For many of my years spent skiing (we don’t talk about that brief stint where I thought I was the best snowboarder on the mountain- it ended badly), I have been plagued with problems with my ski boots. Shin bang, numb toes, sodden socks and constantly fiddling with the straps still ruin my memories of beautiful blue skied powder days to this day. And every keen snowsports person will always tell you- the fit of your ski boots is absolutely crucial to your comfort and enjoyment on the mountain.
But the whole finding yourself a new pair of boots for the first time malarkey can be intimidating, right? And I sympathise, I truly do. All the jargon can be, at the lowest level, extremely overwhelming and then of course there’s the obvious worry of not knowing the right questions to ask, or the right answers to questions, or where to look! But fear not, my friends, for help (in the form of me) is here at hand!
Try before you buy
Ever heard of the saying ‘all the gear, but no idea?’
It’s quite tempting to buy all the equipment, gear, clothing and accessories before you head out for your first skiing/snowboarding trip, but professionals in the industry will advise you against doing this.
Consider it this way: if you’ve never tried something before or have only done it a few times, how do you know whether you prefer skiing park, powder or piste? How do you know what your stance is? How do you know if you’re not secretly a snowboarder deep down inside?