Our Qualifications

 

Tom and Gavin, owners, have attended various training courses over the years and now work very closely with Tecnica helping them develop future products. The first course they attended was the BSBA system (British Ski Boot-Fitters Association). Which they now use as the basis of their in-house training program.

We’re very lucky at The Boot Lab as we always have a high number of returning staff each season, this means as a team we have the experience of fitting 1000’s of boots and for the winter 2017/18 the team has completed a total of 48 seasons boot fitting. We put our knowledge to the test every time we ski, experimenting with different products to understand what makes the perfect fit.

Our in-house training starts in November where we spend a large amount of our time learning about the new products. We’ll try each boot on (we have over 50 models in stock), look in depth at the construction and really get to understand the fit. Suppliers are a key part of our training process. Knowledge of the intricacies of their models allow us to ensure that we select the correct boot for each foot.

We always find the time to head out for some on-snow training with Mark Birch at Sweet Snowsports (it would be rude not to). We take various size boots up onto the piste and try skiing each to really understand the importance of correctly fitted ski boots. We try different flexes, different sizes and add heel lifts to really begin to understand how the intricacies of a ski boot effect your performance on the snow.

With every boot fit we’re enhancing our knowledge and we use all of our strengths and experiences as a team to solve any problems we encounter. This is our key strength and our customer reviews are testament to the level of effort we put into every boot fit.

They were not expensive
“Having arrived in Courchevel with little hope of being able to Ski due to a 9 year absence and a Bunion, I headed to The Boot Lab on day one. I had been recommended to go there from the Uk but also by Ski World.
Gavin had me in Boots in less than 2 hours and they were the most comfortable Ski Boots I have ever had. They were not expensive for the custom fit service. I am so grateful and happy. Thank you is not enough.”

Susan Goodchild

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:22:30+00:00

Susan Goodchild

“Having arrived in Courchevel with little hope of being able to Ski due to a 9 year absence and a Bunion, I headed to The Boot Lab on day one. I had been recommended to go there from the Uk but also by Ski World. Gavin had me in Boots in less than 2 hours and they were the most comfortable Ski Boots I have ever had. They were not expensive for the custom fit service. I am so grateful and happy. Thank you is not enough.”
They’re always willing to help
“The guys at The Boot Lab know what they’re talking about and have given me lots of great advice about my skis boots and equipment over the years. They’re always willing to help out anyone who has an issue and since getting my boots and skis there i haven’t had any pain or discomfort while skiing and my skiing ability has improved accordingly!
Do yourself a favour if you love skiing and go and get yourself some custom fitted boots from The Boot Lab and your skiing will massively improve!”

Mikey Evans

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:32:38+00:00

Mikey Evans

“The guys at The Boot Lab know what they’re talking about and have given me lots of great advice about my skis boots and equipment over the years. They’re always willing to help out anyone who has an issue and since getting my boots and skis there i haven’t had any pain or discomfort while skiing and my skiing ability has improved accordingly! Do yourself a favour if you love skiing and go and get yourself some custom fitted boots from The Boot Lab and your skiing will massively improve!”
My first day of pain free skiing in 5 years
"Incredible service from Gavin and Joel. I have serious feet issues and have just had my first day of pain free skiing in 5 years thanks to being properly diagnosed and fitted. I just can't thank the boys enough, or recommend them highly enough."

Scott Jarron

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:33:52+00:00

Scott Jarron

"Incredible service from Gavin and Joel. I have serious feet issues and have just had my first day of pain free skiing in 5 years thanks to being properly diagnosed and fitted. I just can't thank the boys enough, or recommend them highly enough."
Incredibly professional and knowledgeable
“New boots for husband and myself from Meribel. Gavin looked after us, incredibly professional and knowledgeable, even got my ski style exact from me just standing. I have been in boots two sizes too big, unknowingly for years. Having the correct size has improved my skiing beyond explanation. My husbands size of boot also reduced and also correct. They will also adjust the boots if there are twinges. I can’t recommend them enough. Allow time, this standard of service is not quick, but it is worth it. Thank you to all of the team.”

