ABOUT ME: 5 foot 9, 170 pounds. Intermediate skier(I love blue groomers but can get down douvle blacks slowly), skied 23 days this year, and about 10-15 days the last few years. I have a pair of Rossi E88 170 cm and Atomic Access 170 cm.
THE ALIGNMENT PROBLEMS: I was noticing with the E88's that I could not hold an edge on my left footed turns (right turns) when using my Full-tilt Orginal ski boots. There could be two reasons for this: 1) My left leg is 3/8ths of an inch shorter than my right. 2) My left leg (and the entire left side of my body) is weaker and has poorer proprioception due to a congenital condition. I have poor balance on my left leg and consequently tend to favor my right leg.
I also noticed my left inside edge would want to engage on flat terrain or in other situations. Finally, I noticed when making right-footed turns (left turns) my left ski would form a pizza with my right ski. I had a hard time keeping both skis parallel throughout the left turn.
The issues described above may be seen in this shaky first-person video from last year. Note that my left ski isn't doing much:
Video #1: https://youtu.be/UUJA3J4E-So
In March 2015, I went to Jeff Bergeron. He thought my Full Tilts would only get my alignment to a "fair" level. He thought the Lange SX 120 were a good fit for me. He fit me in them and made footbeds. He built up the left outside edge of the footbed, which allowed me to get my left ski on edge during turns(fixing the first problem I mentioned). Initially he did not corrext for the leg length discrepancy.
Here are two videos taken closing weekend at Steamboat this year by a very talented ski instructor. Is it just me, or are my left-footed turns a lot faster than my right? Also, I think you can see my left leg push out to form a bit of a pizza during right-footed turns...
Video 2: https://youtu.be/54guMidDacU
Video 3: https://youtu.be/kJjKYvWKFvM
The next time I met up with Jeff, we talked about my lack of power with left footed turns. I was unable to flex my left boot as much as my right. So Jeff got rid of some of the material in the shell of the boot to lower the flex in the left boot. Thanks to @rx2ski for shooting the first two closing weekend at WP:
Video 4: https://youtu.be/mGHh2KRDlGE
Video 5: https://youtu.be/9I3HPkf6Xeg
Next two videos were shot at A-Basin in early May with the same set-up.
Video 6: https://youtu.be/VX6EeOxMNhE
Video 7: https://youtu.be/5ABQf2QbHGc
Finally, I went back to Jeff again. He inserted a shim in my left boot to address the LLD short-term. I also told him I was still having the issue with my left leg not skiing parallel to my left during right-footed turns. He shaved off some of the material between top and second-highest buckles on my left boot. I think he also furthet reduced the flex of the left boot.
So here's where I am now. I took a lesson at A-Basin last week. The instruxtor noticed I tend to ski in the backseat, and don't pressure the front of my skis well. He encouraged me to bend my knees more, which I think had helped me get forward on my skis. When I used togo over small mounds of snow, the front of my ski would shoot off the snow, and now I think I'm more able to keep it on the snow. The instruxtor also noticed my turns looked like Z's, and helped me try and not muscle the skis around but ride the sidecut. The 8th and 9th videos were taken by the instructor at A-Basin. The 10th was taken by me the same day to compare with video #1. Sorry for the shakiness.
Video 8: https://youtu.be/ATGstQUkf5M
Video 9: https://youtu.be/PUQueRF8e8w
Video 10: https://youtu.be/sT_e5eIUS84
1). How would you compare the skiing in video 2 and 3 to the more recent (and better aligned) skiing in video 8 and 9? I realize the conditions in video 2 And 3 were frozen granular. Very different than the powder in 8 and 9...
2) How's my alignment look? Especially in the newest videos?
3) Am I forward enough on my skis in videos 8 and 9? Is the video quality good enough to tell? The Langes don't have much forward lean, and Jeff said he could modify them to add more forward lean if needed...
4). Any feedback for me or suggestions for the future?
Thanks--please tell me anything you see!
Edited by folkfan - 5/24/15 at 5:29pm