Weight: 170-175# (weight may trend upward a little after a minor hand surgery this offseason and I can start strength training again but I don't want to gain much)
Days Skiing Per Year: Now about 40+
Skiing Style: Fast & Aggressive
Current Boots: Scott G1 FR130
- Toebox blown out after loosing 2 nails on my big toes
- Booster "Expert/Racer" Strap
- BD Insoles FF S9
Although I've skied most of my life, I've never really thought much about my boots really hampering my skiing abilities. I honestly didn't know you can modify them as much as you could until I got my latest pair of ski boots from Peak Ski & Board in Wexford, PA and read The Athletic Skier.
Initially, what got me into the bootfitter this season was needing to have my toebox blown out due to blood blisters forming under my big toes & subsequently the toe nails falling off.
The major problem I've noticed over my years of skiing is I have difficulty turning to my right going forward. It's not a huge problem on wide open bowls & groomers, but affects me most when I'm in tight spaces (bumps, trees, chutes) or on extremely steep off-piste slopes (only time steepness affected me) when I can't flatten my skis to smoothly initiate a right turn. I can turn left almost thinking about it, but to turn right I almost always need to physically pivot my skis to do so. Also when I look down, I often notice my right ski is wobbling (weight not on it? fatigue?), and my skis at times ski in this shape: | \ . That's a bit exaggerated but you get this point. At this point, I feel like my boots are the main thing plateauing my skiing abilities.
The first issue I decided to take care of was getting footbeds. I wanted fully custom footbeds, but left with BD Insoles FF S9. I don't actually think these are custom though. The bootfitter said I had "flat feet," and this is why he choose these insoles. He also recommended canting at least my right boot because after assessing me, as he noted I was not getting on my right edge. This season I was getting some right hip pain after skiing, but haven't had it since the putting in the footbeds.
While I was recently in Jackson Hole, I stopped in JH Sports and spoke with their bootfitters (Tom and Pat). Tom took a look at my insoles and instantly recommended custom insoles done by Pat. Although mine were heat molded, he noted that these would provide more support and prevent my inner foot from rolling over and maybe negate the need for any canting. Essentially, he noted that I didn't have enough arch support with these which to me sounds like my arch is more neutral than flat. I took some photos of my footprints and maybe someone can give me a more qualified opinion:
FYI, I saw two different ways recommended for determining footprint type so I tried both. I didn't know which method was best.
In the next few days, I'm going assess the center of my knee mass in my boots and see if my boots are over, under or correctly canted. If I can I'll try to get some photos to document this.
1) Would it be worth it for me to invest in custom footbeds/orthotics for my boots? What foot type am I in your opinion? I almost pulled the trigger in JH but I was hesitant because I'm not always out there and not sure how much mods need done to footbeds after they are made. I'm in the Pittsburgh area and usually ski in Wisp because we have a place there but I'm not sure if anyone does fully custom footbeds in the area. I would prefer a certified pedorthist or masterbooter to do this. If none are in my area, can a podiatrist create a custom footbed/orthotic for me?
2) I'm pretty convinced I'll need canting done to at least my right ski boot. I know from reading The Athletic Skier I should strive for my knees to be 1-2 degrees medially biased, although it's skier specific and not a one-size fits all solution. My current bootfitter said we'd have to get on snow and place shims underneath to see what felt best and then my boots would be modified. Does this sound like the way canting is normally done today? Should I ask about fore/aft balancing during canting?
Thanks for all your responses! I appreciate them all! Any questions ask and I'll answer the best I can! I want to get this done right.