Chairlift Chats: Our last conversation with Gérard Rubaud

Posted on January 18, 2019 by Warner

Welcome back to Chairlift Chats!

Hope you’re having a great Friday and ready for some snow this weekend in the East!!

This wasn’t our last chat with Gérard Rubaud before he passed away at his home in Westford, Vt., on October 7, 2018, at the age of  77.   But, it was the only time we brought a camera in October 2016.  Hope you enjoy.  He was and still is an inspiration to everything we do at Dodge Ski Boots.

Gérard Rubaud was an integral part of  Rossignol Ski Company, beginning in 1964 when he set up and ran the race department and culminating in his presidency of Rossignol North America in 1979.  Leaving Rossignol in 1982, his passion for cooking led him to create Gérard’s Haute Cuisine, an early leader in sous vide cooking and then, in 1994, a return to his early roots as a baker.   Gérard’s Bread was highly sought after in the Burlington, VT area, with loaves selling out as soon as they arrived in stores.

Rubaud hired Dodge Ski Boots co-founder Bill Doble at Rossignol/Nordica in his first jobs after graduating from college so it’s a huge honor to make this short video and celebrate Gérard’s life.  Even after leaving the ski business, Gérard kept up-to-date with the business and was a terrific ongoing counsel to Bill and Dave Dodge in developing Dodge Ski Boots.

While he may be gone, Dodge Ski Boots will always live by  Gérard’s early advice:  “Don’t be fashion. Just make the best ski boots possible!”

Merci Gérard!



Chairlift Chats: What does one of our customer’s say that returned his boots?

Posted on January 4, 2019 by Warner

Welcome back to Chairlift Chats!

In this chairlift chat video, we discuss our money back satisfaction guarantee, an industry exclusive, and interview one customer that returned his boots last year.

Traditionally, skiers do not buy ski boots online or over the internet, but this is our model since it delivers the best product and value to our customers.

Potential customers contemplate whether or not they will like our boots without trying them, which is a valid concern.  Since we truly believe in our boots and our fitting process to help eliminate potential customer’s fears we give a money back satisfaction guarantee.

The policy gives a customer 30 days to try the boots and, if they are not satisfied, return them for a full refund of the purchase price (less processing, shipping, and fitting charges).

The video is less than 2 minutes long and worth checking out.

Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!!

– The Dodge Boot Family

P.S. We have the only satisfaction guarantee of any ski boot manufacturer worldwide.




Chairlift Chats: Why We Are Qualified To Make Your Boots

Posted on December 28, 2018 by Warner

Welcome back to Chairlift Chats!

Revolutionizing ski boots is not easy.  As many of you’ve seen there are many new, niche ski manufacturers – and some really great ones – that have popped up over the last decade or two, but very few ski boot manufacturers.

This Chairlift Chat is a chance for you to get to know why we are uniquely qualified to make your boots.

Dave Dodge is the engineering guru.  He’s designed skis, boots, tennis rackets, and many other things for Rossignol, Lange, K2, Line, and some others.  He was the Head of Research and Development at Burton for 10 years with over 100 patents with his name on them before starting Dodge Ski Boots.  Think brilliant engineer that loves skiing and only wants to make you a better skier.

Bill Doble is the Eagle Scout, MBA Grad, and boot fitter with many years of experience at Nordica and Rossignol along with a couple consumer product companies.  Think the fiddler that will do anything to make your boots fit just right.

Both Dave and Bill´s passion for skiing and friendship came early when they were racing against each other as junior racers.  Their love of skiing is part of the foundation of Dodge Ski Boots.

The bottom line is, we will make you a better skier.  Guaranteed.

Check out this video to learn why they are uniquely suited to make your boots!

Have a great weekend and Happy Holidays!!

– The Dodge Boot Family

P.S. We are doing a Ski Boots Giveaway!  Through Vermont Ski and Ride you can win two nights at the Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, a pair of our boots, and skis from our friends at Renoun.  Click on the link below to enter:

Win a VIP Weekend & Skis, Boots & More




Chairlift Chats: Carbon ski boots will dramatically improve your skiing.

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Warner

Welcome back to Chairlift Chats!


What you’re made does matter.

Even with the best Polyurethane materials used to make plastic ski boots its stiffness changes by 500% from room temperature to -20 Celsius.  The materials we use in your Dodge Ski Boots are not temperature sensitive.

Our carbon fiber composite material is 1600 times stiffer (in compression and tension) by weight compared to the best materials used in plastic boots.  This hugely matters when you’re making a turn.

We’ll make you a better skier.  Guaranteed.

Watch this short 1-minute 47-second video to understand.

– The Dodge Boot Family

Chairlift Chats: We are the most custom fit boot in the world, let us explain…

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Warner

Welcome back to Chairlift Chats

A lot of people ask us, “How are you the most custom fit ski boot in the world?”  Well, let us explain it in this short 2-minute video.

It revolves around different shell widths, sizes, buckles, tongues, liners, and a cuff that can be aligned 3 degrees forward/backward and right/left.

Then our industry exclusive 3D-Fitting App builds a model of your feet that shows us things you never knew about your feet so we can make them fit just right.

The bottom line is boots are the most important part of your equipment and if yours fit right you definitely will be a better skier.

Which brings us back to our motto, we’ll make you a better skier.   Guaranteed.

Have a great weekend!!

The Dodge Boot Family!


Chairlift Chats: This is How We solve burning, tingling, and cold toes in ski boots

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Warner

Welcome back to Chairlift Chats.

There are many skiers that deal with burning, tingling, and cold toes in their ski boots.   In this chat, Dave Dodge explains what he has learned from over 40 years of working in the winter sports industry and the most important punch that many boot fitters miss.

If you ever experience this or have friends that have, you won’t want to miss this video about the importance of relieving pressure on your tibial nerve.

All the best,

The Dodge Boot Family!

Check it out!


Chairlift Chats: Legendary Coach, Ante Kostelic explains athlete development in 3 minutes.

Posted on October 5, 2018 by Warner

This week’s chairlift chat is with legendary father/coach Ante Kostelic talking about athlete development from birth to becoming a champion.

He stresses the importance of repeat, repeat, repeat from ages 10-15 among other things. It is a short, powerful chat that you don’t wanna miss!


We’re in the news (again)!

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Bill

It was a nice surprise when Business People Vermont magazine called us last month wanting to do an article on Dodge Ski Boots. Writer Phyl Newbeck arrived at the shop and interviewed us, ( ie, listened to our stories) and photographer Brad Pettingill showed up a few days later to try to make us look good.


Check out the article here:

Chairlift Chats: Ever Wonder How Norway Won 39 Medals in PyeongChang

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Warner

This week’s chairlift chat is with Leif Nestvold-Haugen about Norwegian Ski Team Culture.  It starts with a discussion of cultural norms and how husband and wife often combine last names. That is why he recently changed his last name from Haugen to Nestvold-Haugen last summer.   But, the bulk of this discussion is about Norwegian ski team culture.  Norwegian had the highest medal count in the 2018 Olympics with 39 medals and the bulk of those medals were won in snow sports.

This is a great chat to learn more about team culture and the Norwegian model.





Chairlift Chats: The best moments of Tom Wallisch’s career?

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Warner

The spring and summer will bring fewer chairlift chats, but we are excited to share this one with X-Games Champion, Tom Wallisch, explaining his favorite moments as a professional freeskier.

Wallisch also talks about how retirement just means he’s skiing a lot more powder than rails and he is enjoying his work as a commentator for big events like X-Games.

Make sure to check out this chat with a great guy!
Check it out!