A Board Certified Pedorthist since 2005, is an accomplished outdoor and snowsports expert. He is director of curriculum development and operations for Masterfit University. He also coordinates Masterfit’s America’s Best Bootfitters test and and is the lead writer for all ABB and Ski/Skiing magazine reviews. He is the author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill) and a regular contributor and editorial review board member to 32 Degrees, the trade journal for the PSIA. Elling is a ski and boot tester for Ski and Skiing magazines and a level III certified PSIA instructor. He is based in Oregon where during the winter months he works as the head bootfitter at Mount Bachelor Ski & Sport and owner of Mercury Mobile Performance, a custom footbed and bootfitting service.
A practicing Pedorthist since 1982, he received Board Certification in 1993. He owns the New York City-based U.S. Orthotic Center, a leader in advanced fitting techniques and orthotic and footbed manufacturing. Rich has served numerous world-class athletes including baseball’s Carlos Beltran, basketball’s Stephon Marbury, tennis players Ivan Lendl and Monica Seles, Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan and Olympic skiing gold medalist Debbie Armstrong. He has been co-director of Ski and Ski Press magazines’ boot-testing programs and has written extensively about ski boots and fitting issues. Rich has also written for Biomechanics magazine and has lectured for the Professional Footwear Association and the PSIA.
is co-owner of The Boot Doctors, specialty boot fitting shops in Telluride, Colo. and Taos, N.M. He has lectured extensively about boot fitting and created training programs for several major ski boot manufacturers. He has also designed ski boots and made custom footbeds for many top-level ski racers, mogul skiers, and big mountain “extreme” skiers. Mr. Gleason is a boot tester for SKI magazine. He has written numerous articles about boot fitting for various ski industry publications. Gleason conducts seminars in “boot balancing” for the PSIA Rocky Mountain division and has been an instructor with Masterfit University since 1994. He is co-creator of the program’s Backcountry Connection curriculum with Bob Egeland.
a Board Certified Pedorthist since 1993, is the founder of the Vail, CO-based Skibootfitting.com which he now operates as a joint venture with Vail Sports in two unique locations: a full service retail location in Lionshead Village and also a mountain-top boot lab, the Skier Enhancement Center at Vail’s summit. Both locations manufacturer custom orthotics and provide bootfitting and stance balancing services to skiers. Mr. Hoffmann has worked with the PSIA’s National and Eastern Demonstration Teams on fitting boots, manufacturing orthotics and stance balancing. He has written about ski boots and fitting issues for Ski Press and Ski magazines as well as for Skiing Trade News. He has lectured on boot fitting and stance issues for the Professional Ski Instructors of America, the Eastern Ski Journalists Assn., the New England Ski Areas Assn. and Ski Areas of New York among others.
has been a practicing Pedorthist since 1980. He attended Ball State University and is accredited through The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and The American Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Society. Mr. Rafferty has been an instructor at Masterfit University for 14 years. He has lectured at the Aspen Sports Medicine Institute and written for Active Living magazine and Colorado Bowhunting magazine. He developed and currently fabricates orthotic supports for the Orthopedic Associates of Aspen and Glenwood Springs as well as the Roaring Fork Family Physicians group. He is founder and owner of the Thotics Inc. slopeside custom boot fitting in Snowmass Village, CO. Rafferty has worked with top professional athletes fabricating orthotics and modifying footwear for tennis champion Martina Navratilova, U.S. Olympic cycling gold medalist Alexi Grewal and PGA golfer Chris DiMarco.
is a Board Certified Pedorthist and co-owner of The Start Haus, a high-end specialty ski shop specializing in custom boot fitting and alignment in Truckee, CA. He was a nationally ranked amateur and professional ski racer, a World Cup ski racing service technician, manager of Salomon’s North American Racing and Promotions Department and consultant for the race departments of several ski manufacturers. Mr. Schaffner has served as boot tester for Ski and Ski Press magazines as well as several manufacturers.
has a rich practical background in skiing as well as a formal education. He graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington’s acclaimed ski industry program in 2000. Mr. Blaylock is currently director of boot fitting and stance alignment services at Mount Snow Custom Boot Works at Mount Snow Resort, VT. Previously he has served as head bootfitter with Green Mountain Orthotics Lab at Stratton, VT and for Skibootfitting.com in Vail, CO. He has lectured on stance analysis and bootfitting and conducted on-hill clinics for the PSIA Eastern and Rocky Mountain divisions. Mr. Blaylock has been certified as a Level III alpine instructor with PSIA and as a Level II coach with the USSCA. He has been teaching bootfitting with Masterfit University since 2001 and is co-creator of the Associates Plus workshops.
is an outdoor enthusiast who spends his winter skiing at Taos Ski Valley, NM. He is the head bootfitter at The Boot Doctors in Taos Ski Valley where he has worked since 1992. He has assisted with the P.S.I.A. Rocky Mountain division’s stance balance workshops. As a graduate of the Professional Feldenkrais Training Program in Santa Fe, Bradley has extensive knowledge of functional skeletal movement. He has been an instructor with Masterfit University since 2000 and is co-creator of the Associate’s Plus workshops.
