How To Choose New Ski Boots

If you like to ski, you know the importance of ski boots. As the link between your body and mountain, having the right kind of boots that correspond to the size as well as the shape of your feet are a prerequisite. They don’t just protect your feet and keep them comfortable throughout your day but they play a part in controlling your ski. 

If you are planning on buying new ski boots this winter, here are some key considerations that you must not ignore:

Rigidity Or Flex

The most important factor to consider while buying ski boots is the rigidity of the boot, which is known as the flex. It is determined by the flex index, which is measured on a scale of 60 to 150. While a lower flex index is apt for beginners, more experienced skiers should opt for more rigid boots with a higher flex index. 

The rigidity of your ski boots should correspond to your expertise and experience level, as well as your body shape.  

If you are a beginner, select boots with a flex index between 60 and 90 (for men) and 60 and 70 (for women). If you are on an intermediate level, opt for boots with a flex index between 90 and 110 (for men) and 70 and 90 (for women). If you are on the advanced level, select boots with a flex index of more than 110 (for men) and over 90 (for women). 

The high-level competitors require the stiffest ski boots with a flex level between 140 and 150 as they facilitate the better transmission of power from your legs to the skis. 

Your Style

Go boots shopping, and you will realize that the shops are full of different kinds of boots. Given the popularity of skiing, the boots manufacturers offer an assorted range of boots to suit the tailored needs of the skiers and requirements of different terrains (as well as aesthetics). 

Here’s how you should select the ski boots according to your skiing style:

  • If you always ski on groomed slopes or ski occasionally for leisure, look for comfortable and lightweight boots that are easy on your feet. Don’t buy boots with a flex index of more than 90. 
  • If you ski on groomed slopes at a high level, look for boots with a flex index between 90 and 130 (for men) and 70 and 110 (for women). By the virtue of their high cuff and narrow fit, they offer better control, which is what you need for performance skiing or racing. 
  • If you are into ski touring, look for touring boots that are light in weight. These boots are very flexible and allow you to walk comfortably. 
  • For freeriding, look for free ride boots with around 100 mm width and a straight cuff. The flex index should be between 100 and 120. You will further find different options, such as boots with walk-mode or rubber soles. 
  • For freetouring, buy lightweight boots that work well for climbing, as well as descending. Buy boots with inserts for hybrid bindings or touring pin bindings. 
  • If freestyling is your style, flexible boots with plush cushioning on the heel area are apt for you. Make sure that the width of the boot at the ball of your feet is 100 mm to ensure comfort while skiing. 

Your Size

Selecting a boot that fits your size is essential to have a comfortable skiing experience. The boots should fit your foot exactly. Buy a boot that allows your toes to move freely and doesn’t compress your foot. 

 The length of the ski boot is determined by the Mondo Point or MSS- Metric Sizing System, whereby the size of the boot corresponds to the longest part of your foot, which is measured in centimeters. 

Coming to the width of the ski boot, it is measured across the ball of the foot. Select the width as per the precision you desire. If you are looking for ski boots for competition or need precision, go for narrow boots. Otherwise, buy boots with an average width. 

Having a ski boot with the right length and width ensures comfort and control over the ski. So, do not compromise on the fit. If your measurement is between two sizes, get half a size smaller.

Ski Boot Liners

When it comes to ski boot liners, you will never fall short of options. The majority of boots feature heat-moldable material. The non-moldable liners also offer stability and a good amount of padding. Custom moldable liners adapt to a customized fit with the help of an artificial heat source, whereas thermoformable foam liners get custom fit with the help of the heat of your foot.

Other Considerations

Apart from these basic considerations, several other factors need to be taken while buying ski boots. 

  • If you hike up in the search of untracked powder, invest in boots that allow you to remove the upper shell from the lower boot to facilitate walking in the snow. You can lock the shells while skiing. 
  • If you ski on different terrains, look for boots that allow you to adjust their stiffness as per the kind of skiing. 
  • Do not base your decision on the number of buckles, instead prioritize the fit. Of course, a four-buckle design will allow you to loosen or tighten your boot, but if a three buckle design offers a snug fit, go for it. 
  • If you wish to get a very precise fit, get boots with micro-adjustable buckles that allow you to lengthen or shorten the buckle and adjust the tension between the two settings. 
  • Lastly, to eliminate the chances of calf, shin, or toe-bang, buy boots with added padded features, such as padded tongues, padded heels, padded toes, and padded spoilers. 

