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Compilation of Bootfitting Masters

These are, according to the person(s) making the recommendation, not merely "good" bootfitters, but exceptional ones. The list is organized alphabetically by State / Province.

This list has been compiled by submissions from EpicSki members who have had direct, personal experience with those whom they have recommended. The username of the EpicSki member who made the recommendation is listed in front of his/her comments at the bottom of each submission (with a link to his/her profile). No one here has paid to be listed, or is in any way affiliated with EpicSki.

Additional submissions may be made by clicking on "Reply" -- be sure to use the template at the bottom. Only EpicSki members (not shops themselves) may submit. You are also welcome to add additional comments to those already listed.


America's Best Bootfitters, from the people at MasterFit U -- An excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about bootfitting and bootfitters:


Bootfitter's Name: JD HARE (1 recommendation for JD, the other just generally for the store)
Store Name: Snowcovers
Store Address: Whistler near the IGA supermarket
Phone Number: 604 905 4100 Fax 604 905 4101 Toll free 1 888 905 4100
Email: Whistler@snowcovers.com
Website: www.snowcovers.com
Additional Comments:
worlfishnski: These guys take a lot of pride in their work. As in any place, they have two experts and the rest are in a kind of apprenticeship. They do the fitting for the BC ski team as well as several members of the Canadian Team and a lot of the locally based competitive extreme skiers.
Nettie: JD was professional enough when I went looking for new boots to reccommend one they did not sell. It was the only boot he wanted to put my feet in but due to technical reasons the shop were not stocking that brand of boot in the 2001/2 season.
He advised me where to buy the other brand, which model, and liaised by phone with the vendor. We then agreed a price on fitting for the season. Within two fits the boots were stunningly comfortable. Only two more fits during the season were needed to take into account wear.
I have difficult feet: wide, high instep, thick and damaged ankles. JD is excellent at 'blowing' difficult areas like toes. The canting work was good too.
I recommendeded the store to all my friends and not one was disapointed.

Bootfitter's Name: Christian Denis, Bob Campbell
Store Name: Elite Feet at Squaw Creek Sports
Store Address:400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146 (north Shore, Lake Tahoe - Squaw Valley)
Phone Number:580-581-6637 www.TahoeEliteFeet.com
Additional Comments:
AC: Tell them you heard about them on EpicSki and they'll take very good care of you (appointments are a good idea). These guys are fantastic and know what they are doing. Their client list includes some of the best skiers in the word (Johnny Moseley, Darron Rahlves, Kent Kreitler, etc).
Powdigger: These guys are great. They are laid back but know their stuff. They have fit many of the freeride pros and US Ski teamers. The did my feet right. I got the cork footbed and they have really helped my skiing. They have great arch support without sacrificing comfort.

Bootfitter's name: Patrick Cosentini
Shop: Owner/operator: Cosmo's Custom Footwerks
Phone (530)581-5404
Location: Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe
Lostboy: Pat or "Cosmo" is very knowledgeable, takes the time to do things right, has more boot fitting equipment and tools than any shop I've ever been in.

Bootfitter's Name: Claude Swonger
Store Name: Ski Net Sports
Store Address: 11378 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles (Studio City), CA 91604
Phone Number: 818-505-1294
Additional Comments:
G.Law A nationally recognized boot fitting and alignment specialist. I took my 16 year-old daughter to see Claude for custom footbeds and alignment. He spent about two hours with us and was happy to explain every step of the process. His web site also has a nice series of photos and descriptions of each step. www.skinetsports.com
Dan the bump man: G.Law above mentioned Claude at Skinet(see his post for info) Just thought I would add my 2 cents. I used to work at a ski shop for 2 years, and they did boot fitting. But not like Claude!! This guy is an artist. Highly reccomend him. He does more than just make a foot bed, he determines the best boot for your foot, ski style, weight, ski level, experience, and more. Trust me, most ski shops sell you what they want to sell you, or don't truly know how to size a boot to your foot. Claude does.
Arty50: Claude is incredible. At the recommendation of my sister (she's a top notch expert), I went in to pick up a new pair of boots. I've had problems in the past finding just the right pair, mostly due to the fact I have size 12 1/2 feet with high arches. So the constant annoyance of ill fitting boots has really held back my skiing. So I went to see Claude and was thoroughly impressed. He knows what boots will fit different shapes of feet, takes the time to make sure everything is JUST right, and his footbeds rock. He takes the time to explain how a boot should fit your foot and so you leave not just with a killer set of boots but also with the knowledge of exactly how they should feel. I can't tell you how important this is. The result was the most incredible year of skiing I ever had. I never had to worry about my feet moving around or my toes getting pinched. And the end result was that I could feel everything going on in the ski and really fine tune my skiing. It just openned up so much terrain for me.

