boot tester since 2013. Big Bear Resorts (Snow Summit and Bear Mtn) in Big Bear Lake, CA are the home resorts for Danielle and www.GoldsmithsSports.com.
Kipp is a Masterfit University trained master bootfitter at California Ski Company in Berkeley, California. A sixth 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 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.
Morris is a Masterfit graduate and bootfitter at Goldsmiths Sports Inc. 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.