Real hot run, eh. I bet Physicsman could come up with the balanced chemical formula for the reaction. Of course you'd have to take into account the chemicals the skis would add to the fire. Also, I wonder how much flesh would add to the equation.
Bob, I think you're recalling the Daleboot??? The Rosemont had a thick black plastic shell with a stainless steel door. The Daleboot or some similar name from the same era (late 1960s) had a neoprene liner and buckles on the top of the instep that operated backwards (towards the inside) of all the other buckle boots of that time. That shell was supposed to be magnesium.
With Mt Spurr (about 80 miles of Anchorage) threatening to dump a bunch of ash on the city, I'm definitely keeping an eye on volcanic activity. One good dump of ash can ruin a season worth of snow if it falls at the wrong time.