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  • Mario Avocato

    A few years ago I made an Instagram post on Valentine's Day dedicated to my skis! I can't want to help you find a pair of twigs that you'll love as much as I love mine!

    I grew up skiing in VT but have spent the last 10 years skiing all over UT, CO, WY, ID, WA, CA, NM, and now I call OR home. Ask me anything you want about Snowbird/Alta!

    Whether you're riding East Coast Ice or Utah Powder, I'll be able to look back on an experience of mine and help you find the right gear to help you meet your skiing goals!

    14 reviews averaging 4.9 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySkis Expert
    Customers helped210
    Favorite brandsSalomon
    Favorite spotSnowbird / Alta
    Current locationPortland, OR
    Favorite ski gearFloat Back back
    Favorite terrainTrees
    Favorite drinkOld Fashion
    4.93 / 5 stars
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    Reviewer: Anthony
    Can't go wrong with an expert.
    Mario basically had it figured out in about 3 questions. I told him what I liked and didn't like on some demos I tried, what terrain I like to ski, and how I like to ski and he dialed in on some skis in my price range that hit the mark. After I asked him a couple of of follow-ups, he threw a couple of extra recommendations so I would have some choices to get what I'm looking for. I appreciate the extra attention to the minor details and it was easy to tell he was putting careful thought into his recommendations. Thanks Mario!
    Verified Review | Submitted May 7, 2020
    Reviewer: Kris
    Mario is the best!
    Mario was super responsiove to all my questions and was able to gov very in depth on why he was making certain recommendations. He helped me figure out what kinds of set ups would work well for the resort, backcountry, or a 50/50. Once I make my mind up on what kind of skiing I'll be doing most I'm positive I'll go with one of his recs.
    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 10, 2019
    Reviewer: Rob
    Mario is the man!
    Mario is a good dude who knows alot of information about sequipment. He helped me out for multiple days in finding the proper ski boots as well as skis, bindings, and other helpful tips and pointers. Thank you Mario I will be back.
    Verified Review | Submitted Oct 27, 2019
    Reviewer: Abby G
    This is an amazing idea!
    This is the best idea! Real time feedback and someone to answer all of your questions real time and work with you on getting you the right gear without overselling or being loyal to a brand is priceless.
    Verified Review | Submitted Oct 22, 2019
    Reviewer: Brendan
    This is a great experience.
    Honestly I’ve never bought skis because I was so nervous of getting ripped off or taken advantage of. Mario was honest, and honestly it was like having a bro guide me through my purchase. 5/5.
    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 5, 2019
    Reviewer: Scott
    Great Guy
    Gives good and honest suggestions, was a massive help.
    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 5, 2019
    Reviewer: Benjamin
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    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 5, 2020
    Reviewer: Nikki
    Nikki's experience with Mario
    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 26, 2019
    Reviewer: Jeremy
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    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 25, 2019
    Reviewer: Cade
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    Verified Review | Submitted Nov 21, 2019