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Comfortable Ski Boots!

November 30, 2011

Howard's Blog

Oh the joys of a comfortable ski boot.

Modern ski boots have gone through a huge transformation since the original leather ones, from variable flex to inbuilt warmers, the modern ski boot is a technological masterpiece.

However despite the cleverness of modern ski boots they can still be uncomfortable, if we don’t follow a few simple procedures.

1:

When storing your ski boots, even hire ones, even just overnight, make sure the tongue of the boot is pushed back in the boot and the clips are all done up. The plastic which makes up a ski boot has a ‘memory’, and if you leave the tongue of the boot protruding out of the boot, see picture 1, the tongue will have a fold/ruck created in it which will push down on your foot all of the next day or even worse forever! Clipping up the boot keeps the boot in its proper shape and makes it easier for you to get in and out of.

To keep your boots comfortable, always clip your boots up when not in use.

2:

Make sure you have no rucks or ridges or heavy seams in your ski socks, and it should only be your ski socks (together with your foot!) that goes into your boot. If you are wearing thermals or leg warmers make sure that the bottom of these finish just above the top of your boot, you may have to pull them up from the bottom to do this, and of course never ever tuck the ‘snow cuff’ of your ski trousers into your boots. The ‘snow cuffs’ are designed to go over the boot (see picture 2) and thereby stop the snow going up your leg! Any rucks or ridges cause blood flow restrictions which may make your feet feel cold! Or worse cause friction which leads to blisters or bruising.

Fasten the snow cuff outside your boots, only your socks should be inside your boots.

3:

Take the boot inners out and dry them, all modern ski boots come as both an outer (shell) and the inner. In spite of the modern design water still gets between the outer and inners, so you need to pull the inners out of the boot, and dry both the inners and the shell, this is an easy thing to do and you should do it a couple of times if you are on a weeks ski holiday, and certainly if you have been skiing powder or wet spring snow.

I hope this helps you and your feet have a more comfortable time on the snow.

Howard

Any question, let me know.

Next week: Why flex your skis?

Welcome to my Ski Blog

My favourite phase on the mountain is, ‘just follow me’. I enjoy skiing especially with our guests and friends and hopefully giving everyone the confidence to try new slopes, explore different areas, but always skiing safely both on and off piste.

Comfortable Ski Boots!

Oh the joys of a comfortable ski boot.

Modern ski boots have gone through a huge transformation since the original leather ones, from variable flex to inbuilt warmers, the modern ski boot is a technological masterpiece.

However despite the cleverness of modern ski boots they can still be uncomfortable, if we don’t follow a few simple procedures.

1:

When storing your ski boots, even hire ones, even just overnight, make sure the tongue of the boot is pushed back in the boot and the clips are all done up. The plastic which makes up a ski boot has a ‘memory’, and if you leave the tongue of the boot protruding out of the boot, see picture 1, the tongue will have a fold/ruck created in it which will push down on your foot all of the next day or even worse forever! Clipping up the boot keeps the boot in its proper shape and makes it easier for you to get in and out of.

To keep your boots comfortable, always clip your boots up when not in use.

2:

Make sure you have no rucks or ridges or heavy seams in your ski socks, and it should only be your ski socks (together with your foot!) that goes into your boot. If you are wearing thermals or leg warmers make sure that the bottom of these finish just above the top of your boot, you may have to pull them up from the bottom to do this, and of course never ever tuck the ‘snow cuff’ of your ski trousers into your boots. The ‘snow cuffs’ are designed to go over the boot (see picture 2) and thereby stop the snow going up your leg! Any rucks or ridges cause blood flow restrictions which may make your feet feel cold! Or worse cause friction which leads to blisters or bruising.

Fasten the snow cuff outside your boots, only your socks should be inside your boots.

3:

Take the boot inners out and dry them, all modern ski boots come as both an outer (shell) and the inner. In spite of the modern design water still gets between the outer and inners, so you need to pull the inners out of the boot, and dry both the inners and the shell, this is an easy thing to do and you should do it a couple of times if you are on a weeks ski holiday, and certainly if you have been skiing powder or wet spring snow.

I hope this helps you and your feet have a more comfortable time on the snow.

Howard

Any question, let me know.

Next week: Why flex your skis?

Welcome to my Blog.

My favourite phase on the mountain is, ‘just follow me’. I enjoy skiing especially with our guests and friends and hopefully giving everyone the confidence to try new slopes, explore different areas, but always skiing safely both on and off piste.

Different conditions require adjustments to our ski technique so hopefully this blog will answer those questions of ‘how do you do that’.  This blog is designed to give you helpful advice and get you thinking about your skiing before you hit the slopes and when you are skiing the perfect conditions or the not so perfect.

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Father Christmas took time out to ski into Zauchensee on Christmas Eve, much to the delight of everyone. The evening continued with a lavish feast and the Walchhofer family joined our families in their celebrations. Father Christmas visited again during the night bringing all the children their special Austrian Christmas stockings.

Christmas day was spent skiing, relaxing on a sleigh ride or just spending time together. The children finished the day with a Christmas Party in the evening with the Hillwood team.  Fun was had by all.

New Year was celebrated in the traditional Zauchensee way, with a torch light walk around the lake followed by fireworks at midnight. We of course celebrated twice!

More news…

Ski Report

Piste conditions are good. There is a good hard base and the New Year has begun with a fresh fall of snow and more is forecast.

If you have a chance to get away during January there is availability for the second half plus we can offer short breaks, so why not get away for a few day.

Call 01923 290700 or email us at sales@hillwood-holidays.co.uk for more information and special prices.

What’s New

Our playroom looks different with some fun paintings by Heidi our new team member.

The hotel Zauchenseehof has finished its refurbishments and has a fantastic new playroom, new bar with a fire, new restaurant seating area and ski room all to enhance the additional bedrooms added to the hotel.

The hotel Salzburgerhof has added a lounge also with a fire, and a something a little different a children’s cinema.

Early snowfalls promise a good start to the 2010-11 season.

Early snowfalls at the start of November have made it possible to open some of the higher runs in  Zauchensee, although currently just open for the weekends Gamskogel 1 & 11  will be whetting the appetites of the local skiers.

More November News…

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