I bought new ski boots two years in a row. Why did I do this after not getting a new pair for 12 years? Last year I even bought new boots AND "custom" footbeds. I learned it makes a big difference when you go to a shop that specializes in boots and the staff has a lot of knowledge from training and experience.
Just before Christmas last year I visited a well-known Colorado ski shop and I selected a more advanced boot that would catch up to my ability advances from the last 12 years and help me to continue to progress. Taking it out on the mountain felt so great after those worn out boots. Soon I felt my feet swimming in these boots. I'd go to make a turn and my foot would roll in the boot, making it really difficult to set an edge.
After months of micro-adjustments, tweaks, and new insoles, I went to the pros at Surefoot Copper Mountain. My new Lange RX 110 LVs are stiffer (110 vs. 95 flex) but the improvement in response and control comes also from the fact that I have custom molded insoles and liners. It's like these boots are an extension of my legs. My feet don't move around in them at all so when my brain says turn, my skis turn. And they are still incredibly comfortable - the most comfortable ski boots I've been in for walking or skiing, by far.
John and the staff at Surefoot Copper will take the time to ask about what is going on with your current set up, what you are looking to change and improve, and give you options in your price range. The process for me started with a computerized foot scan (which, as a bonus, feels like a gentle acupressure foot massage) followed by the molding of the liners (which also felt pretty therapeutic). The whole process took less than an hour and I had plenty of interesting people to chat with.
I've had my new beauties for a few weeks now and people here on vacation have asked me, "I only ski one or two weeks a year, is it worth it?" I say absolutely! You have limited time to enjoy this activity so comfortable boots that fit perfectly and keep you warm help you get the most out of the investment you make in a ski trip. And they will save you time - no need to go back to the hotel to change your shoes - you will even be comfortable at après ski dancing on the bar!
If you want to get some tips from the pros on your boots and your turns come ski with us in Colorado or Japan this season.
My friend Emily flew in this weekend to get boots and John and the crew made another happy customer. Here are some photos of the process. We'll be rockin' the same boots in Japan 2018 Jan 28-Feb 4. Come join us. www.zelementclub.com/japan
Sharon and Jon live the life of their dreams. Zelement Club is their way of inviting others to join them in this adventure.