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post #1 of 9
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urgent because I need to know by tomorrow a.m. (before I go to school) because it is my last day of training before my first race. :

OK, so my coach says I need to get more "forward" and push on my tips more while going through the gates. Now I know how to do that and everything and I know what she means, but I think my boots might be able to help. They are Dalbello Avanti's and they have some adjustments that make the flex of the boot stiffer. They are on "soft" now, and when I put them up to "hard" it makes a huge difference. What do you think would help me out here best while running a GS course? Also, they have a forward lean adjustment of 9, 11, and 13 degrees. Which will help me get more pressure on the tips of my skis?

Thanks!!!

[ January 07, 2004, 05:15 PM: Message edited by: PMZ ]
post #2 of 9
$.02:

Leave the flex as it is: you're too likely to be thrown into the back seat if you change it now. Put the forward lean forward.
post #3 of 9
Quote:
Originally posted by PMZ:
Which will help me get more pressure on the tips of my skis?
Thanks!!![/QB]
My initial reaction is why pressure the tips of your skis? Why not use the entire instrument as opposed to half of it?

Are you currently "well centered on your skis? If you are "back" then the answer may well be to pressure the tips.

My first kick at the can would be to suggest forward lean MAY not be the answer and in fact COULD exacerbate the fore-aft balance issue if in fact you are not well balanced on your skis. I would suggest you seek the advice of a qualified ski professional who is well versed in alignment issues. I think the answer may well lie in the ramp angle/delta angle of your boot and/or binding.

I can get a little upright in my upper body and the answer was to have a negative delta angle.

Now I ski more like a Canadian! I like the look of their upper body. There's a raging generality about an entire nation of skiers!
post #4 of 9
Like he said forward lean might not be the answer but is probably your easiest adjustment.

Try it and see what happens.

Personally I had to get my ramp angle adjusted because I couldn't get forward to easy and I wanted the top of my foot to be more snug without clamping down the latches.

Of course too must ramp angle can lead to the same result as too must forward lean adjustments.
post #5 of 9
Forward lean will only help if your ankles are flexible enough to get that far forward. If your boots are already on their softest setting, and you're still having trouble initiating turns, I don't think it will help.

I agree with scalce that a touch of ramp might cure your problem. I find I have troubleholding an edge at my tips and initiating turns unless I have around 5mm ramp (difference between heel height and toe height).
post #6 of 9
Well for what it's worth apparently being too late and I know everyone else will dismiss it out of hand BUT forward lean adjustment MAY help. However, straighten the boot out do not push it further forward. Pushing the boot and lower leg forward either at the boot adjustment or under the boot forces you to drop the hips back to compensate making it hard to get forward. Standing tall and straight in the boot or on the ski makes it easier to make fore aft adjustments by moving the feet back and forth. Getting forward then becomes much easier. If your hips are back getting forward involves a bigger move with the hips and it is harder to do. Most won't believe me but try and you may well be surprised.

[ January 07, 2004, 01:38 PM: Message edited by: L7 ]
post #7 of 9
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Quote:
Originally posted by L7:
Well for what it's worth apparently being too late and I know everyone else will dismiss it out of hand BUT forward lean adjustment MAY help. However, straighten the boot out do not push it further forward. Pushing the boot and lower leg forward either at the boot adjustment or under the boot forces you to drop the hips back to compensate making it hard to get forward. Standing tall and straight in the boot or on the ski makes it easier to make fore aft adjustments by moving the feet back and forth. Getting forward then becomes much easier. If your hips are back getting forward involves a bigger move with the hips and it is harder to do. Most won't believe me but try and you may well be surprised.
You could be right, my coach says I need to bring my hips forward more. I also feel like I am pushing as hard as I can on the tounge of my boots, and it is still not enough, leading me to think that making the boot stiffer would help out.


Just to clarify, and I'm not trying to be full of myself or brag or anything, but I know how to carve a turn properly and I have been racing for 5 years, so this is not a beginner problem or anything. (well it is a beginner problem, but it's just one I have trouble with [img]smile.gif[/img] )
post #8 of 9
What kind of boots do you have?
post #9 of 9
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Quote:
Originally posted by Scalce:
What kind of boots do you have?
Dalbello Avanti (the V8's)
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