Claude Swonger? Is he something like Palmer Glacier?
And what's an EpicSki-qualified bootfitter? Claude Swonger?
We're getting some great input here from both sides. I don't know if BK needs new boots, but I'm pretty sure he needs a footbed and boot balancing. He said he needed new boots and skis, but being on a budget, he was going to only go for the skis. It seemed like a good topic to spin off, and I hope BK doesn't mind getting all this advice.
Certainly it depends on the person, the fit/performance of the current boots, etc. But all things being equal, I am hearing that boots get higher priority than skis.
Of course, boots are very personal, where skis are more in the public domain. Want to try out my skis? Sure, no problem. Want to try my boots--no, I don't think so.
I don't hack away at the side of the skis to improve the geometry, but I'll take a Dremel tool to my shell to make room for my big toe in order to get the closest fit I can.
Bottom line with me on the boot question, if in your natural stance on a flat surface you are on your edge(s), then you need to get that fixed or it's going to screw up your technique.