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Ski Alignment in Colorado--a testimonial and a question about boot flex

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Hey all,

I finally was able to get a full ski alignment done this past Saturday by Jeff Bergeron in Breckenridge.  I ended up spending the better part of the whole day with Jeff, and I give him my highest recommendation.  He is so detail-oriented, and treats his customers so well.  I was glad to be able to hang out with him for a day.  While I was working with him, he worked with a few other people as well, and gives everyone he works with his full attention, and seems to customize his work to do what is necessary (and nothing more) to fix alignment issues.  I'll update this thread as I will meet with Jeff a few more times to hone my alignment, as I have yet to get my new setup on the snow.

 

About me and my alignment issues:  I'm 29, and I've skied a few days a year since I was 6 or 7.  Four years ago, I invested in boots/skis, and have skied 10-15 days a year since then.  I'm 5 foot 9 and 175 pounds.  I ski and bike, but am not in the best shape.  I'd love to ski more, but grad school has gotten in the way.  I may be in Colorado for only this year, and so I thought I'd take advantage of the expert alignment guys out here while I can.

 

I have difficulties with proprioception of the left side of my body.  My left side is not as sensitive or strong as my right side.  As part of this, I have a 3/8th inch functional leg length discrepancy due to my hips being slightly unequal--left leg (the weaker leg and leg with difficulties with balance/proprioception) is shorter.  I have noticed that my turns on the snow are not symmetrical--when turning right (weight on inside left ski edge pressured) my left ski skids, but my skis are nice and parallel.  When I turn left (weight on inside right ski edge) my skis are further apart and in a slight pizza. 

 

What I ski:   I have progressed to the point where I can get down pretty much any run on the mountains here in Colorado.  When it goes beyond blues, I tend to slow down significantly. Even though I invested in a pair of powder-oriented skis, I realize now that my favorite runs are wide open blues, and maybe some blacks without moguls on them.  I don't really enjoy skiing off-piste as much as I thought I would, perhaps because of my difficulties with balance.

 

So all this led me to Jeff...

 

The Alignment:  My current boots were Full-Tilt Classics (the red and black ones, for anyone who knows them).  Jeff is not a fan of these boots--I think because they don't put me in a great position and I understand they are more of a park boot than anything else.  He aligned the cuffs in the boots last time I came in (I was knock kneed) and this helped me keep my skis flat on the snow, but I still noticed my turns were asymmetrical.

 

So long story short, he found another boot after trying many on, the Lange SX 120, which right off the bat did a much better job putting me in a more balanced position.  Jeff made footbeds for me.  In order to get more of my weight on the left foot, he added material to the outside edge of the left footbed.  He also put a 4 mm lift underneath the left boot.  He then realized that the footbeds alone made a huge difference in putting more weight on my left foot, and in some way untwisting my hips.  Because of this,  Jeff took the shim underneath the left boot off.  After all this was done, I could balance considerably longer on my left boot than I typically can in bare feet!  I am excited to get this set-up on the snow and see how it works!

 

My question:  I believe Lange makes basically the same boot I got in 120 flex (the Lange SX 120) in 100 flex (Lange SX 100).  Jeff asked me if I prefer skiing groomers or moguls/powder, and I said groomers.  Because of this, he recommended the 120 flex.  The 120 flex does have two screws in the back to lower the flex.  I'm just wondering if anyone has thoughts about whether the 120 flex might be too high for me given that I consider myself somewhere between an intermediate/advanced skier?  If the 120 flex is indeed too high, are there ways to get the 120 flex down to 100?  Pro's/cons of the 120 vs 100 flex for me?  I've heard it's easier to move a boot's flex down than up, so perhaps it's good to go too high with flex rather than too low... I ask because I'd like to investigate the flex question prior to trying the boots on the snow, as I don't think I could return these boots once I've had them on the snow.

 

Thanks!  And thanks again Jeff!  I know my alignment issues are complex, and Jeff handled them wonderfully!


Edited by folkfan - 3/16/15 at 3:25pm
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The 120. There's more benefit in transmitting information to the ski. You're probably going faster on groomers, so the info needs to be transmitted faster. The downside of stiff is that on rough terrain, that roughness is transmitted just as reliably to your leg. Since you are on groomers, the con issue is minimal.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

The 120. There's more benefit in transmitting information to the ski. You're probably going faster on groomers, so the info needs to be transmitted faster. The downside of stiff is that on rough terrain, that roughness is transmitted just as reliably to your leg. Since you are on groomers, the con issue is minimal.

Thanks for the reply. I see what you're saying. It makes me think, though, that very often on Mt Hood, where I'll likely be skiing a lot, and to a lesser degree here in colorado later in the day, snow can turn into bumpy "mashed potatoes" which can throw me around--and this occurs even on groomed stuff. Any sense of how the 120s would do in those conditions?
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Only if they reset to firm chop would I worry about it and by the time you can ski that stuff you'll be ready for the stiffer boot anyway.
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