Mark Elling is a long-suffering ski industry pro who specializes in weaseling into Ski and Skiing Magazine product tests annually in order to score free gloves and eat fat meals. Elling has a 20-year history of poor paying jobs in ski-dom, from teaching skiing in Montana to working as a snowcat skiing guide in southern Oregon. He currently keeps his creditors at bay working as a bootfitter at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon and as a freelance writer. Elling is the author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill).
Bracketed by Valhalla and Kokanee Glacier provincial parks, Baldface Lodge boasts the largest snowcat-skiing venue in the world-36,000 acres-with some of the steepest cat-served lines on either side of the 49th parallel.