is a Board Certified Pedorthist with extensive experience in footwear sales, retailer fit training and product design. He spent 25 years with a major hiking boot manufacturer before training as a C. Ped. He currently owns Boulder Orthotics at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, CO, a boot fit specialty shop in the region’s premier mountaineering and backcountry skiing shop. He is a senior instructor with Masterfit University and co-creator of the Backcountry Connection curriculum. He is also national sales manager and Rocky Mountain sales rep for Masterfit Enterprises. An avid Telemark skier, hiker, mountain biker and fly fisherman, he lives and works in Niwot, CO.
has been a Board Certified Pedorthist since 1999 and is the owner/operator of Green Mountain Orthotic Lab in Stratton, VT, a boot specialty shop based at Stratton Mountain, Haight also directs GMOL’s boot sole planing tools and lifters division. Haight began his career in the ski industry in 1988 and has lectured for and provided on-hill clinics for the Eastern Division of PSIA. He is a boot tester for Ski and Skiing magazines and has been a Masterfit University instructor since 2004.
is a graduate of the Spokane Falls Prosthetics and Orthotics program in Spokane, WA and is the owner of Alpine Pro Performance, a custom bootfitting and footbed lab based in Post Falls, ID and a senior bootfitter at Jackson Hole Sports at Teton Village, WY. Sullivan served as lead bootfitter at Mountain Gear, a specialty outdoor retailer in Spokane, WA, for 4 years after spending 6 seasons bootfitting at Mt. Bachelor Ski Sport in Bend, OR. He has been a Masterfit University instructor since 2003 and received his pedorthic training at the Robert M. Palmer Institute of Biomechanics in Elwood, IN.
is head of Masterfit’s European education and distribution operations. A British citizen raised in New England, James has spent 23 years working in ski shops and was head bootfitter, boot department manager and buyer for Outdoor Traders in Greenwich, CT when he returned to England in 2004. Back in the UK, he established Outdoor Traders in Abingdon, Oxfordshire as a premier ski and bike shop. James has a comprehensive knowledge of stance alignment, custom footbed fabrication techniques and the art of custom ski bootfitting. He has taught the Masterfit curriculum in private training sessions in Europe since 2009.
is the Associate Director of Masterfit University EU. He edited and supervised translation of the MFU Boot Tech Bible German edition. Mr. Reiter is a graduate of the two-year ski program at the University of Innsbruck. He received his national certification in 1982 and has taught extensively in both Austria and the United States. He was the founder and director of the ski school “Ski Fever” in St. Michael, Austria from 1989 to 1993. He subsequently moved to the United States where he taught at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. For the past 15 years, Mr. Reiter has concentrated his energies in the sports equipment retail, specializing in boot fitting. He completed studies at both the State University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and the New York College of Podiatry.
Ned has worked in the ski industry fitting boots in Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA and Japan since 2001. He graduated at the top of his class from Podiatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2011. He is currently a surgical registrar under the postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Podiatry degree at UWA.
Since 2006, Ned has owned and operated Boot Solutions, a Japan-based custom ski boot fitting operation with stores in Niseko and Hakuba. He currently spends the northern hemisphere winter months working alongside his team of boot fitters in Japan and the Australian winter months working as a podiatrist at his private practice in Perth, Australia where he is also working towards completing his training as a foot and ankle surgeon.
Matt has extensive equipment service experience at the highest levels of skiing. From 2002-2012 he worked for three major Alpine hardgoods brands in Racing and Promotions, most recently at Atomic USA as the National Competition Director. He was Equipment Service Manager for the U.S. Ski Team Men’s World Cup group through the Vancouver Olympics. Currently, he is managing Park City Ski Boot in Utah. He has worked at virtually every level of skiing including stints as a lift operator, ski instructor, ski patroller, race coach, World Cup serviceman and manufacturer’s rep. He holds certifications as a PSIA Level III instructor, USSA National Coach, CSCA Level III Coach and EMT.
Chris Wilde is a 27 year veteran of the west coast snow sports and outdoors industry working in sales, management, and product representation. He hails from Los Angeles, and worked at locations in Santa Barbara, Portland, and Bend Oregon, with 15 years at Mt Bachelor. He is a ABC board certified Pedorthist and spends his non snow days working at Summit Orthotic and Prosthetics providing diabetic and functional clinical foot care for VA and Medicare patients. He is also the owner of Balanced Gravity Fit Solutions and integrates his knowledge of ski and snowboard boot fitting into his ambulatory patient services. Chris is a Master fit University instructor, boot fitter at Mt Bachelor, Ski and Skiing magazine boot tester, as well as camp cook at test parties.
Veteran boot tester and bootfitter, technician and salesperson at Mt. Bachelor Ski & Sport. Graduate of Masterfit University and former ski racer and expert snowboarder. Works as a wildlands firefighter and bike trail builder in the off-season.