Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
  • Aaron Bandler

    By day, I am a hydrogeologist in the Denver area, but my passion for skiing goes much deeper than my current career. I started skiing at age 4, and I haven't missed a season. I've been skiing longer than I've been doing just about anything else, and have filled my winters with racing, ski-bumming, and multiweek winter backcountry expeditions. I've personally experienced the innovations and developments that have occured in the ski industry over the years, and can answer all your questions and give you personally relevant explanations of ski-industry jargon like "side-cut", "rocker", and my personal favorite: "torsional rigidity". I put my own gear through the ringer and I use every piece of it for its entire lifespan. This stuff is expensive and you want to get your money's worth!

    I have helped many people get the right gear, whether that be brand new beginners looking to make their initial purchases, intermediates trying to get to the next level without killing their bank account, and advanced skiers looking to branch out into new terrain like the backcountry. I love connecting with people over skiing and am happy to spend time discussing your ideal setup!

    106 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped837
    Current locationColorado
    Favorite beerThe ones I make myself!
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
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    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Nick Woodward
    Aaron is the man
    Very excited to ride this new setup. Aaron helped me find a great set of all mountain/free ride skis that can also send it in the side country. I was considering some Liberty Origin 106's and Aaron pointed out that the Icelantic Nomad 105 is similar but made in the US with a 3 year warranty. I have heard great things about the Shift bindings and was excited to see that Curated had a good deal on them. Aaron helped make sure they would be compatible with the boots I am considering. Great help, thanks!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 18, 2021
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Emily Wood
    Aaron is the best!
    I’ve been skiing with Aaron my whole life-since we were in PeeWeeSki together as little babes. Naturally, he was the first and only person I went to for advice on new skis. Aaron is attentive to detail and looks into personal preferences and abilities. He helped me understand the pros and cons of each type of ski and binding I was looking at. Thanks to Aaron, I just might have a chance at keeping up with him next season.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 17, 2021
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Yuxian
    You will be pleasantly surprised by Aaron
    Aaron is really knowledgeable, friendly and reliable. He helped me, a first time ski buyer find a suitable ski within two days. He provides a wide range of options at the beginning and gradually narrow it down. In the process, I asked for a more or less advanced version of some models and he quickly found what I really want. It is fantastic for some one knowing little about ski. At the same time, he also finds more similar skis to the one I like. Aaron is responsive all the way no matter when I sent him a message and more importantly, he can always tell me the difference between particular skis and make clear comparison. I learned a lot from Aaron and it’s a fun experience. And of course, I found a satisfying ski.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 26, 2020
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Kendall S
    Aaron highly recommend
    It's always a pleasure shopping with AAron, knowledgeable, very resourceful, prompt, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He goes above and beyond to help, he follows up, he's become by go to. Aaron has never pressured me nor is he 1 of those ski salesman that tries to push you on a certain ski, he matches your needs. Last year I was looking for a certain ski that was not to be found, Aaron made it happened. I have purchased several skis for the family shopping with Aaron. Aaron has always made it a wonderful shopping experience and I will be shopping with him for my future needs.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 15, 2020
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Brian B
    Knowledgable and quick to respond!
    Was referred to Aaron via word of mouth and could not have asked for a better resource for everything skiing! Immediately responded, provided professional, personally curated insight with an unbeatable deal. Couldn’t be more pumped for next season with these new skis!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 4, 2021
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Emily
    Honest and Genuine Expert Advice
    I was skeptical of buying skis online at first, but Aaron was more than qualified to answer all of my beginner skier questions revolving buying my first new set of skis. He provided me with several recommendations at different price points, giving me specific notes on each rec. Then when I asked more questions, he gave more detailed pros and cons to the two options I had narrowed down. He even called my local ski repair shops for quotes on boot/binding tuning to give me accurate pricing quotes. Throughout the whole experience, I felt like Aaron was giving advice to me as a friend, not as a potential customer. Will definitely be recommending Curated to friends looking to buy gear online and who need some expert perspective before locking in on a purchase. Thanks again Aaron!
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 7, 2020
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Jake
    Really knows his stuff
    I was looking for a great all mountain ski and was leaning toward the QST 106. After speaking with Aaron and comparing some skis and getting his insights I went with the Movement Wildcat 108! Super excited about my new skis and being able to support an American business. Thanks Aaron!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 24, 2020
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Brady
    Aaron was very helpful and knowledgeable
    When talking to Aaron I never felt like a burden and all my questions were answered thoroughly. On top of that he was very friendly and gave me plenty of options/professional opinions on skis. All in all great experience would definitely recommend talking with him he knows what he is doing.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jul 31, 2020
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Cole
    Aaron
    It's been a few years since I've been up to ski, so I was hesitant in buying new equipment. After talking with Aaron for a few days he steered me in the right direction and got me what I was looking for. He answered every question I had, and gave me several great recommendations, and his honest opinion when I couldn't narrow it down to the one I wanted to go with for purchasing. He had a lot of knowledge, was quick with the responses, and made this whole process a lot easier. I couldn't be happier. Thanks again.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 17, 2020
    Ski Expert Aaron Bandler
    Reviewer: Sam
    Look no further
    Aaron advice is spot-on. He provides honest feedback with elaborative answers so I could make the best decisions for my skis. I've done some research and narrowed it down to two skis which Aaron really took every bit of my details to come back with helpful recommendations. Aaron also went above and beyond to connect me with a shop in my city for mounting services. Really did not expect that. To top it off, Aaron helped with price matched even products I found cheaper elsewhere. Really enjoy the experiences through and through. Thanks so much!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 16, 2020
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