Perhaps this is a stupid question, but in looking at new boots, manufacturers split them up into various categories that I don't find helpful. For instance, on the Lange website, they list Race/On Trail, All Mountain, and Freeride/Adventure. Other manufacturers have similar but different categories. Dalbello lists Close fitting, balanced, relaxed, race, big mountain, high performance, freestyle, sport, AT/BC, etc. Rossi and Tecnica have just three categories each: Race, All Mountain On Piste, and All Mountain All Snow (Rossi), and Race/All Mountain/Free Mountain (Tecnica)
Maybe I'm dense, but with the exception of having a free heel, the difference between these category names doesn't tell me much about how the boot will work for me. Like many, I ski all over at moderate speed, mostly in the east, but once or twice out west. I'll ski mostly groomed because that's what's mainly available here, but will ski anywhere (or at least try), moguls, powder, crud, fairly steeps, etc. Does that make me all mountain? Piste, Free Mountain, etc.?
Do these categories have much meaning to begin narrowing down types of boots, or is the basic rule to just work with a fitter who just knows, to find a boot within a given flex that fits your foot?