So I just came back from Hunter yesterday and took a lesson where I learned a bit more on parallel turns and pole planting. I'm very happy skiing the Belt Parkway (that really long blue one from the top of the mountain) but I take a long time getting down because I like making very wide parallel turns to control my speed. During my lesson, I mentioned to my instructor that I was experiencing some knee pain (no muscle pains which to me seemed odd) and he said it was likely from my love affair with hockey stop turns that slow me down to probably the speed of a good marathon runner, but no faster. I recognize that my skiing improved a lot (fatigue wise) if I just skied faster but I'm wondering if my knee issues might be from boots. I had no pain that I could feel and sized my boots as advised on the forum. So my feet are fine, but my knees hurt today going down the stairs (not up) and I'm mildly sore with some muscles but as an athlete, it's not bad. I iced and elevated last night, but I want to prevent this in the future. Is the solution just ski faster or is it a boot thing? I also didn't strap myself in too tight on the top. I did with my ankles to hold them down but I wanted all day circulation.
Oh yes, and wanted to add that the pole plant helps so much with just the idea of turning. I know it's not actually pushing you into a turn like your feet but I think it helped me rhythmically. Thank you Hunter Ski School.