Over the years, the Pro-Fit Ski & Skate retail shop earned a solid reputation for its bootfitting and ski service. The shop attracted skiers from across the mid-Atlantic region looking to find the perfect boot or boot adjustments. When Pro-Fit decided to go out of business in early 2009, DCSki readers publicly mourned the closing of the Leesburg, Virginia-based shop.
Not to fear: on November 16, 2009, Pro-Fit returned as Pro-Fit Ski & Boot Service, a smaller and more service-focused version of Pro-Fit Ski & Skate. Brian Deely, former owner and manager of Pro-Fit Ski & Skate, will run the new business.
Brian is a master boot fitter with over 25 years of bootfitting experience and over 30 years of ski tuning experience.
“Pro-Fit has a full compliment of the stretching, grinding and stance analysis tools necessary to optimally customize today’s new boots,” said Brian. “We also have all the specialized machinery to resurface, sharpen and wax skis in order to return them to a factory finish.”
The new shop is located in the lower level of the Virginia Village Shopping Center at 40-B Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175. (Enter at the “Signs by Dave” door.) Visit Pro-Fit’s web site to view operating hours. Custom boot fitting will be available by appointment. Brian will also be spending one or two days a week at the Alpine Ski Shop in Sterling, Virginia. Pro-Fit can be reached at (703) 771-7669.
“Our goal is to provide the best fit and flex for each skier’s/rider’s individual performance on the mountain,” explained Brian. “We believe the critical link between the skier/rider and the snow is the boot, and to empower that link we first stabilize the foot, accommodate the shape, then realign the stance, if needed, for optimum performance. Our boot services include stance alignment inspection and adjustment, sole canting, shell stretching and grinding, liner modifications, and custom insoles,” he added. “If boots aren’t comfortable or they don’t fit properly, the energy loss in turns is dramatic.”
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.