BUYER’S GUIDE 2021 BOOT TEST MANAGERS
6’3”, 220 lbs., 64 yrs.
Cohen is CEO and co-founder of Masterﬁt Enterprises. He oversees operations of the Masterﬁt University Bootfitter Training Centers, the America’s Best Bootﬁtters organization of top ski shops, and Masterﬁt’s insole and bootﬁtting product businesses.
5’11” 185 lbs., 50 yrs.
Elling has tested boots since 1997 and currently manages all boot test operations as well as authors the boot reviews for this guide and the America’s Best Bootfitter’s website. He is Masterfit University Training Centers’ (MFU) curriculum director and staff manager of the MFU bootfitting workshops in the United States, Europe and Australia.
MASTERFIT INSTRUCTION STAFF BOOT TEST TEAM
5’9”, 160 lbs., 64 yrs.
Rich is co-founder of Masterfit Enterprises and Masterfit University and leader of Masterfit’s Product Development team. He’s a veteran boot tester (he co-founded the on-hill testing program in 1988) and board-certified pedorthist. He is the owner/ operator of the U.S. Orthotic Center in New York City, a leading pedorthic and footwear modification lab.
5’11”, 165 lbs., 68 yrs.
Gleason is founder and director of the BootDoctors in Telluride, Colorado. For 41 years he has been teaching the ski industry the science and art of ﬁtting boots, including the last 26 with Masterfit University where he is the senior most instructor. 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.
5’10”, 175 lbs., 64 yrs.
Owner/operator of Ski Boot Fitting of Vail, Colorado, which operates out of the Vail Sports location at Lionshead Village, Hoffmann is a senior Masterfit University instructor, former board-certified pedorthist and a long-time boot tester. He spends his summer in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina where he’s the owner of Missphitty Charters and works with Outer Banks Kiting.
6’2”, 195 lbs., 65 yrs.
Owner/operator of Thotics 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. He’s also a senior Masterfit University instructor and a training consultant for Vail Resorts.MFU bootfitting workshops in the United States, Europe and Australia.
6’2”, 175 lbs., 54 yrs.
Bradley has been working in the ski industry for longer than he cares to remember. Currently he is the manager of the Bootdoctors in Taos Ski Valley (the mothership) where he has worked since 1992. He also teaches boot fitting with great group of cool cats at Masterfit University. When he is not skiing you can find him on the river, in the waves, on the tennis court, or in the bar drinking record amounts of beer.
5’7”, 155 lbs., 54 yrs.
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 manufacturer of industry-standard stance alignment and sole planning equipment. He is a Masterfit University instructor, PSIA level I Alpine instructor and member of the education staff for the PSIA.
5’11”, 230 lbs., 62 yrs.
Schaffner has been working in the ski industry his entire adult life. Originally from the Midwest, he started in ski retail as a teen and was then picked to work with athletes in racing service for Salomon North America. His home is in Truckee, California, where he owns and operates The Start Haus ski shop. He is also a senior instructor with the Masterfit University Bootfitter Training Centers.
6’0”, 215 lbs., 46 yrs.
A veteran boot tester, bootfitter, ski technician, and salesperson at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, with over 20 years ski industry experience, Gabriel 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.
5’9”, 150 lbs., 41 yrs.
A board-certified pedorthist since 2009 and Masterfit University instructor since 2002, Sullivan was the owner of Alpine Pro Performance boot lab from 2006-2013. He has been the lead pedorthist bootfitter at Jackson Hole Sports since 2013. During the off season he is a bike fitter for road and mountain at Hoback Sport in Jackson, WY. He says, “I live by work to play.”
6’2”, 215 lbs., 49 yrs.
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.
6’1”, 175 lbs., 55 yrs.
Founder and lead fitter of the Boot Lab at Windham Mountain Resort in New York, Stewart 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 level 3 Instructor who conducts on-hill clinics for PSIA’s Eastern Division.
5’6”, 140 lbs., 33 yrs.
Tischendorf comes from a clinical sports podiatry background in Australia working with athletes. She then moved to Telluride, Colorado. She is the supervising, and (currently) only female, bootfitter at Bootdoctors in Telluride. Tischendorf joined the MasterfitUniversity teaching team in 2014 in both Australia (using her native tongue) and throughout the United States.
5’2”, 150 lbs., 34 yrs.
