Skiers control their speed on a straight run by putting more weight on one ski than the other, which lets you turn at an angle perpendicular to the steepest gradient of the slope, known as the fall line. As you ski back and forth against the fall line, your calves are often angled with the slope, pressing firmly on the sides of your ski boot. Over the course of a long day, the constant pressure and friction against the sides of your boot can cause painful blistering and soreness on your feet, ankles or calves. An incorrectly fitting boot will increase friction and pressure and prompt blistering of the feet and ankles.

Skiing is a very demanding activity and if you live in the UK, then skiing tends to be a holiday sport. Maybe once or twice a year, which is really tricky when it comes to conditioning and preparation for very full, active, demanding holiday! So, it is very important to prepare ahead and prevent blisters, so the skiing break can be as pain and blister free as possible.

Boot fit

if you are a regular skier then Invest in your own boots as like any other sports with hired boots, the fit is always going to be a compromise. Too tight and the boot will cause pressure, due to the foot and leg swelling during the activity, making the boot a smaller fit. Too big and that causes the foot and leg to move around too much in the boot increasing the friction, creating blisters especially on the heel and ankle area.

A lot of boots can be heat moulded to improve the fit However If you are on holiday and going for a boot fit make sure you are happy with the fit, don’t be embarrassed by asking for more boots to try on, getting it right now will benefit you later. 

Socks

Due to the heavy boots and ski clothing the body will get warm with all the exertion and naturally the legs and feet will sweat, the skin will become wet, leading to blisters. Socks need to be long enough to cover all boot contact areas with the leg area. Moisture wicking qualities are absolutely necessary to move the sweat away from the skin. Long walking/hiking socks with extra cushioning on the soles would be perfect, liners next to the skin would also work really well for those who really struggle with blisters and prefer a double sock combination. Change your socks frequently during the day to make sure the feet stay as dry as possible and use boot dryers to ensure the boot is dried out by morning.

Armaskin liner socks (long ones)

Armaskin liner socks do great job of blister prevention but they do need a outer sock as well. Their lifespan is approximately 260 miles of walking/running, they may alter with skiing?

Skin taping with Hypafix and KT Pro

Hypafix and KT Pro are ideal for taping those blisters prone area before you ski, apply skin tac prior to taping for extra staying power and 2 toms blistershield powder after the taping for extra friction reduction

Silopos gel tube sleeves

Gel tube sleeves work well for the ankle area up the leg and the specific gel padding socks by giving that extra protection where you need it, whether it be the front of the shin, Achilles, or the boney ankle bits on the inside and outside of the ankle (malleoli). (link to silicone sleeves) These are all essential to preventing blisters.

Engo patches

can be applied to the boot areas that are causing increased friction and pressure onto the skin.https://www.youtube.com/embed/-V3RCVtmZJs

Pellitec Blister prevention pads

Pellitec blister prevention pads are brilliant at applying to the inside of the footwear that is causing the blisters, this is only useful if the boots belong to you and are not hired.

Purchasing any preventative blister measures before you go on holiday can seem an expensive but if you do get blisters whilst skiing, they then can stop you altogether, which will prove to be a really expensive holiday. Those of you who ski regularly making this investment now, will help you, ski pain and blister free on a regular basis. 

If you feel a hotspot developing then stop and use our emergency blister treatment kit to put a dressing on it to prevent it moving on to a blister, if you are with a group of people, don’t worry about what they might say, most of the time, they will be grateful for the break. Blisters are much easier to deal with at this stage than getting a blister on your blister!