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Where to ski this season if I want to buy new boots and skis at the resort?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Okay, it's time for new equipment. Husband Ron and I go skiing for a week every year, usually last week Jan/first week Feb (though I can go whenever I want). We are nicely matched advanced skiers, we especially like the steep groomed trails at Big Sky, of course will never turn down powder. Favorite time to ski is when it is snowing. Don't do moguls. Ron got used Helldivers and boots at Big Sky a couple of years ago, and loves 'em. I have old Atomic Betaride 10.20s with Nordica boots. I've sprained my ankle badly while skiing twice, once 10 years ago, once last season. I've never hurt my knees. I'm 45, 5'4" 160 pounds. Now I want new gear.

 

My question is, where do you suggest we ski this year where I can get boots/skis? I can buy new or used. I'm a cheapskate, but I'm also an ER doc, so I can actually afford whatever I want. I'd prefer to spend money where some of you will benefit, if possible. We have a Vacation Internationale timeshare that goes to a lot of places including Sun Valley, Tahoe, Steamboat, Sun Peaks, Whistler, Whitefish, Loon Mountain, We were leaning toward Sun Peaks 'cause we haven't been there yet, and are not really into the apres ski scene. We are also thinking of returning to Big Sky or somewhere in Utah. We prefer ski-in, ski-out, though we don't mind driving if we can go to several different mountains. 

 

Gratefully accepting suggestions for specific mountains/shops/bootfitters. 

post #2 of 21
Taos and Telluride have The Boot Doctors, who know their feet (wink.gif)...and the skiing isn't bad.
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by leilaz View Post

Okay, it's time for new equipment. Husband Ron and I go skiing for a week every year, usually last week Jan/first week Feb (though I can go whenever I want). We are nicely matched advanced skiers, we especially like the steep groomed trails at Big Sky, of course will never turn down powder. Favorite time to ski is when it is snowing. Don't do moguls. Ron got used Helldivers and boots at Big Sky a couple of years ago, and loves 'em. I have old Atomic Betaride 10.20s with Nordica boots. I've sprained my ankle badly while skiing twice, once 10 years ago, once last season. I've never hurt my knees. I'm 45, 5'4" 160 pounds. Now I want new gear.

 

My question is, where do you suggest we ski this year where I can get boots/skis? I can buy new or used. I'm a cheapskate, but I'm also an ER doc, so I can actually afford whatever I want. I'd prefer to spend money where some of you will benefit, if possible. We have a Vacation Internationale timeshare that goes to a lot of places including Sun Valley, Tahoe, Steamboat, Sun Peaks, Whistler, Whitefish, Loon Mountain, We were leaning toward Sun Peaks 'cause we haven't been there yet, and are not really into the apres ski scene. We are also thinking of returning to Big Sky or somewhere in Utah. We prefer ski-in, ski-out, though we don't mind driving if we can go to several different mountains. 

 

Gratefully accepting suggestions for specific mountains/shops/bootfitters. 

Hey there!  Have you considered giving the good boot fitters in DC a visit?

 

I think you have more options for boot fitting in SLC than Big Sky.  A friend who lives in Big Sky was thinking of going to SLC for boots at one point.

 

Try putting "boot fitter LOCATION: epicski.com" into Google and see what comes up.  Can work better than the EpicSki Search box.

post #4 of 21
I'm in Whitefish. We have some competent boot fitters, but no standouts. The guy I used has moved away. The guy remaining with the best rep is Duie Millette, but I have never been to him.
post #5 of 21

WB / Fanatyko / Kevin(s)

post #6 of 21

Pretty much any of the major areas should have what you are looking for.

 

Had mine done by BootWorks in Park City 2 years ago.  They are near the bottom of the lifts in the village center.  GOOD people with a load of experience and all the tools.  loads of places to demo and buy skis.  

