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Help : need name of a good bootfitter within 2-3 hrs of Northern NY

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
My wife who is in great shape ( 20 yrs XC experience , 2 yrs DH skiing experience, runner, biker ) had a BOOT related compound fracture last yr .

I have skied for many yrs and avg 30 days a season and ski with several very good skiers . We ALL believe that her skills/conditioning were fine --but it was a VERY bad fit ( fracture in INSIDE the boot),

SOOOO i am looking for the name location of a very good boot fitter in the Northern or Central NY state region so she can be properly fit.

We live on the St. Lawrence River 2 hrs North of Syracuse region and are willing to travel 2-3 hrs .

Thanks for your help
post #2 of 27
Jeff Inman at Cayuga Ski & Cyclery has been highly recomended by examiners, coaches and instructors in the area.

He is in Ithaca. # is 607-227-6821.
post #3 of 27
Yeah Ithaca!!!! (Group up there and learned to ski at Greek Peak). I still contend that Iliad w/ powder moguls (like back in the winter of 01) is one of the better trails in the NE.
post #4 of 27
Is Stratton Vt. too far?

http://www.gmolfoot.com/

Michael
post #5 of 27

Garret at Steiner's sports in Glenmont just south of Albany

I teach beginners at Jiminy Peak in Mass. Most of the instructors there go to Green Mountain Orthotics (referred to above) at Stratton or to Steiners in Glenmont.

GMOL is on the mountain so you can test his adjustments and give him feedback. Also, Stratton and the Manchester area are much more picturesque than southern Albany County.

I live very close to Steiners Glenmont location. Garret has the creds (Master Fit U, specific schooling for orthotics). He has done very well with me and my family.

http://steinerssports.com/index.cfm

I grew up on The River. We have a camp in Morristown and my mother lives in Clayton where she grew up. It takes exactly 3.5 hours to get to my house from Clayton.

In any case, make an appointment - also for a follow up.
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hey guys thanks , skiprob we are near your place in MOTOWN .

kinda hoping there wasa super fitter in Placid or Syr but good to know about the feedback to date .

thanks again guys!!

WD
post #7 of 27

I thought of Lake Placid after I posted

There is the Mountain and Boarder town and the High Peaks Cyclery. I do not have any website info. I would google lake placid.

OR

Try the forum at Alpine Zone. They specialize in the Northeast and there are people who are more familiar with LP than I.

http://www.alpinezone.com/
post #8 of 27
In Stowe/ Waterbury there is Inner bootworks (Stowe) and Race Stock Sports (Waterbury), both are WORLD CLASS. Might be too far, but excellent.
post #9 of 27
I live in Syracuse and went to Stratton. That being said, there are a couple of others that may be closer, but not much...

HeluvaSkier sings the praises of David Cardillo in Rochester. MS Streets and Trips says it's 3+50 from Morristown to Rochester. Here's his short blurb:
David C. Cardillo
The Foot Performance Center
2210 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585)473-5950

Whit ??
Snow Coutry
3349 Monroe Ave.
Pittsford Plaza
Rochester, NY 14618
(585)586-6460

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.


MS Streets & Trips shows 4+30 to Stowe using the Plattsburgh-Grand Isle ferry- lots of praise for Inner Bootworks in Stowe including my podiatrist who is also an avid skier!

Haven't ever seen anything on bootfitters in the Gore/Placid region. My daughter's boyfriend is a pretty competent racer and he has to travel to get his boots done, so nothing locally here in SYR.

My recommendation? Take a leaf-peeping trip next week to Stowe and spend one of the days at Inner Boot Works!
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
I live in Syracuse and went to Stratton.
We went out of our while visiting in New England to go to the GMOL, well worth it.

Cheers,

Michael
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
Is Stratton Vt. too far?

http://www.gmolfoot.com/

Michael
Quoted 'cause its the best! And bjohannson I live in Syracuse and have a season pass to Stratton, not a bad drive at all, abput 3.5 hours if you're good...:
post #12 of 27

New England fitters

When you are in Vermont go to see Shon Racicot and his team at Northern ski works in Ludlow.
These guys are the bootfitters boot fitter. (Take it from an ex- professional bootfitter.
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanx to one and all for the advice --its much appreciated >

I NEED to get "the Queen of the Hop" back on the Hill AND in her comfort Zone
post #14 of 27
Ralph at Lund's in Fayetteville, NY ('burb of Syracuse) is a very good bootfitter.
When I lived near Rochester, I used David Cardillo also.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by CircaRevival View Post
Quoted 'cause its the best! And bjohannson I live in Syracuse and have a season pass to Stratton, not a bad drive at all, abput 3.5 hours if you're good...:
Yeah, but he lives up near Ogdensburg. It's a tough drive to get to Stratton from up there. You might as well come through Syracuse....and add 2+ hours to your best time to Stratton.

