Staff Bios

About our team

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Phil Pugliese

Site Owner

I started skiing in the mid-70s in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania; from then on, I found myself entrenched in the industry. I have worked in various ski shops from suburban to ski town to resort, giving me a well-rounded perspective on what skiers want from their gear. That experience was parlayed into my time on Epicski as the Review Editor and also consulting with manufacturers as a product tester. Along with being a Masterfit-trained bootfitter I am a fully certified self proclaimed Gear Guru. Not only do I keep up with the cutting edge of ski gear technology, but I am an avid gear collector and have an extensive array of bindings as well as many vintage skis.

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Tricia Pugliese

Site Owner

Skiing became my passion from the moment I turned 18; it was because of that passion that I volunteered at a small school in Northern Michigan to start up a learn-to-ski program for kids. A little over 25 years later, I moved to the Lake Tahoe Basin to make skiing my life and my career. I am still passionate about helping people enjoy their skiing experience, whether face to face or online. Besides being an owner, I am the site manager here on Pugski.com, and I review both hardgoods and softgoods for manufacturers. I am also a Masterfit bootfitter and a consultant to industry insiders about the importance of women's ski gear.
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When Phil and I are not talking about skiing, writing about skiing, or actually skiing, you might find us taking Ziggy for a walk, golfing, mountain biking, navigating the twisty Sierra roads in our Miata, or enjoying a beverage with friends on the patio at Chez Ziggy.

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Susan Brown

Senior Editor

I have long felt more comfortable with skis on my feet than without. I grew up skiing in Colorado, graduated from CU-Boulder with an English degree, and for some reason immediately moved to Washington, DC. I actually used my English degree there, but I didn't ski very much. I worked as an editor at several organizations, including a newsletter publisher and a division of the National Research Council.

After moving back west in 2000, I ramped the skiing back up and now manage about 75 days each season, mostly at Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, and the Aspen areas, but I have grown to love ski travel as well: Jackson Hole, Altabird, Taos, and Crested Butte are my go-to spots, and trips to Europe and Canada stand out as well. Since returning, I have worked both freelance and volunteer jobs, including resort and region editing for getskitickets.com, and compiling, editing, and publishing large catalogs and directories for our local school district. It has been a great pleasure to combine my love for skiing with my love for putting commas in the right place.

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Dave Petersen

Graphic Designer and Vintage Ski Historian

Initially taught by my sister's boyfriend in the 1970s, I began my lifelong skiing adventure in the Midwest. Over the years I have enjoyed skiing numerous areas in North America and Europe, with Breckenridge, CO, being my home mountain resort.

I am an environmental graphic designer/freelance designer by profession. I graduated college with a double major in art and business administration, and with a minor in geology. As for hobbies (besides skiing) I enjoy travel, snowmaking, and collecting retro/vintage ski equipment and memorabilia. I am married, and we have a son who has been skiing since he could walk. My niece recently described me best: "Dave's love of mountains and snow is legendary."

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“T-Square” Terry Terry

MODERATOR

I am avid skier and ski instructor. As a kid, my parents opened doors for me to many things: I ran through some, and they threw me through others. When I was in 7th grade, Mom threw me through the door to skiing. (Thank you, Mommy.) The next year, my big Christmas present was double lace-up leather boots, straight wooden sticks, long poles, and safety bindings (they released the toe in both directions!) with windmill "safety" straps.

I skied through junior and senior high school and then took off 25 years for college and a Navy career. (There isn't much skiing on Guam or Midway Island.) I started back up in 1996 with my 30-year-old equipment -- which lasted about half a run. I then got used equipment, took a lesson, and rediscovered my love of skiing. A month later I hired on as a newbie instructor at Ragged Mountain. In fact, my first paycheck after retiring from the Navy was as a ski instructor. Teaching became a passion.

I fell into adaptive ski teaching my second season back; I just enjoy the challenge and the smiles. I am certified as a PSIA Level II Adaptive instructor and PSIA-E Master Teacher, and I teach at the Dartmouth Skiway. After recently retiring from my second career as a professional engineer, I now have more time to ski!

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Mendieta

MODERATOR

As the newest skier on our staff, I bring a fresh perspective to the group. I am a bit of a math nerd: a scientist by background and an engineer by choice. I spend a good part of my day dealing with mathematical problems, so I find life balance in arts and sports. I fell in love with skiing in the 2014-15 season, when I took my very first lesson on my very first day on skis and never looked back. I grew up playing basketball and soccer, and I have continued to participate in sports and coach kids as an adult.

I also love playing guitar and spending time with my wife and children. When I am not reading and posting about skiing technique and equipment, you will probably find me discussing wine and music in our non-ski forums.

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Jim Kenney

Travel Correspondent

I am a husband, father, former Navy civilian employee, current part-time defense contractor, and eternally unfulfilled ski-bum wannabe. A Washington DC-area native, I have skied recreationally since 1967, all while based in the snow-challenged Mid-Atlantic US. I began my ski writing and photography avocation in 2000 and since then have expressed the joy of skiing through hundreds of articles hosted by a variety of online websites and hardcopy publications. While I have visited close to 90 ski resorts in North America and Europe, I also enjoy the local hills in my home region, and my ski reporting garnered a West Virginia Division of Tourism’s Stars of the Industry Award for Best Web/Internet/E-Magazine Article.

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Ziggy

Shop Dog

You pee on one dirty helmet, and the rest of your life, you are labeled a dirty helmet pee'er. In my defense, the helmet was ripe -- and I mean ripe -- for a cleaning, anyway. Where do I fit into the picture? Well, the "Chez Ziggy" section of the forum is named after me. Second, I am the one who keeps Phil and Tricia sane, the one who gets them to take a walk to recharge their batteries and give their eyes a break after I see them stressed from too much time on the computer. You can thank me.

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Dory Breaux

PHOTOGRAPHER

I have been skiing almost as long as I could walk. It started out as something special that my dad and I got to do once or twice a year and turned into a full-blown life obsession. Virtually everything I do leads, in some way, back to skiing. I was raised in a darkroom, helping my mother develop portraits and wedding photos. I got my first camera at age 5, a 35mm point-and-shoot that had no settings except flash and ISO rating. I used my mom's SLRs when she let me, and eventually I realized that my favorite part about photography was capturing motion. At 14 I discovered Warren Miller movies and immediately became obsessed with the idea of making ski movies. As soon as I graduated from high school, I moved to Tahoe and haven't looked back since.


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