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.

    305 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped7,044
    Favorite terrainBackcountry
    Favorite brandsBlizzard, Arc'teryx
    Current locationPark City, UT
    Home townWoodbury, MN
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    Reviewer: jeff
    jeff's experience with Luke
    Luke was very good-- appreciated his knowledge direction, videos. There a lot of information out there-- helps to have someone sift through the noise. BTW--Could have sworn I saw something about a $25 discount today for first time Curation buyer or something like that -- but maybe it was someone else site????
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 27, 2023
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    Reviewer: Nathan
    Nathan's experience with Luke
    I needed someone to point me in the right direction and Luke went above and beyond. This was the third website I contacted for help. Most of them pointed me to skis that didn’t really fit the profile I was looking for after a ton of research. Luke pointed me to skis that were made for exactly what I will be using them for, and they even do more than what so was looking for. I think they will be the perfect ski for me.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 9, 2023
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    Reviewer: Karina
    Karina's experience with Luke
    Awesome experience with Curated buying my first set of good skis! I got tons of insight and specific input from Luke, it made the experience so smooth and fun! Plus, I learned a lot about ski gear :) It's a big investment to make, so knowing I had someone discussing options with me made me much more confident about spending the money. Luke was so patient with me asking all the questions and taking the time to consider options and do my own side-research. I would 100% recommend Luke for an outstanding curated shopping experience! He's so knowledgeable and passionate about the gear and the sport.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 3, 2023
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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: emily
    Luke was outrageously helpful
    Luke had insight on lots of different backcountry gear, including skis, bindings and boots. He also has ample experience in a variety of locations and was therefore able to provide specialized insight into what gear would do well in which locations.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Oct 15, 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
    Luke Hinz
    5.0 from 305 reviews
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