How to Fit Ski Boots

How to Fit Ski Boots
Skis themselves are the most costly item when it comes to skiing, but the type of boots you use also have a major impact. Loose boots will make it tougher to control your skis, leading to more difficult corners and, ultimately, more risk of an accident. The comfort of ski boots is also essential, since boots that are too tight or too loose can cause blistering and cut your day on the slopes short.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Wear the socks you bring to the slopes when you go to try on boots.
Step 2
Have a boot salesperson measure your feet. The measurements used for ski boots are different than those used for traditional shoes, so your proper size will be different than it is for other footwear. The width of your foot will also be measured and factors in to a much greater degree than it is for other footwear.
Step 3
Stand up straight in your boots and bend your knees as you would when skiing. Your heels should stay planted at the back of the boot while your shin pushes against the front of the boot.
Step 4
Determine if the boot cuff fits comfortably around your lower leg or if it rubs against your skin. If there is any discomfort, you can assume that the pain will only worsen when you are skiing. If you find a good pair of boots with the wrong cuff, you can usually trade out the cuff for a more comfortable one, otherwise you can purchase a new one that is softer/better suited for your leg.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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