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I'm not sure if this question is better addressed here or in the boot section. I'm aware that most skiers tend to have a "stronger" side and are more comfortable turning to one side. Not sure if this is alignment, right/left side dominance, lege length discrepancies, etc...In my situation i am a 57 yo level 6-7ish skier who is back to the sport after a 6 yr hiatus. 5'9, 165 lbs. Knock kneed with right knee more knock kneed than left. Very good shape as I run and cycle/spin. Equipment is Salomon x-wave 9 boots with instaprint footbeds and boot work (planed and lifts under boot) done by Green Mountain Orthotics Lab in Stratton. Also had a bit of tweaking done by Jeff Bergeron in Breck 7 yrs ago. Skis are 2015 Atomic Nomad TI in 167 cm.
My problem is i am much stronger and confident turning to the left. I seem to have an issue with turning to the right where my uphill ski (right leg) tends to waver a bit and i have the sense that my downhill edge on that uphill right ski tends to "catch". Mind you these turns to the right are still pretty good, just not as strong or confident vs. turning left. When I do sideslipping quick hockey turns down the fall line i am much better to the left...to the right my uphill ski tends to wander a bit. Any thoughts on this and/or drills I can work on next week when I visit Snowmass?

Thanks in advance,
Frank
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Frank,
Start balancing on one foot at home, especially on the weak-side, and don't just try to be static - move almost like you are skiing on one ski. Then when you get to SM, ski some easy terrain on one ski. Later, take it into some garlands ( skidded or carved). Remember that you are balancing on a moving platform and your movements are like playing a guitar - the fingers must move together with the strings.
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I'm not sure if this question is better addressed here or in the boot section. I'm aware that most skiers tend to have a "stronger" side and are more comfortable turning to one side. Not sure if this is alignment, right/left side dominance, lege length discrepancies, etc...In my situation i am a 57 yo level 6-7ish skier who is back to the sport after a 6 yr hiatus. 5'9, 165 lbs. Knock kneed with right knee more knock kneed than left. Very good shape as I run and cycle/spin. Equipment is Salomon x-wave 9 boots with instaprint footbeds and boot work (planed and lifts under boot) done by Green Mountain Orthotics Lab in Stratton. Also had a bit of tweaking done by Jeff Bergeron in Breck 7 yrs ago. Skis are 2015 Atomic Nomad TI in 167 cm.
My problem is i am much stronger and confident turning to the left. I seem to have an issue with turning to the right where my uphill ski (right leg) tends to waver a bit and i have the sense that my downhill edge on that uphill right ski tends to "catch". Mind you these turns to the right are still pretty good, just not as strong or confident vs. turning left. When I do sideslipping quick hockey turns down the fall line i am much better to the left...to the right my uphill ski tends to wander a bit. Any thoughts on this and/or drills I can work on next week when I visit Snowmass?

Thanks in advance,
Frank

I'd be looking at alignment/boot issues and ankle pronation/supination issues.  I have experience over the past 25 years dealing with these issues on myself and others.  I have  great natural alignment on one side and poor natural alignment on the other.   Between working with pedorthotists, alignment specialists and self experimentation   I have reached a reasonable compromise that isn't perfect but pretty damn good.   Don't take anyone's word that your set up is right if it still doesn't feel right.   You must educate yourself, experiment both on and off the snow, consult "experts" until you  solve the problem.  YM     

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