Ski Boot Fitting Guide

Ski Boot Fitting Guide
Many novice skiers don't realize the significance their choice of boot has on their skiing performance. Comfort is a big part of it, but the type of boot you choose can also determine how well you can steer and perform on the slopes. Ski boots are also complex to purchase because of the different measurements used to fit them to your shoe and the various parts involved.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Wear specialized skiing socks--which are thicker than normal socks--when you go shopping for ski boots. The thickness of the socks will change how the boot fits your foot.
Step 2
Have a ski equipment specialist size your foot. Ski boots use a different sizing scale than regular shoes, and there are other measurements, such as the width of your foot, that must be taken into consideration.
Step 3
Find a boot which is snug around your toes and on your heel but does not cause discomfort. Your boot will pack out over time and create more room for your foot, so if you buy big, you'll have loose, uncomfortable boots that will wear out quicker.
Step 4
Make sure the type of boot you buy is customized for the type of skiing you are doing. Beginners will want boots that are best-suited for navigating and turning, while more experienced skiers will probably want boots built for speed.
Step 5
Make sure your arch is supported. A ski boot specialist should be able to find a liner or pad that will take care of this.
Step 6
Strap on the cuff of the boot and make sure it does not rub uncomfortably on your ankle. Most cuffs are interchangeable, so keep trying different ones until you find a cuff that is secure and won't give you blisters with prolonged use.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure your knees are forced forward by the cuff as little as possible. While this can increase speed, it can also increase the risk of injury.
Do not go to a retail shoe salesperson to get fitted for ski boots.

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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