Bootfitter's Name:Mikey and Ron
Store Name: Ranch Craft Ski Shop
Store Address: 4620 Alvarado Canyon Road, San Diego, CA, 92120
Phone Number: (619) 280-0304
Additional Comments:
MelloBoy: I had my custom corks done at this shop by Mikey this past season. He's a very patient and friendly gentleman with a great sense of humor. If something won't work, such as a boot being too narrow or wide, he's straight to the point. Ron did the fine tune adjustments of my boots after skiing on the corks for a few days. Had some problems with the instep, but was able to adjust with grinding the footboar a bit. He is also very knowledgeable in stance alignment.

Only Alpine skishop in San Diego that I'm aware of aside from the sporting good stores.

Bootfitter's Name:Jeff Bergeron
Store Name: Boot Fixation
Store Address: 127 South Main Street (Inside Norway Haus), Breckenridge, CO
Phone number: 970-453-8546
E-mail: jeff@bootfixation.com
Additional Comments:
Bob Barnes: Very knowledgeable and professional!
Tag: My wife's boots were giving her such pain she was ready to quit skiing until a friend in Summit County pointed us to Jeff. Jeff does more than just get the boot to fit your foot. He also checks your entire alignment and will even come to ski with you to make sure his adjustments are working to assist your skiing.

Bootfitter's Name: Bob Gleason
Store Name:Boot Doctors
Store Address:Inn at Lost Creek, Mtn. Village Telluride CO
Phone Number: (970)728-8954
Additional Comments:
dchan: Great work, relaxed environment. Honest opinions. In our group of 24 skiers/boarders 14 had boots fitted or purchased boots. of the remaining 10, 6 of us already had gotten our boots fitted by very good fitters and were not in need of fitting. Sister shop in Taos www.bootdoctor.com

Bootfitter's Name: Lee
Store Name: The Custom Foot
Store Address: He operates out of Mountain Miser in Englewood, CO - On Hamden and Broadway.
Phone Number: 303-761-4002
Additional Comments:
nopainnojane: I have worked with The Custom Foot for 6 years now and have been completely satisfied. He does not sell boots, but does bootfitting, custom liners, and footbeds.

Bootfitter's Name: Jacques Thomas
Store Name: Le Ski Lab
Store Address: Winter Park, CO
Phone Number: 970-887-3085
Additional Comments:
SCSA: Jacques has been around Winter Park for at least 25 years. He's well known around the state as, "The guy in Winter Park". He only sells Dalbello boots with Zipfit liners. Why? Because Dalbello boots are infinitely adjustable and Zipfit liners and the best after market liner out there. Jacques has found a combination that works and that skiers love. He has hundreds (thousands?) of satisfied customers like myself who wouldn't trust their boots with anyone else. If you go see him, make sure you tell him I sent you.

Bootfitter's Name: Harry Martin
Store Name: Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
Store Address: 1103 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat CO
Phone Number: (970) 879-0569
Additional Comments:
XXXer: Harry is known as the best bootfitter in town by a lot of staff (patrol and instructors) on the mt. as well as members of the Winter Sports Club (race program). He's excellent at finding a good boot for your foot shape/skiing style and fitting it from there. He also makes great custom footbeds, custom foam liners, and is helpful with any alignment issues. Tell him John sent you!

Bootfitter's Name: Brian Eardley
Store Name: Ski Center
Store Address: 4900 Fordham Rd NW (corner of Fordham & 49th), Washington DC
Phone Number: 202-966-4474 or -4475
Additional Comments:
gonzostrike:Brian Beaumont also is a good bootfitter. Both Brians are very patient and detailed, and will work with you until you are satisfied. CAVEAT: You must be willing to spend a number of hours at the shop in order to have propper bootfitting. I used to work with the two Brians at Ski Center. They are top-notch guys, good skiers and very knowledgeable about equipment and bootfitting. As a general rule, Ski Center is very serious about ensuring that its customers receive honest, complete product information, and the best possible product suitability advice.

