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  • Darby Knoll

    My joy for the outdoors started at a young age somewhere between the mountains and rivers of Teton Valley, Idaho and northern New Mexico. I started skiing at the ripe age of 3, with some skis that strapped on to my snow boots, but I was mostly in it for the hot chocolate. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to test out the hot chocolate (and ski terrain) of most major ski areas of the west.

    In 8th grade, while touring Montana State University with my brother, I learned that Bridger Bowl Ski Area was a 20 minute drive from campus and decided that MSU was the school for me. I somehow managed to graduate with a degree in Microbiology and Animal Science from MSU while skiing an average of 80 days per season.

    Now, I am a substitute teacher in Bozeman and the executive director of Backcountry Squatters Nonprofit ( . Since graduating, I have realized that I thrive on a passion to share my greatest outdoor experiences with others and my future lies within educating others. With that, I am addicted to following the latest gear advancements and sharing my knowledge with anyone who will listen.

    84 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped1,001
    Current locationBozeman, MT
    Home townDriggs, ID
    Favorite beerMidas Crush
    Favorite spotBridger Bowl
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
    My QualificationCEO of Backcountry Squatters
    4.95 / 5 stars
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    Expert: Darby Knoll
    Reviewer: Emma
    Best Ski Expert
    Darby was an amazing help in finding my skis. I had an idea of what I was looking for and she turned it into a real product while remaining within my budget. She sent me friendly reminders but was never pushy and let me know about all of the best deals. If you're looking for new gear, Darby is your girl.
    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 23, 2019
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    Reviewer: Stacey
    Stacey's experience with Darby
    Matt connected me with Darby to find the perfect women’s ski and worked with me to find a good deal. She was so knowledgeable and I was able to tell her what I didn’t like about some skis I’ve tried demo or rentals. And then told her what I was looking for. She gave me positives/negatives for everything and gave multiple options.
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 18, 2019
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    Reviewer: Kyle
    Darby was awesome
    She did all the work and wasn’t pushy or bothersome. Haven’t received order yet to review that part of the process (just ordered 5 seconds ago) but Darby was great and knows her stuff. Hopefully the equipment works as well as her! Definitely recommend so far. I’ve taken over a week to decide and she didn’t keep bothering me to see if I was going to buy or not
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 3, 2019
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    Reviewer: Jesse
    Darby killed it
    Given Darby's knowledge, experience, and recommendations, there was no other place I would buy this gear. You made the process enjoyable, and I feel very confident that the choices that we made are going to work very well for me. The supplementary information that I received from Matthew was also appreciated.
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 17, 2019
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    Reviewer: Dustin
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    Darby was awsome & very knowledgeable & very nice. If I chat w/ them again if I have more questions I really hope Darby answers, I trust her opinions. She is definitely an asset & I will recommend this site to my friends. Ty Darby
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 30, 2019
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    Reviewer: Alex
    Darby was great!
    Darby was great to work with, she was knowledgable, friendly and concise. The only reason I didn’t commit to a purchase was the shipping options. Another online realitor could match your deal and added two day shipping.
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 13, 2019
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    Reviewer: Madison
    Darby is my go to ski expert
    I was really looking to up my ski game but had a lot of questions on my next level equipment. Darby was extremely thorough and detailed in answering all my questions and providing recommendations. Thanks Darby!
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 6, 2019
    Expert: Darby Knoll
    Reviewer: Dustin
    Dustin's experience with Darby
    After addressing the shipping issue everything was great & the expert advice was the best I got & I searched all over the wed & at my local ski shop. I highly recommend this website. Darby was outstanding....
    Verified Review | Submitted Feb 14, 2019
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    Reviewer: Derek
    Darby made buying simple!
    Darby did an excellent job with the recommendations she gave me. I appreciated the questions she asked to learn about the specifics of what I was looking for and the final recommendation was spot on.
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 12, 2019
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    Reviewer: Joe
    Darby know her stuff
    Darby gave me some excellent choices. I demoed a couple and would have bought from her but a local shop made me a crazy good deal, otherwise I think her price was the best around.
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 4, 2019