Ski boots are an important piece of gear because they are the only link between your skis and the actions of your feet, ankles and legs. Selecting the proper boot requires an honest assessment of your skiing ability.
For boot-fitting purposes, determine whether your skier type is a beginner, intermediate or advanced. More advanced skiers require stiffer ski boots.
Ski Boot Outer Shell
The outer part of a ski boot is called the shell. It is made of plastic and given a flex rating based on the stiffness of the boot.
Ski Boot Liner
Inside of the shell is a soft, insulating layer called the liner. Most modern boot liners are heat-moldable for a more comfortable custom fit.
Ski Boot Buckles
Most adult ski boots have four buckles: two on top and two on bottom. Children's ski boots may have as little as one buckle depending on the style of boot.
Ski Boot Sizing
Ski boots use the Mondo size system. The numerical size indicates the length of the inner sole in centimeters.
Article Written By Michelle Kidd
Based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Michelle Kidd has been writing advertorial and editorial content since 1999. Her articles have appeared in "Homestead" and "A Grand Wedding" magazines. Kidd holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.