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Ski Expert Jake R.
  • Jake R.

    I've skied my whole life, starting in New Hampshire at age 3. As a teenager I started to compete in rail jams, slopestyle, and big air events and continued as a young adult. I attended Season 3 Salomon Jib Academy at Loon Mountain(2009), USASA Slopestyle, and Skiercross National competitions two years in a row representing Team NY (2011) and Team MA (2010). Nationals was the first time I had been able to ski in Colorado- I have returned several years later to Colorado, this time, I'm here as a coach.

    It is now my 6th year coaching freestyle skiing, I have found my way to Aspen, CO. Along the way, I've also coached freestyle skiing in the Berkshires, MA and at Carinthia, Mount Snow, VT. Many athletes through our program go on to compete in the X-Games and Winter Olympics. It's a great honor to be able to share my passion and skill set with the future of skiing!

    Coming out of the North East/Ice Coast we don't get as much snow as other places and its drawn me into creative ways of skiing. For example, I've hiked and skied Tuckerman's Ravine on Mount Washington, NH several times in May and April. This is the true back country on the East Coast- gnarly ice falls, avalanches, ripping snow melt rivers, and unpredictable weather at any moment combined with the physical exertion of boot packing! Such a rewarding journey, it puts the phrase, 'earn your turns' into perspective.

    Although Tuckerman's is a true back country experience, avalanche conditions were almost never on my mind when it came to skiing in the East. On the contrary, my brother and I were constantly building jumps, rails, and other jibs, as well as seshing urban handrails at schools, townhalls, libraries, etc.... our internal dialogue was more like, 'Oh shit, the cops are coming! Get one more rail hit!'

    I've made it to Colorado and the doors swung wide open! I skied more powder this last season than I've probably skied in 5 years of my life! Now its time to take my bag of tricks from the Terrain Park to Big Mountain! Want to come Shred?

    852 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped4,083
    Favorite brandsFaction, Atomic, Armada, Nordica
    Current locationAspen, CO
    My QualificationFreestyle Ski Coach
    Favorite terrainPowder
    Birthday12/31/1992
    Favorite spotTuckerman's Ravine, NH
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    Reviewer: Emily
    Super Helpful & Easy to Communicate
    Jake was great and really knowledgeable. He made the process easy and was able to recommend equipment that was best suited for my needs and went further to find items that matched my aesthetic (all about the matchy-matchy). I really appreciate your help!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 2, 2022
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    Reviewer: Julie
    Jake was very helpful!
    As a beginner skier, it can be overwhelming to choose the right gear for your current level of skiing, but also for what you're trying to achieve. Jake took the time to understand where I'm at and where I want to go. He narrowed down the options and provided thoughtful recommendations. He has great follow up and will make sure you don't miss out on a killer deal! 100% recommend working with Jake!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 11, 2022
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    Reviewer: Beth
    Jake was the best!
    I googled "I need help with finding skis". The first website to pop up was Curated. I clicked on the link, not really expecting anything to come out of it. I figured I would be chatting with a 'robot' or an automated answering system. However, I was extremely surprised at how beneficial Curated was. In a matter of just 20 minutes, I created a personal relationship with Jake and he matched me with four pairs of skis that he felt suited my needs best. All of the skis had explanations and descriptions for why they would be a great fit for me. I ended up purchasing a pair of skis that Jake recommended for me, and I am so excited to use them this upcoming season. Not only did he help me with ski options, but he also provided me with binding options. Both the skis and the bindings were discounted at an AMAZING price, and I didn't feel like I was being ripped off financially like I had at previous places in the past. Before chatting with Jake I felt a sense of nervousness when it came to purchasing skis and other ski equipment. Growing up on the east coast as a professional swimmer, my ski experience has been very limited. I am not well versed in the sport of skiing, but Jake helped me SO much in this area. I really appreciate all of his help and I am excited to hopefully work with him again in the future!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jul 16, 2022
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    Reviewer: Kristen
    Thank you Jake!
    I have been fearful of buying skis for the longest time because I had no idea what I wanted or needed. Jake was very helpful in providing me with honest advice and suggestions. He did not push one product over another just matched me with what works best for me. Thank you.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 6, 2022
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    Reviewer: Jason S
    Jake was helpful!
    When looking at some new boots, Jake got me dialed in to the perfect options for my skiing ability. Right size, right flex, and offered all of the options possible, including a discount. Really appreciate his help in honing in the right boot for my needs.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 29, 2022
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    Reviewer: Eric Javer
    Great customer service rep
    Provided great advice based upon criteria I suggested. Very difficult picking clothes for someone else but he led me down a path that was appropriate and helpful. Haven’t yet pulled the trigger on new gear but appreciate all the help
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 29, 2022
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    Reviewer: Sabrina
    Insightful product guide!
    I like that the service Jake provided had details as to why products were chosen for me and he seemed very knowledgeable and considerate of my answers and what I was looking for. I asked a few questions as I am a beginner level skier and don’t know the difference between varieties of skiis. I also appreciated the great communication. I was shy to ask questions as this was my first ski purchase but he was very friendly. Thanks again!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 6, 2022
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    Reviewer: Jennifer
    Jake was Awesome!
    Jake put a lot of effort into helping me. Gave me good advice that matched my research. Was quick to respond. Gave me the right number of options (not too many, not to few). Also didn't overwhelm me with information. I really appreciate his help!
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 28, 2022
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    Reviewer: Austin
    Jake was SUPER helpful!
    Jake was able to help with what gear I needed to get out to the backcountry for the spring season and into next season. He asked about my skiing style and what kind of snow I would primarily be skiing and that helped the decision of the gear he chose! Thanks Jake 🤙🏽
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 14, 2022
    Ski Expert Jake R.
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    Reviewer: Matt
    Jake is the man!
    Super knowledgeable and was able to recommend gear personalized to me based on my location, preferences, and build. 11/10 would use again! Hit him up for all your skiing gear and apparel needs!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 4, 2022
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    5.0 from 852 reviews
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