If your ski boots are the best fit, the likelihood is your holiday will be the best too. There’s nothing that’s guaranteed to put a dampener on things as much as missing an afternoon session because you’re nursing bruised shins with an ice pack.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to try on and fasten your ski boots. Here’s a foolproof method developed exclusively by the expert fitters at Snowberry ski hire shop in Val d’Isere.
1. Start at the top – do the power strap if there is one up loosely followed by the top clip and the next one down, again loosely.
2. Stand up and flex right forward into the boots a few times to pull your heel back into the right place.
3. Then fasten the two clips over the foot, they should be loose enough to open and close very easily – too tight and you will clamp down the top of your foot causing all sorts of problems.
4. Lastly, tighten the top two clips and do up the power strap properly. They should all be reasonably tight, especially the ankle clip which is the one that holds your foot back into the boot.
If you want to try the latest kit, test some specialist skis on a day of touring or get your gear fitted by experts, Snowberry in Val d’Isere is the ski hire shop for you. They’ve been voted Best Ski Shop In Europe, mainly for their knowledgable service and quality boot fitting. They stock over 120 models of brand new 2016 skis suitable for all levels and disciplines, all properly serviced after every outing. If you’re not happy with the first pair, change them as many times as you need to. Their store at Rond Point des Pistes is also the base for Evolution 2 Val d’Isere so you can book your ski lessons, tours, trips and other outdoor activities at the same time.
www.snowberry-valdisere.com +33(0)4 79 41 10 61
PARADISKI Ski Hire Shops
Here’s our selection of the best ski equipment hire shops in Paradiski, dedicated to finding you the perfect fit.
If you’re looking for expert advice on your ski equipment, look no further. This shop is run by Olivier Allamand, French freestyle skier and Olympic medalist. He won silver at the Albertville Olympics in 1992 but was forced to retire soon after through injury. Now he helps others to ski with the right equipment from his shop in Plagne 1800. This store has a sister outlet in Belle Plagne, which has a log fire to keep your toes toasty while you wait for your fitting. Your 7th day rental is free, and swapping boots during the week is no problem.
This friendly, family-run ski/snowboard hire shop is right next to the Les Arcs funicular so the perfect place to grab your gear on your way up the mountain. The whole family is passionate and knowledgeable about their sport; son Tom is a British champion speed skier. They offer lots of extras like daytime storage for your clothes and luggage while you ski and overnight storage of your ski kit in heated lockers. Their service centre is one of the best in the area too. Get 15% off your rental when you quote Edge16 online (www.polairestar.com) or in-store.
Sport 2000, Peisey Vallandry.
There’s plenty of room to test out your ski boots here on the 300msq shop floor. This is the place to get completely kitted out with your ski equipment as well as technical clothing and sportswear. Their range of skis is renewed each year and serviced in a dedicated workshop. Each ski is tuned according to its use – light for beginners and honed like razor blades if you pick a slalom pair.
Montchavin SporTeam shops.
A group of four shops in Montchavin all linked with Evolution 2, the popular ski school and outdoor specialists. Hire top-of-the-range gear and book your lessons, tours or activities at the same time. Owner Olivier Favre was born in the Tarentaise and knows the mountains and ski equipment like the back of his hand. They’ll deliver to your chalet for free and offer ski lockers and heated equipment storage. Get 10% off your rental using the code EDGE on their website www.montchavin-sporteam.com.