 

PC areas get dissed a bit because Alta/Bird is in the same region but there is very good skiing and superb grooming at the 3 areas.  Some of the best grooming and snow making on the planet but there are steeps to be had too. Easy transportation and airport close.  You could do way worse.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

Wow, thanks guys. Looks like we should consider Utah this year, maybe Park city and try Boot Works. We skied Alta/Bird once when we first learned to ski (eek, decades ago), and have always wanted to go back now that we can actually ski powder.

I'm certainly going to look around DC this summer, but I'm not sure how well you can fit the boots without skiing in them. If we go to WB I'll certainly look for Kevin at Fanatyk, if we try Taos or Telluride try The Boot Doctors. I'll try the google search, I wasn't finding what I was looking for with epicski search. We have friends near Whitefish, I'll ask 'em about Millette.

 

As usual, y'all rock. 5 on-point answers in less than 3 hours.

post #8 of 21

I've had great service in Jackson from Pepi Stiegler's Sports at Teton Village.  Fast, reasonable, and good advice even by phone.  But like most people say, you should have no trouble finding at least one fine, equipped (i.e. with precision bootfitting) shop at every good resort.  If PMGear skis interest you there are a few shops that have some for trial.

post #9 of 21

Don't write Tahoe off, either.  While I usually recommend Start Haus, they're not right at the lodge.  That said, I know you can get boot fitting at Squaw and Northstar (at least).  Both have an Elite Feet.  Squaw has a Surefoot, if you call that boot fitting.  A short walk from Squaw is Olympic Boot Works.  Another place a drive away is Snowind.

 

Almost any resort will have at least one place to buy skis at the base area, if you're willing to pay the premium for that.

post #10 of 21

This is not what you asked, but is another approach to think about.  The two Brian's near you at The Ski Center in DC are highly regarded boot fitters.  If you got fitted by either of them you could wear the boots around the house for a while, check them out a couple times at a local ski area.  Then you could go back to them for adjustments if necessary and have the fit dialed in.  Plus you'd get a couple of practice ski days so that you'd be set to fully enjoy your vacation week.

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

This is not what you asked, but is another approach to think about.  The two Brian's near you at The Ski Center in DC are highly regarded boot fitters.  If you got fitted by either of them you could wear the boots around the house for a while, check them out a couple times at a local ski area.  Then you could go back to them for adjustments if necessary and have the fit dialed in.  Plus you'd get a couple of practice ski days so that you'd be set to fully enjoy your vacation week.

I found this approach works well for me.  I got my boots from a local bootfitter near me in central NC.  That means I can get them tweaked if needed any time, regardless of where I fly to ski out west.  For my previous boots, I bought them in the NC mountains.  But wasn't going there that often afterwards.  The Powder House at Alta was able to help with a small hot spot for a small fee.  Powder House also helped a ski buddy tweak the boots he bought at Big Sky.

post #12 of 21

A 2013 thread about boot fitters in the SLC area:

http://www.epicski.com/t/117897/bootfitters-in-slc-and-or-park-city-preferably-park-city

 

Found it clicking on the Tag link under Topics Discussed in the right hand column.

 

Have fun shopping!

post #13 of 21

It usually takes longer than a ski week to break in a ski boot so buying local might be worthwhile as you can return for tweaking throughout the season.

 

Sun Peaks has a new boot fitter store, Boots Fit Right, in the Kookaburra Lodge. Matt the proprietor could easily do any punching or tweaking needed at a reasonable price.

 

If you do make it to Sun Peaks some day, PM me or look me up at Elevation Ski Shop in the lower level of the Delta Hotel. We don't sell boots but I can give you the local's tour of the mountain and a discount on ski rentals. We also allow two days of rental to be applied to the purchase of  skis, new or used. You may also want to check my local's review in my signature below.

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Taos and Telluride have The Boot Doctors, who know their feet (wink.gif)...and the skiing isn't bad.

I'm familiar with The Boot Doctors, Solid!

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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

Don't write Tahoe off, either.  While I usually recommend Start Haus, they're not right at the lodge.  That said, I know you can get boot fitting at Squaw and Northstar (at least).  Both have an Elite Feet.  Squaw has a Surefoot, if you call that boot fitting.  A short walk from Squaw is Olympic Boot Works.  Another place a drive away is Snowind.

