How long do ski boots last?

Published by Harry Sowers on

A great high-quality pair of ski boots that fit perfectly on your feet is an absolute godsend. The day you find the perfect boots that fit you is a day you will never forget. You will remember when you purchased them, the store you bought them at, and the person who helped you find them in the store. You will memorize the brand so you can come back and purchase other pairs of ski boots when your current boots finally wear out. On the other hand, the day your perfect pair of ski boots wears out will be a sad day. No matter how perfectly you care for your equipment, there will come a day when the fabric no longer keeps out the cold, or there is no more stiff flex in the boot, and your legs move around too easily for the type of skiing that you are doing. But how long do you ski boots last and how often to replace ski boots?

What Is The Lifespan Of Ski Boots?

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There’s nothing worse than saying farewell to a pair of ski boots that you have made memories with but can now no longer keep out the cold and the moisture from the snow. But from the first day you purchase a brand new pair of ski boots, how long do you have until you must return to the winter sports store to search for another new pair. It all depends on how durable your boots are and how long they’re made to last. 

The durability of your ski boots depends on several factors: how often you ski, how well you care for your boots in between ski sessions, the type of skiing that you do, the amount of material that the manufacturers used to reinforce areas of the boots that usually wear out faster than others, and the type of material with which it was made. 

Those skiers who purchase their ski boots on the cheap will find that they have to replace their boots sooner than other skiers who invest in a higher quality pair. But, of course, certain brands are trash no matter how expensive they are. 

On average, the ski boot lifespan can be anywhere from 75 to 200 days. But the number of days in this instance does not mean days out of the year. It only means the number of days that you have actively skied. If you don’t see that often, say 30 days out of the year, then your boots can last to five or six years if they’re made to last around a hundred fifty days. 

To find out how long your particular style of ski boot lasts, it may be quite difficult. The average duration of ski boots is usually not available online under the product description or more information. However, you can email the brand of your ski boot with the model number and ask them. Be prepared to wait a week for their response, especially if they do not have a well-made website. 

As I said above, every ski boot has its own unique lifespan, so it is difficult to know exactly when your boots need to be replaced. But there are definitely some signs you need to watch out for, so you don’t end up skiing with battered old boots.

When To Replace Ski Boots? 

While there is an average lifespan to ski boots, you must know the first signs of weakening ski boots, so you know to ready yourself for a boot shopping trip. The first sign you should know is if the waterproof material is not working correctly. Whenever you put on your boots and go skiing, you notice that your ankles are wet and not from sweat. You may also feel some moisture around your toes. Keeping out moisture from the snow or from the rain is one of the biggest reasons why ski boots were made in the first place. But if your boots cannot keep you dry and warm anymore, start checking out places that sell new boots.

If you purchase waterproof spray and apply it to your ski boots, they should last longer, but it is not a permanent fix.

The second sign your boots need replacing is if they are far too sensible when they should be stiff. This detail may not be as easily noticed by beginners, because these types of boots are already quite flexible, but if you perform one of the more intense types of skiing, you’ll notice right away.

The third and last sign I will cover in this article is If the bottom of your boots or its liner starts to give away and develop a large hole where the ball of your foot is. Like regular tennis shoes and boots, the material that makes up a ski boot will start to wear away if used too often and if one area of the boot is used more than another. You should also watch for any holes that develop around your toes.

But, if you have boots with liners and detachable parts, you will not have to replace the entire boot to replace those parts. Many manufacturers sell the detachable parts of their boots on their website. So you can buy any extra buckles or liners if the ones on your boots start to wear out. Most people will have to purchase at least one ski boot insert replacement for their boots because of their boot lining disintegrating. The lining also loses its stability and durability because it was not washed enough whenever you skied, so it had to keep absorbing your sweat and bacteria.

How To Store Ski Boots

Winter and spring are ideal times for skiers to get out onto the slopes and enjoy their favorite activity, but it does not last all year. When the summer and fall are in full swing, and there’s not a single snowflake on the ground, you should have your boots safely and neatly stored away for the next time winter comes. 

Your boots need to be clean when you store them. You cannot rip off your boots after your final day of skiing and throw them in the back of your closet. Your boots need to be washed and scrubbed of all debris, bacteria, dirt, and particles that could be lodged in the many crevices all around it. 

Remove the liner from your boots so you can probably watch it too. Never allow the liner to sit inside the boat while it is being washed. The lining of a boot absorbs a lot of sweat, so it needs to be washed thoroughly. The shell of your boots needs a good scrubbing. Grab a toothbrush, quickly run it under warm water, and lightly scrub around every single indent to remove any stuck particles inside small spaces. 

After they have been completely washed, place them in a slightly warm area until they are completely dry. Then, please your boots in their book bag and store them in a cool area. If you tend to store your equipment in the garage, then you can place it there. But do not store any of your skiing equipment in a humid area. The humidity could cause all of the metal in your skis, boots, and bindings to rust.

Should You Store Ski Boots Buckled

If you were to ask a non-skier if you should store your boots buckled in the garage, that person may say that you should leave them unbuckled. However, this is a bad idea. No matter how long you will store your boots for, they should always be completely lace-up and buckles as if they were on your foot. The reason is because unbuckled boots that are left for a long period of time will lose their shape and their flex. Even if you purchased brand new boots just after the skiing season ended and placed them into storage, they too could lose their shape. 


Always be sure to take good care of your ski boots. A great pair of ski boots need love and care to be maintained and last as long as possible. Even if you can afford to purchase 20 different ski boots on the same shopping trip, you can still treat all of their equipment with care. Even though it may be tempting to wear your ski boots as long as possible to avoid purchasing a brand new pair, which is usually over $200, this could be a bad idea. No matter your skiing style, it could be dangerous to use worn-out, tired boots that can’t keep their shape. You could end up twisting your ankles or getting frostbite in your toes. If you notice your boots getting to wear out in some areas, you can always take them to a specialty winter repair store to see if they can fix your boots and make them last longer. But if the cost outweighs a brand new pair of boots, then don’t have them fixed.

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Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.