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New gear recommendations for eastern Canada? [boot fitter in Toronto?]

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So I've finally accepted the demise of my beloved old boots (20 year old Rossi R900s) and am going shopping. Anything in particular I should be looking at these days, or is it better to just trust a boot fitter?

Also, while I'm at it, is it worth replacing my old skis (2003 K2 enemy, twin tip, 09/75/97 with 14m radius)? They seem to ski fine, but it's hard to tell since I've been using them exclusively for so long that they are like a part of me... They are a bit light/skittish at speed on hardpack, but are really agile.

Pertinent details on me - 40 years old male, 5'6", 145lbs, been skiing for 30ish years. Local hills for me are in Southern Ontario (Blue, Mt. St. Louis moonstone) with yearly trips to Vermont or Tremblant, and occasional trips out west (usually Banff). Based on that, most skiing is on groomers, although I prefer glades and bumps, and will seek out 'side country' stuff wherever possible. Probably a level 7 a 7.5 (maybe reaching 8 on good days late in the season).

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Ask in the boot fitters forum "Ask the boot guys" here for recommendations for a great boot fitter in your area. Don't just go to any boot shop.

After you get new boots replace your old skis.

Read ski magazines Sept issue's lots of good rerviews in them. When you find a ski you think you like google it and read more reviews.
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If you head north to Blue Mountain to ski, go see Cam Powell at Sporting Life in Collingwood. I am not sure if there is anyone at the downtown store to recommend.

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If you head north to Blue Mountain to ski, go see Cam Powell at Sporting Life in Collingwood. I am not sure if there is anyone at the downtown store to recommend.

X 2 on Cam. Also the guys at Skis and Bikes are pretty good too. Don't know about Squire Johns one way or the other.

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Thanks for the suggestions - Sporting Life Mississauga is pretty convenient to me, and seems to have highly recommended boot fitters, so I'll check them out for boots, then start the hunt for new skis. I probably won't be in Collingwood until the season is underway, and I'd like to be set up with at least boots by then.
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