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Shoes for lift attentdant

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Harrisonwh, May 5, 2019.

  1. Harrisonwh

    Harrisonwh First Runs

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    Hey all

    Managed to score a job as a lift attendant and was wondering what footwear is best.
    I've heard snow boots are a good choice but what brand/model?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorel
    Congrats, enjoy.
     
  3. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    All the girls wear thongs.
     
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    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yup. Sorel Caribou in particular. Before you outlay the money for them (they're not cheap) check if the lift company will be supplying you with some.
     
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  5. Harrisonwh

    Harrisonwh First Runs

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    I can purchase a pair of Palladium Pampa Hi Black through the lift company for $55 AUD. Would this be worth is compared to Sorels?
     
  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you are standing at Friday Flat, Thredbo, then thongs will be fine LOL
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    You want waterproof. You want insulated. There may be boots that fit the bill in that range, but I didn't see them.
     
  8. skifree

    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorel.

    And electric socks.
     
  9. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds spam
    No lift company would sell you these
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    +1 for Sorel Caribou & coupled with a pair of holeproof everyday explorer woollen socks:p
     
  11. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    "Adopt a stylish look with our Pampa Hi boot. This sneaker-inspired men's high-top shoe has cotton canvas for the upper and lining.The boot is finished with a single-unit molded rubber outsole, offering excellent traction while exploring your city.
    The EVA-cushioned footbed and hugging heel cup cradle the foot for lasting support."

    Errr, no. Might work for the summer, or indoors, but a total joke for snow.
    A recipe for frostbitten toes. Contrast with:

    Sorel Caribou
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    Rated to -40° below zero, the Caribou Wool is an ideal choice for cold-weather work and recreation. The full-grain leather upper and handcrafted vulcanized rubber shell are seam-sealed for complete waterproofness and lined with a removable 9mm felted wool InnerBoot that offers unparalleled natural insulation. Underfoot, a thick rubber midsole insulates the boot from cold ground, while the Sorel AeroTrac non-loading outsole provides sure footing.

    • Seam-sealed waterproof construction
    • Waterproof nubuck leather upper
    • Removable 9mm ThermoPlus felt InnerBoot
    • Sherpa Pile snow cuff
    • 25mm bonded felt frost plug
    • Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell
    • SoreL AeroTrac non-loading outsole
    • Shaft Height: 24.5 cm
    • Weight: 964g
    • Sorel rated: -40° Celsius
    $160 from https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com.au/...MIqKuE35CE4gIVQ4mPCh0ZtgGDEAQYAiABEgILxPD_BwE Seems like a very good price to me.

    If you're cash-strapped and have a small foot (size 7) I may be able to help you out with a different style of Sorel (Sorel 1964) boot for $100. Also waterproof and rated to -40 deg)
    [​IMG]
     
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  12. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ve heard not always!
     
  13. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL, i've got these exact ones, great boots!
     
  14. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Those are great Winter town shoes - they will not cut it for standing around in snow in all sorts of weather.

    Take the advice of those above.
    Buy Sorels.
    Good boots can make the difference between hating your job and loving it.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    except the electric socks are worth more than the boots LOL
     
  16. skifree

    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    16 weeks standing about lifts in the snow & whatever the weather & you’re concerned about the cost of the socks?
     
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    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorel

    Toasty.
    Great from powder to slush.
    Recommend.
     
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  18. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Doesn’t actually need to be Sorel (and I say this even though I still have a pair I bought in 1996 at Whistler).

    There are other decent boots out there.
     
  19. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes.
    But not those pictured above.

    And bang for buck the Sorels are pretty on point for a young liftie watching the bottom line.
     
  20. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    20+ years for Sorel is pretty telling...and pretty cheap outcome.
     
  21. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. You are looking for rating to -40, and waterproof. Now it won't get to -40, but that rating is for active people. As a lifty you'll be standing still for long periods, so need boots rated well over what the air or snow temperature may be.
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh god no. They’re just a pair a casual boots.
     
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  23. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I see way less Sorels at Perisher than I used to.
     
