How to Adjust Ski Boots

How to Adjust Ski Boots
Getting your ski boots properly adjusted can lead to noticeable performance improvements in your skiing ability, while improperly adjusted boots can make even the most basic turns a struggle. Most ski boots have multiple adjustment mechanisms that allow the skier to fine tune the fit before fastening the buckles, which should be the last point of adjustment.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski socks
  • Custom footbeds
Step 1
Place the custom footbed inside the liner boot. A custom footbed puts the foot, knee, and ankle in neutral alignment to achieve better control between the boot and ski.
Step 2
Examine the conditions at the mountain. You may want to set the flex differently depending on whether the snow is mostly powder (softer) or hard groomers (stiff).
Step 3
Adjust the forward lean on the boot. This adjustment is usually done using an Allen wrench near the back of the boot at the ankle. Unless you are a racer, the lean should be moderate, requiring the skier to flex the knees to drive the lean point beyond the toe.
Step 4
Adjust the flex, if your boot has this option, to control the resistance of the ski boot when you flex your knees forward. This should be done at the mountain, if possible, because colder temperatures will make the flex of the plastic stiffer than room temperatures.
Step 5
Fasten the power strap at the top of the boot.
Step 6
Fasten the buckles at the midpoint of the range, snapping each buckle shut.
Step 7
Adjust the tightness of the buckles, working from low to high on the boots. The boot should not feel too tight, but your foot should not slide around inside the boot either. Experiment with different buckle settings to find your ideal fit.

Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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