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Christy Sports Boot Fit Training

Ski boots are far from Cinderella’s glass slipper. Your Christy Sports boot fitter won’t slip a boot on your foot and cross their fingers it fits. Hours of training and development go into breeding boot fitters who leverage their expertise while putting the customers’ needs first to create an experience that is enjoyable both on the slopes and in the shop.

Throughout our shops in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Washington, are individuals highly trained in the art of gearing guests up for their best day on the mountain skiing or boarding. We strongly believe the greatest gear set up starts with a boot that fits flawlessly. Our boot fitters go through hours of training and hold years of experience under their boot buckles.

One such facet of development? Our annual boot fit training, held on the Front Range and in the mountains and ran by our Ski Boot Buyer, Joe Liefer. The training is focused on reiterating important aspects of the ski boot fit process to our expert boot fitters and teaching them new tidbits to enhance the customer experience and help create comfort and longevity on the mountain. The training, held in October just before ski season ramps up, is just one example of the time and energy spent making sure our boot fitters can stand behind their work in the shop in order to give you two comfortable feet to stand on among the slopes.

Don’t Let Your Ski Boots Ruin Your Day

Our Boot Fit Guarantee is a crucial value add of purchasing ski boots through Christy Sports. We won’t just sell you a boot, we’ll make sure it WORKS for you, allowing our guests to head into any Christy Sports to have their boots tweaked following purchase if they aren’t living up to expectations. We have slope-side stores at almost every major resort in Colorado and Utah, meaning you can head in to consult a boot expert the second you need an adjustment. Come place your feet in our highly competent hands!

In this series of posts, we’re covering one of our annual boot fit trainings, where some of our most skilled boot fitters have the chance to brush up on their craft and experts in the field show newer boot fitters the ropes in a hands-on environment. Learn just how much time and effort is put behind placing boot fitters in our store that can ensure your time on the mountain is as enjoyable as possible. Stay tuned! 

Bob Gleason talks to Christy Sports boot fitters.

Bob Gleason educates Christy Sports boot fitters.

Ski Boot Insoles

Boulder_Store18_02Finding that perfect ski or snowboard boots is a daunting task. You might spend hours doing research and talking with experts until finally you find the perfect boots.  Then you get dialed in with the help of your local boot fitter and as they’re working on your fit they might ask you if you’re interested in a custom ski boot insole. Don’t skimp on this part as it is arguably the most important component.  Replacing the generic insole with one that is customized to fit your foot is a game changer.


DFP (Dynamic Foot Positioning) designs both ready fit insoles, an inexpensive way to add comfort, and fully customizable insoles.  These insoles are fully fabricated to your feet, resulting in an efficient biomechanical interface between foot and footwear.  There are three key ways a custom insole will change your life (on the mountain).

Comfort and Fatigue– A heat molded footbed is fabricated to each individual foot and helps eliminate pressure points by spreading out your weight over a large surface, this allows for increased comfort and decreased fatigue.

Neutral Stance– Nobody has a perfectly aligned stance, most of us either pronate or supinate, meaning our ankles roll inward or outward.  With the addition of a custom molded insole you are able to neutralize your stance and correct your alignment from your ankles all the way up to your hips.

Energy Transfer–  The molding process and the ThermoCORK materials gives you a balanced foundation which allows you to efficiently transfer energy and get the most out of your skis or snowboard.


Dynamic Foot Positioning makes a variety of insoles for every level of skier.

Ready-Fit Insoles – A quick and inexpensive upgrade, offering support and cushion for many types of footwear.

BlueprintBlueprint – Quick comfort for upgraded support, straight out of the box

StompStomp – Maximum cushion for shock absorption

Full Custom Insoles – Fully customizable to offer a natural, comfortable, and balanced foundation, fabricated by a Christy Sports boot fitter.

Podium P1Podium P1 – low volume fit

Podium PlusPodium Plus – High degree of stability

PodiumPodium – Plush seamless cushion


IMG_0810Possibly the biggest perk to adding a fully customizable insole is it qualifies you for the Christy Sports boot fit guarantee allowing you to have your boots tweaked at any Christy Sports location.

Whether you ski or ride, race or freeride, on powder or hard pack, custom support from DFP insole will give you the added comfort fit and performance you need to crush the day on the mountain.  Stop by your local Christy Sports and ask a boot fitter for help with the right insole to help you stomp the day!

Ski Boots For Wide Calves

The great thing about people is that we are all different, but this does present some issues for skiers, especially when it comes to ski boot fitting. One of the most common complaints I hear from people looking for new ski boots is that they’ve never been able to find a comfortable boot because they have wide calves, so they just accept that they will have to cope with hot spots and other pain while skiing. If you have the same mindset, abandon those negative thoughts, because there are few different ways to accommodate athletic calves.

Start by looking for a boot with a short cuff and consider getting a custom insole with a heel lift to bring the shaft of the leg slightly out of the boot. This will allow the boots to make contact with the lower leg and narrower part of the calves, enhancing fit and comfort.

You should also consider adding a custom liner that fits into any shell and can be molded by a professional to accommodate any extra room.

Although custom insoles and liners are great solutions for issues with fit, it really helps to start with the right boot. It is strongly advised that you consult with a knowledgeable boot-fitter to ensure that you are getting the best recommendations for your anatomy. In case you don’t have the ability to meet with an expert at Christy Sports, here are few models to start your boot search with:

Men’s Ski Boots:

Fischer Hybrid 12 Vacuum Fit Ski Boot

Fischer Hybrid 12 Vacuum Fit Ski Boot (**Not Sold Online**)

Tecnica Ten.2 120 HVL Ski Boot

Tecnica Ten.2 120 HVL Ski Boot

Atomic Live Fit 130 Ski Boot

Atomic Live Fit 130 Ski Boot







Apex MC-2 Ski Boot

Apex MC-2 Ski Boot







Women’s Ski Boots:

Fischer Hybrid W 8+ Vacuum Fit Ski Boot

Fischer Hybrid W 8+ Vacuum Fit Ski Boot (**Not Sold Online**)

Head Dream 80W Ski Boot

Head Dream 80W Ski Boot

Atomic Live Fit 90 Ski Boot

Atomic Live Fit 90 Ski Boot







Apex ML-3 Ski Boot

Apex ML-3 Ski Boot







These models are by no means a cure-all, but we’ve found them to be a good starting point in our shops. If the fit of your ski boots has been an issue in the past, visit a shop and get fit by a professional. At Christy Sports, we guarantee every boot we fit in our shops. This includes any molding, liners, parts, and labor. Have you found solutions for boot fit issues? Help fellow skiers by sharing them in the comments below.