I've been reading Epic Ski for some time but this is my first post, sorry for the length but I've attached scary X-rays to make up for it.
I'm looking for some boot fitting advice to try and get back onto the slopes this season following a major accident last year that ended my season only ski days 19 days in. President's day weekend last season at A-Basin I hit an obstacle (assume a mogul) I could not see under around 12" of powder at speed, this was on a step ish pitch and I ended up tumbling for around 275 feet down the hill, from the GPS track, until it leveled out. Patrol got me to the base on the sled and from there on to hospital at Frisco where the scans showed a spiral fracture of the tibia and what was worse was a very fractured tibial plateau (TPF Schatzker level 6). 3 operations and 21 days in hospital later got home and have been on the mend ever since. (note if you every break bones Colorado's Summit county is a great place to do it.)
In my leg I have now two plates, one holding the TPF back together that’s well above the boot and a second long plate down the length of my tiba which ends around 2 inches lower the my boot top. I've attached 2 x-rays so you can see what I've got going on.
Trying my boots back on the plate on the front of my shin and screws are pushing on the cuff of the boot around the area where the tongue curves round and tucks under the boot shell on the left side. This is just above the top clip at the height of the Velcro strap.
So I'm looking for your advice on getting back in the game and seeing if my plan is remotely on the right track.
(1) Go to a boot guy - I'm planning on going to see a good boot fitter prior to a return to the slopes in late December (first date the doc will let me try skiing again). Aim here is to see what can be done to try and accommodate the bottom of the plate and lessen the pressure on that area. If this needs new liner or boots I'm all up for that. Any hints as to what to ask for and things to avoid?
(2) New Boot Liners - I was looking at the thermo moldable liners as I read that you can create a small void in the liner to give space for hardware during the mounding process. Do you guys know if this is plausible?
- Would a wrap style boot liner help with the pinch point that the boot tongue is currently causing ?
- Any recommendations other than Intuition wraps (I'm only looking for recreational skiing not racing)?
- Anyone had any experience with the Christy Sports offering in the boot liners over the branded Intuition models ?
- Can I keep using my hotronics with thermo molded liners ?
Thanks for any help you can give.
Age 38, 5'8", 230lbs
Skiing from age 5. Around 30 to 40 days a year in the Colorado Rockies
Expert/Technical but not aggressive skier (banned from moguls for life now)
Current boots - Tecnica Phoenix HVL 120 Flex with custom footbeds and hotronics (about 25 days of use)