How to avoid cold feet when you’re skiing
With ski lifts opening in only a matter of weeks, the flip flops have been packed away for another year and it’s time to dust off the ski boots and get the thermals out of the wardrobe! But if the thought of cold toes puts you off skiing and makes you miserable then read on to discover how the right pair of skis socks can combat freezing cold feet when you’re on the ski slopes…
Do you suffer from cold feet when skiing?
We chatted with Gavin Jones of the Boot Lab, who tells us that if you have trouble with cold feet, it could be your socks that are making the difference. He says:
“For sure they’re not as exciting as a new pair of skis or boots, but ski socks are hugely important – a ski sock provides warmth and comfort, whilst being the interface between your skin and your skiing equipment. It’s vital to get them in the right fabric, fit and thickness.”
Cold feet can be especially miserable (although they’re a good reason to stop regularly for a hot chocolate!), but the good news is that they can be avoided.
Gavin shares his advice on avoiding miserable cold feet on the slopes:
How to avoid cold feet whilst skiing
Wear a clean pair of socks every day
Believe it or not we can sweat up to a cup of water through our feet each day! This moisture is absorbed by your socks. In cold conditions this moisture starts to get colder and colder, leading to very chilly feet. Putting on dirty socks will not only upset your chalet mates, but will also mean you’re putting on socks that already contain moisture, so the process will happen all over again when wearing socks for a second day.
Say goodbye to thick ‘tube’ ski socks!
Whilst the bright colours of 90s ‘tube’ ski socks added a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your ski outfit, it’s time you invested in a pair of thin (yes, thin!), lightweight, elasticated ski socks. When you put on a ski sock you should still be able to see the shape and contours of your feet. This will aid blood flow and boost circulation to your toes. Thick tube socks and even hiking socks like the below can sag and wrinkle inside the boot causing blisters and rubbing. Not good!
Choose the right fabric
Merino wool is an ideal ski sock fabric to choose. Merino is the best natural wicking material meaning that water is drawn away from the skin and into the fibres of the wool, thus keeping your feet toasty warm. And the best bit: because they’re merino wool your feet won’t smell! We always recommend SmartWool Ultra Light for our customers, it’s what we wear throughout the winter ourselves (and we’ve tested a few over the years!)
Consider boot warmers
If you’ve invested in some good pairs of new socks and your feet still feel cold, you could consider boot warmers or even heated socks! We provide a lot of these to ski instructors who can often be spending time standing still whilst observing their clients, and it makes all the difference when they’re skiing every day.
We hope this info from The Boot Lab helps you to avoid getting cold feet when skiing. At Ski Talini we second Gavin’s recommendation for merino ski socks, they really make all the difference!
Of course, if you like an excuse to make regular pit stops to warm, then head over to our mountain restaurants page for recommendations!