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If you're in the Sacramento/Bay Area and looking for THE shop? Talk to SierraJim!

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Thread Starter 
I'm writing this to share my experience with a shop.

Background:

First off, age/skiing ability/type.

30/Okay skier/90% off trail, 10% on.

I went to see jim first and foremost last year because of this site. I saw that there was a guy posting on here who seemed to know his stuff, and was local to me (I live in Sacramento).

Last year Jim tried to get me into a pair of boots, but just couldn't--I'm a BIG guy (total fatty!) that carries my weight in thighs and core. And that's how I turn.

So we got to talking last year, and I did a bit of ski testing with him, and he still said, "well, those plugs are all that are goign to work for you, at your size". I guess that I'd just have to deal with the pain.

Well the pain has been so bad this year. Literally I can't ski 3 runs. I can't ski a single run with the boots (Salomon X2 Lab Course) buckled, even with them completely worked on by Jim. But damn if he didn't try to get me squeezed into those things!

So this year I've just had it. you see, I'm in a tough situation, becuase I'm big, but have a HIGH volume foot. So I need the stiffness of a not of the shelf boot due to ability/size, but have a D+ width foot.

So anyway after another couple days of agony, I call Jim.

He says, "come on down, I think I may have some new stuff".

The Store

So if you haven't been to sierra ski and snowboard, it's AWESOME. Huge shop. Something for EVERYONE, literally. Ther'e more "big mountain" skis than at the most "core" shop in Tahoe. There's more carvers than an "Any Mountain" in San Jose . There's a ton of boots.

And there's Jim. And there's l;ike 2 other bootfitters in there I'd be TOTALLY confident sending my mom, wife, or significant other into as well!

So basically, this shop has it nailed. They do things right. There's quality people in there.

If you're in the bay area, they're right off the Highway 80 traffic jam (I mean freeway) in sacramento. Right off "madison" avenue. Not out of the way at all.

The serivce

Jim did my initial fitting and that took SIX hours. Remember too, this guy has years of experience behind him. But he took the time. Sure, it was a weekday afternoon, but that's some serious time.

He did all the right stuff, asked all the right questions. I saw about 5 other people come in during my time as well and chat with teh other people working in that department--who all seemed spot on as well.

And being in the ski industry as a retailer (one season) and instructor (3 seasons), these guys ALL knew what they were doing.

End Result?

I bought some head plug boots that jim brought in specially for me. Yeah, they're not stocked, but he went out of his way for me (the new heads have a bit wider forefoot than most plugs, by almost 5mm!) to get them.

He gave sage advice and helped me out.

Should you go there?

If you're local to sacramento or in the bay area, you should absolutely 100% go to Sierra Ski and Snowboard and see the guys for ANY boot work or to buy a boot. then stay the night in the holiday inn next door (or your house, if you're in sac), go skiing at sugar bowl, adn come back and get re-fitted.

Should you buy boots off www.sierraskis.com? I don't think so. I would recommend against that.

Should you buy skis, bindings, anything else from them online? HELL YES. They are the best online retailer IMHO. Great feedback from people who KNOW what they're doing.

Other reommendations in the area:

I think for boots, Jim Schaftner at Starthaus is like the "maestro". But I'm skiing at Kirkwood (1.5 hours from truckee/Starthaus) and that's just not feasible.

Bud Heishman (Snowind Sports) is another all-star in the bootfitting. The best thing I can say about Bud is that he fit my wife for boots, ONE TIME, and she's NEVER complained about them. If you ski with a wife, you know this is worth the price of admission alone! But alas, Bud's in reno, away from where I ski.

For me, and my purchases from here on out, SierraJim and Sierra Ski and Snowboard gets the nod. Great service, knowledge, and advice.

www.sierraskis.com

Oh yeah, this ain't spam either. Just an honest review from a customer. No special deals were cut for me to do this, Jim'd probably be embarassed I did this. But nevertheless, if someone or something is exemplary, I'm going to talk about it.

