Name: Kelli Gleason
Home hill: Telluride, CO
Day Job: Manager and Hardgoods Buyer at The BootDoctors
What makes you qualified to test?: Welp, I haven’t been fired from my day job yet. No but seriously, analyzing the shape and flex patterns of the ski, taking some turns on that ski and figuring out who this ski is perfectly suited for is what I do for my job as a hardgoods buyer.
Skiing background: Ski raced at the FIS level from ages 7-18, competed in the Freeskiing World Tour in 2009.
Favorite type of terrain: Wide opened, untracked couloirs. Slushy groomers.
Ideal ski: 105-115 waist width, rocker in the tip, slight rocker in the tail, and most definitely camber under the foot.
Favorite part of the Skiing mag ski test: Kicking back in the Hot Tub Time Machine with amazing, fun, talented skiers.
Funniest story from ski test (any year)?: Witnessing the endless debauchery of Kevin [Luby] and Joe [Cutts] one up’ing each other on who can drink the most. They both end up winning… or mostly loosing.
What don't people know about the ski test?: Each day the test has a separate category differentiated by waist widths. The tester skis about 14-20 pairs of skis a day mostly taking the same run each time. The tester rates and analyzes the skis on the chairlift after each run. The tester picks the top 5 skis for its category and there is a group discussion on the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Why should people trust the Skiing mag ski test?: The Skiing mag team of testers come from many diverse aspects within the skiing industry, from top ski instructors to sales associates on the retail floor, to hardgoods buyers. The pool of talent is incredible as you learn what amazing accomplishments your fellow testers have done in their skiing careers.
Please translate the following phrase: Hafmeyjunum ekki skíði, þú kjánalegt manneskja!: Icelandic for “mermaids don’t ski you silly person”