Bootfitter's Name: Gordon Hay
Store Name: Bob Smith's Wilderness House & Solesytems, Inc
Store Address: 1048 Comm Av, Boston; or 270 Babcock (private lab)
Phone Number @ Bob Smith's : 617 232-1399
Phone Number @ Solesystems: 617 782-7303
Phone Number: 617-277-5858; or 617-782-7303 (private lab) www.solesystems.com
Additional Comments:
GeoffD: Gordon used to be the best boot fitter at Killington.
Jonathan S.: Seeing anyone else in the Greater Boston Metro Area makes no sense, as Gordon is not only an outstanding bootfitter, but also the only competent bootfitter around here.

Name: Linda and Phil Burgess
Store: Ski Stop
Address: 256 Washington St., Westwood, Ma
Telephone: 781/329-3616
Website: www.Skistopmass.com
LisaHardt: People you can trust!

Alignment: The Performance Zone Located on University Drive East of just off of I 75 Auburn Heights, Michigan (Southeast MI)
Alignmen: Specialist: Brian Graham.
wink: Brain well help not only with alignment but boot fitting as well. Sells only the Dallbello boots, because of fit and easily adjustable canting systems. Will work with your boots as well, and has several foot bed alternatives including Fastech products of Troy Michigan.

Bootfitter's Name: Ken Griffen, co-owner and boot fitter
Store Name: Nichols Ski Shops
Store Location: Dearborn and Waterford Michigan
Additional Comments:
wink: Many years ago, a former Salomon Rep. He works with a lot of the high school race teams.

Bootfitters name: Travis Engstrom (deceased Link )
Shop: The Chalet Ski & Sports
Location: Bozeman, MT
Phone Number: 406-587-4595

Bootfitters name: Bud Heishman
Shop: Owner/operator Snowind sports
Phone: (775) 323-9463
Location: Reno Hilton, Reno NV.
Lostboy: Bud has an extensive resume including working with the US Ski Team race program. Canting by grinding boot soles is a particular specialty.
Jonathan S.: Strength is in stance alignment, and especially boot sole planing.

Bootfitter's Name: Paul Richelson
Store Name: Feet First
Store Address: Plymouth NH
Phone Number: 800-371-3447
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Paul is very busy the entire year, but is definitely the best bootfitter in the "Ski 93" area. He does not sell boots, which is both a plus (i.e., he is only too happy to work on boots you bought elsewhere) and a minus (i.e., he can provide only limited help in deciding what boots to buy).

Bootfitter's Name: Bob Gleason & Bob Remiger
(He must travel around to his stores since we also have had him fit several times in Taos)
Store Name: Boot Doctors
Store Address: Taos, NM
Phone Number: (505) 776-2489
Additional Comments:
Todd Murchison: When I was working in SW Colorado we would make a pilgrimage down to Taos now and then to get our boots fitted - always top notch work.

Bootfitter's Name: Jeff Rich
Store Name: US Orthotic Center
Store Address: 515 Madison Ave, NYC
Phone Number: 212-832-1648
Additional Comments:
MtSnowman: Surprised I didn't see this name on the list already... Jeff is one of the founders of Masterfit U., the inventor of the InstaPrint footbed, and the technical director for SKI magazine's boot testing team. He is also a certified Pedorthist (one who specializes in orthotics.) Aside from that, he's a nice guy. I guess you can qualify him as a "bootfitting master..." His services are pricey, but I guess that goes with the expertise.

Bootfitter's name: Scott Holmer
Shop: Owner/operator The Race Place
Location: Bend Or.
Ph. (800) 814-7223
Lostboy: Scott is the creator of the BEAST line of tuning equipment. He has an extensive race oriented background including a son and daughter who have excelled at ski racing.

Bootfitter's Name:Leon
Store Name:Austrian Ski Shop
Store Address:4942 Cote Des Neiges, Montreal, Quebec
Phone Number:514 733-3336
Additional Comments:
exnyerinmontreal : These guys have been in business for 35 years, starting out as a shop specifically for racers. They have an excellent selection of boots, know their stuff when it comes to recommending and fitting, and they have excellent prices to boot (no pun intended). If you're in or through town to ski Tremblant, I highly recommend you check them out if you're in the market for equipment.

