If you have already booked your trip to Aspen, got a hotel and bought your equipment and have been gliding down the snow time and time again, its seems you wont need any advice for how to brave the slopes. Although describing a type of performance anxiety, cold feet is also a literal term that skiers more than most will understand. On excessively cold winter days, the temperatures at high altitudes can be bone chilling, and the first things to really feel the cold are your extremities, namely the things furthest away from your torso meaning toes are prime for jack frosts nip. Even with the awe inspiring views and the adrenaline pumping descents down mountains sides, the discomfort of icy tingling toes and frosty feet can really but a dampener on your day, so here are some tips to make sure you don’t have to worry about your little piggies getting left in the freezer.
Buy Boots That Fit Well
Though you may have deliberated over the style or brand of your ski boots its worth making sure that they fit correctly. If you have them too loose its going to allow cold air to circulate, too tight however and the circulation of warm blood is stunted. Seek assistance if you need to and make sure you give them a decent wear before purchasing. Ideally you want them secure but not constricting.
Pick the Right Socks
If you are new to skiing this may be where you are going wrong. Not all socks are made equal, and even more so they are not all made for feet that are going to shoved in boots surrounded by cold. Cotton socks do not work here, what you need to keep your feet toastie is generally wool or a synthetic fabric purposefully made to keep heat in and cold out. You don’t want bunching in your boot or ones that aren’t breathable as sweat makes feet colder. There are a lot of ski specific socks out there and many can be found in easily accessible places like these Eurosocks on Amazon. If you really want to put all your worries at bay you can splash out on a bank breaking pair of Lenz heated socks, which come app enabled so you can adjust the heat.
Check Your Boot Liners
This one is more of an issue for the advanced skier. If you have been shredding snow for over a year its likely that your liners could have some real wear and tear. The ones that come fitted in boots as standard aren’t designed for specific feet or made to last necessarily. Grabbing yourself a new pair may be the easy route to solving your cold feet problem. Check out newer materials and foam injected ones for even more reassurance.
Give Your Feet A Rest
If you are planning to plow through the powder all day long its no wonder your feet are getting cold. Not everyone has great circulation to begin with so leaving your feet locked in your boots all day isn’t a great idea. Be sure to take your boots and liners off whenever you get chance to give your feet a chance to breathe and keep your blood flowing.