Keep your body warm

Your body’s natural response to cold weather is to protect your vital organs.  Your body will start pumping more blood to the mid-body or “core” and slow blood flow to your extremities. Feet seem to get the coldest as they are the furthest from the heart. Wear a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulation layer, and a waterproof outer layer over your body to keep blood flowing to your toes.

Use footwarmers

Disposable foot warmers can be used, but you should do so with caution. Never wear them against your bare skin. Unlike hand warmers, if they get overly warm, you cannot easily remove them. Also, they can cause your feet to sweat more, which could make your feet colder. Heat Factory has created a pair of socks that feature a pocket for the warmer to help with these problems.

You could also try battery-operated boot heaters. These have proven to be extremely effective. Hotronic and Therm-ic are popular brands. You may need to ask someone at a nearby ski shop for assistance installing them. They are a little pricey, but they work wonderfully.

Dry your boots and warm them before wearing

Make sure your boots dry thoroughly overnight before wearing them again. Using a boot dryer can draw out moisture and warm your boots for the morning, so you can start the day off with nice warm feet. If you don’t have access to a boot dryer, remove the liners and place them near the radiator or fireplace to dry.

Stand in a warm bath

To pre-heat your feet, stand ankle-deep in warm water. This will get the blood flowing to your toes. If your toes start out nice and warm, your boots will help them stay that way. Just make sure you thoroughly dry them before putting your boots and socks on.

Make shapes on the lift

If your toes get cold or numb on the chair lift refrain from clenching. Instead swing your feet back and forth, make shapes, to get warm blood from your upper body to return to your toes. Do this for a good 30 or 40 swings to really get the blood pumping.

When you take a break, change your socks

When you stop to eat lunch, take the opportunity to change your socks. Socks absorb your sweat, which can cool feet down. A fresh pair will allow you to ski or snowboard for longer with warm, dry feet.

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