Takeaways

Your ski boots can make or break your skiing experience, and hence, make sure you choose the boot wisely. Whether you are a snow bunny or a professional skier, these tips are surely going to help you find the best ski boots. Happy buying. 

2020 COVID-19 Update: Fun & Safety In Whistler

Note: It is important to stay up-to-date with the guidelines put out my the province of British Columbia before making any travel plans.

You will find the current recommendations here.

Welcome The Ski Season In Style! Here’s How You Can Plan Your Fun With Safety For Your Next Skiing Adventure

Fall is bidding farewell and the winter is knocking on our doors. It is the time of the year to ditch the confines of your home, put your ski gear into the trunk of your car, travel to the charming ski resorts of Whistler, and let yourself loose in the gorgeous snow-laden mountains. If the concern for your safety amid the ongoing pandemic situation is hovering over your ski adventure plans, Whistler Blackcomb has made all the provisions for a safe ski season. 

Whistler Blackcomb is putting several safety measures in place so that you can have an adventurous winter with your loved ones. Here’s what we’re doing here. 

Registration system to control the capacity limit

November 26 is going to be a gala day for all you ski lovers as Whistler Blackcomb will set its most anticipated and most loved winter operations in motion. Once again, you will be able to enjoy the high-octane activities, like skiing and boarding in the snow-capped mountains. 

The joy, the fun, the adventure, and the frolic will be the same, except that you will be bound to follow certain rules and regulations to safeguard your safety during this pandemic. 

To manage the capacity limits on the mountains, Whistler Blackcomb has brought in a reservation system, whereby you will have to buy the tickets in advance to reserve your place in the lap of the majestic mountains. You can buy the tickets online

The pass holder reservation system has been designed owing to the norms of social distancing. With fewer people on both the mountains, you will be able to maintain a safe distance from them and enjoy your adventure without having to worry about contracting an infection. The maximum capacity will be governed by factors such as the size of the resorts, weather conditions, operating plans, historic visitation numbers, and local regulations.

Reservations for every day will be needed at every resort. Once you get the pass, you will get the priority access to book your preferred days (up to 7 days). While using your Priority Reservation Days, you can book additional reservations (depending upon the days of access left on your pass). Furthermore, you can make week-off reservations within a week of your ski or ride day. However, it is subject to availability as well as your pass access on that particular day. 

As far as the lift ticket is concerned, once you buy the lift ticket, your reservation for the specific day will be confirmed automatically. 

The online reservations for the Core Season (From Dec 8, 2020  to April 4, 2021) will begin from November 2020 for 2020/21 pass holders. The lift tickets will go on sale on Dec 8, 2020. You will be able to make reservations at epicpass.com or  call. 

If you are a pass holder, you can make multiple reservations in Early Season (subject to availability) depending on capacity and pass access. In the Early Season, you will have the privilege of being the only guests on the mountain, while also getting the opportunity of exclusive access to confirm reservations for the Core Season (Nov 6, 2020 to Dec 7, 2020). 

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Blackcomb has created several guidelines to ensure your safety and keep your fun unbesmirched from the current pandemic. 

To ensure that you ski and ride across the mountains peacefully, Whistler Blackcomb has mandated wearing face coverings in the mountain, resort, lift lines, lift, and gondolas. Further, only the guests skiing or riding together will be allowed to sit together on chair lifts and gondolas.

A four-person lift will carry two singles seated on opposite sides and a six-person lift will carry two doubles seated on the opposite sides. Only two people will be allowed in gondola cabins. 

Norms on similar lines will be followed to ensure proper physical distancing in ski and ride schools and on-mountain dining and recreational outlets. 

By following these guidelines, you will ensure yours and your loved ones’ safety without compromising on fun. 

Welcome To Whistler

We’ve prepared, and now we look forward to welcoming you to Whistler.

Book your room, and reserve your days on the mountain early to guarantee the spot you want, and the vacation you deserve.