How to Fit Cross Country Ski Boots

How to Fit Cross Country Ski Boots
Unlike alpine ski boots, which are heavy, stiff and unwieldy, cross country boots are flexible, comfortable and fit almost like tennis shoes. Cross country skiing is an aerobic activity, whether you're causally exploring the backcountry (touring), on the tracks in a classical Nordic skiing park or aggressively hitting groomed skate trails, so it keeps your body and your feet warmer than alpine skiing. As a result, cross country skiers usually wear lighter, thinner socks. Getting the right fit for your boots is important to keep your feet comfortable and maintain control over your skis.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski socks
Step 1
Wear the socks you plan to ski in when fitting your boots. If you are planning to tour the back country, you may wear thicker socks of the same type winter hikers would wear. Otherwise, you may prefer a thinner, more athletic style of sock.
Step 2
Put on the boots you are fitting and tighten the laces. Stand normally and check the boots for initial fit. They should be snug but not too tight in width, and your toes should be within a finger width of the end of the boot. If the fit seems right, flex the boots as you would when you are striding and turning while skiing.
Step 3
Check the fit with the boot flexed. Bend your foot inside the boot as you would while turning or striding to flex the boot. For touring, you likely want a looser boot to accommodate thicker socks. For classical cross country, you want your toes to lightly touch the end of the boot when it is flexed. For skating, the boot should fit snugly all the way around your foot. Having a skate boot even slightly loose will sacrifice significant control over your skis.

Article Written By Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.

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