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5/26/05 at 4:02pm
Originally Posted by Ron White
Been there with misallignment. My feet pronate and I am 4 deg. off my inside edge on my right foot and 6 deg. off my inside edge on my left foot. I have orthotics that help some, but no cants on my bindings or boot soles. By widening my stance a little, my skis are flat on the snow in a streight run. From there, I am flat and edge control is no proplem. I have adjusted in a "good way" and no one has detected any differences. I am considering removing the cants b/c of meditorsal pain they cause and having the soles of my boots canted. For and aft ramping is quite often either a function (or malfunction) of the boot. Too much ridigity of the cuff (too stiff a flex) can often be remedied by loosining the top buckle and putting the power strap around the soft part of the boot (under the cuff) instead of only around the hard part of the shell. I use a booster strap inplace of the power strap and it is inside the hard boot cuff. I am skiing in a world cup race (plug) boot and it offers no adjustments other the grinding and cutting. Many skiers at my mountain try to emulate my skiing, so that tells me that I have adapted in a good way.
Also the forward lean adjustment offered on many boots can help correct a fore and aft problem.
I don't ignore misallignment proplems in my customers if they are real, too oftem people want to buy a turn or blame their equipment instead of putting in the time and effort required to learn how to ski. I know of many individuls who have spent the entire season fooling with cants and ramps, who's skiing is none the better for it. Their time might be better spent working on technique (which in many casses needs work) and skiing more.
I am not saying to ignore a misallignment problem if it is hindering ability, but I do teach people on occasion that have some adaptive challenges that are often too severe for any boot allignment. It is up to the instructor to meet the needs of the student with technique that will help them adapt (in a good way). I hope this answers your question.
"less is more"
Originally Posted by eblackwelder
mkevenson and John Cole:
Ok, where can you find a piece of 10" long pvc pipe without buying an 8' long pipe and cutting it down? I looked at Home Depot and they had the long pipes, and connectors, but no shorter pieces.
Originally Posted by Skidude72
Who ever said the trick to good skiing is balance, certainly knew what they were talking about. No doubt they are 100% correct. However what does that mean? And how can a lay person apply it? Without using technical jargon here is two quick tips:.
At its simplest level balance means your feet are supporting your body through the turn. From top to bottom (for you fellow techno weenies, yes I know about "toppling", but that is not important here). When skiing ask yourself this...if I didn't have skis on right now would I fall flat on my face? my backside? if the answer is yes you are not in balance, your are relying on your skiis to hold you up. The idea is, your feet hold you up, hence even if your skis were only 1 inch longer then your boots, you would be fine.
If not, move your feet to were they need to be. Dont try to move your body.
Further, if you have a hard time feeling your feet support you, (actually even if you dont) make sure your boots are fitted correctly by a BOOT FITTER. A boot fitter is not the same as the sales guy at some discount ski mart. Go to a specialty ski store (ask around for the best fitter in your area) and ask to make an appointment with their bootfitter. Yes an appointment. Getting a good boot fit could easily take hours, go when the shop is quiet. My store, does bootfitting after hours, to ensure they give you full attention. It cost extra, but is money very well spent.
Other forms of balance (lateral/rotational/up-down) may still need to be addressed, however, first step, is to have your feet support your body. From there it is likely the other balance planes will be pretty close to perfect and much easier to fix.
Originally Posted by John Cole
Ps: My wife looks at me like I am a little nuts!