Boot Test Managers

Cohen is CEO and co-founder of Masterfit Enterprises.  He 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. Cohen created the on-hill boot testing program in 1988 while serving as executive editor of Ski Magazine and has tested boots every year since.

Elling has been testing boots since 1997, and he currently manages all boot test operations. He authors the boot reviews for America’s Best Bootfitters website, the Masterfit/RealSkiers Buyers Guide and OnTheSnow.com. He is Masterfit University Training Centers (MFU) curriculum director and staff manager of the MFU bootfitting workshops in the U.S., Europe and Australia. Elling winters as a full-time bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor and at Masterfit Tech-Center #1 in Bend, Oregon. A former board-certified Pedorthist, author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing and current level III PSIA Alpine instructor, he can be found windsurfing or surfing when he's not skiing--anywhere from the Columbia River Gorge to Coolangatta, Australia.

Masterfit University Instructors

Bradley has worked in the ski industry since the mid-80s. He moved to Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico in 1992 to work for the Bootdoctors where he has been lucky to work with a bunch passionate skiers and bootfitters. Bradley also teaches bootfitting Masterfit University and tests ski boots for America's Best Bootfitters. In the off-season he enjoys surfing, fly fishing, tennis, and volleyball among other things

Gabriel is a veteran boot tester, bootfitter/technician/salesperson at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor Bend, Oregon with over 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. Gabriel is also an avid fly fisher and steelhead bum.

Gleason is founder and director of the Bootdoctors & Paragon Outdoors in Telluride Colorado. For 41 years he has been teaching the ski industry the science and art of fitting boots. Skiing has been his passion since he was a toddler. It is a rare day when the lifts are spinning that he is not on the mountain. When a skier comes into the BootDoctors, gives him a hug and exclaims “that was the best day I have had in my life thanks to these boots,” he has reason to live. In the off-season, he is found running rivers (Bob just completed his 22nd private trip on the Grand Canyon in his dory), he pedals his bikes thousands of miles and travels the country in his Sprinter camping van.

Haight is a board-certified Pedorthist and owner/operator of Green Mountain Orthotic Lab (GMOL), the premier bootfitting shop at Stratton, Vermont. GMOL is also the 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.

Harper has worked in the ski industry since 1991. He got his start with the National Ski Patrol then moved to the retail side, managing shops, ski tuning, and bootfitting. His primary focus for the last 18 years has been on bootfitting. He is currently the head bootfitter for Ski Boot Fitting, Inc at their Vail location, where he has worked since 2009. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Harper enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking and he lived off-the-grid for two years in a teepee. In the summer he works as a bike mechanic for Vail Resorts and mountain bikes as much as possible.

Hoffmann is the owner/operator of Ski Boot Fitting of Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado which operates out of Vail Sports locations at each resort. He is a veteran Masterfit University instructor, former board-certified Pedorthist, a long-time boot tester and 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 visualizing his summer in Cape Hatteras, NC which he spends kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing and fishing where he has a commercial captain’s license. He has worked professionally in the ski industry since 1979.

Boot test veteran and bootfitter, Poore's parents were married on skis and raised her on the slopes, so skiing is in her blood. She came to the industry by way of a ski instruction background and is the most recent addition to our instructor roster at Masterfit University, and is one of only two female instructors. She has spent the last 10 seasons as a bootfitter and sales person at Gravity Sports, Mt Bachelor, Oregon, and 1 season with the Boot Solutions team in Niseko, Japan. This winter you will find her as part of the new team at Alpine Shop in Schweitzer, Idaho.

The owner/operator of The Thotic Shops at Aspen Sports Inc. at Aspen Sports in Snowmass Village Colorado, Rafferty is a slope-side veteran bootfitter and Pedorthist for over 35 years. Rafferty primarily concentrates on winter sports recreational athletes, but also works with multiple sports disciplines and prescription-based orthopedic patients. A senior Masterfit University instructor and a training consultant for Vail Resorts, he is also a published writer and international lecturer. A former semi-pro hockey player from the Slapshot era, former Aspen Junior Hockey High School coach and all-round winter sports junkie, he knows how to throw down or drop in.

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.

