This is from a thread in the ski instruction forum (Thanks Pierre). I brought it over here because I need to learn some things. The obvious response to this is that snowboard boot misalignment causes less boot pain issues because the boots are softer (D'uh!). But if we assume that the same distribution of misalignment issues occurs in skiers and snowboarders, then should we assume there is the same level of impact on performance? Or is there something inherent about snowboards that mitigates typical alignment issues? For example if someone is knock kneed, can we mitigate that by getting a stiffer board or by changing the stance width/stance angles?
Personally, I use my old ski boot footbeds in my snowboard boots. For my students, I rarely see alignment issues causing technique problems (but this may be my bad). I do see stance setups causing technique problems. I sometimes recommend stance changes to overcome intractable technique issues. I often recommend stance changes to increase comfort levels. I suspect that finding a comfortable stance/highback setup is an effective means of changing equipment to deal with misalignment.
Let's use this thread to explore this topic and get some answers!