Ski Expert Greg McCandless
Toxic grab at Copper!
  • Greg McCandless

    I've been skiing since age 2, and grew up going every weekend to Swain in upstate NY. I ended up getting serious into racing, and was invited to train with the US Ski Team—well, the D squad—in my early teens. I've skied all over Vermont, Colorado, and even made it out to Alyeska, AK! Eventually I shifted gears and got into Big Air competitions and moguls, and today I spend a lot of my time in the terrain park. My other life as a pro music producer for TV scratches the "gearhead" itch in that area, but with Curated, I can use my nerdy ski gear knowledge to help folks enjoy every day on the mountain just like I do! I also run a YouTube channel called Descent At Best, which is dedicated to showcasing the amazing trails and slopes here in Western NC.

    Oddly enough, I am also a professor of music theory at Appalachian State University, and I hold BM (UNC-Chapel Hill), MM (FSU), and PhD (FSU) degrees in music. I am happy to chat about music and skiing as well as MTB—I am a Cycling Expert at Curated, too—when we connect!

    82 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped1,678
    Current locationBoone, NC
    Favorite snow gearObermeyer
    Home townRochester, NY
    Favorite beerBurial - Heavy Resin series
    My QualificationCompeted in DH and Big Air
    Favorite spotAlyeska
    4.98 / 5 stars
    5
    81 (99%)
    4
    0 (0%)
    3
    1 (1%)
    2
    0 (0%)
    1
    0 (0%)
    Sorted by
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Zoe
    Greg was so helpful and patient
    Greg was so helpful. I started looking at skis at the beginning of last season and Greg advised me throughout the season but was never pushy. I ended up holding out and waiting until this year and Greg was there to help with feedback on skis and helpful advice! Awesome experience
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 11, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Johnny
    Greg is very knowledgeable and cool
    He asked the right questions to understand where I ski, how I ski, where I was coming from and where I wanted to take my ski journey to. The final recommendations were great and he was very approachable and easy to speak with. Cheers
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 20, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Lauren
    Very helpful
    After sharing some details I received recommendations within my price range (and even lower) along with great descriptions of how the gear would work for me. No pressure to buy. I am excited for my new skis!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 21, 2024
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Jo-Anna
    Greg’s top picks are thoughtful, informative and truly helpful!
    This was super easy to do. I had gone down the rabbit hole of skis that would be right for me on all kinds of terrain. Greg has narrowed the search which is really helpful. Skis are a huge investment and any expert advice is greatly appreciated.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 30, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Wenjun
    Greg was great!
    He asked many questions about me and picked Skis based on what I need. In addition to specific choices, he also gave me general guidelines on what kind of skis to look for, where to check ski reviews, and many things. Many thanks.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 9, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Jamison
    Greg was great!
    He gave me great recommendations and answered all of my questions fast and clearly. If I ever need more help I will ask him and you should too.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 12, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: sophie
    sophie's experience with Greg
    I’ve been wanting to buy skis for years but didn’t know what to buy for my intermediate level and height etc. So glad someone told me about Curated. Greg was super helpful and responsive! He helped me find quality products that fit in my budget.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 25, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Michael
    Michael's experience with Greg
    I feel like I got bait and switched with the item not being "available" for me when I spoke with Greg during the cyber Monday sale, and then all of the sudden was available the following day. He said he would follow up with me on honoring that 20% off promotion but never did.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 3, 2022
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: Henry R
    Greg's the man!
    Greg was super helpful and thorough with his support. I can't wait to try the new skis he recommended!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 4, 2023
    Ski Expert Greg McCandless
    Reviewer: milan
    milan's experience with Greg
    Guy that helped was mad helpful, greay prices on least years twin tip skis. 10/10 experience, thanks greg.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 13, 2023
    Ready to find the perfect skis for you?
    Answer a few quick questions to get started with Greg