Liz Warren

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:37:28+00:00

Liz Warren

“New boots for husband and myself from Meribel. Gavin looked after us, incredibly professional and knowledgeable, even got my ski style exact from me just standing. I have been in boots two sizes too big, unknowingly for years. Having the correct size has improved my skiing beyond explanation. My husbands size of boot also reduced and also correct. They will also adjust the boots if there are twinges. I can’t recommend them enough. Allow time, this standard of service is not quick, but it is worth it. Thank you to all of the team.”
Professional and genuinely caring
"Great staff, all professional and genuinely caring. I was so impressed when buying boots, I went back and bought new skis and then poles. I will use again and highly recommend The Boot Lab to all."

Gav Miller

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5.0
2017-05-25T12:38:51+00:00

Gav Miller

"Great staff, all professional and genuinely caring. I was so impressed when buying boots, I went back and bought new skis and then poles. I will use again and highly recommend The Boot Lab to all."
They really do guarantee a perfect fit
"Amazing attention to detail from the guys. Myself and stepdaughter got new boots custom fitted last week. When they say don't hesitate to come in if something isn't right, they mean it. They really do guarantee a perfect fit and make you feel very welcome if you want to have any adjustments. Very pleased indeed."

Mark Fowler

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:40:18+00:00

Mark Fowler

"Amazing attention to detail from the guys. Myself and stepdaughter got new boots custom fitted last week. When they say don't hesitate to come in if something isn't right, they mean it. They really do guarantee a perfect fit and make you feel very welcome if you want to have any adjustments. Very pleased indeed."
Day two, happiest feet ever!!!
"I have the oddest feet. That need much patience. Particularly when finding the right boot. And after considerable time spent with the guys in The Boot Lab, we thought we had. But one day skiing proved we were wrong. Back I went. And another patient hour and a half was spent figuring out what was wrong. Found the problems, and the solutions. Day two, happiest feet ever!!! Thank you" 

Maeve McCleane

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:42:02+00:00

Maeve McCleane

"I have the oddest feet. That need much patience. Particularly when finding the right boot. And after considerable time spent with the guys in The Boot Lab, we thought we had. But one day skiing proved we were wrong. Back I went. And another patient hour and a half was spent figuring out what was wrong. Found the problems, and the solutions. Day two, happiest feet ever!!! Thank you" 
I’ve never seen a shop so busy, anywhere!
"I attended the Meribel shop yesterday, fabulous service!
They made me feel important.
I've never seen a shop so busy, anywhere!
And their help, advice and product works.
I was looking at losing more than the one day of my lift pass, but thanks to their help I was up, out and skiing again the next day.
If you need them, expect to be with them for well over an hour. But it's the best hour plus I've spent in a ski resort.
Top guys, top service, top product!


Thankyou!

Phil Foster

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:43:34+00:00

Phil Foster

"I attended the Meribel shop yesterday, fabulous service! They made me feel important. I've never seen a shop so busy, anywhere! And their help, advice and product works. I was looking at losing more than the one day of my lift pass, but thanks to their help I was up, out and skiing again the next day. If you need them, expect to be with them for well over an hour. But it's the best hour plus I've spent in a ski resort. Top guys, top service, top product! Thankyou!
Bunch of really nice guys doing a fantastic job, cannot recommend highly enough.
"My husband and I bought new boots after ten years swimming around in old Decathlon boots, Ewan and his team spent over two and a half hours fitting us, making sure we were comfortable and giving us expert advice without ever patronising or giving us the hard sell. They just simply know their stuff and the result is fantastic. Our son already had boots but he was uncomfortable, convinced no-one could help we still took him to The Boot Lab in Meribel and after spending a good deal of time diagnosing the problem they fitted new footbeds, problem solved! Bunch of really nice guys doing a fantastic job, cannot recommend highly enough."

Tiffany Bulter

The Boot Lab
5.0
2017-05-25T12:48:00+00:00

Tiffany Bulter

"My husband and I bought new boots after ten years swimming around in old Decathlon boots, Ewan and his team spent over two and a half hours fitting us, making sure we were comfortable and giving us expert advice without ever patronising or giving us the hard sell. They just simply know their stuff and the result is fantastic. Our son already had boots but he was uncomfortable, convinced no-one could help we still took him to The Boot Lab in Meribel and after spending a good deal of time diagnosing the problem they fitted new footbeds, problem solved! Bunch of really nice guys doing a fantastic job, cannot recommend highly enough."
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