There is a company called Superfeet that specialize in orthotics. There are no local shops to the DC area that makes them but if you go out west or up to VT or NY you can find them. I got mine in Park City. They put your feet on these sensors and measure pressure and generate a topographical view of your feet. Then they have a machine which computer cuts the rubber footbed to your exact foot shape. When I first tried them on they felt weird and I wasn't sure that this was going to work. I thought this was going to be a disaster again and I'd be out $150.
Anyway, I went skiing at Timberline and I had 0 pain. None. Second day, Nothing. I've been skiing 12 days in them so far and no issues.
They have a website at www.superfeet.com that list the locations.
I know that a lot of people have foot pain issues and just learn to live with it and I wanted to pass this along. I also wanted to wait until I was sure they weren't going to break down or lose the rigidity. After 12 solid days they still feel the same and appairently if they do breakdown or lose shape they have a lifetime warranty so I think it's worth the money.
Anyway - I have a set & they are wonderful! I will DEFINITELY be getting another set done. The great part - is that if you want more than 1 set - I've been told that they can simply make another set from their existing file if your foot hasn't changed.
the company that made mine is called AMfit at http://www.amfit.com/ - and they don't have any local shops that do it. Mine were done in Stowe, VT at Boots & Boards 2 years ago.
Boot manufacturers should be ashamed of the flimsy insoles they put in their products.
Even if you don't have foot pain issues, custom insoles can improve boot fit and really enhance the feedback you get from your feet.
I have had custom footbeds made at both Ski Center in D.C. and Pro-Fit in Leesburg. Both shops did an excellent job.
I have very bad feet (flat, no arch, inward roll of the ankle a.k.a. pronation, absolutely no ankle volume, etc). I wish that Ski Center would use this system instead of the old-cork standby. Their web page actually discourages the AMFit style system for some reason.... I don't know why & don't really care at this point.
I have had foot beds for the last 13 years of my 25 years of skiing. Most of them were super-feet - which have now been kicked to my hiking boots. For my feet - the AMFit system is the best performance I have come across yet.
There are a lot of spinoff brands with "Super..." in their name that probably confuses some people.
I also agree that if you need good service head out to Ski Center in DC. They might be a tad more expensive than other shops but they are the best in the area.
If you need an excuse to go to Utah this year then stop by the Superfeet HQ in the Park City Villiage. Top notch.
Tell you guys what. My experience that I detailed in my first post last year did occur.
That is the only certainty I know at this point. It happened last year. It was cold out. And my feet feel better. Beyond that I am unable to confirm or deny anything
Worked for my girlfriend. You want to avoid putting more stuff in the boot box.
First, The socks I wear in my street shoes to get to the resort NEVER enter my ski boots, not even to walk from the parking lot to the locker room. That is a HUGE one, since I didn't realize my feet were actually sweating a bit.
Second, between taking my street socks off & putting my ski socks on, I let my feet dry for a min or two. If I don't have the time, I just wipe them off.
Third, my ski socks are the thinest ski socks I can find and are never cotton or a cotton blend. My main pair of socks is actually a pair of sock liners. If it gets too cold for them, I have a couple pair of the thinest "smart wool" socks I can find. It's never too cold for the smart wool.
Like I said - I used to have that problem years ago & haven't had that problem since I switched. I have skiied with those very thin smart wool socks in Calgary in -25 degrees & not had cold feet.
Another thing to consider is boot fit. If there is any pinching in her boot - that may be the source of her cold feet also. Sometimes I get a pinch just below my ankle bone. If I don't stop & fix it, my entire heal gets cold & goes to sleep.
Make sure you do this even if you're not going to go skiing for 2 weeks. Once the liners are wet/damp - it takes many many weeks before they're dry again without a boot dryer or without being taken out of their shells.
Every few rides up the chairlift (or in the lift line), undo or loosen the one or two buckles of your boot nearest the toe. Wiggle your toes around to increase circulation to your foot. (Rebuckle before starting to ski.) In cold weather, our bodies draw blood away from the extremities to the body core. Lack of blood flow to the hands and feet make them cold. For proper performance ski boots need to snug; but a snug fit may restrict blood flow a bit. Before your wife tries this on the lift, make sure she is able to ski down the chairlift ramp with the boot partially unbuckled.