Originally Posted by eastskier44
I skied my first day of the season today and was plagued with what felt like a pair of overly tuned skis. Quite frankly I skied awful. My SL's were insanely hooky all day long, to the point where it felt there was barely a running surface at all. The inside edge of my inside ski just kept hooking up when I didn't want it to and I found my self getting that loss of balance feeling all day. I was constantly catching an edge when I didn't want it. Additionally, I felt like I just couldn't steer the things like I normally am able to. It was my first day out and also my first day since knee surgery so that also could have played into my poor day of skiing.
My question is a) Is this something that is mainly just due to what felt like an overly tuned ski, or is there something in my technique that could have been causing this? and b) will I be able to detune them with my diamond stone?
My thoughts on why the inside edge can catch undesirably -
Base bevel too low (I.e. .5 or less)
Stance - Feet further apart than normal
Boots need alignment
Since this is happening on the inside edge of the inside ski, I'm guessing it was only on easy terrain when the skis are close to flat?
There's some simple troubleshooting that can be done to figure it out too.
If it is the ski tune, (poor tune or burr) it should move when you switch skis around. If it doesn't, chances are it isn't.
If the base bevel is too low, see if you can experiment with where exactly I'd does catch. It should be consistent. You can then decide to keep it or change it.
If your stance is too wide, force your self (on easy terrain) to ski with your skis too close. Should go away
Technique - best to have someone with a trained eye watch, but maybe you're pointing your outside knee in to turn instead?
Boot alignment (my pick for your issue) again takes a trained eye or a trip to the boot fitter. You can also on easy terrain ski down hill with the skis flat. Do it on one ski and the other. Just go straight while looking downhill and if your comfortable, close your eyes briefly (as long as you can do it safely). With your eyes open, did you have to fight to stay straight?
I pick this because this issue happened to me after my knee surgery last year. My issue was finding the inside edge (opposite of your issue). Fitter gave my a 1.5 shim and the problem went away. I got new boots this year and I need close to the same. You could try experimenting with duct tape strips on the binding where the binding touches the boot sole and for you I think it would be on the inside edge. 4-5 strips is about 1*. I posted in the boot guys forum o n this last season. I never needed a shim until after my surgery and there are several things that can cause your alignment to change; working out, weight loss, knee surgery (actually anything in your structure chain), something changing just because Nature wants it too, etc.
It doesn't take much to have an effect (I.e. I added five strips of duct tape and it got better, added two more and it was perfect).
Other information that would help narrow this down is -
does this happen only on one side and which?
Have you skied these skis before?
Did you buy them used from a racer?
When is the last time the base was ground and edges set?
Have you skied these boots before?
Was your knee surgery caused by a skiing accident and was it these skis?
All of that will help you zero in on what is causing this. The good news is most of this is easy to fix.