Good afternoon, and happy Fall!
I just have a quick question on boots I'm hoping you guys and gals can help me out with. First, a little bit about me. I'm relatively new to skiing. I did it several times as a child in Colorado and was handling blue trails in Colorado without issue. Since that time though, I have only skiied twice. Once at a terrible resort on the East Coast in college, and once last year at Tahoe. The trip to Tahoe, I took a lesson, and my skills started to return to me, though my center of balance is decidedly different now (I am now 32) :). Still, I felt comfortable overall on greens, and didn't fall at all (or come close).
All of this is to say, I am not an advanced skier. I'm not after high end racing gear. Now that I live in California, I plan to ski a few times a year recreationally. Probably not often enough to warrant buying boots from a "price" standpoint, but I'm considering it mainly for comfort.
Specifically, my rental ski boots on my last trip left a nasty raw friction burn right under my calf (I have rather large calves). It took weeks to heal up. Luckily I was only skiing the one day - I would likely have not been able to ski a second day with the burn. This leads me to believe that the rental boots simply were not fitting right - does this make sense? If so, I'm thinking a good boot, properly fitted, would be well worth the price if it increases comfort.
Does this makes sense to those of you with more experience skiing?
And if so - can anyone recommend a good place to get fitted for and buy boots in South Lake Tahoe? I'm probably headed up this fall, so I could make the purchase while I'm up there in advance of skiing this winter. I could consider North Lake as well, though I usually ski in South Lake (for now) so it would be better to have a place there in case I need tweaks when I go up to ski.