Originally Posted by patsfan189
Thanks again. How much can I expect to pay for boots from a fitter?
From my experience in NC, good if you can budget at least $350, better if $400-500 is possible. That's for "new old stock" from a fitter who has a collection in the back room, and with some sort of discount. I know that sounds high but remember what daily rentals cost. The difference in performance is worth it if you want to improve steadily, or just have more fun because your feet don't hurt.
I usually buy boots during late season sales, which start right after Pres. Day in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic. My first pair of boots were bought mid-Dec in the NC mountains during early season sales. I was an intermediate skier at the time so got a comfortable rec boot that I used for 3-4 seasons when I was skiing 12-15 days mostly at small mountains. For the next pair of boots, the price for the boots was about $400 and I also paid about $150 for custom heat-molded footbeds. The footbeds will last longer than that pair of boots and I can use them in the next boots too.
Do you think your feet have stopped growing? One reason parents choose to do a season lease for kids is to allow for growth mid-season. Especially if the family is not skiing that often. In my case, my boot fitter found boots for my daughter when she was a tween that she could use for a couple seasons.