I think I'm pretty good. It takes me 3.5 to get to Mt. Snow with no stops. Stratton's about 30 minutes further, I reckon. I get a pass to Lab which gives me one free day at Straton and 1/2 price most days. I used my free day last year to dial in my XT's with GMOL.
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
BJO :

You're right about Strattton --- "You can't get theyah from heah" easily

WD
post #17 of 27
Damn 'dacks are in the way....
post #18 of 27
Haha, right right. Is Lund's still in business??
post #19 of 27
Stowe may not be that far if Warp daddy goes north of the dacks and crosses at Rouses Point or the ferry at Port Kent - this route lands right in Burlington.

Nice ride this time of year...cover all the bases. Weather?

I bet there won't be crowds after the weekend.

Trapp Family Lodge is in everyone's comfort zone.

Also, Ithaca is worth considering based on Tief's notes and... wine country... is picturesque... yeah...that's it...

Call first. Lot's of places take Monday off.

Good Luck. report back.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
I live in Syracuse and went to Stratton. That being said, there are a couple of others that may be closer, but not much...

HeluvaSkier sings the praises of David Cardillo in Rochester. MS Streets and Trips says it's 3+50 from Morristown to Rochester. Here's his short blurb:
David C. Cardillo
The Foot Performance Center
2210 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585)473-5950

Whit ??
Snow Coutry
3349 Monroe Ave.
Pittsford Plaza
Rochester, NY 14618
(585)586-6460
David's shop has actually moved. You can get info at http://www.footperformance.com/. David can be found via Snow Country or his shop. I recommend either, but if you are looking to get a full package (fitting, boots, etc) going to Snow Country will suit your needs since you will be set up with David through there. Having such a good shop so close to me I have luckily never had to travel to get a good pair of boots and a good fitting. It is definitely worth the trip from where you are. One nice thing for me, is that I can easily go back if I do have a boot problem, and they are always willing to help. Likely I will be there in a few weeks to get a few pairs of skis and possibly a new pair of boots. Great shop.
Later
GREG
post #21 of 27
When I have boot work done, it's important to be able to go back for tweeking. Most fitters will tell you to ski in it, and then come back for more fine tuning.

In my case, I always want them to start softening the boot before I even ski it - they say no. It usually requires two aditional visits just to make me happy with the flex.

GMOL is a good place because they have very experienced people and they let you go out and ski the boot with a store pass. Since I don't ski at Stratton, it requires a special stop on the way home from another mt. which is a problem for me.
post #22 of 27
"Is Lund's still in business??"

they moved to fayetteville town center (or commons??) where the fayetteveille mall used to be.

I've got a pair of Tecnica XT17s-they were killing the outside of my heels-took them to DeWitt Sports (tecnica dealer) to see if they could blow them out-they didn't have the gear and recommended Ralph. He did it for me-cost $25 (couldn't believe it)
The boots fit great now!
post #23 of 27
Here's another guy I really like. At the Sports Page in Glens Falls, Gary, I think and the guy who works with him. They are both very qualified. I find that they will take the time to listen and then give advise on the specific issues. He is not affaid to do what you ask if he feels that it makes sense. Been in the business for a long time and he works with racers. A fitter who is popular with racers is one with a track record. Boot fitters who are around racers are serious about the profession. They are around other people who are serious as well. He will modify a boot with confidence, where as most are afraid to make significant changes.

One thing I like to see in a fitter is the willingness and ability to grind the sole. I am not saying that everyone should have their soles ground, but it is an indication of expertice, usually.
post #24 of 27
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Here's another guy I really like. At the Sports Page in Glens Falls, .........
I agree, the Sports Page is a great shop.

They did a great job fitting my girlfriend about 10 years ago.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
I agree, the Sports Page is a great shop.

They did a great job fitting my girlfriend about 10 years ago.
Having a hard time not saying something inappropriate
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Having a hard time not saying something inappropriate
You must know her then.
post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 
BJO _ Damn , I just came thru Stowe area about a week ago on way back from Boston. Still Had golf on the brain yet & wasn't dialed in to skiing at the time--duh .

BTW am very familiar with the routing thru VT / NH make several trips /yr to greater boston area to see/ski w/ my daughter/SIL and grand kids so its an option as is the Sports Page in GF .

Thanx again guys
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