WARNING, THE PICTURES ARE GRAPHIC AND I HAVE THE POSSIBLY WORST FEET IN AMERICA. VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I broke my right leg at the tib, fib, and ankle 5 years ago. The result was my right foot turned out around 15 degrees. I have been canted and aligned by the best all over the US and after being rechecked I stayed the same except my right leg being 3/8 shorter needed a lift and my binding had to be abducted or turned to the right to match my right foot. That was the best they could do in surgery putting my leg back together.I needed a wider ski to have room to turn the binding and no demos or borrowing my buddies skis for me. I have been skiing that way for around 3 years and I always wondered if there was a way I could ski with my right binding straight. I am a L7-8 skier and I ski with the old Austrian style of feet close. I skied well but had a little hitch in my left turn. After a search of the best alignment person I could find someone here suggested the Boot Dr in Telluride. I read up on Bob Gleason, co-owner and he started the Master Boot Fitting group. I called him on the phone and made a appointment. I arrived in Telluride from Columbus Ohio with our ski club and skied for 2 days before my appointment. Bob spent about an hour checking my alignment and as you can see with my right foot almost straight,m my right knee is touching my left knee. No way anyone could ski this way. In addition I have horrible bunions and my toes have always been pointed out from this.
Bob works another hour and builds new foot-beds for me, building in the heel lift on my right foot. As you can see at this point my right knee is more in alignment already. Bob made me wear those ugly shorts! I told you my feet were ugly?
Bob spends another hour canting and aligning me and the result is 1 degree left inside and 5 degrees right inside. The boot wont even stand up by itself. Bob says in all his years he has only done one other skier at 5 degrees.
The master himself.
My right binding is re-drilled straight and everything is ready for pickup the next morning. I jump into the skis, I don't think I will be able to make a left turn but everything feels comfortable so I hop on the lift for a run. I am a good carver, I become comfortable after about 5 minutes and I put on some speed and realize I was never carving my right ski tip to tail. I am dialed in, nailed on rails and I start to do high speed carves as fast as the 177 Kendos will take me. I am feeling so in control. My skiing is back to before the accident and maybe better.
(On my left turn I am purposely spraying up a little snow for the camera.)
I am so appreciative of Bobs work. He spent a total of 4 hours on me. Over a couple of days we made minute adjustments but I was just in heaven. It was really cool being in that shop. I worked in a ski shop for many years. All of Bobs techs know what they are doing. Everyone working there is having fun and learning. Its is a special shop run by a special guy. I do not think many alignment techs could do what Bob did for me. Thanks to Epic members for suggesting the shop and thanks to Bob and crew for a amazing job. I appreciate everything you did for me.
Fred, 66 years young and still loving skiing.