Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do the BootSkis have metal edges?
A: No, due to the strong high-tech fiber-reinforced polymer composite material (glass fiber Grylamid plastic) that the BootSki is made from, it does not need steel edges.
The material we use is developed with the highest specification as a replacement of certain metals, and therefore this material is used for instance today in the military industry as a replacement for certain metals.
Q: Can the BootSki edges be sharpened?
A: Yes, but not immediately, they are ready to go right out of the package. The BootSki material is fiber-reinforced it can if needed to be sharpened, with STOLT edge sharpener.
We have developed an edge sharpener (85 degrees) for the BootSki to be able to grind your edges after each season or whenever you feel like this is needed, but the fiber-reinforced polymer composite material (glass fiber Grylamid plastic) is from the beginning very strong!
Q: Can the BootSki bases be waxed?
A: Yes, but when you receive your BootSki, it already has the surface needed for the slopes. We have developed a wax that is possible to apply for better glide, this could be used during a long season or if you somehow damaged the BootSki during the ride.
Q: What is the best way to set the bindings on the BootSki?
A: Adjust and set the bindings before you head out to the ski slopes. The best way is to set the bindings at home. Adjust the binding wires to the proper holes on the ski, When the clamp sticks really hard to your heel this gives you the perfect fit.
Q: What is the best way to put on the BootSki?
A: The BootSki is easier to put on while sitting or kneeling, one ski at a time preferably on a flat surface that is close to or on the snow.
Q: Is skiing on BootSkis similar to skiing on downhill skis?
A: Yes and No, Skiing on BootSkis is very similar to downhill skiing except for the positioning. The stance is different from regular downhill skiing. A more upright stance should be used. This is accomplished by leaning back more on your BootSkis than you would with downhill skis and keep the pressure on your thighs to avoid getting the tips caught in the snow. As a downhill skier, you tend to put weight forward, which is completely wrong when using your BootSkis.
Q: Should I use ski poles while learning to ski on the BootSkis?
A: No, you should avoid using ski poles in the beginning when using the BootSkis. This will allow you to concentrate on your optimal upright stance, leaning back on the BootSkis and shifting your weight to your thighs.
Q: Are the BootSkis stable and what is the best stance when skiing on BootSkis when going fast?
A: Yes, they are stable. We have ski instructors from Italy and France which speed down the ski slope without the slightest problem of stability at high speeds.
A great way to see how to best stand on the BootSkis is to watch Stefano Beligheri (former Italian national Alpine team member) when he skis. He has the optimal way of standing on the BootSkis and how he distributes the weight and turning them in the slope.
So, the key for success is getting yourself comfortable in a stable position by putting weight on your heels, find the balance and how it works when turning and then try to add the speed.
Q: How do I avoid the tips getting stuck in the snow?
A: It is all about the positioning as mentioned above. Lean backward and apply a lot of pressure on your thighs.
Q: Is it best to avoid running them flat and keep them on edge all the time?
A: No, we have never had any problems with skiing on a flat surface and that's one of the great advantages of BootSki moving from point A-B on flat ground.
Q: Is there a User Manual available?
A: No, not currently, we plan to provide a lot of new film material on the website, where we explain how it works and important things about the product.