Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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  • Elias Lawson


    I've been an avid skier for most of my life, and enjoy talking gear with just about anyone who'll listen. It's why I love my job as an expert! From fat powder planks to precise carvers, ultralight backcountry setups to park skis, and from your dusty old rentals to the latest all mountain quiver killers - I've experienced it all and can't wait to guide you to your next pair of skis!

    ​These days, I spend most of my time in the Central Oregon backcountry seeking out untouched lines, perfect snow, and gorgeous scenery. We have countless amazing peaks to summit, and I'm trying to ski them all one day! You can find me in the early hours of the morning racking up dawn-patrol laps at the local hotspot, midday boot-packing up a steep couloir to score some high altitude turns, or late afternoon surfing waist-deep champagne powder on those coveted unicorn days! While I prefer to earn my turns, I also won't turn down a resort day either. I grew up skiing our local dormant volcano (Mt. Bachelor), and shredded Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, MT during my college years. From spring corn to cold smoke, any day on snow is a good one in my book!

    ​When the freshies ain't falling, you'll also find me rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, or hammocking in the Cascades! More than anything, I just enjoy being outdoors, and am always down for an adventure!

    ​❄️❄️❄️ So, how can I help you? ❄️❄️❄️

    ​I aim to cut through the noise of marketing and influencers and offer an actual expert's opinion on the real life pros & cons to each ski. It seems that most every model these days is labeled as "all mountain," and it sure is hard to tell the differences between the myriad of brands out there! Hopefully I can help to sort through the muddied waters of ski reviews, ratings, & rankings which can oftentimes be misleading. While every ski has its place on the slopes, there are certainly those intricate and nuanced differences that make one ski right for you, and another not. I have a degree in engineering and a passion for all of that nerdy tech stuff companies like to highlight, and I'll strive to translate industry terminology and jargon into down-to-earth helpful insight.

    ​❄️❄️❄️ What do I need from you? ❄️❄️❄️

    ​You can help me by being honest and straightforward with what you're looking for! I know skis and their market very well, but I'm also not a salesman! - I'll happily adjust my recommendations and advice if certain gear doesn't fall within your budget, styling preferences, or performance needs - Just let me know! I won't try to push you to gear that isn't right for you just to earn a quick buck, and I'll always be on the lookout for killer deals and ways to save you money. Keep me in the loop on your timeline & needs, and I'll be able to find you your perfect ski whether that's today, in a week, or later on next season. Don't be afraid to ask me any question at all, as chances are I've probably heard most of them before!

    ​At this point, I've successfully dialed in my favorite gear and ideal quiver of touring skis, and now it's your turn... Whether you're just getting into the sport or ski 100 days/year, let's get you out on your next perfect setup! :)

    I've helped 4,284 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
    346 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently online
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped4,284
    Current locationBend, OR
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
    Favorite brandsATK, Black Crows, Dynafit
    Favorite spotBroken Top clock couloirs
    Favorite beerFree Wave DIPA - Athletic
    Favorite ski gearATK Freeraider 14's
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    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Elias Lawson
    Ski Expert
    I've helped 4,284 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
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    Reviewer: Parker
    This guys better than Google.
    I will never again need to google for information on skis, prices or the 100 other questions I had initially searched when looking for the right pair of skis/bindings. Elias was quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable and didn’t attempt to pressure me into a purchase. This guy is the real deal and will be the reason I continue to shop at Curated.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 20, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Christopher
    Amazing Support
    I told Elias my experience level and what I was aiming for in terms of skiing activity and he assisted me right away. He found items on sale that were perfect for me and even sent a personal video explaining the equipment he picked out. I am excited to receive my gear and it's all because of his guidance!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jun 29, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: J
    How did I just find this?!
    I love recommendations from friends and pride myself on doing deep research on all I buy. Elias sped up that process and brought far more expertises than I could have received elsewhere. Big fan; can’t wait to use the app for further sports.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 22, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Josh
    Elias is awesome!
    When buying expensive gear, I want an expert opinion with details that I can understand and as much detail as possible. Elias is exactly the person I needed to confirm some recommendations I received friends as well as getting some alternate options. I'm extremely happy with Elias and the overall curated experience.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jun 28, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Kayla
    Kayla's experience with Elias
    Elias was awesome! Very knowledgeable about skis, and gave awesome recommendations. Plus he provided a thoughtful video explaining his recommendations! I probably wouldn't have thought of the skis I chose on my own, but they're exactly what I was looking for!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 2, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Scott
    Scott's experience with Elias
    Fantastic site and stellar experts. So helpful and made purchasing way easier. The fact that Curated price matches too makes it a no brainer for me to shop here. I will definitely buy again on here and will recommend it to friends. So nice having a person to talk to and get input from.
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 24, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: David W
    WTF!! Best Buying Experince Industry Wide!
    Elias was awesome to chat with. He knew answers to all the questions I had, was super helpful, very fast, and gave me a sick deal. I appreciated being able to connect with him late on Sunday evening when I had time to shop. Best buying experience I’ve had in a LONG time. Big time repeat customer for Curated and Elias right here.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 3, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: jakob
    Very helpful with great advise
    Spoke to Elias back and forth over an entire afternoon. I wanted to take advantage of end of season prices and buy a pair of skis for my son. I ended up buying skis for my son and myself. But if you wonder if you should use this kind of service I think you should give it a go. There's no pressure to buy anything. As for me - I was going to buy something anyway. This worked out well for me and Elias is the man! No, this review was not generated by an AI.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 28, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Justin
    The Gold Standard
    I recall the moment when I chanced upon Curated, thinking that I would receive nothing more than a preset compilation of ski gear. A quick (what felt like 2 min) turnaround and a whole multi-day conversation later, I realized I couldn't have been further from the truth. I was impressed by the remarkable expertise, responsiveness, and affability of Elias, my designated consultant. He curated the ideal ski setup for me, leaving no stone unturned in addressing each and every one of my inquiries. Suffice it to say, I was left shellshocked from my absolutely stellar experience at Curated. If I am ever in need of more ski gear/knowledge, I'll know who to go to.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 23, 2023
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Brett
    Brett's experience with Elias
    Really appreciated all the time Elias took helping me find the right ski equipment. Was my first time buying my own skis so didn’t know what to look for. He guided me every step. And he was super patient! I was sporadically back and forth with him for over 3 months before I ended up buying!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 25, 2023
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