Ski Expert Elias Lawson
  • Elias Lawson

    Howdy!

    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 skis, and now it's your turn... Whether you're just getting into the sport or ski 100 days / season, let's get you out on your next perfect setup! :)

    449 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped5,468
    Current locationBend, OR
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
    Favorite brandsATK, Black Crows, Tecnica
    Favorite spotBroken Top, OR
    Favorite beerAll Blown Up - Trapdoor Brewing
    Favorite ski gearATK Freeraider 14's
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    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Expert: Elias Lawson
    Reviewer: Vanessa
    Elias was so helpful!
    I was looking to upgrade my skis and Elias helped me land on the right pair for my goals. I wasn’t sure what to expect with a service like this but was pleasantly surprised with how thoughtful and genuine he was in finding the right products for me. He asked lots of questions and provided flexibility in helping me find what was truly right for me. I’ll be sending all my friends his way when they need ski gear!
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 29, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Expert: Elias Lawson
    Reviewer: Orion
    Orion's experience with Elias
    He really helped me sift through a ton of options and narrow it down to a couple that were best suited to what I was looking for. He was knowledgeable across the board, and had either used or knew about all the skis, bindings, and boots. I was going crazy looking at reviews and comparing products, but after speaking with Elias I was able to find exactly what I was looking for and finally moved forward with the purchase of my first full setup. Really excited to get on the slopes with my new gear soon!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 30, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Expert: Elias Lawson
    Reviewer: Haley
    Elias was amazing!
    Elias took all my needs into consideration and helped me find a full set of equipment within my budget. I was feeling overwhelmed about the whole process and didn't know where to start, but Elias took my hand and lead my through it all. I'd never heard of Curated, but it was genuinely perfect for my needs.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 25, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Mike
    I'm gonna keep using Curated thanks to Elias
    Elis was incredibly knowledgeable and steered me in the right direction, even when I was going the wrong way. His input and advice really helped me as I'm trying to move to the next level of skiing. Looking forward to using my gear and I'll be sure to use Elias next season for some other gear I'll need to get.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 22, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Tim S
    Much better than I expected!
    I'm not one to make quick decisions and do research on any major purchase. Elias made me feel comfortable with our conversation and was really patient with me and my barage of questions and really worked hard to give me the best price possible and get me in the range of my budget. It is more than helpful to have a knowlegable person to converse with thatreally helps you make an informed decision with what you're looking for instead of making a calculated guess and hoping for the best. I'm really glad I looked into curated and then conneted with Elias to help me out!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 12, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Braden
    Knew all of the options and trade-offs
    Having Elias help me really understand all the trade-offs between skis, bindings, boots, googles, helmets, and poles really made all the difference in me ensuring I’m getting exactly what I need for what I’m trying to do. I’ll be returning to Elias and Curated for life.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 2, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Expert: Elias Lawson
    Reviewer: David
    Look no further, Elias has your back!!!
    Elias was assigned to my account and made sure I got everything I needed. Always timely with responses, Elias was patient, professional, and a blast to work with. Elias answered all my questions I had and I truly felt like he was an expert in this field! Not once did I feel belittled or silly for not knowing certain functions of ski equipment and he even understood that aesthetic was very important to me. If I ever need advice or recommendations I will be coming back. Thank you again! Hope to see you on the mountain sometime 😎🤙⛷️
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 23, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
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    Reviewer: Christine
    Super Helpful
    Just getting back into skiing. So much has changed and it felt overwhelming. Not only was this a convenient way to shop, I really appreciated Elias’s expertise. He’s very good at explaining why you may prefer one product over another….given your current abilities. On two occasions, he notified me of price reductions, while I was making my decisions. I like that he narrowed my selections so that I’m not overwhelmed making choices. It was like having my own personal shopper. What more could you ask for.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 9, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Expert: Elias Lawson
    Reviewer: Jared
    Jared's experience with Elias
    I loved working with Elias. Besides being incredibly responsive his deep knowledge of skis was instantly recognizable. Did an incredible job of making sure I explored all of the skis options for the style of skiing I was planning on doing. Have gone back to work with Elias again when my family members were looking at ski upgrade options.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 6, 2024
    Ski Expert Elias Lawson
    Expert: Elias Lawson
    Reviewer: Jake
    Elias was the best!
    This was my first time buying skiis. Elias gave me the confidence to understand what and why I was buying my particular set of skiis, bindings & boots. He provided a solid baseline of information and was also able to answer all of my additional questions with wonderful expertise.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 1, 2023
    Elias Lawson
    5.0 from 449 reviews
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