Here is a quick look at our testers and their favorite skis.
Preston is the ski department manager at Kittredge Sports and leader of the test team. He is the physically strongest tester, and likes to ski steep terrain and moguls. For a big guy, Preston has quick feet, and makes plenty of turns. He is also an experienced backcountry skier and teams up with Wes for plenty of spring tours.
Size: 6’1″ 200lbs
Favorite Ski: Armada Norwalk
Factoid: Preston has a great voice and loves to sing country & rock.
Tom Cage has been in the ski industry for over 30 years, and is a partner in Kittredge Sports. He has a strong race background, and loves to go fast on the smooth stuff.
Age: won’t tell us
Size: not as tall as Preston, but just as heavy
Favorite Ski: Volkl Code Speedwall L
Factoid: Tom is an excellent poker player.
Wes is a part time Kittredge boot fitter and full time Level 3 instructor/trainer at Mammoth Mountain. He prefers natural snow on challenging terrain, and has been known to lap the West Bowl moguls.
Age: 40 something
Size: Short enough to test women’s skis, heavy enough to ski men’s.
Favorite Ski: K2 Pinnacle 95
Factoid: Wes writes most of the content on this website.
Brian has been a manager at Kittredge for years, and is our tallest tester. A true powder hound, Brian is the first chair master, and not afraid to be sneaky about it. Besides powder, Brian prefers smooth snow and high speeds.
Age: older than Preston, younger than Tom
Size: 6’4″ 210lbs
Favorite Ski: Blizzard Brahma
Factoid: Brian is a diehard backpacker who has been all over the Sierra.
Don manages the repair department at Kittredge. He is a smooth and efficient skier with years of experience in the industry.
Age: Proud grandparent
Size: 5’9″ 150lbs
Favorite Ski: Line Supernatural 86
Factoid: Don is a fishing guide in the summer.
Matt helps Preston run the ski department and likes to go fast.
Size: 5’10″ 175lbs
Favorite Ski: Icelantic Pioneer 109
Factoid: Matt also rips on a board.
Cara is a Level 2 instructor and part time boot fitter who grew up skiing a small hill near Syracuse NY. She makes lots of medium to short radius turns and loves to carve.
Age: 10 months younger than her husband; Wes
Favorite Ski: Volkl Kenja
Factoid: Cara loves to bake, and is famous for her ginger cookies.
Heidi works part time at Kittredge as a clothing buyer when she is not too busy managing a condo complex.
Age: younger than Cara
Favorite Ski: K2 AlLuvit 88
Factoid: Heidi trains and shows her dog; Merlin.
Stacey is a Level 2 instructor who hangs out at Kittredge Sports.
Age: younger than Heidi
Favorite Ski: Armada VJJ
Factoid: Stacy is all about “One More!”, whether it’s on the slopes or in the bar.