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Winter Sports Expert Rachel Hawkins
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  • Rachel Hawkins

    Prologue + Season One: I found my love for skiing in Vermont. I had tried skiing a couple times before, and didn’t think much of it. I worked at Sugarbush and got a free pass. I bought a used pair of beginner rentals, and afterwards it was history. I was a skier. I spent a lot of this year falling, but I didn’t care because I had so much fun getting better each day. I skied with friends who were better than me, but they were supportive of my learning and wanted to see me succeed.

    Season Two + Season 3: After the first year of learning, I was ready to buy new gear. I prioritized my boots, worked with a boot fitter, and got paired with the Tecnica Cochise 85. Now that I had a boot that I felt confident on, I purchased a new ski setup as well. The Line Soulmate 86 was the perfect in between. There were times they challenged me, but mostly they gave me confidence and the ability to make progress. I became adventurous. I skied almost every weekend of the season, and sometimes more. This was the first year I tried: uphill travel, black diamond runs, skiing in 1ft + deep powder, mogul terrain, and BIG MOUNTAIN SKIING!

    Out West Adventures: In my 2nd season, I won a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado. I was still a lower-level intermediate skier at the time, and had no clue what I was about to face. Well it was a trip that I will never forget. It made me love skiing even more. My third season, I went to Park City, Utah. I got to ski there with my friends, the same ones who saw me fall down and help me up many times. Winding through glades, skiing challenging steep terrain, and being able to share the entire experience with them was the most amazing feeling.

    Epilogue: Each day I’m on the mountain, I try to pick one trail or a skill to work on that will push my limits just a bit further. However, I always make sure that I’m having fun ALWAYS. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong! Cheers!

    5 reviews
    CategorySki Expert
    Customers helped101
    Favorite spotSugarbush
    Current locationBurlington, Vermont
    BirthdayMarch 20
    Favorite ski gearDPS Foundation 94
    Favorite brandsDarn Tough
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    Winter Sports Expert Rachel Hawkins
    Reviewer: Pete S
    Great ski buying experience
    This was a great process for me. First, not a lot of great ski shops in my immediate area. Curated and Rachel in particular was a great way to interact with a knowledgeable sales person and on my schedule. I told Rachel what I was looking for and she made a couple of spot on recommendations. I did some additional home work and the Sir Francis Bacon line ski was exactly what I was looking for. Then I got a great deal on top of all that! Thanks for everything!
    Verified Review | Submitted May 29, 2020
    Winter Sports Expert Rachel Hawkins
    Reviewer: Taylor
    Super helper
    She was easy to understand and was quick to find me the best deal. I wasn't sure which direction to go, nor what kind of ski I wanted. She looked over my quiz and matched me with some solid Kastles (w.bindings) that are way more expensive everywhere else. Last years model but still a great deal. Also found me some super poles at a great price. Looking forward to receiving my ski's and hit the slopes. Thank you for the help. Good job.
    Verified Review | Submitted Feb 10, 2020
    Winter Sports Expert Rachel Hawkins
    Reviewer: J
    Listened to my needs, great customer service
    Rachael was great. Super responsive with lots of options that fit my needs and she found better prices than I could find!!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 13, 2020
    Winter Sports Expert Rachel Hawkins
    Reviewer: Jen
    Jen's experience with Rachel
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 19, 2020
    Winter Sports Expert Rachel Hawkins
    Reviewer: Ann
    Ann's experience with Rachel
    Verified Review | Submitted Jan 12, 2020
    Rachel is off discovering new adventures
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