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Descending the Grand Teton (Ford-Stettnor Couloir)
  • Jake Parker

    Skier, Climber, Biker, Rafter working on a Physics PhD

    I grew up skiing, whitewater rafting, and backpacking with my family in Southeast Idaho. Since I moved to Bozeman for school outdoor sports have become a huge part of my life.

    Although I have been skiing my whole life it wasn't until I started skiing in the backcountry that I became truly pasionate. Over the last 10 years skiing has taken me some incredible places including a descent of the Grand Teton, completing the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass traverse, and a ton of other couloirs and traverses within a 10 hour drive.

    Since I have been a poor college student for the entirety of my gear obsession, scouring the internet for great products and great prices is a serious hobby of mine. Get in touch and take advantage of the amount of time I've spent drooling over gear on the internet.

    Whether you are transitioning from rentals, looking to head out into the backcountry, or looking for the perfect 5th pair in your quiver I'd love to help. Reach out anytime and let's get you the perfect gear so you can get into the mountains where you belong.

    202 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped1,421
    Current locationBozeman, MT
    Home townIdaho Falls, ID
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
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    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Caroline J
    So thankful for Jake's guidance!
    Jake was so knowledgeable about all the different skis I was considering. He helped me envision what each one would feel like on various types of terrain. I narrowed it down to a few great options but couldn't make up my mind. When I finally did, I wanted to wait until spring sale prices hit. Sure enough, the minute they went on sale, Jake was on top of it. I appreciated how helpful, responsive and patient he was!
    Verified Review | Submitted May 29, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Stephen
    Very Knowledgable and Patient
    Jake was awesome. He clearly has been out testing this gear and had a lot of hints to drop and tips throughout my buying process. I've been snowboarding for about 25 years and haven't been on skis since I was a kid. Jake helped me get an understanding of the differences in new ski technology and how it would apply to the type of skiing I would most likely be doing. Answered a TON of my questions, was very responsive and patient as this process probably took me longer than the average person as I was out demoing skis every couple of weeks. He gave me some good tips on what to try and what to pay attention to with the different pairs. Overall a great dude and a great experience.
    Verified Review | Submitted May 7, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Craig
    Helpful, responsive, and knowledgeable
    I’ve been looking for a deal on some good used demo’s for powder and soft snow, for glade skiing and playing hookie from work on banner POW days. Tried Curator.com on a whim after a google search. Jake responder quickly, asked my needs, and put together some nice options. Unfortunately, they were out of the budget range I could negotiate with my wife. Jake looked around and found me a great deal on some demo all mountain wide K2’s. Jake was a great help in finding the right ski that also fit my budget.
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 22, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Stephanie
    Awesome experience!
    I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Jake. I’m an intermediate skier, and was looking for my first pair of skis, bindings and poles. I am very indecisive and spent weeks deciding what I wanted to do. Jake was very patient, responsive and took the guesswork out of this process. I will definitely be back when I need more gear!
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 25, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Travis F
    Best experience looking for equipment
    Jake was friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable right from the beginning. He stayed with me for almost a year as I made my decisions and he took the time to explain all the differences in the equipment and what would be the best and why. He never tried to push the most expensive gear, just the gear that would work the best for me and my experience level. Not to mention the killer deals he found for brand new equipment. Jake is a valuable asset to this company.
    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 16, 2019
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Paul
    Amazing experience!
    Jake was really helpful! Answered my many questions and concerns and got me the best deal for sure. I told him it might be a week or two before I decided to purchase. He was very understandable and I ended up purchasing on the second day after him helping me. Will be using Jake again shortly. Thanks again!!
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 20, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Julian
    Knowledgeable and EXTREMELY responsive
    I was blown away by the responsiveness of Jake - I got a response within SECONDS of making my inquiry. Jake intelligently asked a few more questions and gave me a few great recs - and was able to price match another site. Great deal on the skis and the bindings too. Excited to shred with the new skis
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 7, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Kristin
    Very knowledgeable
    I just started skiing again after many years. All the equipment has changed so much since I last purchased skies. Jake helped me sort through the choices and picked a couple of great skies and bindings to fit my ability. He was also very patient as I thought about each option. I can’t wait to try out my new skies!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 16, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Mattias
    Best out there
    I’m a new skier and not very knowledgeable and he helped me pick out a whole set. Along the way he was very patient and quick to respond which is awesome. Thought me some things for future purchases first time with someone like this and from what I’ve witnessed probably one of the best ones on this site.
    Verified Review | Submitted Feb 21, 2020
    Expert: Jake Parker
    Reviewer: Krista
    Easiest outfitting experience
    Jake made upgrading my ancient skis a breeze. He found multiple options for me based on my ability and size, and gave a succinct explanation of the options. Choosing the right skis for me was a breeze and he stayed well within my budget. 100% will use again in the future. Thank you Jake!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 22, 2020