Schaffner has been working in the ski industry his entire adult life. Originally from the mid-west, where he honed his skills in bootfitting and ski preparation, Schaffner started in ski retail as a teen and was quickly picked up to work with athletes in racing service for Salomon North America. His greatest love is enhancing the performance of athletes he works with. Schaffner has stayed involved in teaching the art of bootfitting, and still works with many USST athletes on dealing with their boots. In addition he has written articles for ski magazines and a series of informational boot and ski videos that are available online. Home is in Truckee, California where he owns and operates The Start Haus ski shop.

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. Sullivan 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.

Tischendorf comes from a clinical sports podiatry background in Australia working with athletes before seeing the light and moving to Telluride, Colorado. She is the supervising and (currently) only female bootfitter at Bootdoctors. Tischendorf joined the Masterfit University teaching team in 2014 in both Australia (using her native tongue) and throughout the United States (with a team of translators). She is a contributor to the Tecnica/Blizzard WomentoWomen initiative and flies her flag amongst the Project165 team for Tecnica. When not wintering, she can be found trail running and giggling down single track on her bike.

Wilde is a veteran boot tester and bootfitter at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon during the winter. A board-certified Pedorthist and owner of "Sole Motion" mobile orthotic lab, Wilde is a Masterfit University instructor with more than 25 years experience in the ski industry. The "Wildebeest" is the food and beverage manager for the boot test where he cooks up a mean BBQ feast. Please visit his website at www.tuneyourshoes.com.

 

 

Veteran Testers

Buell grew up ski racing, coaching and now shares her passion for the sport at Oregon Adaptive Sports based at Mt. Bachelor. She is PSIA Alpine level III and Adaptive level II certified and she is a PSIA NW Divisional Clinic Leader. When she's not on the hill giving lessons, clinics, goofing off or testing boots, you can find her at the bike park riding DH, riding Bend, Oregon's endless single track trails, climbing, hiking mountains or playing with her pup, Jett. Buell is also a founding partner of Life After Impact, a start-up designed to help people who have suffered concussions and traumatic brain injuries gain community and support as they face the challenges that come with a cognitively altering and invisible injury. You can hear her laugh from just about anywhere.

Born and raised in Central Oregon, Coggin has been skiing for over 20 years and ski raced for 12 years. She currently works at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon as a ski technician and aspiring bootfitter. After obtaining an Outdoor Leadership and Education degree she has worked for several outdoor youth programs and has guided for outdoor adventure organizations.

I have been very fortunate to be boot testing on and off since 1994. While not a professional boot fitter, I do spend a fair amount of time on the hill at Jackson Hole and the editors must like my charming and witty writing style :0) I like to think I am the everyman voice on the boot fitting team. I love, love, love to ski and there are no bad days on the hill. I try to be honest about what does and does not feel right in a boot. Ski boots are THE MOST IMPORTANT piece and if your feet hurt, everything else is irrelevant. You can ski a bad pair of skis but if your feet hurt, nothing else matters. When not boot testing, I caretake several homes in the Jackson Hole area as well as operate a small travel agency business that specializes in Mountain ski destinations. Hope to see you on the hill..

Elling lives and works in Missoula, Montana. He's been part of the team at family-owned Gull Ski and Snowboard since 2002, and has a decade of ski instruction experience prior to that. The curse that his feet are never comfortable in his favorite stock ski boots are a blessing to his clients in that they don't have to be guinea pigs for boot manipulations. When he does break the vortex that is Montana Snowbowl, he gets over to Mt. Bachelor, Big Sky and Big Mountain for other ski ops, or he's out mountain biking.

Elling is a veteran boot tester and former PSIA Level II Alpine instructor. She has also worked in the ski industry as a retail salesperson and demo technician as well as a snowcat driver and bartender at Cat Ski Mt. Bailey in southern Oregon. Currently a committed pow-skier and line-poacher, she works full-time as a vintage retail dealer and assists with the ABB website's back-end. She is the critically important après ski bar stocker at our annual boot test events.

Evans is a graduate of Wenatchee Valley College Ski Instruction/ Ski Area Management (1980). He is currently a full-time ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor and head junior Alpine race Coach for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. Evans coached Tommy Ford and Laurenne Ross as junior racers. He is certified PSIA level 3 alpine, level 1 Nordic telemark, chidlrens specialist 1 and as a USSS Level 400 coach. Evans has been a boot tester since its beginning at Mt. Bachelor in the late-80's. He still loves skiing with its constant changing conditions, snow types, and mountain diversity—for him, skiing truly brings meaning to life!