  24. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Personally, I’d be too warm most days in my Sorels in Australia.
     
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  25. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    But you're walking around. The OP will be standing around and not moving much for hours on end.
     
  26. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If it's sunny at P. Most the lifties on the Ts are in a work polo shirt.
     
  27. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Depends what ski hill and lift.
     
  28. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I get warm feet and hands. It really depends on what lift and hill you’re on.
     
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  29. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Snap.
     
  30. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Far better to know that your boots will cope with whatever lift they put you on, in whatever weather conditions, than suffer frostbite.
     
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  31. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    These are my new winter boots.
    Fully winterised. Very cosy
     
  32. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Has anyone been a lifty/towie?
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    And you can strip off to a t-shirt to get the cool. The waterproof nature of the Sorels will serve in spring as much as full on winter.

    Standing in one spot is so much worse for feet getting cold than moving around, inside and outside.

    I don’t have Sorels.
    I’ve got a few different pairs of boots for different situations. My Northface 6000m mountaineering boots would serve this purpose nicely but they’re an exxy option.
     
  34. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    An urban winter shoe. For walking to the pub and back. Not for standing around all day. Try those boots as a lifty in a blizzard. FAIL. Majorly.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm not, but if you are on lifties' wages...
     
  36. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Plenty of lifties in 32/etnies/es winterised at perisher. Very common. They'll handle Neg 10 Fahrenheit in Minnesota. They'll handle Australia.
     
  37. climberman

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    In Oz?
     
  38. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    They're merely water resistant. Not waterproof. They're not rated temperature wise. They're not high enough to stop snow getting in the top. What are you trying to do to the OP? Or are you just saying "Look what I own"? I'm surprised you don't use Aldi boots.
     
  39. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Rated to Neg 20
    Fully waterproof with gussets.
    Fully insulated.
    Soft durometer sole for grip.
    Perhaps instead of living in the past where it concerns snow gear and fashion... You could catch up. Winter boots don't need to be bulky And old fashioned.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got them off a guy who bought the wrong size.
    I doubt the distributor would import them here
     
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    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Huh? What? I deal in snow gear. If you seriously think being a lifty in a blizzard is about fashion, you are crazy. When he has to shovel snow and the snow goes in the boot, he's gunna want something 'fashionable'? I'm certainly not living in the past. There are great technological advances in gear. But urban shoes do not cut it in a blizzard in deep snow. You're the only person in this thread who's suggesting an urban fashion shoe for this guy.
     
  42. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's not a urban fashion shoe.
    Fully winterised boot.
    Pretty common in the hill nowadays. Especially the DC brand.
     
  43. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    'Winterised'. ROFL Yup, a great boot for walking around in the town in winter. It's still an urban fashion shoe suitable for cold footpaths in European cities.
     
  44. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah Nah.
    But it's cool.
     
  45. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    'Cool' being the operative word. If he wants very cool (ie: cold) feet ...
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have owned and worked in Sorels, they are okay, not that comfortable and prone to sweating. They may be good in Canada dry cold snow outdoors but Aussie is wet n warm mostly.
     
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    I hope this helps. These are my lifty boots. Easy to moderate heat just add extra socks.

    The big plus for these is you can wear them out at night at the bar and retain that mountain cred. All the best.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Sorels used to be very good and it used to be easy and cheap to get a second set of liners but they gained their reputation when they were made in Canada and were sized to take deep frost plugs. FCSL company were supplying boots to employees and I thought under OH&S most lifties/towies were supplied with appropriate footwear as part of their protective clothing.
    As noted above a lot of temperature ratings are assuming that you are active and while being a liftie can be active at times it is mainly standing in one spot and that needs a warmer boot.
    I am not game to offer any advice tho; I've not had to buy this sort of boot for over 20 years and what I have been looking at costs a lot more than even the dearest Sorel or MUCK/BOGS boot
     
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    snowtyres Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    Irrespective of the boot you choose factor in a pair of Rud Bergsteiger or Alpin boot chains, available from $95.00 pair.

     

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