Current setup: Garmont Adrenalin shell I bought off a friend who shares my size (I think?). Bought some Intuition liners and had them heat molded at the ski shop's hill. Have 15-20 days on them (since I've owned them.)
What I like: Generally okay. Warm. Hike mode is handy. Nothing excruciating pain-wise. I'm only out $150 bucks currently.
What I don't like: I have to crank down pretty hard on them. Soft flex is noticeable when skiing hard and/or skiing crud (TGR suggest they are ~85-90 flex). Feel like I have to work extra hard to stay forward/pressure edges when things get serious. My feet feel tired-out before the rest of my legs.
What I'm looking for: From reading around this sub-forum a bit I've begun imagining I might enjoy better alpine performance from a true alpine boot or at least one that is a bit stiffer (100-110 flex?). Especially as I dump money into lessons to work on form this year. (My ski patrol buddy is a good motivating force to join him.) I haven't had such pain/frustration that I'm quite ready to jump into the whole bootfitting with custom insoles/punches/expansion/etc.
What I am looking for is a shop in the CO Front Range who knows what they're doing to get me into a decent pair of boots that match my feet (size/shape/etc) as a starting point. Mold the new liners, maybe some off-the-shelf footbeds if really necessary. The only full on bootfitter I've found via searching is www.thecustomfoot.com which seems a bit more intense than I am ready for.
I'm looking to give myself an early Xmas present at a cost of 4-500 out the door. Where should I begin?