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Keep Your Feet Warm

Keep Your Feet Warm

by Dan Egan



So you have cold feet and it keeps you in the lodge and off the lift, here are a few tips for keeping the digits toasty this winter.


  1. Always dry your boots at night and for me that means take the bladders out and dry the shell and the bladders separately.
  2. Keep the boots warm on the way to the mountain and make your way quickly into the base lodge with them when you unload.
  3. Never wear your ski socks to the mountain.  Especially if you have a drive longer than 10 minutes.
  4. Put on a fresh pair of socks in the base lodge
  5. If you have tight fitting ski boots where thin socks to give your toes some room and air in the boots.
  6. Tighten your power strap on the top of the boot
  7. Barely buckle the boots, keep them loose to the top of the lift
  8. First run buckle the upper cuff buckles only
  9. Ski several runs in this manner
  10. Buckle the lower buckles over the course of the morning
  11. Change socks at lunch time and repeat the above
  12. Most people ski with their boots over-buckled and cut off the circulation to their toes. Yes, boot heaters work and the toe warmers work too but I don't have room for them in my boots.




The most important thing is to start your day with a dry, warm boot and fresh socks and then let the blood get to your feet and by not over buckling your boots the blood will continue to flow to the toes.  And remember, have fun while skiing its proven that fun improves circulation to the extremities! 

Comments (14)

I used hot tronics for years, they work well. I got them after I was pretty far back in the BC and my toes were F-in frozen, got a little bit of frost bite on one toe so after that I got the Hot tronics. I plan on installing them on my next pair of boots this year.
Good information and very appropriate for folks like me with no circualation issues. Those who suffer from Reynauds and other circulatory probems usually just avoid snow. For those who still ski the solution is much more difficult and hotronics are a MUST.
Does anyone know of gloves or mitts that are as effective as Hot tronics are for feet?
Excellent advice here.
Stuff your mittens/gloves into your boots as you walk into the lodge. They keep the cold out.
If your boots are difficult to get off during lunch so you can change those damp socks, carry a small hairdryer with you and use it to warm up the plastic beneath the buckles. Works like a charm.
Some people spray their feet with anti-perspirant. This might work for some, but it doesn't work for everyone.
great advice
fifty years ago when mentioned that I had cold feet, my dad said welcome to the crowd live with it. I have a lot of thing this artilce gives somemore.
I will be trying a product from Gehwol ( a German company) Fusskraft. They claim that it enhance circulation; and the feet become pleasantly warm. Well i will see this winter at one the cold mt. here in the east Wildcat.
For my hands I use the hand warmers that you buy at the ski store or rental shop and mittens. I also wear Sirius all weather gloves under neath my mittens when it's sub zero out, with hand warmers. The sirius gloves are thin but keep your hands warm while inside the mittens, and if you have to take your mittens off to get something the sirius gloves are a nice layer between you and the cold (how many times have you pulled off your gloves or mittens on the lift and had to fight to get them warm again). I have used that combination for years and it's aces.
When I am hiking in the bc, I do exactly what liquidfeet said, I take my boots off when I am hiking up a peak, put spare pair of socks in the boot to keep the cold air out, (you can also throw a pair of hand warmers in the boots when you are not wearing them). Obviously I carry a pair of sorrels in my pack to change in and out of, so I take the hand warmers out of the sorrels put them into the toes of my ski boots, then when I get to the top I switch the warmers back into my sorrels, so they are toasty when i put them back on. (meaning the handwarmers are not in the boots that I am currently wearing, witch saves the batteries on the hotronics).
I put baby powder in my boots in order to absorb perspiration. A good pair of thermal socks can be a great investment too.
Also, I sometimes meet people who gave up skiing because of the cold. I never fail to mention that modern ski boots and ski clothing have improved by leaps and bounds with regards to warmth and comfort over the last few years. If they are still wearing their 1990's gear, maybe it's time to go shopping and enjoy winter once again.
... and wear a helmet. Oddly, that will help keep your feet warmer, along with your head and everything else.
I've heard that this effect has to do with the large amount of blood that courses through your scalp near the surface of your skin. All that blood gets cold if not real well insulated, transferring its coldness all over the body. What better insulator than an inch-and-a-half of dense foam?
On really cold days I wear neoprene Boot Gloves. While not as effective as Hotronics, they are about 1/10th the cost and on a really cold day will allow you to stay out for one or two runs longer before needing to go inside to warm up.
My favorite for warm feet it to put hand warmers in my boots on the way to the mountain. When in the lodge, I put the hand warmers in my gloves and put warm boots on my feet. Best way to stay warm is to start out warm. A Boot Glove on top keeps the boots warm.
I'm surprised no one mentioned it so I'm putting it here: Get yourself a hot gear ski boot bag. It'll keep your boots toasty warm and your feet will thank you every time you put on toasty warm boots.
I have circulation issues (am borderline for Raynaud's - it's in the family so I think it's only a matter of time until it's officially diagnosed) and keeping my fingers and toes from getting painfully cold is a constant problem. Up to now my best solution has been a combination of really good liner gloves, hand warmers, and toe warmers. The problems have been getting worse from season to season, so I'm not sure how much longer this will do the trick. I'd love to hear if Hotronics are genuinely worth it (more than willing to invest in them if so), if boot gloves make a big difference when you have circulatory problems, and if anyone has tips for something similar for gloves.
Hestra makes a battery heated glove that sells for about $400 in Canada. There are other brands that are a lot cheaper. Metallic thread glove liners are among the least expensive but work great and out perform silk.
On the outside of the boot, near the toe, there is a seam in the shell. Sometimes, depending on the boot, air and/or moisture will trickle in through that seam (especially on a powder day). Placing a small piece of ductape over that seam prevents that from happening. It ain't pretty but it works.
Hotronics are awesome--I have been using them for over 15 years in my boots. Highly recommended.
Other things that Dan listed are helpful too-- I skied in 30 below zero last Jan at Jay Peak, VT with warm feet all day with my Hotronics.
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