2015 Gear Tester Profile: Marla Bailey


Marla (a.k.a. Cookie) Bailey is a veteran tester, a ripping tele skier and wife of the king of testers, Shaggy Bailey. She’s the first to compliment your turns or your pooper, but the truth is her skiing is the prettiest of all. Cookie is a “must” on your ski partner list, and if you’re lucky enough, you might even get a hit of her infamous hairlip jokes.

Name: Marla (Cookie) Bailey

Age: my mental age x3 – 13.5 rounded to the nearest 10th

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, CO

Occupation: Forecaster for the world’s greatest brand of Merino Wool

Home Mountain: Steamboat

Years in it: 13?  Hell I’m old.

Years Testing: 7

AT or Tele: Tele 1st, AT 3rd

Claim to fame:  In a moment of weakness, I said “yes” to Shaggy’s proposal for marriage.

Favorite quote: Don’t sweat the petty things, just pet the sweaty things.

How would you describe the conditions today: As a Forecaster, I’m going to nail this:  bluebird, with a chance of pretty-much-not-blower.

One piece suits or unibrows: Definitely the Body Bag – the tighter the better.  Makes things “pop”.

If you could vote off one tester, who would it be and why: At the moment, RoadDust. He’s plotting revenge against my husband, and somehow I just know I will be implicated.

If you were stuck on an island and could have three things, what would they be:  bottle of wine, spork, can of vienna sausages.  Oh and a corkscrew—damn, that’s 4 things.

If you had to cook all the testers a meal what would it be: Hmmm…there’s a reason I’ve not been asked to do this before. Maybe a big mess of cookies.

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