Bootfitter's Name: Paul Huber
Store Name: Deep Powder House
Store Address: Alta Lodge, Alta, UT
Phone Number: 801-742-2400
Additional Comments:
dchan: Great work, Quick service. Good evaluation before work.
I had previous footbeds and had fittings done at another location. They looked at my current FB and made no changes. They explained why it was well made and did not need changing and proceeded to check other things out and work with me on my problems.
Worked on ramp angles as well as alignment.

Bootfitter's Name: Steve Bagley
Store Name: Superior Ski ( 2nd level of Snowbird center, turn left getting off the elevator or stairs)
Location: Snowbird, UT
dp: Steve is the best bootfitter I have ever dealt with. He even sent me to a competitor to buy my Flexons when he didn't have them in stock because he was sure they would be the best boot for me (he was right). Very highly recommended. Does all kinds of custom work and great footbeds.

Bootfitter's Name: Scott Thompson
Store Name: Green Mountain Orthotic Lab, The First Run Ski Shop
Store Address: Stratton Mountain Village, Stratton Mountain,VT
Phone Number: 1-802-297-4405
Additional Comments:
gashw: Founders of Masterfit U. Web site:

Bootfitter's Name: Ray and Curt
Store Name: Basin Ski Shop
Store Address: Killington, Vt
Phone Number: 802 432-3234
Additional Comments:
GeoffD: Very wide line of boots including Strolz for the worst fit problems. Largest shop in Vermont so they have good inventory. They get very busy on weekends so pick an off time.

Bootfitter's Name: Dave Strousse
Store Name: Peak Performance
Store Address: Killington, Vt
Phone Number: 802 422-9447
Additional Comments:
GeoffD: Smaller shop with great service. Racer-oriented and competitive bump skier oriented from family connections to Killington Mountain School.

Bootfitter's Name: All Staff
Store Name: Green Mountain Orthotic Lab
Store Address: Stratton (adjacent to the lodge and lifts!)
Phone Number: 802-297-4405
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Very expensive, but very cutting edge, and also right next to the lifts, with an integrated fitting/instruction program.

Bootfitter's Name: All Staff (but especially Ray)
Store Name: Basin Ski Shop
Store Address: Killington Access Road (very close to the ski area, on the right-hand side, driving toward the ski area)
Phone Number: 802-422-3234
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Killington has some other good bootfitters, but Basin is the best.

Bootfitter's Name: All Staff
Store Name: Inner Bootworks
Store Address: Stowe Access Road (fairly close to the ski area, on the left-hand side, driving toward the ski area)
Phone Number: 802-253-6929
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Stowe has some other good bootfitters, but Inner Bootworks is definitely the best.

Bootfitter's Name: Jim Mates
Store Name: Custom Boot Service
Store Address: 6500 4th Ave NW Seattle (Phinney Ridge Area)
Phone Number 206) 297-9298
Additional Comments:
NordtheBarbarian: Jim's only business is ski boot aligment, bootfitting and insoles. In the summer he works at Mt. Hood with racers on snow (coaching and alignment). His customers included a lots of racers (including USST members) and instructors.


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There is a small problem with the new software that needs to be sorted out regarding updating the list above (has to do with the length of the post). Sorry for the delay in updating the listings below into the sorted index above. But still, at least all the info (new and old) is available if you scan through it (above and below).
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Bootfitter's Name: Jim Mates
Store Name: Custom Boot Service
Store Address: 6500 4th Ave NW Seattle (Phinney Ridge Area)
Phone Number 206) 297-9298
Additional Comments:
My wife and I just finished a consultation with Jim and we were very impressed. His explanation of how a boot should fit and how to find the right boot was excellent. I wanted to let you know that he has a web site:

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Oops. In reading this, and having just called them today, I realize I made a mistake on the phone number for the MTL, Quebec entry -- Austrian Ski Shop. The phone number is (514) 733-3666.


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Sport Loft in SLC did some great work for me. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
No more excuses, if I'm not skiing well, it ain't the gear!

