Somewhat of a open question and I'm interested in what others think..
My mission is that I'm looking at new boots this fall.
In general we read and try to take the filtered information, we take the observations from our ski pro's (ie "your boots need to be more upright") and try to relate that back to the boot fitting process.
In another thread both Lou R and Bud H talk about flex and stance relating that to ankle movement and a neutral stance and in general terms 'the boot fitter should observe and take this into account' this is not a direct quote just a general statement on my part.
In the past I've asked other ski pro's ( I am also a CSIA instructor) for recommended boot fitters in our area. Even willing to drive a couple of hours if need be. In the end I have a good relationship with a fitter and I've worked thru 3 pairs over the last 15 yrs. However not once that I can remember did the fitter look at the range of motion of my ankle and relate that to stance. You may think that this isn't really an issue other than in my own experience my ski school supervisor (L4 CSIA) made the observation about my needing to be in a more upright stance and ankles being locked. In this case I took my boots to the fitter and between us we mod'ed the boots to be more upright and a skiing improvement was made.
So as we sink money into a expensive purchase you want to make sure that your getting value and an acurate assessment of what is required.
Now would it make sense to go back to same fitter but bring up the topic of ankle motion and it's relationship to stance? The only time I've had stance position mentioned is when the have you stand to make a set of foot beds. My past shopping experience has the fitter do a shell fit, foot beds, hot spots and cant check. This seems to be the standard approach in most shops that I have used over the years.
I live in that skiing hot bed of southern Ontario were most, it seems, but with no real evidence to support my statement, stores hire and give basic training to staff so they can fit the kids.
I'm sorry for being so long winded, i'm just trying to paint a picture somewhat. In the end the basic question would be..
"So how can one ascertain the shops level of training?"
Thanks for reading...