Mike Aidala


Mike Aidala is our customer service manager here at SkiEssentials.com, so if you’ve ever called, he most likely has picked up the phone. As such, he knows a whole lot about skis, and is very articulate and precise when describing them. With a background of skiing that started in the Catskills of New York, Mike skied Stowe throughout his 4 years at St. Michael’s College and went onto several seasons skiing Squaw Valley, CA before returning back to the East Coast, landing back here in Stowe with SkiEssentials.com. Mike is able to ski a wide variety of terrain and enjoys steep powder runs. Mike likes to ski top to bottom, non-stop runs at high speeds. He’s currently skiing a Blizzard Rustler 10 and he has many favorite skiers, mostly the pioneers skiing the big mountain lines back in the ski movies of the 90’s. Mike’s been skiing for 30 years and he gets out there between 80 and 100 days per year. With that experience, he’s an invaluable member of our test team. He enjoys mountain biking and long walks in the woods with his wife and their Huskies Liko and little Hilde.

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Skis Tested

2019 Volkl RTM 86 Skis

2019 Volkl RTM 86 Ski Image
Dimensions: 132/86/114 mm at 177 cm Radius: 18.1 m at 177 cm Lengths: 167, 172, 177, 182 cm

2019 Volkl Mantra V.Werks Skis

2019 Volkl V-Werks Mantra Ski Image
Dimensions: 135/99/117 mm at 178 cm Radius: 20.8 m at 178 cm Lengths: 170, 178, 186 cm

2019 Salomon QST 99 Skis

2019 Salomon QST 99 Ski Image
Dimensions: 138/99/120 mm at 181 cm Radius: 19 m at 181 cm Lengths: 167, 174, 181, 188 cm

2019 Rossignol Sky 7 HD Skis

2019 Rossignol Sky 7 HD Ski Image
Dimensions: 128/96/118 mm at 180 cm Radius: 18 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2019 Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis

2019 Rossignol Soul 7 HD Ski Image
Dimensions: 136/106/126 mm at 180 cm Radius: 18 m at 180 cm Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2019 Nordica Enforcer 110 Skis

2019 Nordica Enforcer 110 Skis
Dimensions: 140/110/129 mm at 185 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 185 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185, 191 cm

2019 Kastle MX 99 Skis

2019 Kastle MX 99 Ski Image
Dimensions: 135/99/120 mm at 176 cm Radius: 20.5 m at 176 cm Lengths: 160, 168, 176, 184 cm

2019 K2 Marksman Skis

Dimensions: 132/106/126 mm at 184 cm Radius: 20 m at 184 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 K2 Pinnacle 105 Skis

2019 K2 Pinnacle 105 Ski Image
Dimensions: 137/105/121 mm at 184 cm Radius: 19 m at 184 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2019 Head Kore 99 Skis

2019 Head Kore 99 Ski Image
Dimensions: 134/99/120 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17 m at 180 cm Lengths: 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

2019 Head Kore 105 Skis

2019 Head Kore 105 Ski Image
Dimensions: 135/105/125 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17.8 m at 180 cm Lengths: 171, 180, 189 cm

2019 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti Skis

2019 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti Ski Image
Dimensions: 140/108/130 mm at 182 cm Radius: 19 m at 182 cm Lengths: 174, 182, 188 cm

2019 Blizzard Quattro RS Skis

2019 Blizzard Quattro RS Skis
Dimensions: 122/69/106 mm at 167 cm Radius: 12 m at 167 cm Lengths: 153, 160, 167, 174, 181 cm

2019 Blizzard Quattro RX Skis

2019 Blizzard Quattro RX Skis
Dimensions: 129/84/113 mm at 181 cm Radius: 16 m at 181 cm Lengths: 167, 174, 181 cm

2019 Blizzard Rustler 11 Skis

2019 Blizzard Rustler 11 Skis
Dimensions: 139/112/129 mm at 180 cm Radius: 19 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188, 192 cm

2019 Atomic Vantage 97 C Skis

2019 Atomic Vantage 97 C Ski Image
Dimensions: 130/97/119 mm at 172 cm Radius: 18 m at 172 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2019 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti Skis

2019 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti Ski Image
Dimensions: 131.5/97/120.5 mm at 180cm Radius: 19.1 m at 180 cm Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm

2019 Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI Skis

2019 Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI Ski Image
Dimensions: 124/80/108.5 mm at 166 cm Radius: 14.4 m at 166 cm Lengths: 159, 166, 173, 180 cm

2019 Armada Invictus 99 Ti Skis

2019 Armada Invictus 99 Ti Ski Image 2
Dimensions: 133/98/123 mm at 179 cm Radius: 20.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 171, 179, 187 cm