Sport Loft
Earl Middlemiss
4678 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117
808 272-3701
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Bootfitter's Name: Jeff Rich
Store Name: US Orthotic Center
Store Address: 515 Madison Ave, NYC
Phone Number: 212-832-1648

Jeff is definitely one of the best. He's probably tops on a per minute basis, meaning he can make more significant changes in a minute than almost any other bootfitter I've ever seen. The only problem is he's in a small space in nyc and there's none of that "hanging out" at the boot shop. So he has to be fast. He's tops in orthotics, making them for lots of pro tennis players also. (Only problem is they're now well over $200). Definitely recommend him for stance and he knows every boot there is and doesn't sell them so he'll tell you which ones to try.
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Paul Richelson ("FEET FIRST", Plymouth, Mew Hampshire) does sell boots, contrary to an earlier post (I bought mine from him). He sells a number of brands and also has COMPUFIT, a boot fitting database to aid in boot selection. He's quite good, in my opinion, at fitting boots, footbeds etc.
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The “Ski Shop” in Framingham Mass. They are the best in eastern Mass.

Rt. 9 East
1000 Worcester Rd.
Framingham MA


Ask for Jeff or Ted
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Bootfitter's Name: Scott "Dude" Dudevoir (Store Manager and Lead Bootfitter)
Store Name: Cole Sports
Store Address:1615 Park Avenue, Park City Mountain Resort,
Park City, UT 84060
Phone Number (435) 649-4800
Additional Comments: I had a pair of Salomon Verse TF boots, bought in North Carolina, that still hurt after 6 days of skiing and several adjustments. Because of my severe pronation and flat arches, my home shop advised me to get Superfeet Custom footbeds on my trip to Park City. (No one around here makes those.)

First thing in Park City I met with Dude, who I'd contacted previously by phone and email. He spent several hours evaluating my feet and boot fit, trying several other boots, then making my footbeds. He felt the Verse shells were too big for me and determined that the Salomon Evolution 9.0 was the best fit. He suggested I might get them cheaper from the store in NC, have them shipped to Park City where he could get them properly fitted, and he would UPS the old boots back to NC. (I was impressed!)

After skiing a few hours in the Verse TF boots with my new footbeds, I still had pain - and too much movement. I bought the Evolution 9.0 from Dude and made a few runs down Payday that evening... and could not believe the improvement in my skiing control and comfort. The new boots were more comfortable on the first run than the old ones after 6 days of skiing. By the third day in these boots I was wearing them comfortably for 8-10 hours at a time (such as taking the bus to Alta.)

During my two weeks in Park City I was in Cole Sports many times for accessories, tuning and waxing, and for some minor adjustments to the new boots. Dude and the staff were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and always eager to provide a high level of service. I was greatly pleased with my experiences there and recommend them highly.
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Richelson is awesome (NH Bootfitter)!!

Of note, he has a booth at the Boston Ski Show each year and does bootfitting/makes insoles at the show!
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Bootfitter's Name: Cordy Lawrence
Store Name: Footloose Sports
Store Address: 3043 Main st. Mammoth Lakes CA 93546
Phone Number: [760] 934-2400
Web Page: Footloose Link
Additional Information: Best to make an appointment. Mammoths best bootfitter and a great guy.
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Whistler, B.C.
Wild Willie's --Nestor Square Location
Bootfitter: Ernie

Several yrs. ago both my husband (whose feet are abnormal and underwent corrective surgery) and myself (thin feet, AA width with AAA heel) both had custom footbeds made and our boots altered by Ernie. We both exerience demonstrable improvements in our skiing and his boots were the most comfortable he had ever had. He asessed our alignment issues and adjusted for cant, etc.
If Ernie's still there, go. He was recommended by area patrollers & other locals.
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Bootfitter's Name: Brian Deely
Shop Name: Pro-Fit Ski & Skate
Shop Address: 545-D East Market Street Leesburg, VA 20176-4172
Phone Number (703)777-SKIS (7547)
Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-9PM, Saturday 10AM- 6PM, Sunday 11PM-4PM

Pro-Fit is a small, full service shop that I'd recommend for all your skiing needs. Brian is an exceptional bootfitter with many years of experience. He will take all the time necessary to ensure that each customer finds a boot that meets the skiers needs and is properly fitted. They recommend a minimum of 2 hours when you come in to buy boots, get a full service alignment and footbeds constructed.

They also make custom footbeds and perform alignment services as well. My family has purchased 5 pairs of boots from Pro-Fit and have been completely satisfied. Countless friends have had the same experience. If Brian is unavailable, his assistants, Derrick and Jeff, are excellent as well. As far as customer service goes, Pro-Fit is second to none. At least in our area, I wouldn't consider going elsewhere to meet my skiing needs.

