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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Can someone steer me to a good bootfitter in Whistler? We'll be there President's week and my wife desperately needs some work done.
I think she needs some boot stretching, if that can even be done on a pair of 5 yr. old Lange GX7 L's, and possibly some decent custom footbeds.

Thanks!
post #2 of 22
I strongly suggest Wild Willies. It's out at Nester's so not right in the Village. Ernie isn't there anymore but he'll have left a few guys that came up under his tutelage. Surefoot can do a good job too as long as you get one of the more experienced guys. Punching the boot should be no big deal. I would avoid Fanatic as my dealings with them have indicated more attitude than knowledge.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks L7, I'm not sure where Nester's is though. Is that a nearby town?

BTW, you had given me some info previously on Jeff Rich also. I went to see him a few weeks ago and found him to be excellent. Despite a few very bad jokes, he was very personable and glad to answer any questions that I had.

The orthotics worked out great and were a definite improvement over my old ones. My alignment seemed good, so he never even mentioned canting. I'd have no reservations about recommending him to anyone in the NY area.

I'll try Wild Willies for my wife. We'd go to Jeff, but can't seem to find the time in the next few weeks.
post #4 of 22
Here's the location (from their web page)

Wild Willies - Locations

I've also dealt with Snowcovers (in Marketplace).
post #5 of 22
Glad to hear about Jeff. I knew he'd be good technically and just figured I should prepare you for any quirks. I'd forgotten about that. Whistler is a funny lay out, there's a real concentration in 'the Village' and then lots more spread out a ways. Nestor's is just an area out a way's from the rest as you see in the map the other fellow sent the link for. There is transit serice that can take you right to it though. It's not a huge headache or anything just a long walk from the village centre.
post #6 of 22
Forgot the link to the transit service.

Whistler WAVE
post #7 of 22
Andrew Storie at Wild Willies fitted my Technica Icon Alu Comp HotForms back in November. He's the only guy they trusted to punch out the high end Techicas, since they have that frame inside that is made of a stiffer plastic, and it's hard to modify without damaging the boot. The HotForm liner is working out well so far, by the way. My feet are so screwed up I'm willing to be a guinea pig so I can have a custom fit. I've only got 10 days on them so far; our hill opened late (no snow) and doesn't believe in being open 7 days a week in January! : I can't report on whether they're any warmer than previous Technicas either, since we still haven't had a cold spell here.

DH
post #8 of 22
i'd have to recommend snowcovers in whistler's marketplace. they really know their stuff.
post #9 of 22
I agree with ValleyX.

Snowcovers do excellent work.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks, it sounds like I can't go wrong with either Wild Willie's or Snowcovers.

We'll see hich one we end up in, in about 3 weeks. It's our first trip to Whistler and we're pretty psyched. All we need now is a little fresh snow. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #11 of 22
Carvemeister:

Good news. its supposed to snow here at Whistler for most of this week, although I haven't seen it yet.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Knuck:
Carvemeister:

Good news. its supposed to snow here at Whistler for most of this week, although I haven't seen it yet.
[img]smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] : [img]smile.gif[/img] Sorry, drooled on my keyboard a bit there.
post #13 of 22
Carvemeister:

NEW SNOW in Whistler!! And lots more to come. Check out this their website:

Whistler-Blackcomb Snow Report
post #14 of 22
I skied at Whistler the week before Christmas and had my new
Technica Icon Alu Comps fitted for footbeds at Snowcovers.
Ask for Jay (the owner), he did my work and I'm having the best fit I can remember. I had canting and punch-out work done too.
All the best. Tell him the "Stockli guy" from WA sent you.
They'll probably give you a Becks to drink while waiting for your footbeds to cool... like they did me!
First rate service.
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Good Luck!
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Rock'n Doc:
...They'll probably give you a Becks to drink while waiting for your footbeds to cool... like they did me!
First rate service.
Whoooaa! That does it. This puts Snowcovers over the top. I'm going with the Stockli-guy's advice. Say no more. Cold beer and hot footbeds, that sounds like great tech support to me. Thanks! :

[ January 23, 2003, 04:24 PM: Message edited by: Carvemeister ]
post #16 of 22
Carvemeister,

As women age [ sorry to bring this up ]their feet have a tendancy to get wider, and possibly longer. My wife used to be a size 10, now she wares 11's ! So it may be time for some new boots, and one of the main reasons a women's foot widens, is that her arches flatten, so customized footbeds are probably also in order.And finally, boots have improved a lot in 5 years,and those old Langs that your wife now has could still be a pain in the neck to get in and out of.

Check out this web site for master boot fitters. There is a listing in Whistler.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by wink:
Check out this web site for master boot fitters. There is a listing in Whistler.
Thanks, but it looks like you forgot the website link.
post #18 of 22
Another vote for Jay Taylor and Snocovers
post #19 of 22
Scored a Stella Artois at Wild Willies waiting for my shells to heat\cool. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #20 of 22
A few notes about Snowcovers.

They do great work and have excellent staff. They are not limited to boot work, but do ski tuning and repairs. For overnight service, they out source to a local tuning center who do very good work. If you have a few days, they send the skis to their Vancouver location and Jeff tunes it there on very current Wintersteiger machines, including a Ceramic edge finisher.

Jay spends most of his time on the road selling self designed and built fitting equipment and Sidas/Conformable and Thermic products.

Do not expect to have work done on boots bought elsewhere during busy periods (8am - 10am and 3pm - 8pm). Take a day off and have the fit work done around 10am.

Beer is good. Actually, most alcohol will get you special service.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for your recommendations for boot work at Whistler. We just got back last night and had decided to go to SnowCovers after I emailed Jay Taylor (who BetaRacer correctly predicted would be out of town) and he told me to come in and he'd have someone take care of us.

Even though we got there on a busy Friday evening, they were very helpful. Brad Aylwin worked on my wife's boots and was one of the best and most knowlegeable guys that I've met. he did several modifications to the boot including some stretching for a very minimal charge. Considering they usually don't work on boots that they didn't sell, it was a great deal.

The boots were ready at 8:00 the next morning, so we hardly missed a turn, and my wife noticed a big improvement.

For anyone looking for great service, I highly recommend SnowCovers and give it [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by Carvemeister:
Can someone steer me to a good bootfitter in Whistler? We'll be there President's week and my wife desperately needs some work done.
I think she needs some boot stretching, if that can even be done on a pair of 5 yr. old Lange GX7 L's, and possibly some decent custom footbeds.

Thanks!
Snowcovers. If you have any tough fitting problems, they seem to be the only ones who have the equipment to make the mods professionally. In Vancouver, all the other shops send their tough fitting problems to SNowcovers. They are the acknowledged experts in Vancouver and Whistler.
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