Many of us have resigned ourselves to getting cold feet while skiing. But there are some people out there who know how to keep your feet warm in the cold.
One of those people is Larry Houchen of Larry’s Bootfitting in Boulder, Colorado. Feet are Houchen’s business—he’s helped fit and mold ski boots for more than 30 years.
“A proper fitted and weighted sock ensures warmer feet,” says Houchen, “because you don’t have to over buckle the boots and cut off circulation.” Cold feet are caused by a lack of circulation, so it’s best to stick with thin, moisture-wicking socks. If possible, swap these out at lunch.
Buckling your boots correctly can help with warmth, too. With your foot in the boot with a lightweight sock, buckle the second buckle down on a four-buckle boot or the middle buckle on a three-buckle boot. Flex the foot several times to get the heel and ankle moved back into the boot, then buckle the rest of the buckles from there.