Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Skiing Faculty

Peter Kray

Peter Kray

Publisher

Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.

Craig Dostie

Craig Dostie

Avy Airbags, Beacons

Craig Dostie is a veteran ski industry writer who shares his 30 years experience climbing and skiing the mountains on EarnYourTurns.com.

Bob Lee

Bob Lee

Gloves, Ski Poles, Hiking Shoes

Pro ski patroller, outdoor specialty shop gear expert, and wildland firefighter—Bob Lee takes his gear to the brink.

Dave Ratner

Dave Ratner

Goggles, Ski Helmets

Dave Ratner is a hard charging telemark skier from Denver. He spends every weekend powering his way through the I-70 corridor to test helmets and ski goggles for the Gear Institute.

Jeff Burke

Jeff Burke

Ski Pants, AT Boots, Avalanche Airbags

Jeff Burke is a Jackson Hole-based ski patroller, ski mountaineer, and freelance writer.

Jordan White

Jordan White

Skiing

In 2009 Jordan became the youngest and the 5th person to ski from the summit of all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks.  Jordan is a mountain guide and ski guide for Aspen Alpine Guides, in Aspen Colorado as well as a ski guide for Ski Arpa, Chile.

Catherine Lutz

Catherine Lutz

Women's Ski Pants

A freelance writer, editor and photographer, she regularly logs 100 days a year on the slopes. Catherine has written for a variety of publications including Aspen Sojourner magazine, the Rocky Mountain News' Adventure section, Skiing magazine, and Powder.com.

Jean-Marc Blais

Jean-Marc Blais

Alpine Skis

A ski club operator at 18 year of age, JM has grown within the ski industry publishing Ski Press.JM is a level 4 ski instructor, and the creator of the Ski Press ski test. He has directed the tests and elevated them to the highest standard for the past 20 years. Today, JM is innovating again with Mag-e tablet publishing and presenting this ski test to us.

Jeff Ellis

Jeff Ellis

Cross Country Skis & Boots

Ellis has been a ski Technician with the Australian ski team since 2009, which includes the 2009, 2011 Nordic World Championships, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas

Avalanche Airbags

Telemark ski innovator, watersports writer and snow kite competitor, Ken Lucas brings his own style of engineering-based enthusiasm to the Gear Institute.

Ryan Stuart

Ryan Stuart

Skiing, Hiking & Camping

If you lived on the trails of rainy Vancouver Island, and worked as a gear editor, you'd get to know your jackets pretty darn well, too.

Megan Michelson

Megan Michelson

Skiing

Michelson is a longtime ski editor, freeskiing world champion—and our amazing women's ski and boot test director.

Devon O'Neil

Devon O'Neil

Ski Accessories

Devon O'Neil is a writer based in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Kate Siber

Kate Siber

Skiing

Siber is a Durango based freelance writer.

Krista Crabtree

Krista Crabtree

Skiing

Passionate about women’s ski camps and women-specific gear, Krista organizes women’s ski programs at Eldora and Vail, including her own camp called She Skis. A former editor at SKI Magazine, she currently runs the ski test for OnTheSnow.com.

Olivia Dwyer

Olivia Dwyer

AT Ski Boots

Olivia Dwyer is the associate editor of Mountain magazine, and lives in Boulder, Co.

Carry Porter

Carry Porter

Cameras & Video, XC Skiing, Climbing

My husband and I have been avid skate and classic cross country skiers since 2000. A couple years ago, we became certified instructors and started teaching for The Mountaineers club in Seattle. 

Ben Conners

Ben Conners

Skiing

Climber, hiker, skier, and author Ben Conners has been exploring the Rocky Mountains since he was a kid. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Ben spent his winters carving turns and summers backpacking in the Gore Range and Holy Cross Wilderness. He now lives with his wife in south-Denver.