[ January 12, 2004, 07:48 AM: Message edited by: Coach13 ]
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Vermont (between Sugarbush & Stowe)

Bootfitter's Name: P.J. Dewey
Shop Name: http://www.racestocksports.com
Shop Address: 160 South Main Street; Waterbury VT 05676
Phone Number: 802.578.3585
E-Mail Addres: PJDewey@racestocksports.com
Shop Hours: By appointment only.

Excellent source for plug boots, but also high-end production boots.
I had very high expectations, and they were fulfilled, and even exceeded. The usual protocol is to measure your foot length, try on a bunch of boots, pick the one that fits best, then take note of any pressure points. PJ is so good that we skipped all those steps. Via e-mail I had said that the Dobermann XS seemed ideal for me, since I have a very slender foot yet don't need typical plug boot stiffness. I probably needed a size 7 UK, since its shell length is 305mm and my current shell is 304.
PJ checked out my feet and agreed that the Dobie fit was for me. Put the foot in the shell and agreed on size. Measured my ankle
dorsiflexion to ensure that I didn't need the Soft version instead. Once the custom footbeds were finished, he marked with lipstick all the bony spots on my foot. Put the foot on the footbed inside the shell and marked where to grind. Then I tried on the boot w/ footbeds & liners - the fit was absolutely perfect, even though I'd *never* tried on the boot *before* the mods! After that was on to stance evaluation, sole planing, and lifters. Basically two hours of having a boot technician fresh off the World Cup circuit attending to my every need.
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New York

David C. Cardillo
The Foot Performance Center
2210 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618

Whit ??
Snow Coutry
3349 Monroe Ave.
Pittsford Plaza
Rochester, NY 14618

I worked with David on several occasions this fall. He uses a CNC method of making foot beds. He takes a digital reading of your foot, puts it on a computer and the CNC machine makes your foot bed. He is also a certified pedorthist and will make adjustments to the footbed to make your foot fit in the boot properly. An example is he raised certain parts of my footbed to keep my very wide flat feet from wanting to spred inside the boot. This store only does footbeds, so you have to have already gotten your boots elsewhere. David will do grinding work, as well as lifting and canting work to the boot soles. He is very knowledgable when it comes to different boots and knows each boots' characteristics very well. The shop that David works at on occasion and is affiliated with is Snow Country, in Pittsford. I will also leave the address for Snow Country, as they also have a bootfitter on hand named Whit (don't know his last name) who does all the in-shop fitting. Snow Country has all of the boot fitting capabilities that David has at The Foot Performance Center accept for the CNC Machine. David takes the measurements and readings in the shop with his laptop, and then makes the footbeds at his store. Whit, the in-shop bootfitter, does heat molded footbeds and various other types of footbeds. I highly recommend Snow Country for buying boots, especially if you are looking for plug race boots. They plug boots from Technica, Rossignol, Nordica, Lange, and can get Salomon's X2 if you wish to try it on. They may also have others, but those are the ones i have tried on in the shop.


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Bootfitter's Name: Shon Racicot
Store Name: Northern Ski Works
Store Address: 10 Main Street, Ludlow, VT
Phone Number: 802 228 3344
Additional Comments: Shon has done wonders for my sons feet. If you saw my son's feet and ankles and then watched him ski you would understand. My son's foot doctor has seen Shon's foot beds and was impressed.
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Although you all have provided a very comprehensive list of boot fitters, I did not see any in Pennsylvania. Any one know any good boot fitters in PA, specifically Western PA?
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Unfortunately, not in western PA. But Salter's, in the Valley Forge area, has had a long, good reputation in bootfitting. In fact, I first found out about them when they were listed (in a list like this) in an early 90s write-up in one of the national ski mags.


[ January 30, 2004, 05:19 PM: Message edited by: Aaron ]
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AC- a correction/ update for Steve Bagely at Snowbird. His shop (Superior Ski) has moved to Christy Sports on the Plaza level (3) at Snowbird Center. The old location is now an art gallery.
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opened new shop

Truckee, CA
Shaffner Racing Services
Jim Shaffner


Jim is amazing. He does alignment a fit adjustments for a large number of the best ski instructors and racers in the area. His list includes national demo team members, chris fellows, kevin mitchel and the entire western regional team.

