Jonathan Ellsworth: Founder / Editor in Chief, Blister Gear Review
Age: 39 | Vitals: 5’10,” 180 lbs. | Years skiing: 20 | Current Residence: New Mexico & Utah
I grew up in the Chicago area, nowhere near any mountains, and my first loves were soccer, basketball, and football. In high school, I was a varsity athlete in football, basketball, and track, and I played football in college (wide receiver) till I was sidelined by an injury.
These days, when I’m not skiing, I am running, bouldering, or at the gym, and I am always working to carve out time to read and write.
My first time on skis came during my junior year of high school. The second time was a year later. I started making ski trips out West with some friends during college, but it wasn’t until I moved to New Mexico twelve years ago that I began to get in a lot of days skiing. Of all the reviewers here, I definitely got the latest start. I didn’t grow up racing or hitting rails in the park—I was shooting jump shots and running fade routes. But for more than a decade I’ve been getting 100+ days a year on the mountain, happily making up for lost time.
When there’s no new snow, I am totally happy to zipperline bumps, go tour, or carve up groomers. I also ski trees a lot, but these days, I find myself seeking out more open lines that don’t require you to check your speed the way tight trees do. Fast is fun.
On deep days, I love making turns in open terrain, jumping off of whatever I can find, simply feeling grateful for it all. In those cases, I might seek out more technical lines later in the day, or save them for smaller storms.
Sometimes skiing is about testing your limits, and sometimes it’s about the pure enjoyment of the turns and the snow and your surroundings. And one of the greatest things about skiing is that those challenging personal tests, and those moments of pure gratitude and joy, often occur on the very same day.
Some favorite skis: 190cm MOMENT Bibby Pro; 184cm Volkl Mantra; 188cm Kingswood SMB; 185cm Blizzard Cochise
All Content by Jonathan Ellsworth
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Over the past three seasons, we’ve ridden hundreds of skis over thousands of days. It’s time for us to weigh in on the best skis out there.
If you’re looking for a very quick, versatile, easy pow ski, the Automatic deserves to be on your short list.
Hoodies rule. (So do elbow patches.) And the Mountain Equipment Dark Days Hooded Jacket rules in the *Very Warm Hoody* category.
Blister reviewer Garrett Altmann is competing on the FWT this season, and we’re designing a custom ski for the occasion. Check it out.
The One is a new “fun shape” ski from Volkl—except that it has very little in common with most of the fun-shaped skis out there. Very interesting, Volkl.
“We’re going to move mountains, and we’re going to make it look like we’re doing this on the fly.”
Blister snowboard reviewers weigh in with their one-board quiver picks.
Jason Levinthal, the founder of LINE Skis, is on to a new project: “I want to do everything the exact opposite of what’s being done today.”
It’s been snowing in Taos, and we’re jonesing. Check out these images from last spring — we’ll see you there this season.
In part four of our Two-Ski Quiver series, see which skis made the cut for Blister reviewers Jason Hutchins and Garrett Altmann.
Two-Ski Quiver, Part Three. See which skis made the cut for Blister reviewers Paul Forward and Lexi Dowdall.
Two-Ski Quiver, Part Two. Find out which skis made the cut for Blister reviewers Will Brown and Morgan Sweeney.
Last year, we named our 1-Ski Quiver selections. This year, we’re talking 2. Check out ours, then tell us yours.