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Heading for Big Sky next month...Need bootfitter

post #1 of 15
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Found this site by accident while looking to fix the "I'm ready to go now" attitude.

As a casual skier, some of these post are above my head, but its fun trying to learn.

Anyone know of a good boot fitter near Big Sky and a decent place to rent ski's for the Mrs.?
post #2 of 15
depends on what you are looking for. She could just rent at the Mtn. If looking for something more, then Bozeman is a good bet. Look at PHD skis for the boot fitter. Next to Quiznos.
post #3 of 15
If your wife is not looking for something special, then just rent at the base area. If you want to demo, there are a few ski shops right at the base that will set you up: there is one in the little mall behind Dante's (or whatever it's called now--the big bar right at the base) and there is another in the mini-mall sort off to the right (as you are looking away from the mountain). Plenty more down in Meadows.

Good bootfitter in Big Sky? I don't shop there and I haven't heard of anyone, but I'm sure those ski shops there have someone. In Bozeman, I second Kevin at PhD skis. Get comfy in the loft in his shop, and he will spend however long it takes fitting you.

BTW, I'm looking out my office window and it is puking hard. Big Sky should only get better.

Enjoy your trip.
post #4 of 15
Boot fitters.

Lone Mountain Sports at the Mountain Village. See Ordean or Jim.

2nd choice, Grizzly Outfitters in the Meadow Village. See Andrew.

Rentals. Plenty of choices. LMS is good, so is Grizzly.
post #5 of 15
I cant remember the name of the place I rented from when I went to Moonlight last Feb, but I think it was Grizzly Outfitters. Pretty decent gear for a reasonable price if I remember correctly.

Andrew
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by apowers View Post
I cant remember the name of the place I rented from when I went to Moonlight last Feb, but I think it was Grizzly Outfitters. Pretty decent gear for a reasonable price if I remember correctly.

Andrew

Thanks - I called Grizzly and was planning on going to them for Rental gear and taking a look at new boots
post #7 of 15
Hey Gold, enjoy Big Sky. If you really want the best experience, book a lesson with Ursula Howland. I just had her as my instructor at the ESA camp, and she is the best instructor I've ever had. Much fun had by all, and she really impacted my skiing in a positive way. Strongly recommended, you won't go wrong.

Mike
post #8 of 15
I know you probably allready have tickets/reservations, but the snow conditions are bad enough here that it might be worth it to try and change your trip to somewhere with a bit more snow. And, no, this isn't just the local "go somewhere else and don't track out my snow" talk, it really does suck here. I'm still having fun, but if I was planning a trip, theres other places I'd go.

Granted, in the next month things could get a lot better, but they could also get REALLY horrid.
post #9 of 15
up north in canada is getting a huge winter...
post #10 of 15
Yeah, I've been concerned about this guy's trip. Maybe if he can't change the airline he should just drive up to Big Mtn. or down to Jackson? I would think it's not too late to change hotel reservations even if the plane tickets are non-refundable. Recent pics from Big Mtn. More recently we've had a warmer spell which has made the snow FIRM, but the groomers are super. I just can't recommend the trees right now. When exactly is the trip?
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
More recently we've had a warmer spell which has made the snow FIRM, but the groomers are super. I just can't recommend the trees right now. When exactly is the trip?
Thanks for the thoughts - It's a bit late to make all the changes, we're heading up on the 22nd. Hopefully it will cool down a bit over then next few weeks.

The Mrs. and I are fairly new skiers; we're both about a six on the list I read around here somewhere - very comfortable skiing blues. It's cold and wet in Tennessee, trust me, any skiing will be good skiing.

Jason
post #12 of 15
The skiing at Big Ski will still be far better than, say, at Fiji. It's actually not that bad at all. Big Sky has plenty of nice cruisers that are in good shape. (Don't forget about Andesite Mt., the "other" mountain at Big Sky.) If you go higher and/or into exposed areas, e.g. off the Challenger lift, you will find more exposed rocks, etc., that are normally well covered by now.

For those of us who know the area well, we're not too happy with this winter because we've been very lucky with consistently wonderful winters for quite some time. For the kind of skiing you and your wife are looking for, Big Sky certainly has the best in SW Montana right now.

Tell us how your trip goes.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Faber, thanks for the vote of confidence, you guys had me worried for a minute. We are relative neophytes but are already hooked. Both of us are athletic (the Mrs. likes to run marathons for fun) so it shouldn't be too many seasons until we are very comfortable on the expert slopes.

I did pick up my first piece of equipment - new boots.

Skis are next year.
post #14 of 15
I was at Big Sky yesterday. The runs you will be skiing have great coverage. The resort has done a marvelous job making sure the groomers are well covered. The Lone Peak Bowl has good coverage on the south side if you want to try some steeps or moguls. Its been cold and February is normally a good snow month so things should be in great shape when you show up.
post #15 of 15
I think there is some snow in the forecast for later this week.

I'm planning on heading down there presidents day weekend possibly. I think my dad and brother are going to meet me there. This will be their first time at Big Sky, but we stick with the long groomers, so the snow should be fine.
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