I’m sure a few of us here at work are yearning for the outdoors and the thrill that snowboarding or skiing brings.
Unfortunately, the dreadful side effects of cold feet can affect your enjoyment on the slopes. If you’ve ever been skiing, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s a gorgeous day on the slopes and you’d love absolutely nothing else than be on the slopes for the entire day. But, the moment is here that you do not feel your toes anymore and you might begin to question whether they even exist! Then, you go inside to warm up while others are having all the excitement. There are a few ways to keep your feet comfy and warm, thus prolonging skiing time.
Make sure you wear the correct socks
You should consider investing in some high-end snow and ski socks. They’re expensive but they do will make a big difference. Specialized ski and snowboard socks remove sweat from your skin. They also help to trap heat. They are also padded to safeguard your Achilles tendon as well as your shins. Don’t want to spend more money on ski socks this season? Find socks that are water-wicking, breathable, knee-high, and medium or thin weight. Don’t wear cotton socks since cotton socks will hold in moisture, which can cause cold feet. Wool socks on the other hand will help wick water away from your feet, keeping them more comfortable and dry. Avoid doubling your socks, and instead, stick to wearing only one at a. The wear of two pairs decreases the breathability and can result in hot, sweaty feet.
Check that your boots fit properly
If you snowboard or ski frequently, it’s recommended to buy your own boots and have them professionally fitted instead of hiring the same pair. If your boots aren’t tight, you limit the flow of blood to your feet. If your blood flow is properly your feet are warmer. If your boots are too large they’ll be a bit too tight on your toes as well as the toes of your feet and transfer blood off your soles. This can make your feet feel less comfortable. It’s also possible to purchase a custom insole (check with your local snow sports store). Insoles that are custom-made keep your feet in a comfortable and stable position and will improve circulation when you’re in the snow, which keeps your feet warm.
Your body’s normal reaction to cold weather is to safeguard the vital organs of your body. The body begins pumping more blood to your mid-body, also known as the “core” and slowing the flow of blood into your extremities. Feet are the coldest because they are located farthest of the body from your heart. You should wear a base layer that is moisture-wicking as well as an insulation layer and an outer layer of waterproof material around your whole body. This will ensure that the blood flows to your feet.
The disposable foot warmers are available, but it is best to use them with care. Don’t wear them over the skin. As with gloves, when you get excessively warm, you are unable to take them off easily. They can also make your feet sweat, and this may cause your feet to be cold. Heat Factory has designed socks with pockets for the warmer, which can help to solve these issues. You can also consider battery-powered boot heaters. They have proved to be very efficient. Hotronic and Therm-ic are well-known brands. It is possible to ask the staff at your local ski shop for help installing the skis. They’re not cheap however they are extremely effective.
Dry your footwear and then warm them before wearing
Be sure to dry your boots completely overnight before you wear them again. A ski boot dryer can draw moisture out to warm up your shoes in the morning and allow you to start your day with comfortable feet. If you don’t have to access the dryer in your boot, take off the liners, and then place them by the fireplace or the radiator to dry.
Relax in a warm bath
For pre-heating, your feet sit ankle-deep into warm bathing. This will help get the circulation flowing through your feet. If your toes begin cool and cozy and warm, the shoes will keep them this way. Be sure to completely dry them before putting on your socks and boots.
Shapes using the lifting
If your feet feel cold or numb while on the chair lift, refrain from pressing your heels. Instead, swing your feet in a circle making shapes, to draw warm blood flowing from your upper body back to your feet. Try this about 30 to 40 times to get your blood flowing.
If you stop for a moment take a change of socks
If you are unable to finish eating lunch, make sure to switch your socks. Socks soak up sweat and can cool your feet. A new pair of socks can enable you to ski or snowboard longer on dry, warm feet.