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Andrew Eisenstark

Andrew Eisenstark







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I don't compete anymore and was never that into it. I did the Unconventional Terrain Competition at Mad River Glen in the late 90's and only wiped-out once... that was pretty sweet.

Date of birth

February 17, 1978




Born and bred: Yorktown Heights, NY


SKIING! Also... surfing, mountain biking, climbing... all the usual mountain-dork stuff. And good music and good food.


"For I have dined on honeydew, and drunk the milk of paradise."


Völkl, Marker


Man, if you're not already sick of reading about me I don't know what else to say!


What is your favorite ski in 2012/2013 Collection?

I really like the TWO for an off-piste/guiding ski.

Why do you like this ski?

It's light for a big ski and very nimble for a ski that can still truck on the steep and deep. A playful and versatile powder ski, is how I would best describe it.


What conditions do you use this ski for?

I've used the TWO for everything from epic AK pow to creamy yet variable Chamonix spring conditions... all good!

What other skis in the 2011/2012 collection do you ride?


I've down-sized my every-day resort ski from the Katana to the Mantra. When I'm spinning lifts I love the "little-Porsche" snappiness and responsiveness of that ski. In the backcountry, I'm on the Nanuq. Same reason -- super snappy and fun, great for the steeps. And still plenty wide. Most people don't remember that the first "best pow-ski ever," the venerable Explosiv, was 95mm underfoot! The Nanuq is 96 = great pow ski!

Can you tell us a little about each pair of skis, and about what sort of conditions you use them for?

Well, the TWOs, Mantras and Nanuqs are explained above. For a one-ski quiver, I still love the Katana as a Squaw/Tahoe ski. Slap a pair of Dukes on there and you're good to go, every day, every condition. I'm super-stoked to check out the ONE for this same niche. I think it could be a more accessible, slightly more playful do-it-all ski.

What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?

At the resort and in the heli I'm on Jesters. They're exactly what you want from a binding: step in and forget about it. For touring I've been super-pleased with the Tour F12. Again: step in, forget about it. And when my clients mangle their bindings, I can happily adjust my spare pair of skis with Tour F12s to their soles and keep them smiling, even hundreds of miles from the nearest Dynafit dealer. I mount most of my skis slightly forward of the boot-center line, to what degree depends on ski length.

What DIN do you have your bindings on?

Usually between 11 and 14.


Favorite skier:
Growing up: Trevor Peterson
Now: too many to count. The talent out there blows me away.

Also... I love the guys that are ten or fifteen years my senior and are still charging hard and loving it. I'll always have a soft spot for the Jimmy Rogerses, the Dean Decases, the Glen Poulsens and the countless others who are truly the "skier's skiers" amongst us. To me, they're the heart and soul of this little ski-universe we all occupy.

Also... Guys like Andrew McLean, Chris Davenport and Mike Douglas stand out on the professional-level. All three have been at it a long time, beating-out a path for themselves, each in their own way. Staying fired up and making it happen, for the long haul, that's admirable on so many levels.

Ideal day in the mountains:
There are so many different ways to have special experiences in the mountains. Sometimes it's a solo lap in the backcountry to get to the bottom of your lungs and whatever is on your mind. Sometimes it's running into a new person to ski with every lap on KT-22 and just trying to keep up, in awe of the talent and athleticism you're surrounded by everyday. Sometimes it's getting back to the 'cat with Pacific Crest Snowcats after the last run of the day and someone giving you the full-on bro-hug and telling you that that was as good as it gets... Life's pretty sweet and I feel spoiled rotten.

How would you describe your style:
I like to feel the ski arc a turn and leave pretty tracks. Cheesy, I know, but honestly that's what still feels best to me. I like to think that other people think I look smooth, maybe not Alzi-smooth, but smooth nonetheless.

Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career:
Having the opportunity to take people out and have them say: "That was the best day I've ever had." never gets old. That's a breakthrough I hope to achieve everyday I'm guiding in the mountains.

Favorite place to ride:
I've been fortunate enough to ski in a lot of incredible places. That said, my "best runs ever" have been in the Chugach with Points North Heli-Adventures. Superlatives don't do it justice when it's that good.

What age did you start to ski:
I first got on skis at about six thanks to my Uncle Henry but didn't really ski regularly until around eleven or so.

Best snow trip:
Ski-touring off a sailboat north of the Arctic Circle in Svalbard, Norway is probably the coolest trip I've ever done. Just an incredible combination of factors -- location, scenery, wild-life, terrain, people... it's a truly unique and spectacular experience that Ice Axe Expeditions makes happen.

What cant you live without:
The right answer is my girlfriend, Kendra.

Favorite phone App:
It makes me sound lame and old to say Facebook, doesn't it? I like to see all the rad stuff people are up to/in to.

Home mountain:


Goals and plans:
Like I said above, I truly love being a facilitator in the mountains. When you come home from a day and it's all smiles and high fives... that's what it's all about. It's just skiing, after all. Let's not take things too too seriously!