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post #61 of 64
Originally Posted by slider View Post

But a stacked skeleton takes all the g and vibration off the muscles.


It's possible to be stacked and still skidding.  The quad burn is a result of inaccurate for/aft balance.  The skidding vs carving spectrum is controlled by edging and lateral balance.  There are many cases in skiing where a deliberately skidded or shmeared turn is exactly what you need.  To make this kind of turn well you need to be in balance and stacked over the ski.


As others have mentioned, it is possible to build up your muscles to a point where they can handle being over used.  I see wall sits this way.  Do enough wall sits to get massive quads and you can ski in the backseat all day with no pain.  You could also learn to ski better and skip exercises that make it easier to ski inefficiently.  I spent many years learning to be good at being a crappy skier.  Those moves I practiced and learned have been hard to unlearn.  I ski all day everyday and the only reason I can do it is because I finally learned to ski more efficiently.  Practice makes permanent, perfect practice is what you need.  Take a lesson from someone who knows what they are doing.  I wish I had done it earlier!

Edited by tetonpwdrjunkie - 1/29/16 at 10:13am
post #62 of 64

I think some fairly minor technique issues can cause a lot of leg fatigue.  My legs were painful for three days after my first day on snow this year. The next weekend (my 2nd day) they were starting to hurt after 2 runs.  Then something started working properly and they felt fine the rest of that day and each of my subsequent days.


I think it was a fairly subtle change, because I did not feel like I was skiing all that badly when they were hurting.

post #63 of 64

I'm a little late to this party but something occurred to me which I don't think was mentioned yet.  I have a personal anecdote to share regarding leg burn.


Just a few years back I was at Vail.   It had just snowed 8-10" of light pow.  I had became friends with a Vail instructor a few days earlier and we met up to catch the first gondola (or bubble chair or whatever it was) to catch fresh tracks. We both wanted to take advantage of the fresh snow before the masses arrived.  And each run we made was pretty much top to bottom, non-stop. 


Sometime into our foray, my RIGHT leg started to really feel the lactic acid build up. Not my left. The burn in that one leg was pretty bad.  Why not the left?  In short I determined that the boot cuff on my right boot was out less than ONE degree. I could feel that the pressure on the side walls of the boot shafts were different, right to left.  Before going out again I made the adjustment to try to match what I felt in my left boot and all was well again. 


I'm not saying that the boot cuff cant is necessarily out of adjustment on the OP's boots that may be causing his legs to develop lactic acid more quickly... but it's a thought. 

post #64 of 64

I also wanted to add something that may or may not be the case for posters in this thread, but it was a piece of the quad burn puzzle for me. When I had terrible quad burn it was first and foremost my boots. They had too much forward lean. Now I know I have to be in a very upright boot and have them set to their most upright position.


But, I've also learned I'm quad dominant when I exercise. A lot of people with quad burn issues will assume that they need to do exercises to strengthen their quads. In my case that was exactly the wrong thing to do. It was my glutes and hamstrings that needed to get stronger. My quads want to do everything, and so the glutes and hammies got really lazy and weak. Strengthening them meant that they did more when I was skiing, taking pressure off my quads. 


You might not know if you're quad dominant unless you're working with a trainer or taking a small group fitness class where the instructor tells you that you should be feeling a certain exercise in the glutes,  hammies, whatever, and all you do is feel them in your quads.  

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