My last post "How do you turn on skis" triggered a response "tip the skis on edge"so simple and profound it has caused a tremendous breakthrough in my skiing . So now I am hungry for another piece of the puzzle.
I am looking more closely at the ankle joint. I notice modern racing stance appears to have a very upright vertical and incredibly stiff boot. When the skier absorbs a large impact (such as landing from a jump) or tucks for speed, the ankle of the boot stays the same, and the knees and hips flex. To my eye it looks as though any knee flex forces the skiers bum straight back and to maintain balance the hips must flex an equal amount, bringing the torso forward over the knees.
I depend on ankle flex to a huge degree, and anytime I feel "Thrown in the back seat" when flexing my knees, I look to my ankles and boots to increase forward lean, and flexibility rather than hinge at the hips and lean forward to compensate. I have no video footage but I am aware my stance is very torso upright. This makes me wonder if I have developed a bad habit.
So my questions for the experts are:
Is closing the ankle joint to a significant degree in a modern stiff boot even possible?
Do high performance boots exist that have actual cuff travel in ski mode at the pivot for and aft that does not depend on shell flex?
Is an upright torso and dependence on ankle flex to maintain for and aft balance a glass ceiling in development and therefore a bad habit?
If significant ankle flex is not wanted for high speed support, how do you determine the best "permanent" boot cuff angle?