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IVGID Tip: Improve comfort, performance of your ski boots

Special to the Bonanza
Ski boots are the most important piece of ski equipment, yet skiers often settle for sub-standard comfort and performance.
Courtesy Village Ski Loft |

Opening day at Diamond Peak is approaching, so your days to get prepared for ski season are numbered.

The preseason ritual of ski conditioning at the Rec Center and getting your ski gear dialed should be falling into place.

So, assuming your legs are strong and your skis are tuned, what else remains? This season, make it a point to get your boots custom fitted.

Your feet and form will thank you for it. Here’s how it works:

Visit a reputable ski shop that offers custom boot fitting and bring your boots and ski socks. Take note of any problem areas, hot spots, or performance issues you want addressed.

The boot fitter will look at your feet and how your boots fit. They will check important things like ankle flexibility, boney prominences, and stance.

A good fitter will suggest a supportive device called an insole or footbed. An insole will alleviate most boot issues by supporting the foot and preventing movement. Movement inside the boot is the number one cause of aches, pains, and detriment to performance.

For ultimate comfort, consider a custom liner. Custom liners take the place of the stock liner and are heated to match your foot and boot perfectly.

Finally, the fitter may check balance and alignment so your boots perform their best. These adjustments allow you to send the message “turn” to your skis more efficiently, thus improving performance.

An hour with a seasoned boot fitter can help change that. Boot fitters are trained in the art form of customizing boots to improve fit and function, leading to you having more fun on the hill.

“Tip of the week” is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by the Village Ski Loft. Visit villageskiloft.com to learn more.