Went to Park City last month for a Spring Break trip with my wife and kid and tried our hand at skiing via a group lesson. Was immediately hooked, made the drive to Alta 3 times that week and hit up Deer Valley as well. Three more lessons later and the whole family is addicted and we were all hitting blues by the last day (even the 9yo!).
So that last day, a lot of the local mom and pop shops were having end of season blow-out sales and we picked up a lot of gear for everyone including good gloves/helmets/layers/outerwear but their boot inventory was super depleted (especially for common sizes like a mens 11) and we walked away without getting any boots.
Fast forward to last week, I live in the SE US and there are no boot fitters in my state or within a days driving of me. The online stores are starting end of season blow-out sales and I decided to pick up boots for everyone (take it easy on me, I thought boots were boots and didnt know about the boot fitter requirement). Anyway, because of the pricing, some of the boots are non-returnable or returnable only for store credit.
So my question is, what are the odds that a good boot fitter can make the boots I purchased work? I actually purchased two pairs and had planned to exchange the one that didnt fit the best for credit but now that Ive done a little research I feel like I might have goofed.
For me I picked up the following two boots:
Salomon QST Access 90 and Dalbello Panterra MX 90
I wont be skiing again until the end of the year unless I can make it to CO next month so itll be a while before I can even get to a boot fitter but I plan to keep the best fitting ones out of the box and just walk in them on and off for the next few months to start forming them.