BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY–MasterFit University presented by Rohner Sport Socks, the ski and snowboard industry’s leading boot fit training program, has certified more than 350 boot technicians at more than 150 ski and snowboard shops in the U.S. and Canada for winter 2000,

“There are lots of people who call themselves ‘expert boot fitters,’” says MasterFit U. educational director Jeff Rich. “But only MasterFit Certified Technicians have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism by undergoing two full days of rigorous training in sports anatomy and the latest boot fitting, footbed manufacturing and stance balancing techniques. They also receive training in specialized strategies for fitting alpine, snowboard and telemark boots.”

According to Rich, who is technical director of the boot test program at Ski Magazine and a Certified Pedorthist, “Nearly 80 percent off all bad boot fits could be avoided if skiers and snowboarders started out with a better match. Unfortunately, there are few opportunities to actually test boots on the hill so most people rely on how a boot feels in the shop fit and a boot fitter’s recommendation.”

MasterFit Certified fitters are trained in snowsports biomechanics and know the nuances of each model’s “last” shape and flex characteristics so they can match skiers’ and snowboarders’ foot shape and style to the appropriate boots. “Visiting a MasterFit Certified boot tech ensures that you’ll get a boot that fits snugly and comfortably and is tailored for your body type,” says Rich.

MasterFit Certified Technicians can not only help you find the right model if you’re buying new boots, but they’re also adept at customizing existing boots to increase comfort, boost performance and prevent injuries. They are also experts at making custom footbeds, which many experts consider the foundation of a good boot fit.

Because MasterFit Certified Boot Technicians must attend University sessions semi-annually to maintain their certification, snow sliders can be assured that they are trained in the most up-to-date techniques. These miracle workers are in demand so it’s recommended that you call for an appointment before visiting.

Skiers and snowboarders can locate a MasterFit Certified boot technicians by visiting www.skinet.com, the Ski Magazine website.

MasterFit University is presented by Rohner Sport Socks, Ski Magazine and Snowboarding Business. The program is supported by Snowsports Industries of America and uses training products provided Tecnica, Rossignol, Salomon, Head, Dalbello, Instaprint Footbeds, Zipfit custom liners, The Cant Company, The Booster Strap and Hotronic.