Wife and I live in Charlotte, NC, but moving to Summit County Colorado for next ski season. We will be living in Breck for first part of season. My preference is to buy 2013 boots at a discount, not 2014 boots at MSRP .
The nearest Boot Guy to Charlotte is about 3 hours drive, whereas there's a Boot Guy right in Breckenridge.
My question is, is it...
Better to drive a couple of hours each way this summer to Columbia SC, and see what they have in stock, and wait (or drive back again) during/after the boot fitting
Wait until we get to Breck, and buy what the Boot Guy there has in stock, and have them fit it.
Go to the local ski shops, spend a couple of afternoons trying various brands and sizes, find the best fitting off-the-shelf boot, then bring it to the Boot Guy in Breck for fine tuning.
Related to that - how long does it take (usually, average, ball-park) for a Boot Guy to do their magic? and are they often back-logged on work during the first month of a Season? I'd hate to wait until we got to CO, only to find the Boot Guys have a four-week backlog until they can work on our boots.
thanks in advance for any insights.!
P.S. - we are both good skiers (mostly blacks), in our mid fifties, skiing for decades. Know how to get a close fit on boots - just want to get some expert advice on my issue