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Any updated opinions on CT/MA ski shops (boot fitting)?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I've been searching for a place to get my first pair of boots and the only real boot fitter I've seen near home is Alpine Haus in Wethersfield, CT. Some older threads on here are not exactly encouraging- has anyone used them recently? 

 

Also, might anyone know if Fatty's in Canton, CT has a good fitter? There seems to be very little info online.

 

Failing those, what about western or central Mass? One or two people have mentioned Competitive Edge.

 

I know that going up to Vermont and spending some time is a better idea, but my work schedule might not allow for that. I'd REALLY like to have my own boots for this season though because I feel like the (daily) rentals cause new problems every time I'm out. I don't need any more problems!

post #2 of 13

Hi,

I'm also in CT.  You might well try Suburban Bike and Ski in Berlin.  PatMoore posts here and you could pm him. They appear to have a lot of stock and a fair bit of experience.  I don't know that you could go majorly wrong there.   I would not put much hope in Fatty's; they're nice guys but limited and tend to be "here's what we got; try it on" -- not the best way to go about "fitting".  

 

If you are willing to drive, I'd DEFINITELY recommend Mt. Snow and Nick Blaylock.  I drove 2.5 hours there just to get fitted.  And it has been worth it.

post #3 of 13

Did you find this thread from 2013?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119820/boot-fitters-new-england

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Did you find this thread from 2013?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119820/boot-fitters-new-england

 

I did see that, thanks, but it is mostly about VT and Eastern Mass. I had considered going to one of the Boston places while there for work, but then if/when I need any adjustments, I'd be driving a couple hours back out of my way. At least in VT I could give new boots a shot right there.

 

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Hi,

I'm also in CT.  You might well try Suburban Bike and Ski in Berlin.  PatMoore posts here and you could pm him. They appear to have a lot of stock and a fair bit of experience.  I don't know that you could go majorly wrong there.   I would not put much hope in Fatty's; they're nice guys but limited and tend to be "here's what we got; try it on" -- not the best way to go about "fitting".  

 

If you are willing to drive, I'd DEFINITELY recommend Mt. Snow and Nick Blaylock.  I drove 2.5 hours there just to get fitted.  And it has been worth it.

 

Thanks for the response. I sort of figured that that was the response I'd get about Fatty's, but I was hoping it would go a different way. Driving up to Mt. Snow is what I was hoping to do this fall (partially based on the above thread), but time got away from me. It sounds like that still might be the way to go though. As an "older" beginner, I definitely want to minimize the chances of more problems.

post #5 of 13

I'll echo the praise for Ski Stop in Westwood, MA outside of Boston from the other thread. Don't let the suburban location fool you, this is an incredibly good boot fitting shop and they know their stuff.

post #6 of 13

I think boots are completely critical, and it's easy to spend a lot of money and get them wrong. Drive to Mt Snow; it's a long drive once, but you'll then be in good shape for many years to come. (I say this as someone who lives in southern Connecticut -- I would still drive all the way to Mt Snow).

post #7 of 13

+1 on Nick Blaylock, I think.  I've never fitted boots there, but one of his guys assessed my son (who's still growing and not getting fitted boots), and it's clear Nick's is a top-flight professional shop.

 

Another rec: Bill Haight at Green Mountain Orthotic Lab at Bromley (and now at Stratton again) -- another of the top 15 boot fitters in the country, and one I've been fitted by.  Hard to do better anywhere.

post #8 of 13

Another vote for The Ski Stop in Westwood, MA - Phil is excellent! Spent 2.5 hours with me finding and fitting just the right pair of boots (in my case, Head Vector 115).

post #9 of 13
I just got new boots at the Ski Haus and have been very happy with their service. I may go back one more time to have the left boot adjusted a little bit, but already these are the most comfortable and dialed in boots I've owned. They are my third pair in 16 years of skiing, I have a feeling some of you may change boots more often.

Ski Haus can get very busy though. I'd recommend going mid-week if you can.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Well, I bit the bullet and went up to Mt. Snow today to see Nick. Obviously this is my first experience wit ha boot fitter, but I was impressed. I had hung around one of my local stores to see how they were handling people who asked for boots. The difference between Nick and the local place was night and day.

 

Nick took a look at my feet, did some measurements, asked how I ski, and came back with two pairs of boots, both of which fit and felt so much better than the rentals I am used to that it just seemed wrong! We did some comparisons between the two while he explained what he was looking for and what I should be feeling. He also brought out a couple other boots with different shapes to illustrate the differences he was talking about. I ended up going with the second pair.

 

Now I can't wait to try them out (I didn't ski at Mt. Snow at all - I'm not all that comfortable and it was insanely crowded today)!

 

In any case, thanks for all of the replies.

post #11 of 13

Glad to hear you had a good experience.  I actually was at MS today myself, saw Nick, and asked if you were coming in.  He said you'd already been there.  

Good on you for taking the time to do it right.

 

And good for not skiing today.  Yes, it was $12....but I'm still trying to figure out if I got my money's worth.  It was a real sh*t show; insanely crowded, with numerous lift stoppages, and no real patrol, ambassador, or even parking lot presence.  Skied 7 runs all told, and spent a fair bit of time dodging the masses of crazies in semi-control.  Relevant to another thread currently under discussion -- yes there are some significant problems associated with low-price lift tickets 

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by tch View Post
 

Glad to hear you had a good experience.  I actually was at MS today myself, saw Nick, and asked if you were coming in.  He said you'd already been there.  

Good on you for taking the time to do it right.

 

And good for not skiing today.  Yes, it was $12....but I'm still trying to figure out if I got my money's worth.  It was a real sh*t show; insanely crowded, with numerous lift stoppages, and no real patrol, ambassador, or even parking lot presence.  Skied 7 runs all told, and spent a fair bit of time dodging the masses of crazies in semi-control.  Relevant to another thread currently under discussion -- yes there are some significant problems associated with low-price lift tickets 

 

Stratton's not been too bad, re: crowds, etc.  Friday / Saturday after Thanksgiving were tolerable, and last Saturday it was pretty dead.  Of course, it was raining, which might have discouraged some people.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tch View Post
 

Glad to hear you had a good experience.  I actually was at MS today myself, saw Nick, and asked if you were coming in.  He said you'd already been there.  

Good on you for taking the time to do it right.

 

And good for not skiing today.  Yes, it was $12....but I'm still trying to figure out if I got my money's worth.  It was a real sh*t show; insanely crowded, with numerous lift stoppages, and no real patrol, ambassador, or even parking lot presence.  Skied 7 runs all told, and spent a fair bit of time dodging the masses of crazies in semi-control.  Relevant to another thread currently under discussion -- yes there are some significant problems associated with low-price lift tickets 


Ha! Yeah, I had an appointment at 10a and was out before 11. I looked at the prices before I went and almost bought a lift ticket and ski rentals, but then my wife had a [minor] emergency that required me to get home asap, so I decided to wait until I got there and only ski if I needed to for the boot fitting. Boy am I glad I did. It was nutty! When I showed up, the line just to get to the lower parking lot was out to the main road. I haven't skied any holidays or openings, so that was the most crowded I've ever seen a mountain. I don't think I'd have had a very good time….

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