Johnston is the owner/operator of Boot Mechanics in Golden, Co. He began boot fitting in 2009 with SkiBootFitting in Vail where he shaped his skills and philosophy as a boot fitter, before opening Boot Mechanics in 2015. Johnston is also a Masterfit University instructor and continues to spread the gospel of bootfitting in the fall months. Being a skier since the age of four and an ex-skiercross and alpine racer has helped influenced his approach to boot fitting. When he’s not working, you’ll likely find him on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife in the summer.
ABB Member Shop BOOT TEST TEAM
(by years testing)
6’0”, 145 lbs., 45 yrs.
Goldsmith grew up on the slopes of Southern California at Snow Summit. He raced for most of his youth, making it to the Junior Olympics twice. In 2007 he returned to his hometown of Big Bear Lake, California, to help with the family business, Goldsmith’s Sports, established 1987. Goldsmith is also a PGA golf professional.
5’7”, 120 lbs., 49 yrs.
Co-owner and C.A.O. (Chief Amazement Officer) at Goldsmiths Sports Inc., established in 1987. Goldsmith started building snowboard boots (as there were no snowboard boots yet) in 1987. She was a pro snowboarder for Simms and Morrow snowboards from 1988 to 1991. She has been a Masterfit-certified bootfitter since 2012, a snowsports industry product tester since 1987 and an ABB boot tester since 2013. Big Bear Resorts (Snow Summit and Bear Mountain) in Big Bear Lake, California, are the home resorts for Danielle and GoldmithsSports.com.
5’10” 185 lbs., 61 yrs.
Morris is a Masterfit University graduate and bootfitter since 2012 at Goldsmiths Sports 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 and teaches disabled skiers with the U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center.
5’9”, 150 lbs., 41 yrs.
Crumpler is a veteran boot tester, bootfitter and shop manager for GoldsmithsSports.com in Big Bear Lake, California. Crumpler has attended Masterfit University multiple times.
5’11”, 175 lbs., 69 yrs.
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, 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, Nevada, when not providing all editorial services for Realskiers.com, including his weekly Revelation from the Pontiff of Powder.
5’8” 168 lbs., 38 yrs.
Skiing is Tutskey’s passion, and he just started his own ski shop—Montana Ski Tech— specializing in custom ski bootfitting, tuning, and mounting. Tutskey also works as a full time contractor, running the ski shop in the evenings. A ski industry veteran for 20 years, Tutskey has done everything from snowmaking and ski instructing to part time freestyle ski coaching. But he has specialized in custom bootfitting for the past 6 years.
5’7” 165 lbs., 70 yrs.
Growing up in Illinois this self-described flatlander was a novice skier until he moved to Montana in 1985. Once settled in Missoula, this advertising and marketing account guy quickly immersed himself into the world of skiing and outdoor recreation, working with clients such as Big Sky Resort, Montana Snowbowl, Brighton Ski area, The North Face, Gregory backpacks, MSR, and numerous other rafting and recreational tourism businesses. He spent 30 years learning to keep up with his kids and grandson on the ski hill, and it’s led to a post-retirement life that includes becoming a PSIA level 1 instructor and ski gear geek.
VETERAN BOOT TEST TEAM
(by years testing)
5’6”, 160 lbs., 60 yrs.
Evans is currently a full-time ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, 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 I Nordic telemark, and childrens specialist I, and is also a USSA level 400 coach.
6’0”, 180 lbs., 63 yrs.
Working hard, playing hard, and living the dream in Jackson Hole, Cygielman is a travel professional specializing in worldwide ski destinations and is the oﬀicial travel provider for Masterfit University and the Masterfit Boot Test. (Hey, we all got there and home without a hitch; he knows his stuff). When not planning travel, he tries to ski almost every day and will tell anyone who will listen the value of having the right boot ﬁt.
6‘2“, 185 lbs., 39 yrs.
Scholey is a veteran boot tester and owner of Local Real Estate in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 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.
6’1”, 195 lbs., 55 yrs.
Korman is the manager and retail hard-goods buyer for Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, with 30 years ski industry experience. A veteran boot and ski tester, he was a ski racer, former coach and manufacturer’s sales associate. When not skiing, he captains the “space shuttle” for the crazed Korman family.
5’5”, 130 lbs., 51 yrs.
Veteran boot tester and former PSIA level 2 Alpine instructor, Elling has 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. Currently a committed pow-skier and line-poacher, she works full-time as a vintage retail dealer in Bend, Oregon.
5’9”, 170 lbs., 48 yrs.
