Few professional skiers would ski without custom footbeds, extensive boot fitting, and a boot-and-binding setup that puts them in proper alignment. Tweaking their gear lets them perform at peak levels. You can now do the same more easily than ever, thanks to resort-based venues that provide expert consultation, allow "test drives," and give you immediate feedback on form. It's guaranteed to up your skiing -- and likely your comfort -- at least a notch.
ASPEN HIGHLANDS, COLORADO
BOOTech at Pro Mountain Sports
The expertise: Jim Lindsay works with U.S. Ski Team and PSIA Alpine Demo Team members.
What's offered: Computer-assisted biomechanical assessments in a lab setting; on-snow consultation.
Other services: Custom footbeds, boot-fitting, canting (via boot-sole grinding), demo skis.
Fees: $60/hour; footbeds, $160.
Harb Ski Systems
The expertise: Harald Harb, author of Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier.
What's offered: On-snow balance assessment and movement instruction with video; indoor alignment assessment.
Other services: Footbeds, canting (via plastic strips under bindings), ski demos, guaranteed boot purchases.
Fees: $275, half-day; $475, full day; footbeds, $195; discounts for two skiers or multiple days.
MT. BACHELOR, OREGON
Bachelor Tech Guides at Mt. Bachelor Ski and Sport
The expertise: Slated to run through the resort's demo shop.
What's offered: Indoor assessment; on-snow evaluation with a tech guide; alignment work and boot fitting.
Other services: Footbeds, ski tuning, canting (via plastic strips), demos.
Fees: $65, two-hour session for one skier; $85 for two skiers; footbeds, $100 and $30.
STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VERMONT
Performance Center at the Green Mountain Orthotic Lab
The expertise: Peter Palmer, a PSIA examiner, and the technicians of the Green Mountain Orthotic Lab.
What's offered: On-snow consultation and indoor assessment with focus on lateral and fore-aft balance.
Other services: Footbeds, boot-fitting, canting (via boot-sole grinding and lifts), demo skis.
Fees: $60/hour and up; footbeds, $185.
SUNDAY RIVER, MAINE
Stance Geometry System at Chrisports
The expertise: Bootmaker Dalbello's Stance Geometry System and instructors from the ski school's Perfect Turn program.
What's offered: Indoor and outdoor sessions and a stance-measuring device to determine optimal alignment settings.
Other services: Footbeds, canting (via boot-sole adjustment), demo skis and Dalbello boots.
Fees: $50 for one-and-a-half-hour session; footbeds, $110.
The Boot Doctors
The expertise: Base-area shop and Telluride ski school instructors.
What's offered: On-snow assessment and indoor equipment modifications.
Other services: Footbeds, boot-fitting, canting (via plastic strips and grinding), demo skis.
Fees: $110, indoor session; on-snow analysis at private-lesson prices; footbeds, $130.
WHITEFACE, NEW YORK
Personal Alpine Guiding
The expertise: Assistant ski school director Dana Cagen.
What's offered: Equipment analysis and adjustment and guided skiing.
Other services: Footbeds, boot-fitting,canting (via plastic strips), demo skis.
Fees: $55/hour and up; footbeds, $135.
WINTER PARK, COLORADO
The Performance Lab Private at The Skier/Rider Improvement Center
The expertise: Winter Park ski instructors trained in alignment.
What's offered: Dalbello's SGS system plus aa look at ramp angle, forward lean, and general boot fit.
Other services: Footbeds, canting (via boot-sole adjustment); demo skis and Dalbello boots.
Fees: $80 and up for one-and-a-half-hour session; footbeds, $99-$150.