Ski Expert Mark Hotop
  • Mark Hotop

    My first day on skis, my first run, was when I was 4 yrs old. To this day I remember the feeling ~ I was hooked immediately and I have been skiing the dream ever since.

    After growing up chasing the older kids at the local hills I started racing USSA which took me East racing in New England during high school. This is where I learned how to ski really fast along with learning how to tune skis from a World Cup ski tech. During college I raced for MSU while coaching for the local high school ski teams. My ski addiction continued and I became a career instructor as well as a developmental race coach for Team Summit in Colorado. I am very fortunate to be able to attend the Ski Industry Association demo days Every year, it's when I get to be a kid in a candy store and try all the latest and greatest skis. It's just a blast to ski so many different skis, and I ski the women's skis too so I'm able to give genuine advice to everyone regardless of their skill level and terrain choice. Most importantly, every Skier has their own style and I firmly believe that with today's ski design and technology there's a ski that compliments any individual's personal style.

    The ski community truly is a family and this is a great way for me to share my knowledge and passion with All. It's a joy to be apart of the Curated Team and help guide you to your new favorite pair of skis!

    48 reviews averaging 4.9 stars
    Currently offline
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped973
    Current locationGolden, Colorado
    Home townKalamazoo, MI
    Favorite terrainPowder
    Favorite spotCrested Butte, CO
    My Qualification20+ yr Race Coach/Ski Instructor
    4.92 / 5 stars
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    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Krysty
    Mark is the best in the west
    Mark is so great to consult with! He definitely knows his sh*t, and he put in real effort getting to know me and my skiing so that I would end up with the right skis. Twice now he has helped me with my set up, and I couldn’t be happier. Will never buy without his help again! Thanks Mark!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 13, 2021
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Kim Poma
    Great guy to work with and really knows skiing!
    Mark was really responsive and listened to my needs. He has great knowledge of all types of skiing. You can tell he loves the sport and loves helping peoples get out and enjoy the slopes. I highly recommend his expertise! I’ll be sending people his way for sure!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 18, 2020
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Joanna
    Knowledgeable, approachable ski guru
    Mark was a great person to guide me through a ski purchase. He quickly put together a list of skis that would be a good fit for me - each included his personal comments with pros and cons of the style. Throughout the season, he helped me locate the skis as I demo'd them at different mountains around the country. No question was too simple or complex for Mark to answer. An incredibly knowledgeable, kind person. Thanks for helping me find an awesome ski, Mark!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 17, 2020
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Jennifer
    Super Knowledgable
    Mark helped me get completely set up to hit the slopes, measuring virtually my foot size, ski size and helped create a super customized package. I can't believe what service this was-I really can't imagine getting a better personalized experience! Thank you Mark!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 27, 2020
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Val
    Mark is great!
    Very knowledgeable. Guided me to what is right for me. Stopped me from making a mistake in terms of ski length! When there are so many choices, somebody like Mark is invaluable.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 9, 2021
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Zach
    Mark is the man!
    Gave great recos and was very responsive throughout his consult!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 22, 2021
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Rebecca Wenzel
    Helpful and knowledgeable
    Mark was so helpful! I am a beginner skier and he was so helpful in recommending several ski choices with explanations why each would be a good choice. He also was concious of my budget. I am so excited to try out my skiis this winter!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 2, 2019
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Bob
    Mark is very knowledgeable and was great to work with
    I highly recommend working with Mark
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 8, 2021
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Matt
    Mark is super knowledgeable and helpful.
    Mark's been incredibly responsive and has been extremely helpful. He is passionate about making sure you get the right equipment and honest in his assessment of what you "need"
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 27, 2020
    Ski Expert Mark Hotop
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    Reviewer: Liv
    Very Helpful
    He guided me towards a great set of skis/bindings. Very excited!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 20, 2020
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