Ted Avedesian is the owner of Avie’s Ski / Sports. He has been in the ski and recreation business for 38 years, 20 of them at the present site in Westerly, Rhode Island. In younger years Ted was a ski racer, competing at many levels throughout the region. His love for all things skiing kept him in the business, but his love of sailing has kept him near the ocean. He has sailed the “Newport Bermuda Race” multiple times, and is an accomplished sailor. Ted’s expertise extends into tennis, which is reflected in the shop selling and restringing rackets. Ted has restrung rackets at the U.S. Open over multiple seasons of play. As a certified scuba diver, Ted does search and recovery work, as well as hull maintenance for in-water boats during summer season. Ted is a wealth of information, from scuba to skiing to paddle board and tennis. Ted is a big fan of “support local businesses” and is active in many local events and activities, especially Rotary Club of Westerly, where he is serving in the office of President Elect.
Alan Desbonnet has been at Avie’s since 2010. He manages the tuning and repair shop, conducts in-shop tuning clinics, maintains the website, writes the Avie’s Blog, and helps on the sales floor. Alan is a big fan of the groomers. The past few years he has skied Blizzard Quattro RS skis and Dalblello DS 130 boots. “The control and immediate response makes high performance ‘skinny sticks’ and ‘stiff boots’ such big fun.” This season Alan is hitting the slopes in a pair of Roxa Element 120 IR boots that are clicked into either Volkl Kanjo 84 or Nordica Soul Rider 87 skis. “Both skis are fun all around the mountain—light, poppy, super maneuverable. And I love the progressive flex of Cabrio boots, plus these are GripWalk equipped so I get to try that out too.” You will find Alan clad in Helly Hansen Backbowl jacket and Helly Hansen Force Pant insulated pants. Last year Alan played mainly at Stratton; this year you will find him splitting time on the slopes of Okemo and Mount Sunapee.
Melanie Gomes looks lie your typical high school senior, but don’t let her smile fool you, Melanie will leave you in the frozen dust! She loves to ski powder, trees, and the frontside groomers. Natural snow trails are her jam. Melanie has been skiing since age 3 with her parents, older brother, and cousins. That forced her to keep up with the group, and she very quickly learned to ski the trees with the big kids, and do it well. Melanie is a certified surf lifeguard, varsity lacrosse player, and varsity swimmer, with many team and school records. This is Melanie’s second year at Avie’s and she help you with all your skiing needs. This season Melanie will be skiing the Volkl Blaze 94 with Marker Griffon bindings and Nordica SpeedMachine 95 boots. She skied the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 for the previous four seasons, but wanted a ski with a little more width underfoot. She is ever hopeful for snowy days when the fluffy stuff deep! Melanie rocks a Helly Hansen shell, Zeal goggles, and multiple Smartwool accessories.
Ray Gomes started in the Ski Industry in 1987 in this very building. He has experience in sales and service of all ski equipment and custom boot fitting. He also has been the buyer and manager of several ski shops. Ray has skied on most of the skis sold at Avie’s and is a member of the Avie’s Ski Testers team. Ray is a hard charging aggressive skier, who loves fresh powder, steeps and trees. He has been a member of the National Ski Patrol at Okemo and Squaw Valley, CA. Currently, Ray is an active member of the Newport Ski Club. Ray believes in what he sells and skis in products found at Avie’s Ski & Sport. This season he is skiing on the Nordica Enforcer 100 in a 191cm, Marker Jester and Roxa R3 130 T.I. boots. He will be skiing in the Helly Hansen Sogn Jacket and Bib, Smartwool 250 top and ¾ bottom, Saxx and Marker helmet.
Spencer Scribner is like a boomerang. After 4 years at Avie’s Ski / Sport he spent last 5 years in the Tahoe, California region ski instructing. And of course skiing. Spencer started skiing before he was 2 years old and has done just about every type of skiing imaginable. Even snowboarding. Racing, park, backcountry, big mountain, moguls. Frontwards and backwards. And he has earned his turns in both North and South America, Canada, and New Zealand. Spencer is now back at Avie’s Ski / Sports bringing that wealth of knowledge about all things skiing, snowboarding, and ski instruction, along with him. As a ski instructor, Spencer understands the “do’s and don’ts” of getting people set up on the proper equipment, whether they be those who have never been on skis to those with infinite experience looking to up their game or simply change their game in the quest for something just a little different. This season Spencer will be rocking the slopes clicked into a pair of Blizzard Ruster 9 skis. He plans to “reconnect to skiing the East” by getting on the slopes of as many different ski areas that he can over the winter. If you want to find Spencer on the slopes, look for a helmet sporting big pink bunny ears. But don’t blink. Like the Mad Hatter, he will disappear in his quest for a few more turns.
Rachel Stack has been involved in the ski industry for over 20 years, and still loves every minute of it. At Avie’s she helps out on the sales floor, lending her insights into the women’s line of skis, boots, and apparel. In New England her home ski resort is Mount Snow, though she loves to play in the snow at Killington too. She has family in Colorado, “And I visit as often and for as long as I can.” While out west Steamboat, Vail, and Winter Park are her favorite snow-clad play grounds. Rachel is currently skiing in Dalbello Chakra 105 ID boots that are sitting atop a pair of Blizzard Black Pearl skis. “I have my eyes on a pair of the new Blizzard Black Pearl 88 skis for out west. I want something a bit wider, and I want to try the new TrueBlend wood core.” Rachel is currently healing some shoulder surgery, so her ski season won’t begin until March of 2021. “Better a late start than no start.”