The boot fitting advice here is nothing short of amazing, so I'm providing some info in the hope of getting some guidance.
My wife has a chronic difficulty of "submarining" in her ski boots - gets out of balance (technique issue) and her foot slides forward, resulting yearly in a loss of a big toe nail from banging against the front of the boot. She has been skiing for the last number of years in a Dalbello boot (Krypton storm) and, last year, got a pair of Krypton Chakras. Intuition liners in both boots. Boots sized 25.5
Having completed a Masterfit course, I know just enough to be dangerous (took it for personal interest rather than professional training). I have measured her feet on a brannock device and she measures 25 seated and one foot 26 standing up. When I measure her instep (with foot in brannock), it measures out at 20.5/ 21. She has limited dorsiflexion and her previous boot fitters have had her with a heel lift in each boot. Her foot width is between a B and a C. A recent medical assessment determined that she has one leg approximately 0.5 - 1 cm longer than the other. Leg is narrow and calf is pretty average. No footbed in her boots (she has felt comfortable and supported in the Intuition liner) - her arch is average and has reasonable flex.
Level of Skier: Intermediate (this is a conservative estimate, but this is done consciously as I have found that many skiers overestimate their true ability) - she is cautious, especially off piste and prefers skiing groomed runs.
Days per year: 25-30
She has had a difficult time getting boots sorted out, so she has stayed with the Dalbello and generally has done well with it until she ventured off piste more often.
Given the challenges she has, she is considering a trip to a larger centre (likely Whistler, as I have had boot fitting done at Fanatykco in the past). Not wanting to be disrespectful of our fitters locally (smaller centre in Interior BC), but her needs seem more complex than typical so she is wanting to try a larger centre.
Any help in guiding her towards the right boots for her circumstances would be greatly appreciated. I suspect that footbeds would help significantly, but as I said, I know enough to be dangerous and value highly the work of professional fitters.
Thanks for any insights/ recommendations.
Edited by Alberto - 11/17/14 at 8:38pm