Comfortable ski boot rental is one of the most contentious areas of a ski holiday; many consider it impossible.
I am sure that the strength of opinions often outweighs any relevant facts despite there being quite a lot of empirical evidence to support those facts.
One is that the make of boot is a determining factor in comfort. This is odd when you consider the manufacturing process.
All manufacturers make boots on the principle that all human legs, ankles and feet are aligned correctly for skiing.
As 85% of humans have pronated feet, and the others have supinated feet, you might wonder what the manufacturers are doing, building boots the way they do as this guarantees that nothing will fit.
They do mould boots using slightly different lasts, but they are the same in terms of alignment; they assume you will be perfect.
Even if you are a good skier, it’s unlikely that both your feet will be the same size or aligned the same.
The answer is easy
The answer to comfortable ski boot rental is surprisingly easy-get some custom footbeds made. These are often called inserts, insoles or orthotics. They all refer to the same thing.
The biggest brand, and the best known is Sidas, though others do exist.
These can be made in many ski shops and other sports shops almost everywhere and shouldn’t cost more than 100€. The heat moulding process takes about 20 minutes.
Once you have these made, you can slip them into any ski boot rental, and your comfort and control levels will increase enormously, whatever the brand of boot.
You still need to have the right size and the right stiffness for your skiing level. Beginners need softer, more comfortable boots to start.
Intermediates will want a stiffer boot to allow better and more precise control.
Expert skiers rarely rent boots; they have usually got to a stage when they want the level of comfort and control that only you own, custom-fitted boots will do.
Big, comfortable rooms, space for your clothes, great food to fuel days and a friendly welcome. That’s what we provide for all our guests at Le Château d’Oz, when they stay with us on a skiing holiday. Contact us for more details.