Ski boots aren’t the most comfortable footwear around. In fact, some of us would go so far as to say we HATE THEM. Pretty much the only thing they’re good for is skiing, and even then, every time you have to walk up the stairs at a mountain restaurant or hobble back to the hotel at the end of a ski day can justly qualify as one of the highest forms of torture. But during the summer months, when we’re all dying to get back on the ski hill, some people take this yearning a step further and don their ski boots for all sorts of assorted activities. Inspiring – but you won’t catch me running a marathon in ski boots anytime soon!
Max Willcocks holds the current world record for the fastest 100 metre sprint with ski boots on, at just 14.09 seconds. If you’re interested in competing against him, he was wearing Atomic Blackland ski boots. The current female world record holder is Emma Kirk-Odunubi, at 16.86 seconds. Not too shabby!
5:52 isn’t the greatest time for a marathon – unless you consider that this was the time Colin Haylock took to run the London marathon with ski boots on! We can’t answer for the state of his knees and ankles after the fact...
In a unique fundraiser for Snow Camp Charity, James and Joe of the Ski Club of Great Britain vowed to play 180 games of table tennis in a row – wearing ski boots! They accomplished their goal, having played for 10 hours and 35 minutes and raised £739 that will go towards improving the quality of inner-city young people through snowsports.
It’s never too early to start training for next ski season! Don’t let your skiing muscles atrophy over the summer months. To make your exercises more effective, it never hurts to wear ski boots while working out!
We’ve spent centuries perfecting the perfect pair of football boots, but this young lad thought he might find decent results with a ski boot. Let’s just say he had... varying degrees of success...
Coming out of the après-ski bar, you can’t seem to find your skis anywhere. Did someone take off with your skis, or did you have one pint too many? Never mind, there’s an easy solution to this conundrum: sliding down the slopes on your ski boots!
If you’ve mastered sliding on your ski boots, it’s time to grind boxes and rails in the snow park! Hey, you don’t even need skis at all!
Every self-respecting skier has surely partied in their boots at least once. You might find your ski suit cumbersome at the start of the après-ski session, but you’ll soon be dancing on tables along with everybody else. Do the moonwalk, the shuffle or the dance of your choosing!
Miss the feeling of swishing along in your skis? Roller skating is probably the feeling that most mimics skiing without needing snow or ice. Attach your ski boots and bindings to a pair of roller skates and you’re all set to go!
Surely the thing we spend the most time doing in our ski boots is whinging! They’re heavy, they’re uncomfortable and they make it hard to walk. But I’m secretly looking forward to complaining about my ski boots again. That means ski season is almost upon us!
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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