 

Almost any resort will have at least one place to buy skis at the base area, if you're willing to pay the premium for that.

Like Xela says, Start Haus is about the best thing going in the Tahoe area, and though they're not on the mountain, you can get good service and competitive pricing.

 

I've done some bootfitting at Northstar True North, which has a good staff for a customer who wants a recreational fit.  

post #15 of 21
DanoT has a point about being done with fitting inside a week. Last time I got boots, they told me if it wasn't major, to ski ten days before getting adjustments. After about eight days, I decided I didn't need any. But I don't think you'll be fine with adjustments over the course of a ski week. You'll need more later and then you'll have to pay for someone to do it locally. He'll probably trash the last guy while he's at it.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

DanoT has a point about being done with fitting inside a week. Last time I got boots, they told me if it wasn't major, to ski ten days before getting adjustments. After about eight days, I decided I didn't need any. But I don't think you'll be fine with adjustments over the course of a ski week. You'll need more later and then you'll have to pay for someone to do it locally. He'll probably trash the last guy while he's at it.

While that can happen, there are a lot of skiers who get a great fit and good service while on vacation.  A lot of this depends on the customer, foot and fitter. 

post #17 of 21
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the fitter. But as boots pack out, problems can show up that weren't noticeable on day one. And the more days the problem is there, the more likely you are to take notice. What was a small reddish area is now clearly bruised, for instance.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the fitter. But as boots pack out, problems can show up that weren't noticeable on day one. And the more days the problem is there, the more likely you are to take notice. What was a small reddish area is now clearly bruised, for instance.

Yes they can and will.  

 

This was my personal experience, undoubtedly everyone has a different story.  1st day skiing in the boots, in the shop twice for tweeks.  Next day at PC area in once at the end of the day.  3rd day there stopped once to bring them a bottle of wine and say thank you.  I will buy at a mountain again, when needed.

 

Had a fit problem appear over the summer last year due to an off season accident.  Took them to a boot fitter 1000 miles away from where they came from, and they fixed them for me.  In that case they did not charge me but said it would have been a minimal charge if they had.  (Gave a little something to buy the beer after work to say thank you).  A good shop is there to help with your needs whether you bought there or not, as a non-customer just expect to go to the back of the line.  

post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 

Just thought I'd update everyone after all of your kind/helpful advice. We ended up going to Whistler for the first time. I got boots boots and skis at Fanatyk. The Kevins were busy, so Len did my bootfitting, and they turned out perfectly, just two small tweaks needed. Nordica TransFire R2s, I really like the 3-buckle boots since my concern was stabilizing my ankle and pulling my heel back. I got a great deal on their demo Blizzard Black pearls after two days of comped demos, with a tune up tossed in as well. And they let me borrow poles for the rest of the week since I neglected to bring mine. Darn, I can't remember the name of the big guy who was running the front desk, or all of the other people in the shop who were incredibly helpful before I even bought anything. But I can't praise them highly enough. And I now have 2 more days to play with my new toys! 

post #20 of 21

Fanatyko is a class act. While I usually have either the Kevin(s) or Andrew do my bootwork, Len did my first ones, way back in the day. Nothing like going to a place that knows what they're doing!

 

The big guy behind the counter was probably Bernie (combo French / Brooklyn accent?).

 

Too bad I didn't know you were around or I could have shown you some secret spots, but I go to Van today, then back up on Friday. Dress warm!

post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks snofun3! Yes, it was definitely Bernie smile.gif We'll be coming back to Whistler either next year or the year after hoping to see it in more typical conditions. It's been a tad cold this week wink.gif but in compensation it's been bluebird skies so the views are amazing, and the snowmaking has been going like crazy so the groomed runs are decent. We took the mountain tours on both Whistler and Blackcomb and had a blast--what a great service! Bought the first guide a beer and donated to avalanche dog training for the second. Love your mountain!
Edited by leilaz - 2/6/14 at 10:17pm
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