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The 10 Best Beginner Ski Boots of 2024

By: Jordan Sunshine: Ski Buyer | October 05, 2023
 

For many people, the biggest barrier to entry to becoming a passionate skier when learning how to ski is the boots. Too often the ski boots that are recommended to beginners are cold, uncomfortable, hard to get off and on, and imprecise. That means that new skiers have to struggle with frozen toes, cramping feet, and gear that makes it harder, rather than easier to translate their body’s movements into ski turns. That’s why it’s so important to shop carefully for beginner ski boots. A good beginner boot will fit well, keep your feet warm, and have a good balance of flex and stiffness so that you can lean into the boot to initiate turns, but not have it fold when you really push into it.

New This Year:

The 2024 collection of beginner ski boots is redefining what entry-level gear can offer. This year, the spotlight is on the 70-80 flex boots, which are crafted to be more than just an introductory pair. They offer a gentle yet supportive flex that provides the right balance of comfort and performance, aiding new skiers in their journey from green to blue runs. The idea is to provide boots that not only ease the learning curve but also accompany skiers as they venture towards intermediate terrains. This nuanced approach in design demonstrates a thoughtful anticipation of the evolving needs of new skiers. The 2024 beginner ski boots lineup is not just about stepping into skiing; it's about paving a smoother path towards mastering the slopes, one turn at a time.

‚Äč K2 BFC 80 Ski Boots 2024

K2 BFC 80

Keep your focus on learning how to ski, not on your aching feet, with the K2 BFC 80 Ski Boots. The most comfortable boot in the land, the BFC 80 combines a soft flex with one of the wider and most comfortable shells ever devised, perfect for skiers new to the sport or those who ski less frequently.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
80103$299.95

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Atomic Hawx Prime Ski Boots 2024

Atomic Hawx Prime

The Atomic Hawx Prime Ski Boots offer Atomic quality and performance at a price that will leave you some breathing room for other essentials like lift tickets. Between Atomic's dialed-in 100mm fit and the heat molding potential of Memory Fit, the vast majority of average and slightly higher volume feet are going to find a happy home in the Prime W, another reason the Hawx Prime is one of evo's best-selling boots.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
90100$349.95

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Dalbello Veloce Max 65 W Ski Boots - Women's 2024

Dalbello Veloce Max 75

Those flipflops you roam the beach with in the offseason have only a slight advantage in comfort over the new Dalbello Veloce Max 75 Ski Boots, whose 104mm last and easy-flexing shell make the transition to snow an easy one. Perfect as a first boot or for skiers with a very wide foot, the Veloce Max 75 lets you concentrate on learning the moves instead of how much your feet hurt.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
75104$249.99

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Lange LX 75 HV GW Ski Boots - Women's 2024

Lange LX 75 HV GW - Women's

Leave it to Lange to come up with a beginner/intermediate boot that doesn't fit like a breadbox and actively helps you become a better skier. We're talking about the Lange LX 75 HV GW Ski Boots, with a wider 102mm forefoot for out-of-the-box comfort but more normal dimensions through the ankle and heel so you can actually turn those skis. Lightweight Polyolefin and LYFRAN construction means less energy spent lugging the boots around and more to use on actually skiing.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
75102$379.95

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Nordica Sportmachine 3 80 Ski Boots 2024

Nordica Sportmachine 3 80

Now with customizable cork liners, the Nordica Sportmachine 3 80 Ski Boots just keep getting better. Their roomy 102 mm last provides plenty of space to be comfortable and snug, while an adjustable cuff profile helps change the shape of the upper boot to properly fit your legs. With a smooth soft flex for beginner to intermediate skiers, you can set out for the greens and slide down the blacks too.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
80102$299.99

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Rossignol Evo 70 Ski Boots 2024

Rossignol Evo 70

Comfort beyond description and release from the Hell of the Rental Line make the Rossignol Evo 70 Ski Boots a deal you can't pass up. 104mm lasted comfort, easy on-off, and a forgiving 70 flex make this the perfect starter boot.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
70104$219.95

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Salomon QST Access 80 Ski Boots 2024

Salomon QST Access 80

Don't let wide feet stop you from enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of skiing, get the Salomon QST Access 80 Ski Boots to start your journey and let the relaxed 104mm last take care of business so you can concentrate on learning the moves. A lightweight Polyolefin shell and cuff make heavy beginner boots a thing of the past, and a ratcheting top strap makes buckling up and adjusting the cuff a snap.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
80104$349.95

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Tecnica Mach Sport HV 85 W Ski Boots - Women's 2024

Tecnica Mach Sport HV 85 W - Women's

With a roomy 103mm last designed for wider, high volume feet and a super comfy Sport N.F.S. liner with Celliant® insulation, the Tecnica Mach Sport HV 85 W Ski Boots will let you spend the whole day out on the slopes without thinking about how much your feet hurt. Make the learning curve a great place to spend time with the Mach Sport HV 85 and change your whole attitude about ski boots.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
85103$499.95

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Atomic Hawx Magna 80 Ski Boots 2024

Atomic Hawx Magna 80

Step into the Atomic Hawx Magna 80 Ski Boots for superior comfort that'll have you hooked on skiing in no time. Made with for wide feet and featuring an adaptive cuff system for larger legs, these beginner friendly boots are ready for action on the magic carpet and beyond.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
80102$399.95

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K2 FL3X Method Ski Boots 2024

K2 FL3X Method

There's some madness to this method, and you'll find out soon enough in the K2 FL3X Method Ski Boots. The warmest, easiest to put on and most comfortable freestyle shoe this side of Mumbai, the Method rocks your world with a 102mm last (wide enough for all but the true Sasquatches among us) and a fully heat moldable shell. Add an Intuition Tongue liner and classic Method 3-piece flex, and you're off to the races.

Flex RatingLast (mm)Original Price
90102 mm$449.95

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The Selection Process:

Our ski buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things skiing stemming from years of experience in the ski industry in tandem with their countless hours spent on slopes everywhere from groomers to the remote backcountry around the world. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jordan Sunshine

I was born and raised in northern Vermont and moved west as soon as I turned 18. I bounced around the PNW for a while eventually following evo’s store openings to Denver where I have called home since and although I will always take even the wettest of pow days, have come to appreciate any day skiing in the sun, be it with friends or my kids.

I have been skiing since I was 2 and started working in a ski shop when I was 14, which was way more fun than washing dishes. Over the years I have worked as a ski tech, boot fitter, liftie, product copywriter, and eventually came to manage evo’s Portland and Denver stores. Now I am the Ski Buyer, overseeing ski hardgoods and backcountry accessories.