Johnson grew up ski racing in Washington and went on to race in college. Currently she is the manager and soft goods buyer for The Race Place in Bend, Oregon. She started as a ski race coach back in 2000 and has worked a variety of jobs in the ski industry; most recently the lift operations supervisor at Mt. Bachelor. In the summer months she can be found gardening, trail running and camping at any of the many alpine lakes of Central Oregon.

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. 

Korman is the manager and retail hard-goods buyer for Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon and is a veteran boot and ski tester. Korman was a ski racer and former Mt. Hood race coach, and a manufacturer’s sales associate with 30 years ski industry experience. When not skiing, he captains the "space shuttle" for one of the crazed Korman family outdoor expeditions somewhere in the "Northern tier."

Mjelde taught skiing for over 20 years and was the ski school director at Ski Bluewood, Washington 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. She is certified as PSIA Level III Alpine instructor.

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?

Veteran Boot Tester and owner of Local Real Estate in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Well, really his wife Karey is the owner and brains behind the operation and Neal has just honed his lifelong ski industry sales pitches and taken that to the next level in the Real Estate business.

Scholey has been skiing for most of her life, although only regularly after moving to Bend, Oregon in the BIG winter of 1992. She made Mt. Bachelor her second home until her job took her to Silver Mountain Resort in 2001 to develop the resort's newer amenities such as the base village, indoor waterpark and Galena Ridge Golf Community. Since then, she and husband Neal grab all the powder days they can at Silver while operating their own real estate brokerage, Local Real Estate. You can find them in their Local Real Estate office at the Gondola Village at Silver Mountain, unless it's a powder day--then look for them on the lifts at Silver.

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.

Associate Testers

Olivia is brand new to Masterfit this year and tested the women’s Backcountry lineup. She can be found in sidecountry stashes at Schweitzer. She’s happiest when she’s cold and tired and will probably still go skiing in the rain.

White is known to chase deep North Idaho powder turns and fast hot laps at the Silver Mountain when she’s not slanging gear for Escape Outdoors.

A mountainscape chaser, nature ambassador and environmental educator, Holzer holds PSIA Alpine level III, Children’s Specialist level II, Freestyle Specialist level I, Telemark level I, and Adaptive level I certifications and has been teaching skiing for 18 years. She learned to ski at Jiminy Peak (Taconic Mountains), then worked part-time at Wintergreen (Blueridge Mountains), Vail (Rocky Mountains), and now calls Schweitzer (Selkirk Mountains) her home. She can be found adventuring outdoors year-round wearing either her athlete or biologist caps, and sometimes donning both at once.

Scott's “real” job is as a therapist working with kids with autism. Her fun “job” is ski modeling for Peak Media around the Northwest. Her other favorite activities are downhill mountain biking and fly fishing.

ABB Member Shop Testers

Goldsmith grew up on the slopes in Southern California where his father was the Resort Manager for Snow Summit. He raced for most of his youth making it to the Junior Olympics twice. Goldsmith went off to college and became a PGA Golf Professional which is his other passion. After years of grinding he decided to return to his hometown of Big Bear Lake California in 2007 to help with the family business Goldsmith's Sports Inc Ski Shop established circa 1987. He skis as often as he can, which is less than it used to be as he now has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful wife. When he's not with his family he is working, skiing, or golfing. Goldsmith says he enjoys the aristocratic lifestyle.

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.

Morris is a Masterfit University graduate and bootfitter since 2012 at Goldsmiths Sports Inc. in Big Bear Lake, California. A PSIA certified instructor since 2002, he was a supervisor at the Bear Mountain Ski School for 12 years. He currently teaches the able-bodied at Snow Summit. Morris also teaches 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.

Tutskey is a full time carpenter and ski bum who loves nothing more than lapping top to bottoms, open to close at his local hill Montana Snowbowl, in Missoula, where he also works as a part time bootfitter at SportSoles. He has a 12-year old son who loves to ski and jam jumps with the freestyle team. His motto on the mountain other than always have fun is, as a friend once said to him, "The snow is not as good as I'm making it look."

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