Jed Peters
post #2 of 16
Funny you put this up today....I was just in there last night dropping off some skis for a remount and also bought new boots. Can't say it any better than you just did!
post #3 of 16
Jim is as good as it gets out there. Even over the phone, he can talk to you about what you need. More props to him.
post #4 of 16
I got my Nordica Hot Rods from Jim last season. We spent a lot of time fitting and got it right the first time. Great guy and a good organization. I only wish he'd give me a call and ask to go skiing some time.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
I got my Nordica Hot Rods from Jim last season. We spent a lot of time fitting and got it right the first time. Great guy and a good organization. I only wish he'd give me a call and ask to go skiing some time.
Well..................how about Thursday @ Sugar Bowl w/Jed and I?? (I'll getcha a tickee) I DO have a wicked cold, but I think I can hang.

Groomer Zoomin @ it's sorta best..........................

Thanks for the props ya'll.....................................

SJ
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Meet here at 8:30 a.m. (Denny's in Newcaste):

http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=...local&ct=image

I'll drive from there.
post #7 of 16
I''m in for Thursday.

Now I'm confused...is this a gear thread, a review thread, or a meet on the hill thread?:
post #8 of 16
heh...all of the above.

Looks like I'll be running into you guys at Sugar on tomaarrow.

Jim -- Thanks for chatting with me on the phone last night and for your help. Don't forget the binding waiver!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Funny you put this up today....I was just in there last night dropping off some skis for a remount and also bought new boots. Can't say it any better than you just did!
What boots?
Sorry, the gear diva coming out in me needs to know

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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
Well..................how about Thursday @ Sugar Bowl w/Jed and I?? (I'll getcha a tickee) I DO have a wicked cold, but I think I can hang.

Groomer Zoomin @ it's sorta best..........................

Thanks for the props ya'll.....................................

SJ
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Originally Posted by Jed Peters View Post
Meet here at 8:30 a.m. (Denny's in Newcaste):

http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=...local&ct=image

I'll drive from there.
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
heh...all of the above.

Looks like I'll be running into you guys at Sugar on tomaarrow.

Jim -- Thanks for chatting with me on the phone last night and for your help. Don't forget the binding waiver!
You guys can meet up and ski, but take it easy on Cirque, we need him in the mod corps
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
What boots?
Sorry, the gear diva coming out in me needs to know
Dalbello Krypton Cross's...my feet have been swimming in my old boots. If they're not stiff enough (i.e. Krypton Pro is a bit stiffer), i'll swap out the liner (i.e. an Intuition or something) or just get the stiffer tongue.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Dalbello Krypton Cross's...my feet have been swimming in my old boots. If they're not stiff enough (i.e. Krypton Pro is a bit stiffer), i'll swap out the liner (i.e. an Intuition or something) or just get the stiffer tongue.
Oh, you're going to have some comfy feet!
I have a low volume foot and got into the Dalbello Krypton Storm ID(intuition liner) My feet have never been more comfy and warm, while at the same time having a snug snug fit!

Keep us informed and write a review on them when you get settled into the boots.
post #12 of 16
Another Krypton Konvert!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Dalbello Krypton Cross's...my feet have been swimming in my old boots. If they're not stiff enough (i.e. Krypton Pro is a bit stiffer), i'll swap out the liner (i.e. an Intuition or something) or just get the stiffer tongue.
the tongue can be swapped in the Cross? I have 04/05's and I thought you could not do that w/ the Cross. hmmm...

I thought the only thing you could do was put the rear stiffeners in.

If you have not already put the stiffener in, you might want to bring them w/ you on the 1st day. Without the stiffeners, I had difficult time controlling some bigger and stiffer skis.


I got about 80 days on the Krypton Cross. Very happy with the boot. I'm not going back to 4 buckles...
post #14 of 16
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the tongue can be swapped in the Cross? I have 04/05's and I thought you could not do that w/ the Cross. hmmm...
The tongue unscrews from the rear of the plate.
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The tongue unscrews from the rear of the plate.
I might looked at change them.

Are the Cross tongues different for 04/05 than this years?
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by StormDay View Post
I might looked at change them.

Are the Cross tongues different for 04/05 than this years?
Tongue is the same, the plate at the base is different.
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