He doesn't sell boots, he just dials in alignment, fit and does liners. If you're not in a boot, he makes an appointment with a local shop to meet you there and does the fitting, but the real magic happens in his workshop.

As a former europa cup racer and boot fitter/ski tech on the world cup, you won't find a better technician anywhere.

He take appointments at his home workshop in the evenings. If you call, let him know I sent you.

Cheers, Wade
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Although I'm not "one of the best" ski instructors in the area, you can add my name to Jim Schaffner's (correct spelling if you try to find him in the phone book) lists of happy clients. You can also tell him I also recommend him.
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My wife and I are not ski instrucors at all, but love Jim Schaffner's work. The only downside is he is getting pretty busy. He has some really nice tools in his bag for alignment as well as fit adjustments.
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Any reco's in Westren or Central Pennsylvania?
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Bootfitter's Name: Hamish Wolfenden
Store Name: Profeet
Store Address: 194 New Kings Road, Fulham, London, SW6 4NF, UK
Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7736 0046
Additional Comments: This is one for anyone in the UK, or Europe for that matter. Hamish is a really laid back Kiwi guy, is an advisor for conform'able and has fitted almost all the top UK Freeskiers, Jonny Moseley, Prince Charles and heaps of other everday skiers. Also does insoles for any kind of shoe you have, especially sports shoes. Also fits the London Broncos Rugby League team, bunch of British Team track athletes and cyclists too. www.profeet.co.uk
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Cosmo in Tahoe City gets my nod - and - he gets great deals on discontinued boots.
post #26 of 157
Add another vote of confidence for Claude Swonger. He is to boot-fitting what the Soup-Nazi in Seinfeld was to soup (well, not exactly - Claude's a very nice guy, but very passionate about his profession). Both my wife and I had custom footbeds made and went through his alignment process. We both already had boots we brought into his shop and went in expecting to be sold different boots. Claude actually spoke quite favorably of the boots we brought in and said they would work for our feet. My boots were a tad tight in the forefoot. He ground the boot down a little bit and now my boots fit absolutely perfectly. I would highly recommend Claude to anyone in Southern California.
post #27 of 157
Jim Lindsay of BOOTech, Inc. Jim is located at the base of the Aspen Highlands ski area in Aspen, Colorado, in the Pro Mountain Sports facility. The actual address is BOOTech, Inc., 0076 Boomerang Rd. Aspen,CO 81612 - but the shop is easy to find on the ground floor of the Highlands Center building, the main base area building you see upon arriving at Aspen Highlands.

Phone: 970 429 3272

Email: bootinfo@BOOTech.net

Appointments are available every day of the ski season starting at 9:00 AM

Comments: A PSIA examiner recommended that I go to Jim. He gives a discount to PSIA members. He spent about 1 1/2 hours with me and did quite a bit of work on my boots. I have a leg length discrepancy as well as pronation issues. I noticed a huge difference and am very happy with his work.
post #28 of 157

New England boot fitter

If you live in New England and have a fit problem, you need to see the guys at Ski Haus in Wilmington, MA. 978-658-0044 exit 38 (rt. 129 right off the highway). Mark and Steve have worked on my boots as well as several of my friends. Weather you need a buckle fixed, a simple grind, or a major stretch, they can do it.

I have a fused right ancle and they spotted it right away, did something in my boot, and solved my problem right away. I had been to 5 other shops before anyone could fix it.

While I was there Mark alligned me as well. I have never skied better in my life. Since then, my wife has purchsed boots, had a new footbed made, and a few tweaks to the boots. They then canted and balanced her on her old skis. WOW! She is now skiing with more confidence than ever.

If you live in the Boston area and have your boots worked on anywhere else you are crazy.
post #29 of 157
I wanted to add a Michelin 5 star rating for Bud Heishman of Snowind. He did my boot alignment at EpicSki '04 and it made a HUGE difference in my skiing -- and all positive, of course. Arcmeister and the rest of his group saw the difference first-hand. Bueno, Bud!
post #30 of 157
I'll second the nomination of Jim Lindsay of BOOTECH at Aspen Highlands. He did an alignment for me when I attended Lito's Breakthrough on Skis week at Snowmass in 2002. Since then, my balance and ability to fine-tune the kinesthetic sensations from my feet have improved dramatically. Jim is very experienced and has worked with US ski team members.
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