How to Take Off Snowboarding Boots

There is nothing quite like the feeling of taking off your snowboarding boots after a long day on the mountain. But if you’re new to riding or on your first day out, knowing how to take them off can seem a bit complicated. 

I’ve been snowboarding for decades and am a certified snowboarding instructor. I’ve helped many people learn the basics of the sport and have taught many beginners how to take off their boots. 

This post will show you how to take off snowboarding boots. I’ll provide you with some tips and tricks to make this happen easily and effectively. 

Let’s dive in. 

Initial Thoughts

Taking off your snowboard boots may not seem like that difficult of a task to riders with experience. If you have been riding for a while, you probably don’t need to read this post. But if you see a newbie struggling with their boots, give them a hand. 

If you are a beginner, this information will come in helpful. Remember that it’s always a good idea to practice putting your boots on and getting out of them before going on the mountain. That way, you won’t be struggling in the snow. 

How to Take Off Snowboarding Boots

This section will give you some steps and tricks to taking off your snowboarding boots. 

Step 1: Sit Down

Taking off your boots is far easier when you are off your feet. So the first step to taking them off is sitting down somewhere. This can be just about anywhere, but things might be easier if you can do it out of the snow and cold. 

You can sit down on the tailgate of your car, inside of the lodge, or directly on the snow. It really doesn’t matter; just make sure you have another set of footwear to step into if you are taking them off in the cold. 

Step 2: Loosen Your Boots

Before you can take your boots off, you’ll need to loosen them up. If you have traditional laces, untie them and then loosen all the eyelets and laces until you have enough room to pull back the tongue. 

If you have BOA boots or speed laces, you’ll need to either twist the dial back or pull the loosening lace. Again make sure that the boots are loose enough to allow the tongue a bit of wiggle room. 

Step 3: Open the Tongue and Pull

Now that you have your boots loosened up, you’ll want to open up the tongue even further. Hold the tongue open with one hand while you pull back with your leg. This should cause your foot to slip right out of the boots. 

If your feet don’t come out easily, you might need to loosen up your boots a bit more. You can also hold the back of your boot and the tongue as you step out. This will give you a bit more leverage and help you slip out of the boots.

Additional Thoughts

Some boots are more difficult to take off than others, and that’s just the way it is. If you are struggling with getting out of your boots, you might want to consider getting a new model in a different size. 

If you wear multiple socks at one time, that can also affect how easily your snowboard boots come off. The more socks you wear, the harder it will be to get your feet out of your boots. I generally only wear one set of socks. 

Sometimes boots can also be challenging to get off if your feet are wet. This is common if you have sweaty feet or some snow gets in your boots and melts. You’ll just need to keep pulling until you get them off. 

Having the right fit is essential, and a tighter boot is better for performance than a loose boot. This can make getting out of them a little more complicated at the end of the day. 

The video below has some good tips on finding the best fit for your snowboard boots.


There really isn’t any secret to taking off snowboarding boots. If you follow the steps mentioned above, you should be able to get them off pretty quickly. But there are other ways to go about it, and you should do whatever works best for you.

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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