I have been very fortunate to be boot testing on and off since 1994. While not a professional boot fitter, I do spend a fair amount of time on the hill at Jackson Hole and the editors must like my charming and witty writing style :0) I like to think I am the everyman voice on the boot fitting team. I love, love, love to ski and there are no bad days on the hill. I try to be honest about what does and does not feel right in a boot. Ski boots are THE MOST IMPORTANT piece and if your feet hurt, everything else is irrelevant. You can ski a bad pair of skis but if your feet hurt, nothing else matters. When not boot testing, I caretake several homes in the Jackson Hole area as well as operate a small travel agency business that specializes in Mountain ski destinations. Hope to see you on the hill..
Always Tecnica, Volkl and Rossignol skis
The fact that they asked me in the First place to test boots. Are you kidding me? was my first reaction. You want me to come ski for a week, all expenses paid? and I have to test new equipment? and get SWAG. An Honor and a privilege and a WHOLE lot of fun, even in boots that don't always fit right.
Merle the dog, from the book Merle's door by Ted Kerasote, because when Merle went powder skiing on Teton Pass he would DISAPEAR under the snow and then resurface. Now that's some fun powder skiing.
My wife Marian, for letting me pursue my passion for skiing and tolerating me on frenzied Powder days and for agreeing to marry me despite me inserting the Powder Rules unbeknownst to her in our wedding vows.
Absolutely consult with your LOCAL on home hill professional boot fitter. They will make Brand recommendations based on your foot and will fit your boot to maximize comfort and performance. And, if something is not right wit the fit, they will fix it. I am constantly amazed and the solutions Pat and Larry at Jackson Hole Sports come up with when I have fit issues.