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I'm looking for a boot fitter in Ohio. After my week long ski trip last year I had symetrical blisters on the concaves of my feet and realized that off the shelf moldings/boots were not going to fly again this year. Has anyone in the Ohio area ever been to http://www.aspenskiandboard.com/Bootfitting.asp ? From the little searching that I've done, they have GREAT prices but not sure on the expertise of actually fitting boots. I know they offer heat molding and all that, but want to make sure I'm not wasting my time and money. I've got another trip to Smugglers Notch planned this year so if anyone knows a good boot fitter in that area I could do that too as long as it was a quick deal!

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 13
I live in Columbus. I have been out there a few times, but have never really used any of their services. I am planning to have a number of skis ground, sharpened and waxed there in the next fee weeks during their $10 special. For what it is worth I have never had any negative impression about their services related to boots, though I never have used them and have no plans to at this time. Do some research yourself to see if you have the proper shell fit. The more you know and can explain it to them the better they can help you.

Where do you live and normally ski? I picked up a once a week pass to Perfect North for between actual ski trips. The other places within an hour of Columbus are just awful due to flatness. So much so that I'm willing to drive another 50 minutes for the extra 100 ft of vert and that feeling that I actually might have skied after spending a day there.
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post

I live in Columbus. I have been out there a few times, but have never really used any of their services. I am planning to have a number of skis ground, sharpened and waxed there in the next fee weeks during their $10 special. For what it is worth I have never had any negative impression about their services related to boots, though I never have used them and have no plans to at this time. Do some research yourself to see if you have the proper shell fit. The more you know and can explain it to them the better they can help you.

Where do you live and normally ski? I picked up a once a week pass to Perfect North for between actual ski trips. The other places within an hour of Columbus are just awful due to flatness. So much so that I'm willing to drive another 50 minutes for the extra 100 ft of vert and that feeling that I actually might have skied after spending a day there.

I might be taking a trip down to Columbus this week sometime to get fitted. What do you mean by "to see if you have the proper shell fit"? I've done quite a bit of research on the importance of a properly fitting boot and I know first hand how bad it sucks to have an improperly sized boot as I ended up with symmetrical blisters on the concaves of my feet after my one week trip to Smugglers notch last year. 

 

I've never heard of Perfect North. I'm in northeast Ohio so Brandywine is the closest for me. It's not very fun at all. When I want to do some real skiing, I take the 5 hour trip to Snowshoe, WV.

post #4 of 13
This will be very helpful and explains shell fit:http://blistergearreview.com/gear-101/boot-fitting-101/boot-fitting-101

If you are in northeast Ohio Columbus area ski areas and Perfect North are not worth checking out. Driving 5 hours SOUTH to Snowshoe is the wrong way to go. Others can chime in on this as well. From the Boston Mills area you can do Holiday Valley in 3:05 hours, Bristol in 4:35, and then 7:35 to Gore Mountain. I see that you just set up a trip to VT and that is a great idea for where you live! I WISH I was 2-3 hours closer to VT from Columbus to make it more practical to drive up there.

Good luck!
post #5 of 13
The last pair of boots I bought with non-heat moldable shells I went to see jdoyal at Crestwood in Chicago and was very happy with the results. You could also checkout http://www.bootfitters.com/find-shop?title=&term_node_tid_depth=24 if you are still looking.
post #6 of 13

Have you tried Little Mountain in Mentor?

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...or Geigers in Chagrin Falls ask for Jason or Gordon the owner. http://www.bootfitters.com/find-shop?title=&term_node_tid_depth=41

 

 http://www.shopgeigers.com/

post #8 of 13

Not sure the OP really got an answer to the question about AspenSkiandSports in Columbus.

Any experiences with it regarding custom boot fitting?  They are apparently not MasterFit certified.

 

MasterFit shows their closest shops being in Northern Oh and Chicago area.  The Geigers shop reco'd above is one of the MasterFit shops but their web site only shows they have Nordica's.  Either their web site is minimal or they only carry those.

 

Meanwhile, for those of us in the Cincinnati area, we do have Perfect North Slopes but we do not have any certified bootfitters anywhere nearby.

I am currently trying to decide whether of not to make a special trip out West just to get boots and fitting or try the MasterFit shops in Chicago.  Needless to say, a significant cost differential!

 

Any thoughts or suggestions?

post #9 of 13
I am a expert with horrible feet. I have been fitted, canted and aligned by the best in the industry all over the states by shops well known by industry experts and racers. I live in Columbus. Chad the manager of Aspen is one of the best you will find and most everyone in the shop knows their stuff but I would use Chad.
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Originally Posted by Snowhawk View Post
 

Not sure the OP really got an answer to the question about AspenSkiandSports in Columbus.

Any experiences with it regarding custom boot fitting?  They are apparently not MasterFit certified.

 

MasterFit shows their closest shops being in Northern Oh and Chicago area.  The Geigers shop reco'd above is one of the MasterFit shops but their web site only shows they have Nordica's.  Either their web site is minimal or they only carry those.

 

Meanwhile, for those of us in the Cincinnati area, we do have Perfect North Slopes but we do not have any certified bootfitters anywhere nearby.

I am currently trying to decide whether of not to make a special trip out West just to get boots and fitting or try the MasterFit shops in Chicago.  Needless to say, a significant cost differential!

 

Any thoughts or suggestions?

With respect to Geigers... their web site is very limited, web sales is not their thing, quality service is....  When I was there yesterday they had on hand Lange Nordica Fischer Head Rossignol Salomon and a number of other's that slip my mind. This seasons stuff is rolling in daily.

 

Additionally for this region, ther are two good shops at Holiday Valley, Ellicotville NY, they are Mud Sweat and Gears, and The City Garage. Both reputable and from what I have seen and heard, do a good job with fitting.

post #11 of 13

Thanks guys!

I have had both my boots worked on by Mud Sweat & Gears in Ellicottville and they did a great job!  It is just that they are an eight hour drive away and I was looking for something a bit closer if possible.  The real plus of MS&G is that Holiday Valley is right there to go ski on to test any adjustments.  They seem to have web problems as well - their site is suspended!

 

PAPA, Good to know about Geigers, thanks.  Cleveland and Chicago are about 5 hours away so it is a tossup.

 

Columbus is 2 1/2 hrs away so a much more reasonable distance.

 

One of my concerns is that a shop may not carry the upper end boots (130 flex like I have now).  The ones around here do not.  And if the shop does carry them, do they carry several brands for me to try on?  My thinking is that the bigger the shop and service area, the more likely they will have several brands to try for my skiing.  Really looking for a good boot fitter to direct me into the right brand/shell based on my morphology.  I know I need blowing out little toe area and canting.  Yeah, I do have a couple of brands/models in mind but...

 

Thanks for the help!  I think I will start close and expand out.  Getting new boots is always such a traumatic experience!

 

Cheers!

post #12 of 13

Long time Epic / Bears lurker here...(I live South of Akron).

 

Another great option in Ellicottville is to set up an appointment to see Tim at The City Garage.

716-699-2054

 

He has a good 20+ years of experience and knows what he is doing.

 

Good luck.

 

Greg

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Originally Posted by ZrxMan01 View Post
 

Long time Epic / Bears lurker here...(I live South of Akron).

 

Another great option in Ellicottville is to set up an appointment to see Tim at The City Garage.

716-699-2054

 

He has a good 20+ years of experience and knows what he is doing.

 

Good luck.

 

Greg

He is a great boot fitter! They work with high level racers and have a great reputation.

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