I spent a lot of time in my ski boots this weekend. It started with my interval training on Thursday, then skiing with the kids on Friday at Snowmass, more intervals and then lift-served skiing at Highlands on Saturday, followed by one-and-a-half laps on Ajax this morning and a final lap up Sunlight this afternoon.
I left the house at 5:30 this morning, and decided to drive to Aspen in my boots to save on time. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend driving in your ski boots, with a manual transmission no less, but it’s not a problem in my Sportivas. After a few hours of skinning and skiing, I was excited to get home to help Ian with the kids so I just drove home in my boots. Once at home, I hung out with my nephew for an hour or so then and jumped back into the car for a trip to Sunlight. I never even thought to take off my boots. After skinning up and skiing down Sunlight in the afternoon, I finally decided I should take my boots off before heading into the grocery store -you gotta draw the line somewhere.
When I first got my boots and watched the incredibly detailed instructional video about how to put them on – admittedly, I was pretty concerned they would be really delicate. “Frah-gee-ley. Must be Italian.” But over time, the boots have proven to be totally bomber with more all-day comfort than any other ski boot I’ve ever had. I’m not quite ready to wear them out on the town – though they DO kind of look like stilettos.
I have to say I’m a little bummed I am not actually in Italy racing at the ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Championships (or wearing stilettos), but I’ve had a great visit with my brother and his family as well as some quality training days. Next up is a quick trip to LA for a photo shoot then the Inferno at Highlands next weekend.