Elling lives and works in Missoula, Montana, where he’s been part of the team at family-owned Gull Ski and Snowboard since 2002, and he has a decade of ski instruction experience prior to that. When he does break free of the vortex that is Montana Snowbowl, he gets over to Mt. Bachelor, Big Sky, and Big Mountain. Since his last boot test he has become Dad to Alexandria Marie Elling-Riley!
5’6”, 150 lbs., 36 yrs.
Boot test veteran and bootfitter, Poore has skiing in her blood—her parents married on skis and raised her on the slopes. She is the most recent addition to the instructor roster at Masterfit University. This winter you will find her as part of the team at Alpine Shop in Schweitzer, Idaho.
5’7”, 145 lbs., 42 yrs.
Johnson grew up ski racing in Washington and went on to race in college. Currently, she is the manager and soft goods buyer for Race Place in Bend, Oregon. She started coaching in 2000 and has worked a variety of jobs in the ski industry, including lift operations supervisor at Mt. Bachelor.
HEATHER ANN JOHNSON
5’3”, 140 lbs., 49 yrs.
Johnson has been in the ski industry for 25 years, working as a ski Instructor at Mt. Bachelor, a race coach for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, and as a level III certified professional ski patroller at Mt. Bachelor. She was a K2 telemark ambassador and helped design a ski for their women’s ski line in 1998. She currently skis in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa mountains, where she works at Ferguson Ridge ski area coaching “The Hurricane Rippers.”
LEE ANN ROSS
5’4”, 160 lbs., 69 yrs.
A ski instructor at Mt Bachelor for 18 years and a veteran boot tester, Ross holds PSIA level 3 Alpine instructor certification with a senior specialist accreditation. She was also the NASTAR national champion in 1973 and a retired Foreign Service Officer. That makes her the most worldly of our ski bum-centric test team. When not skiing, she’s often found casting a fly at permit on a salt flat somewhere exotic.a vintage retail dealer in Bend, Oregon.
5’9” 235 lbs., 39 yrs.
Holm learned to ski at Crystal Mountain, in the Republic of Cascadia, from his Pa and older brothers. He has been skiing for 37 winters at various locales around the West. He prefers funky, off-radar joints like Anthony Lakes and Ski Cooper to the current push toward homogeneity and long lines at the tram. He has been a ski mechanic off and on for 12 years and generally an equipment nerd for as long as he can remember.
5’2” 180 lbs., 38 yrs.
Post is a ski instructor and staff trainer at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho, as well as a clinician and examiner for PSIA-NI. Over the past 14 seasons, she’s taught skiing, supervised snowsports schools, and coached racing in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Utah. She loves to ski fast and go adventuring in the woods. She also enjoys the nerdier aspects of sport, like PSIA certification, as well as evaluating ski boots and movement analysis. In the wwarmer months, she teaches environmental education programs and owns a gardening business.
5’8”, 160 lbs., 34 yrs.
Buell grew up ski racing through college, then coaching, and now she shares her passion for the sport at Oregon Adaptive Sports based at Mt. Bachelor where she is an instructor and trainer. She is a current PSIA Alpine level III and Adaptive level II instructor and a NW divisional clinic leader and examiner. 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 or on Bend’s endless single track trails, climbing, hiking mountains, or playing with her pup, Jett.
5’6”, 140 lbs., 27 yrs.
Born and raised in Central Oregon, Coggin has been skiing for over 20 years and ski raced for 12. She currently works at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, as a salesperson, ski technician, and bootfitter. After obtaining an outdoor leadership and education degree, she has worked for several outdoor adventure organizations.
5’3”, 115 lbs., 44 yrs.
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.
5’10”, 185 lbs., 52 yrs.
Currently a pledging member in good standing of the Midwestern chapter of SA (Skiers Anonymous) Korman hails from the hard pack of Hyland Hills Ski Area in theheart of Minnesota “nice and ice.” A former top-ranked FIS slalom racer, he was arinse-lather-repeat three-time state high school champion and later captained theLewis & Clark race team van across the Northwest with slogans like “Bomb the hill, not Iraq.” He’s now a “Forgot my heart pacer pow chaser.”
5’3” 135 lbs., 43 yrs.
Mountainscape chaser, nature ambassador, and environmental educator, Holzer holds PSIA Alpine level III, children’s specialist II, freestyle specialist I, telemark I, and adaptive I certifications and has been teaching skiing for 19 years. She learned to ski at Jiminy Peak in Western Massachusetts, then worked part-time at Vail and now calls Schweitzer, Idaho, her home.