Ski Expert Mikaela C.
  • Mikaela C.

    I'm fortunate enough to have been raised in beautiful Bend, Oregon with Mt. Bachelor just 20 minutes from my front door. John Muir nailed it when he said the mountains are calling and I must go because that's exactly what I did! I pleaded with a local ski shop owner to give me a shot at sales with 0% experience, and a 110% passion to learn the sport. Being a broke college kid, a season pass perk was enough for me and within a couple months I was a pizza wedge master and my face hurt from smiling so much. I was hooked! I quickly was able to move away from the wedge and french fry foundations of the sport, and was able to experience so much of what the industry has to offer. I am super grateful to now be able to share my love of the mountains with my husband and step-kiddos, along with meeting life long friends, other rad ski enthusiasts and have been enjoying the best tailgate PBR mimosas on the hill since 2006.

    Outside of skiing and nerding out on gear each year my other passion is cooking! I along with so many others had the unfortunate reality of being laid off from my corporate job working for a large scale brewery and now have squeezed all my lemons into lemonade and now run my own small-scale business making, baking and preparing personalized meal options for clients, family and friends! This allows me to experiment, get creative, build healthy foundations and share all my passions with my people while giving me the flexibilty to spend time with my family.

    If I'm not in the kitchen, or on the mountian I love a great book - listen to all the true crime podcasts I can find and appreciate anything outdoors including my own back yard gardens and the abundance of beautiful trails. lakes and rivers in my beautiful home state of Oregon.

    36 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategorySki Expert
    Home townBend, Oregon
    Favorite ski gearLove my Dalbello ski boots
    Favorite drinkAnything wine
    Favorite brandsAtomic, Salomon, Dalbello, Giro
    Favorite spotOutside
    Favorite beerBoneyard Brewing Incredible Pulp
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    Reviewer: Gregg
    Best shopping experience!
    Mikaela was awesome! She was there answering all my beginner questions about skiing, and the equipment me and my wife need! She never made me feel like a newbie, or ashamed to ask a stupid question. She was like talking with an old friend who was able to help us get the best equipment, and the best deal! Thank you!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 14, 2021
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    Reviewer: Bear
    Bear's experience with Mikaela
    She confirms my inclinations about my purchase. However, I was hoping that I might be able to get a slightly better deal. I’m also stuck needing to get the bindings mounted by someone else. So...glad to check this item off my list, but not such a compelling offering that I might as well have just gone to my local ski shop in Boston
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 4, 2021
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    Reviewer: Varun
    The epitome of great customer service
    Mikaela really helped me pick out the best skis - by not just recommending me skis. She also walked me through the technical specs and helped grow my knowledge of skiing. She has also been patient with my questions about proper maintenance, which has been a godsend. Cannot recommend her highly enough!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 23, 2021
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    Reviewer: Kelsey
    Mikaela is super knowledgeable and made buying skis fun!
    Mikaela was very responsive and asked all of the right questions to curate skis that would work for me. When I wanted to change something as trivial as the color palette of the ski, she was receptive and found great alternative options (one of which I ended up purchasing!) I could not recommend Mikaela more for your ski curating experience- she answered all of my questions and was so fun to chat with.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 20, 2021
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    Reviewer: Sabrina
    She was amazing!
    She was so helpful, took everything I said into consideration and understood my wants and needs as a skier. Her recommendations were detailed, informative and completely catered to me. She was so patient, kind & answered every question I had in a timely and professional manner. She even went above and beyond to help me find some places in my area that would be able to put my gear together for me. Highly recommend her!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 18, 2021
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    Reviewer: Jeremy
    Very responsive and helpful
    Mikaela picked out some great gear for me that was exactly what I was looking for at a good price. Saved me so much time browsing through the thousands of different options there are out there trying to find the right equipment for me. I haven't bought new skis or boots in close to about 15 years so I was very unsure of what to look for. Living on the east coast I was also pleased with how responsive Mikaela was given the time difference as I believe she is on the west coast. I contemplated the purchase over a few days and during work hours. She got back to me on my additional questions quickly after our initial chat.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 11, 2021
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    Reviewer: Will
    FUN TIME BUYING
    Mikaela is fantastic. The best part -- she's not a robot. She will point you in the right direction and send you good youtube videos of reviews, etc. Furthermore, she is not shy about telling you to buy the product elsewhere if it is better for you. This was a great experience and I highly recommend using Mikaela!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 7, 2021
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    Reviewer: OJ S
    Super Helpful
    I simply didn't know what I didn't know about new downhill ski technology. Mikaela asked great questions to get to know my needs, and patiently answered all my questions. She made the purchase much easier than I expected. This wasn't a small purchase for me, but I'm confident I made a great decision thanks to Mikaela.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 31, 2020
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    Reviewer: Randall
    Mikaela the deal expert
    First I want to be honest and say I was skeptical of this whole idea but I have not purchased skis for about 6 years and I was overwhelmed with options so I figured I would give this a try. Mikaela blew it out of the water, great questions to learn about me, my style, price, you name it she figured me out and made excellent recommendations. I asked more questions, she had more answers. I know I’m a difficult person and she rolled right alone and didn’t miss a beat. I honestly had no intention of buying skis because I thought I could find a better deal. Once I settled on a set I dug, scrounged, and searched everywhere possible and found a better deal, well actually she found a better deal while I was searching and told me she would match the price! I tried to search a little more but could not find a better deal, then fee shipping and no tax so that saved me another $80 or so. Boom! I could not be happier or more surprised. Pretty pumped to get the new skis.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 29, 2020
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    Reviewer: Jacob
    Jacob's experience with Mikaela
    I get nervous when spending a lot of money at one time and usually will back out of big purchases but she made me not think twice about it and her 2 time showing me items nailed the style I like which is pretty impressive being a complete stranger and knowing what I wanted. Very happy with Purchase just hope I’m happy with package, when it arrives.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 24, 2020
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