When renting ski equipment, there are many important decisions that need to be made. Ski boot sizing is one of the most important parts of skiing. Before you even hit the slopes, your equipment needs to fit properly. Moreover, equipment can make or break your ski trip. That’s why you need an experienced, knowledgeable, and professional ski technician who can help fit you for the perfect equipment. All Bridge Street Ski Haus employees are extensively trained not only to ensure your safety on the mountain but also to create the best ski shop experience in Vail.
Right when you walk in the door you are welcomed with a bright smile and excellent customer service. The best part about renting from Bridge Street, besides being at the base of the gondola, is having a hot cup of coffee while you are being custom fit for your ski boots. Not to mention the complimentary hot chocolate and warm cookies for the rest of the family.
Before you begin the fitting process, it is important to have the correct base layers. Because the temperature will vary on the mountain, socks and base layers are extremely important. Nothing will end your fun ski day faster than cold or wet feet. Ski professionals recommend wearing thin knee-high socks. Thin socks are better because they eliminate bunching and discomfort caused by tight ski boots. Merino wool is the best material to keep your feet dry and warm. Bridge Street Ski Haus has an excellent selection of ski socks that you can buy on the day you go skiing.
Another thing to consider will be your base layer tights. Sometimes called long johns, this layer should fit snug, but allow you to have a full range of motion under your snow pants. These also need to be moisture wicking to keep you dry and warm. Consider a ¾ length base layer that will not tuck into the boot. Most of the time, a full-length base layer bunches in your boot and will be more uncomfortable on the mountain. In addition, a material with large seams will create more friction in the boot against the sock and will cause more discomfort. Bridge Street Ski Haus carries specific skiing base layers that you can purchase if you are unsure of what will work best.
Ski boots are the foundation of a great ski trip. If your ski boots don’t fit properly, you will have a harder time controlling your skis and speed. Ski boots are meant to be snug so that you can have total control on the mountain. Their purpose is to transfer the power from your body to the skis. Ski boots are notorious for being uncomfortable and hard to walk in. Although they will never feel the same way as your street shoes, they will feel much better when you have them fit properly to your feet.
Many different factors are considered to fit the right boot for your foot. Everyone’s foot is unique, so there will not be an absolutely perfect fit during your first few runs. Ability, height, and weight will determine what boots you will want to rent. The Bridge Street Ski Haus technicians will be able to find the best options for your needs.
Length and width are the traditional measures to fit your boots. Measurements are calculated in Centimeters. When you rent your ski equipment from Bridge Street, you don’t need to worry about knowing the conversion; our staff will properly measure you during the fitting process. Another issue with the fit is the width of your foot. If your boot is too narrow you risk being very uncomfortable for the whole day. If the boot is too wide for your foot you will slide around on every turn.
Right now you might be wondering why your skiing ability will determine the correct ski boot. Beginners will most likely be looking for a more comfortable ski boot. Because you are not used to wearing ski boots every day, having a comfortable ski boot will help you enjoy every step of the learning process. A comfort boot is normally fit to be a little bit loose. This allows more room for your toes to wiggle around. On the other hand, an intermediate or advanced skier might use boots that respond to the steeper terrain better. These types of boots will fit very snug and your toes will normally touch the end of the boot. After a full day of skiing, your boots can expand and will fit looser than your initial fitting. This is why some advanced skiers choose to size down in length in order to keep control in very dangerous terrain.
Furthermore, boots are designed to meet the skier’s ability with the flex of the boot. What this means is how far you are able to flex your ankles and drive your knees towards the ground. The plastic shell of the ski boot is designed to be stiff and have a certain range of motion. A softer flex in the boot will be much more comfortable. Additionally, new technology has allowed many ski boots to have a walking feature that makes it easier to move as you normally would. An advanced skier uses a stiffer boot to be able to charge through all terrain with maximum control. This is why renting ski equipment is a great option as you become a better skier and the need for different equipment arises. Bridge Street can accommodate all ability levels with the newest and most advanced equipment.
With this in mind, you can also rent indoor ski lockers at Bridge Street. This amenity is something that most locals wish they could have. When ski boots are left in a cold car overnight, the plastic shell becomes even stiffer and harder to put on. Starting your day off with warm boots will save you much heartache and time. Furthermore, having the most convenient and closest location to the gondola will relieve you of lugging around your ski equipment in the morning and fast track your Vail après ski activities.
Fitting ski boots is a lengthy process when you have to know all of these details. Bridge Street Ski Haus makes this process seamless and easy. The professional technicians have experience with all of the equipment and are specifically trained for the boot fitting process. When you rent ski equipment from Bridge Street, you can trust that you will have a great experience. Reserve your Bridge Street equipment online, or call the store for more information about the fitting process.
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