Originally Posted by bud heishman
Well Mtnlion, I guess you and I have two different clienteles. I guess my question to you is what can you do for the 1% that comes to you that is interested??? What can you contribute to the discussion with your boot fitting experience that will help us 1%?. I am always interested in learning from other experienced boot fitters. Do you offer alignment assessments or adjustments? plane boot soles? build footbeds? offer on slope assessments or coaching?
I would think so.
90% of the mid winter clients are blue/black run, 10 days a year skiers. NOT epic skiers.
what we are dealing with this time of year is a lot of the local banff area ski pros, CSIA guys just came thru with the fall convention, ski school directors, sponcered guys, local ski touring guides, etc getting the new gear dialed in.
Basic first steps, are not at all unique, same thing any good shop does.
shell fit lengh, then width, then flex based on needs, size, ankle ROM, etc. Then footbed for what they need. This is after a 10 mintute talk about who they are, what they can ski, what they want to ski, other sports etc. Get a well rounded idea
Then another 10 minutes of foot analisis, widths, ankle ROM, pronation, calf size, etc.
For the mods above that I tend to take a more based on boot feeling them fitting. I have found that not everyone wants, likes, or need a boot with a XX% ramp boot board, and a XX% forward lean. That might be right for them in our eyes, but for them just doesn't work or feel right. People's ski different (see my above post for differences) so a lot is "what do you feel?" if they dont know then I try a shim, or align cuff or other thing and then get them to idealy ski the boot and see what it did for them. lots of asking "better, worse, different?"
we offer our advice, on allingment and adjust both based on what the person needs (based on our measuring) and based on what they want.
boot planing, and lifter plates, same thing
on snow. sure, owner is a CSIA level 4 examiner, he seems to be able to detect things that are wrong with peoples skiing and can then pass the info to the store to do the boot mods as needed
footbeds: yup, make and change as needed/wanted. both off the rack and full custom.
I've been playing around with trying to find a static balanced possition
for people, that will translate to a more balanced position on snow. again I think that too many variables play into this, but it is a nice tool to have, as one of many.
A lot of the skiers don't "paint the carving/instructor" picture, but might need a boot to help them land a 900, or ski tour for 200km, or sled ski without having the boots slip on the sled. we can help all of them with things that they feel are important for them.