Ski Expert Luke Hinz
Exploring steep lines in AK
  • Luke Hinz

    If my parents could have foreseen how deep my obession for skiing would become, they might never have put me on skis.

    I've been fortunate enough to experience the entire spectrum of skiing; from growing up racing on icy Midwest slopes, to exploring every nook and cranny of the Wasatch Range backcountry in Utah, and on to skiing from the summit of 20,310' Mount Denali.

    Through it all, I've relied on my skills, my partners — and my gear. Our passion is what drives us. But our gear is what gets us to the top.

    I've helped 6,227 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
    271 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped6,227
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
    Favorite brandsBlizzard, Arc'teryx
    Current locationPark City, UT
    Home townWoodbury, MN
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    Ski Expert Luke Hinz
    Luke Hinz
    Ski Expert
    I've helped 6,227 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
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    Reviewer: Matt
    Matt's experience with Luke
    At first when I was shopping online and was routed the the Curated site, it seemed like most of any of the bigger companies. The "Chat" speaking to an expert popped up. At this point, I assumed it was an AI or automated reply. However, the follow through from Luke was excellent! So much benefit gained from him pointing me in the right direction. He also happened to be from Minnesota, where I live. I'm a bit bias, but Luke is the man. Thanks for the Pivot 14's and Line Blades!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 19, 2023
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    Reviewer: Bryan
    Bryan's experience with Luke
    Luke was an incredible help in giving me solid tips on the gear I purchased. I can tell just by our conversations in the chat that he is not only a seasoned skier, but he is keeping up with the latest in ski gear technology. Can't wait to hit the slopes this year with my new sticks!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 15, 2023
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    Reviewer: Tabatha
    Tabatha's experience with Luke
    The shopping experience with Luke was really great. He was very patient and information with what I was looking for. I'm really happy with the skies and bindings we picked. For the ski boots, it really just came down to availability of stock in my size, fit and features, so I'll come back for the purchase.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jul 28, 2023
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    Reviewer: Joel
    Joel's experience with Luke
    Luke did a good job of providing info, but he followed up because he felt that he didn't thoroughly answer my initial questions, which is commendable. There was also a disparity between the size of ski poles he recommended and then what he selected, which, for someone trying to understand the technical aspects of ski equipment, raised a question. No biggie overall, because I researched some other sites to confirm my correct size. But, if someone is "curating" just for a particular buyer, I wouldn't expect those inconsistencies. Luke was very friendly and helpful overall, and he did make things right. The communication just caused a lot of delay on my willingness to purchase. But, decided to do so afterall. Oh, and tips for commission-earning employees seems outrageous. The commission is the tip. And that's from a friend of mine who works off commission. Please clip the wings of the tipping albatross that gets thrown over every buyers neck these days. I didn't expect that from a commission-earning site.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jul 2, 2023
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    Reviewer: Geoff
    Luke knows his stuff
    Luke is fantastic. Engaging, friendly, thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable. I use to sell skis and fit boots back in the day, and it was clear to me that Luke knows his stuff. Curated and Luke saved me countless hours of research and shopping, proposing and refining great options at a fair price. I can't recommend both enough.
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 31, 2023
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    Reviewer: Ivana
    Ivana's experience with Luke
    This was really great! I love thta Luke was there to answer my question and eliminate my anguish over the compatibility of my ski boots with skis I wanted to buy. I just spent the entire Memorial Day weekend shopping for my ski gear. How come I found you just now?! Please, see if you can position yourself higher when people google ski gear. Your website is wonderful for a person who has limited to no experience shopping for ski gear.
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 30, 2023
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    Reviewer: Andreia Kim
    Andreia Kim's experience with Luke
    I loved that it was so convenient and the chatting part of the website is very user friendly and intuitive. I also loved that I didn't have to lose Luke and start over with a new adviser when I didn't have time to make a decision the first day I talked to him. He was also super patient with all my questions and the loom video was super helpful.
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 27, 2023
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    Reviewer: Daria
    Daria's experience with Luke
    This was my best experience buying ski boots! My expert really listen to what I had to say, and what I felt regarding my old boots, and really worked with me to find a boot that I really like. And not only did he just help me find it but he continue to follow up and check on me and walk me through putting them on seeing how they fit and it was just amazing. For the last 15 years I've been buying ski boots in store and this was by far better than any in-store experience I've ever had!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 9, 2023
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    Reviewer: Kilyn
    Actual useful information
    I'm a short stocky skier and have been looking for boots for years that would fit my foot and calf. I've been sold one type of boot or another with out much rhyme or reason as to a theme of features that would work. I have tried on many boots and wrote down what others have suggested, and without telling people they mainly try to sell me the most expensive ones just cause they can. Luke didn't try to force boots on my and actually asked for pictures of my current boots. I sent a few bad pictures and he is knowledgeable enough to know what they were and could suggest the direction I should go in based on that. From my recent research and his help I have decided to try some K2 and Nordica rear entry. Both of these I have researched and he independently came to the same conclusion in a friendly and informative fashion. I wish all tech and sales help would be like him. I hope and now believe as well they will fit me.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 4, 2023
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    Reviewer: Greg
    Luke was great!
    Luke was great! He took the time to ask questions and understand what I liked and what I didn't like, gave me a list of ski's to demo and research, and was able to get the best prices on skis, bindings, and poles. I was able to get more information from Luke than talking with the employees at demo shops, and I felt like I was able to purchase a setup that was personalized for me.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 3, 2023
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    5.0 from 271 reviews
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