Hey bootfitters! I'm looking for another opinion on my situation--your feedback is wanted!
There's a lot to convey in this post, but I'll try to make it short as possible. I've had ongoing issues with my ski alignment(I'll describe below), and lots of you recommended I see an expert boot fitter. I saw an epicski recommended boot fitter. I have the new Full-Tilt Classic ski boots, that are made to look like the old Full tilts made by Raichley. The bootfitter noticed that I did have an A-frame thing going on, so he canted my ski boots, which I've noticed makes it a lot easier for me to ski on flat terrain or straight ahead without an inside edge engaging. Unfortunately, the issue holding an edge when I'm turning right (and pressuring my left inside edge) remain.
I updated my bootfitter about what's been going on. He is not a fan of the Full Tilts I have (especially the tongue on them), because he said it limits what he can do with them in terms of adjusting them to fit my needs. So he has proposed finding me a pair of boots that fit me better, and going from there. He has also mentioned my body is slightly "twisted" to one way, and that he could make me footbeds to fix this--I currently own a pair of Harb ski footbeds.
Here's my question: Is it really necessary for me to buy a new pair of ski boots in order to have a proper alignment and fix the problems with my skiing? In the next paragraph I'll explain the specific problems that I want an alignment to address:
When I make right turns (pressure on inside left edge), my left ski can't hold an edge well. This is likely in part because I favor my right side in general, and put significantly more weight on my right foot than my left foot when standing on even ground. I notice if I try consciously to really push down on the left foot/ski edge, I can hold an edge, but it takes lots of conscious effort, something not possible on steeper terrain or inconsistent snow. When I make a left turn (pressure on inside right edge), I am able to hold an edge fine BUT my legs are consistently farther apart (versus how they are with a right turn) and in a slight snowplow--not parallel (versus parallel with a right turn). With regards to the snowplow, I notice this may be because my left leg is a bit lazy on the snow during left turns. If I concentrate hard to bring my left foo closer and parallel to the left I can try to fix this problem--but again it is only possible in consistent snow on mellow terrain.
I wonder how much of the problems listed in the last paragraph are a consequence of improper alignment, and how much are a consequence of limitations of my body. My left leg is shorter--a functional difference of 3/8th an inch. Due to a congenital condition the entire left side of my body is less sensitive that my right side. This means my left leg is weaker, and my balance on my left side is not as good.
So what do you think? Are new boots the way forward with my alignment work? Or could I try to get a shim added to my boot now or something else? My worst fear in this is that I'll end up with new boots, but have the exact same problems. I really don't want to spend the money on new boots if it's not necessary. If new boots are the ticket to fix the problems mentioned above, I'll do it. Im curious curious to get other perspectives and make sure a new boot investment is the best bet in terms of fixing the problems with my turns mentioned above!
PS--check out this thread from last yr if you want to read more about this issue: