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Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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  • Craig Piefer

    I am passionate about family, fun, fast and flow. I am married to my best friend and ski partner, we are raising three kids who rip. I run a little ski shop out of my garage were I tune skis, mount bindings, trim skins and sell skis. Over the years I have become an expert on kids gear to backcountry setups and everything in between. I love going to demo days and researching new gear and new tech. I have become a resource to skiers in my community using my ski knowledge to help marry the right ski to the right skier.

    Speaking of officainting nuptials, for a long time I was a pastor, I still teach every once in a while at Copper Mountain Chapel, but now I direct a non-profit mountain bike trail building organization. I also do consulting for other outdoor focused non-profits. My day job gives me plenty of time to be in the mouintains as well as helping others have the best days of their lives on snow. I get to ski around 50 days a year, about 15 of those days are in the backcountry.

    I live in the really cool town of Buena Vista, CO. It's a perfect town for a powder chaser. It is not a resort town, which makes it really chill, however I am just and hour drive from 8 of Colorado's biggest and best ski resorts.

    I love to ski hard and push myself every run. Skiing almost killed me in 2016. On a snowy day I skied off an unseen cliff. I broke all my ribs on my left side and puntured my lung. Spoiler alert: I survived. Now that I am over 40, I still push it, but I make sure I can drive myself home at the end of the day.

    I love to ski and I love to help others love skiing. I've got some grey hair and I let a Dad joke slip out every once in a while, but I know my stuff and I love to learn. Humbly, I think I can help you get the gear that will make this season your best yet.

    164 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped2,515
    Favorite ski gearK2
    Current locationBuena Vista, CO
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
    Favorite drinkCherry Coke Zero
    My QualificationBA Outdoor Rec. EWU
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    Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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    Reviewer: Megan
    Craig is awesome!
    I’ve always rented gear but knew it was worthwhile to purchase some of my own since I’ll be heading to the slopes more often. Craig helped turn what could be a nerve wracking process into a smooth experience with knowledgeable comments and recommendations at a price point I was looking for. Thanks again!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 13, 2022
    Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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    Reviewer: Chad F
    Amazing help to the consumer!
    Craig was awesome! Needed some advice on buying all mountain skis for my teen son. Based off of his weight, height, and skier type, we were able to size him up and buys skis.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 22, 2022
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    Reviewer: Townsend
    Quick to respond
    Craig was quick to respond to all my questions and not afraid to contradict me, as it turns out, to my benefit. I appreciate the strength of his convictions and look forward to using my new skis on the slopes.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 20, 2022
    Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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    Reviewer: Carol
    Expert and pleasant curation
    Craig is an expert and knew exactly how to match my needs to the equipment I needed. Very trustworthy, polite, fun and knowledgeable. I would defenitely recommend him :)
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 7, 2022
    Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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    Reviewer: Samantha
    Craig is THE MAN!!
    As a first time purchaser of skis I had LOTS of questions. Craig was patient, knowledgeable, and eager to help! I'll definitely be purchasing from Curated again thanks to Craig!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 23, 2022
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    Reviewer: Jane
    Jane's experience with Craig
    I am a pro and Craig was so incredibly helpful. We are not quite ready to buy, but we will, and we will pass his name along to friends and family. Thanks so much Craig
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 30, 2022
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    Reviewer: Ali
    Ali's experience with Craig
    I have had a very positive experience. My expert was patient and informative. I also love the payment plan option and the price match! This helped me get the best deal.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 7, 2022
    Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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    Reviewer: Morgan
    If you are thinking about Curated - talk to Craig!
    Easily the best experience I have had with a person for what I thought was going to be a complicated shopping experience. I started skiing a couple of seasons ago, and I am going to be skiing a lot this season and in the future. Craig was able to give me affordable options that are perfect for my current/future level. Definitely will be using for anything else I need in the future.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 28, 2021
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    Reviewer: Jason
    Jason's experience with Craig
    Bought skis, bindings, boots and poles. I was told that bindings would be premounted but were not. This lead to slight damage of bindings during shipping. The rest of the experience was great but I'll likely think twice about using curated again.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 14, 2022
    Ski Expert Craig Piefer
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    Reviewer: Maxine
    Maxine's experience with Craig
    From the vast amount of options and with the help of a guided expert, shopping with Curated has made my experience enjoyable and educational!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 10, 2022
    Craig Piefer
    5.0 from 164 reviews
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