Ok Cr, I'm going to unload. I've worked damn hard at skiing. It's been BOTH putting in time on snow, working hard to strengthen my deficiencies, change old ingrained movement patterns, etc... Canting and having a really good boot set up is something that I've sorted out only in the last 3 seasons. Was it necessary? I don't know, but I DO know that it's helped my skiing as has ALL the effort I've out into ALL aspects of the journey over a lifetime.
No argument from me there Mark. It's clear that you need it to ski at the level you ski at, which is probably a lot higher than the level I currently ski at. My answer to the poll was:
"No - I wasn't assessed, but I feel I'm getting the performance I need."
I stand by that as you know. I've said a million times already that taking things to higher levels of fine tuning is recommended or required for people with conditions where years of practice can't alleviate.. is required at levels where you are competing against others that are faster than you because they fine tune their platform more. At those levels the skiers are already as good as they will ever be due to ski technique.
I don't want to use a gear aid as a shot cut to replace the training and ski hours..i.e. a short cut to making my weak side turns stronger where it might still be possible to make them better without such gear aids... I don't want to buy a turn where I can still earn it. If I can't earn it no matter how hard I work at it then I'll obviously need that adjustment to ski better than I currently do. If I weren't happy with my skiing I'd definitely look at going there.
Boot folks and some instructors seem quicker to jump to that gear mod than I do. Again, I believe normal people can learn to ski just fine, perhaps better in good fitting normal boots. It's the folks with abnormal anatomy or abnormal performance needs that benefit from further gear enhancements. We all agree all agree that the mods help and work well at some point. I just disagree where that point begins. Most boot guys would say day one in the boot for just about everybody. I would say after exhausting ski instruction and training options.. only day one for those that have a clear and significant abnormality..