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@justanotherskipro -- very helpful drills and observations. I need something to do during the week.

 

@TheRusty et al -- I've not had my alignment checked. Yet.Given what is available in the ski $ coffers I can do that this month or take a semi-private lesson. Thoughts?

 

The boots I have are used with almost new Intuition liners. A boot fitter I visited found an old pair an employee had moved on from to get me in a significantly better fitting boot and basically gave them to me to avoid having me ski in a boot a size too big (a 102 last 28 mondo shell, to a 98 last 27 mondo.) Obviously if I was buying new shells an alignment check would be included, but he'd already gone out on a limb for me. 

 

I've heard good things about the boot folks at my local hill, Loveland. Maybe @Noodler can endorse or steer me elsewhere? Going here is a more likely solution as I could ski-test the changes right away...and not have to miss a whole day of skiing and drive way out of my way.

 

 

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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
 

@justanotherskipro -- very helpful drills and observations. I need something to do during the week.

 

@TheRusty et al -- I've not had my alignment checked. Yet.Given what is available in the ski $ coffers I can do that this month or take a semi-private lesson. Thoughts?

 

The boots I have are used with almost new Intuition liners. A boot fitter I visited found an old pair an employee had moved on from to get me in a significantly better fitting boot and basically gave them to me to avoid having me ski in a boot a size too big (a 102 last 28 mondo shell, to a 98 last 27 mondo.) Obviously if I was buying new shells an alignment check would be included, but he'd already gone out on a limb for me. 

 

I've heard good things about the boot folks at my local hill, Loveland. Maybe @Noodler can endorse or steer me elsewhere? Going here is a more likely solution as I could ski-test the changes right away...and not have to miss a whole day of skiing and drive way out of my way.


I would start with the alignment before the semi private lesson at this point.  There is only so much you can do if your alignment is off.  If you are serious about improving your skiing, start with the boots.

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I would start with the alignment before the semi private lesson at this point.  There is only so much you can do if your alignment is off.  If you are serious about improving your skiing, start with the boots.

 

This.  I stand by my earlier comments.  While it is entirely possible to ski poorly in perfectly fitting boots, it is nearly impossible to ski well in Ill-fitting boots.  If your body is contorting to remain in some semblance of balance, you have effectively locked-out many of the subtle movements that effective skiing requires.  Money spent on lessons to fix problems that you can't fix because your boots are limiting your movement options is money wasted.

post #33 of 33
So jmeb, if I may ask a little more about the weaker knee, Is it the result of an injury? Or is it a chronic bilateral imbalance?
If so boot alignment is treating a symptom but misses the root cause. Even the weaker knee might be a symptom of a low back imbalance. Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Orthopaedic specialists have been suggesting this sort of stuff for years but as skiers we tend to focus so much on the feet that often we ignore the real cause. That is why I would suggest at the very least consulting your Ortho, Chiro, or PT prior to your boot fitter. I have seen a lot of alignment issues and weaker leg issues change significantly with exercise and rehab work. That doesn't mean footbeds wouldn't help but when you change the body you will end up doing the boot alignment work again.
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