April 14, 2013

Skiing in Maine: New ski boots aren't a purchase – they're an investment

By John Christie

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Enjoy the process, because a better fitting boot will help you become a better skier.

Lest my snowboarding buddies think I don't understand that the same sorts of questions apply to them as well, I'll just plead ignorance. I have yet to work up the courage to tackle the short and steep learning curve that goes with trying to teach some of us old dogs new tricks. And today's shaped skis and rockers are so much fun I just can't convince myself to make the switch. Although I've got lots of friends, old and young, that enjoy both skiing and boarding equally.

I can only assume that the same boot-buying rules apply. Do it early in the season when you can select from the widest possible variety. Seek the counsel of a professional fitter. And don't let price be the determinant. As with skiers, fit and comfort should be your priorities.

John Christie is a former ski racer and ski area manager and owner, a ski historian and member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He and his son, Josh, write ski columns on alternating weeks. John can be reached at:

jchristie@fairpoint.net

 

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