Learning to ski isn’t easy. Your legs have to adjust to long planks stuck to your feet and there’s a risk of falling. Ski instructors can to teach you how to ski, but they don’t talk about those moments when your skis aren’t attached.

Walking in ski bootsTip 1: How to walk in ski boots

You might feel like you’re an extra in a Western film when you first walk in ski boots: it’s a sensation you’ll get used to with time. Stair descents are tricky. Hold onto any handrail available, and take one step at a time. With practice, it gets easier.

If you’re walking in snow, take advantage of your boots. When walking up, kick the toe of your boot into the snow in front. This prevents sliding back and makes you a tiny step, useful for leverage. When descending, dig your heals in — literally! You’re now creating tiny steps to help you down without slipping. Avoid ice, as ski boots aren’t grippy.

Tip 2: Easily de-snow your ski boot base

If there’s too much snow on the base of your boot, you won’t be able to get your skis on. Many people use a ski pole for balance while lifting a snowy ski boot and randomly jabbing at the snow with their other ski pole. There’s an easier way.

Use both poles for balance, and rub the bottom of your ski boot over the toe binding of your ski. Backwards and forwards once should do the trick. Any snow will be scraped away and you can click into your skis without any awkward pole jabbing.

Fairy liquid bottleTip 3: How to un-fog foggy goggles

Goggle lenses have improved over the years, but if your goggles do fog up, apply a drop of dishwashing liquid to the inside of the lens (spot test first, but no harm should come). Use your bare finger, not water, to distribute a super-thin layer on the whole surface. This prevents fog. If you’re already on the slopes and you’re desperate to see, you can use your own spit in the same way!

Tip 4: How to save money on gloves

I simply don’t buy gloves without wrist straps. So many gloves are accidentally dropped from chairlifts when people answer their phone or apply lip balm. If your gloves are attached to your wrists, problem solved.

ski boot bucklesTip 5: How to keep your ski boots comfortable

It’s important to have well-fitting ski boots that aren’t too tight or loose. Your boots will naturally loosen a little after your first few runs (through movement and liner warmth). Remember to check your ski boot buckles at that point. Don’t over-tighten! Most buckles have a micro-adjustment setting (unclip and twist the loose part in either direction to loosen or tighten: if in doubt, ask your ski instructor or the boot fitter).

Bonus fashion tip: keep ski pants over ski boots

After tightening your buckles, remember to pull your ski pants over your boots. Apart from keeping snow away from to top of your boot, it prevents a fashion faux pas.

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