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Need some advice on places to shop in Breck/Vail

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
First time poster on this forum, so I hope some of you can help me.

I'm from Texas but have friends that live in Denver so I try to take 4 or more 3 day ski trips a year to hang out.  I've decided that I really like skiing and renting my own equipment is starting to get costly, so I figured it's about time I looked into getting my own equipment.

I got fit at the few limited ski shops in Austin, and after trying on 25.5 size boots there seems to still be a little bit too much room in the front.  People seem to think I'll fit fine in a 24.5 but since this is Texas no one really stocks that size down here.

I'm flying up to Denver this coming weekend since my friends will be going up to the mountains and I'll want to spend most of the time trying to get my own boots and skis picked out.  We are going to Breck on the first day and it'd be nice if y'all could recommend some places to get fit for boots and to buy skis.  Hopefully if there's any places good in Breck I can get fit in the morning and maybe ski in the afternoon.  If there's better places in Vail, I guess I can always rent on the first day and try to do my buying at Vail.

Second do you guys have any recommendations for skis?  I'm a male, decent at blues and probably going to start working on blue-black/black this next trip and the following trip later this month.  I think I'd like something forgiving as I don't like to blaze down the mountain, but am working on upping my speed and would like something I could grow into over the next few years.

My budget is probably about $1200 max for boots and skis.  Hopefully I can get a few responses since I'm leaving this Thursday for Denver.
post #2 of 15
 go see this guy.  Spend as much time as necessary, this will be the best money you can spend on ski equipment.  Then go look for some Dynastar legend 8000s, Line Flites, or Sultan 85s that have only been rented a couple times.  You should be under your 1200 bucks so you can spend the left overs where it really matters here in colorado, replacing your cowboys starter jacket with an arcteryx hercules. (last part smart ass, first part good info).  Also, Vail is its own little shopping village that is attached to the ski resort (no roads, to navigate shops), whereas Breck is like a downtown of shops, just fyi.  Whatever you do though, avoid the fur coat stores and ones with bolo ties in the window trying to lure you in.  

Contact

Bus: 970.453.8546 (usually the best number to reach me)
Tel: 970.409.8882 
Email: jeff@bootfixation.com

Physical Address: 
127 South Main Street (Inside Norway Haus) 
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

Mailing Address: 
Post Office Box 342 
Frisco, Colorado 80443

PLEASE NOTE – My schedule is extremely busy, and I do not pick up the phone during appointments. Generally, the best way to reach me is to LEAVE A MESSAGE (business phone or email is usually best) that includes your phone number and when a good time for me to call you back is (evenings, daytime, etc…). While I will try to get back to you within 24 hours, it can sometimes take me more than 48 hours. You are welcome to leave more than one message if I have not returned your message as quickly as you would like, and please leave your phone number in each of your messages.

People who would like to see me while they are on a ski vacation should, if possible, try to reach me at least a month before they come into town.

Thanks,
Jeff

 

post #3 of 15
^^^^second the Boot Fixation recommendation.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestion, I just fired off an e-mail off to Jeff.  If he's too busy to accomodate me since this weekend is sorta short notice, do you guys have any other recommendations.  My main concern is finding places that have 24.5 size boots since they seem to be difficult to find.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by bchinfoon View Post

  If he's too busy to accomodate me since this weekend is sorta short notice, do you guys have any other recommendations.  


Yes, "Gregfits" here at EpicSki.  He works at the top of Vail for the most part....so you can keep coming in if the fit isn't perfect. He's associated with one of the major shops at the base of the mountain.

 I've known Greg for over 30 years and can safely tell you he knows his stuff. He was also a guest boot guy at this years Epic Academy in Aspen.
post #6 of 15
 I was wondering about that boot shop atop of vail.  I figured to have that office he'd have to be at least pretty good.  I thought it would be absurdly expensive though, so I didn't bother.  I'll have to check him out next time.  He has the best commute ever.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
After making a ton of phone calls, it seems that finding boots in my size is going to be a pain.  Hopefully, I have some luck when I get up there.

So far I've found out that Pepi's and Double Diamond @ Vail have some boots in my size.

 

Tecnica Phoenix 90's
Salomon Falcon's
Tecnica Dragon 100's

I'm wondering if they're going to be too stiff for my ability level.  Hoping Jeff has an opening and something in my size, or I can get lucky somewhere else.  It sucks having small feet!

post #8 of 15
Don't be afraid of stiffness in boots, especially at the 90-100 flexes. 
post #9 of 15
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Hoping Jeff has an opening and something in my size, or I can get lucky somewhere else.  It sucks having small feet!

The thing about Jeff is that he doesn't sell boots at all.  He shops for them with you and then he makes the foot bed and does the custom fitting.  So basically all of Breck is your boot store.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Jeff called me and we have an appointment set up for Friday morning, he seems pretty confident that he'll be able to help me, so hopefully I'll have some success!
post #11 of 15

Just a heads up, try not to research anything going into his appointment and just heed all of his advice.  He will have all the info you will need.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I know basically nothing, so I'm ready for whatever he has to say.  He did mention the option of women's boots if we have trouble finding stuff in my size.  That would probably hurt my male pride a bit, but you do what you gotta do to get quality.
post #13 of 15
 I wear women's ski pants because I found some north face pants in this cool suede that were marked down from like $375 down to $65 bucks.  That, and I really, really needed a pair...of pants that is.  Hope that helps.
post #14 of 15
I can also highly recommend Jeff at Bootfixation.com in Breckenridge. I have personally had great success with his boot selecting and fitting. I have also taken my daughter and several other friends in for boot fittings. He will truly recommend the best boot for you. Both your foot and total body anatomy and your skiing level. Do not be afraid of womens boots as most boots are sold as unisex and what really matters is the best boot fit for your feet not any make model or color.
post #15 of 15
Last thing, when you get your arcteryx hercules, can I have your Cowboys starter jacket?  Huge fan.  i'm not trolling, i promise.
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