learn2turn, only if you accept our devalued, worth for sh... local currency!!! Kidding aside, tks for advice, I'll be looking for you in my queries.
BigE, what an easy and direct way to point out what I think may be the crux of my pains (and bad "skeletal definition"). Right on! Because I was bending forward so much at the waist, my knees were about a mile ahead of toes.
By "opening the hip" you mean not bending as much I presume, thus from waist up a much more vertical stance. Makes a hell of a lot of sense.
Ok, it's now sunny as hell, not a cloud in the sky, 92F, and I have my ski boots on! With socks!!!!!!!!! I've tightened the straps as much as possible, buckles to the tightest level just before it becomes painful, and when I stand ramrod straight (calf touching the back of top of boot) there's about a 1/2 inch gap between shin and tongue, is this normal? Your suggestion about too much flex and having my boots looked at seem the way to go before I plunk down any $ for new ones. I've got 2001 Tecnica Icon XRS, really comfy and nearly brand new (we ski about 20 days/season average).
I just realized that without skis (just boots) my heels lift way up if I bend as much as I used to, the moment I go back to a 75 degree upright position, while still putting pressure on front of boot, all is well.
I've also realized I need to take a few lessons and study my skiing until it becomes natural; but, is 50 yrs. too old to change bad habits? I quit smoking 3 packs a day 8 years ago, so who knows.