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Heel lifts for 5 year old?

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My grandaughter is skiing well.  Can do parallel turns in both directions.  However, she sits back often and I am wondering if heel lifts would help her get forward.  Any advice will be appreciated.  Thanks.

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Originally Posted by hep4186 View Post

My grandaughter is skiing well.  Can do parallel turns in both directions.  However, she sits back often and I am wondering if heel lifts would help her get forward.  Any advice will be appreciated.  Thanks.



she is 5 I would not worry about it if anything I would lift her toes.

 

 

post #3 of 8

that is a question for a qualified boot fitter

post #4 of 8

I don't think many boot fitters would even touch that. She's supposed to be in the backseat. If she's really, really far back though, check the fit of her boot. For that matter check which boot she is in. If it's one of those cruddy Dalbello rental boots in a size too big, you could see a dramatic improvement by downsizing her into a Lange or similar overlap with a proper shell fit.

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At 5 she's fine. Don't play around with her stance. She won't ski like a mini adult. She can't. Her muscles aren't able to support her structure yet so she needs to rely on trying to stack her skeleton without using the musclular control that you and I can. Added to the fact that at this age her centre of mass is higher than in an adult due to the higher proportion of her mass from her head, this leads to this apparent back seat stance.

 

For sure make sure her boots fit ok with the emphasis on comfort but her stance will develop as she becomes stronger and better co-ordinated. Get her skills in place with lots of play and problem solving. She is more likely to discover good long term technique that way. Technical input should be minimal and as it's required but avoiding technical terms.

 

We all need to be very careful with heel raises. Just read some other threads on here to find out more. I would definitely not consider it for a chid.

post #6 of 8
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Thanks for the input.  Shes skiing in Nordica junior boots and they fit correctly.  Just moved her up one size on skis at Christmas. She is really doing well.  Guess I should stop worring and have fun.  Here is a link to her skiing at Snowbasin last Monday:

 

http://youtu.be/exczv6khm_c

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If you had any doubts then the film should get rid of them. She's in great balance and is absorbing those rollers brilliantly. She also knows where she wants to go and goes there. She skis fast as well. Fantastic! Continue having fun.

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I'm a pretty proud Grandpa.  She will probably go on the Snowbasin race team next year.  Her dad used to race so I guess she has his genes.  We've had fun every day we've been up except the day Grandpa forgot his wallet and we couldn't get the mandatory hot chocolate with wipped cream. (actually whipped cream with a little hot chocolate LOL)

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