I moved to VA last year and one of the most obvious changes from living in New York (on the VT line) and New England is the lack of Ski Shops in my area. The closest place appears to be Free style in Charlottesville 90min away.
I need a new pair of boots for this season as I have not been happy with mine, I didn't care for how they fit last year and now having lost weight (and a full shoe size) I am swimming in them, now way I can take them out this year. The pair I have been wearing (Atomic b9) were selected for me based on how large ma calves are (I bought them after not being able to rent a pair due to my calves not fitting). Now having lost weight and gained muscle my calves are bigger and feet are smaller. I think it is important to get a properly fitted pair this time around (my last pair was from a guy who was very knowledgeable but by no means a real boot fitter).
My question to the experts in here, Do you have any experience or know anything about Freestyle in Charlottesville? It is run by Sepp Kober Jr (the son of the father of southern skiing) and his wife, and their site mentions the pride they take in their custom boot fitting services. This seems like a great place, and well worth the 3 hr round trip if they are the real deal, I was hoping to get some confirmation from others before making the drive. My other option is to head to a shop in Mass or VT while I am back home for Thanksgiving week. Any experience with the Kober's would be helpful in making my decision.
Also, what should I plan to spend on a decent pair of boots? I will be doing all of my skiing in the east, mostly on groomers in VA but also plan to take a couple trips back up north. I am an intermediate skiier (comfortable skiing pretty much anything in New England) and am currently skiing on Volkl AC2s (2007) that I hope to use for atleast another year or two.