So I recently moved to Southern California to the Joshua Tree area from Frisco, Colorado. I have been skiing Loveland, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper, and Winter Park my whole life. I am a blue-black skier who likes moderate moguls and fairly steep slopes. I am not a competitive racer, but I did a little racing in high school.
I am in the market for a new pair of ski boots this winter and I would like to actually get a proper boot fitting for the first time. I have never taken the time to visit a boot fitter before, and I have never been fully satisfied with the boots I have owned. I am not looking for top of the line gear, but instead a pair of boots that are comfortable, are properly fitted, and that will last several years.
Now that I am in CA, I am finding it difficult to find a boot fitter. I have done a lot of research and I have heard some great things about the quality of service, the selection available, and the prices at Start Haus near Tahoe. Does anyone know about any ski shops with similar boot selections and personal service located near Big Bear or Mammoth?
I have heard a lot about Surefoot, both the good and the bad. I am leaning towards visiting a less commercial operation with more professional boot fitting experience. I am leaning towards a visit to the Start Haus, but I don't really want to drive north of Mammoth if I can avoid it.
Any advice would be appreciated.