Alpine Ski Boots-Selection/Fitting

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Preface:

Though you may spend countless autumn evenings agonizing over a millimeter ski-waist decision, make sure you spend most of your time in our store getting boots that fit properly. Boots are by far the most important aspect of a ski package. Granted, our wall of plastic boots may not be the most interesting thing to look at, but ill-fitting boots will send you red-eyed and stuffy-nosed into the main lodge faster than you can say “I should’ve tried these on in the store…” So ponder the meaning behind the multitudinous cascades of displayed boots, marvel at how the buckles gleam in the light, and relish the time spent clomping around the store in a couple of pairs. Take advantage of our boot-fitting expertise. Your feet will thank you.  We sell a range of boots for the whole family from  Lange, Nordica, Salomon, and Technica.

Selection:

Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, your boot-fitter will ask you several questions to discover what your ability level is, your preferred terrain and the skis you’re on or the ones you plan to purchase. Beginner boots, like beginner skis, are soft-flexing. This makes them forgiving to mistakes and developing technique. An advanced skier who attacks the groomers would be recommended boots with a stiff lateral flex, which makes the skis more responsive and turns more precise, especially at high speeds where the effect is amplified. We will generally select two similar models from different manufacturers that match your ability, and allow you to pick between. A Salomon with a mondo-point size of 28.5 will fit quite differently than the same size from Technica. Choose the one that fits the best, irrespective of aesthetics.

Fitting:

Bring your ski socks with you to the store (we’ve got plenty of try-ons if you forget). Unless you have extremely poor circulation, we recommend sizing your boots while wearing a light or medium weight synthetic sock. Alpine boots are well-insulated and a bulky sock can lead to an imprecise fit; it can also actually make you colder by compressing your foot and slowing blood flow. If you are planning on wearing footbeds or orthotics, please bring them with you because they can dramatically alter the boot fit.

Your fitter will check the size of both your feet, then narrow down the boot choices based on foot width, your ability, preferred terrain and budget. Next we’ll make sure the boot shell (minus the inner liner) is adequate for the length of your foot. Ski boot liners “pack out” after being skied in; the liner material compresses and you’re left with an effectively larger boot than what you started with in the store. We’ll do a couple of tests to make sure the boots are the correct size.

Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes with the boots on; if you breeze through the fitting you’ll have no chance of detecting any possible uncomfortable spots before they set upon you at the slope. You’ll be out there with a great-fitting pair of boots soon enough.

Footbeds:superfeetgreen

We carry reinforced replacement footbeds by Superfeet and advocate for their use in almost all of the boots we sell. Whether or not they are right for you depends on the fit of the boots in question, the shape and integrity of your arch and any history of foot problems you may have. By supporting the arch, these aftermarket insoles allow all of your energy to be transmitted directly through the boot to the ski. The lag time between weight application, pronation (the natural collapse of the arch) and finally response from your ski is eliminated. This is a good thing for any skier. Your heel and forefoot should not slip in a properly-fitted pair of ski boots, and footbeds can often correct fit issues if you are between sizes in a boot you’ve taken a liking to in addition to improving the fit of a boot that is the correct size. We have a bin of pre-trimmed try-ons, so we can allow you to feel the difference.

Boot Customization:

Once you find the boot that has the best fit out of the box then we can really dial it in, all our fitting services are included with the purchase of a boot. For starters there are the standard adjustments like cuff alignment, heat molding the liner, and calf fit adjustments. Going deeper if needed, we can expand or grind the outer shell to make more room where needed or we can go the opposite direction and add material to the liner in spots to tighten up the fit where needed. The goal is to make the boot very comfortable while giving you that instantaneous control that only a really snug and dialed in fit can give.