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Alignment Paradox

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I am a somewhat bow-legged person. This is very evident when I bring my legs together and there is about 4 inches between my knees when my ankles are touching!!! The weird thing is that when I am skiing, it always feels like I am on my inside edges. It is nearly impossible for me to get the inside (uphill) ski rolled up onto the outside edge. It would seem to me that someone who is bow-legged would have the opposite problem. Could this be more of a problem in the hips? Ideally, I would think you would want to be riding as close to a flat ski as possible just going slowly down a gentle slope. Is it better to learn technique to pull your legs apart to try and flatten the ski or simply can't to the inside of you are heavy on your inside edges?
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 

I meant cant not can't

That is a word that your brain simply wants to put the apostrophe in
post #3 of 6
Mr. Day

You need to find a good bootfitter that can properly align your boots. "9. Canting: The process of arranging correctly aligned boots to allow the ski to rest flat on the snow. This is the least understood, most neglected, potentially beneficial step in performance alignment and is accomplished through use of canting shims or sole grinding." http://www.techsupportforskiers.com/tech_tip.htm


You cannot correct for misalignment with your ski style. I recently had 1° shims added to my boots, and I can feel the difference. If you need several degrees, the improvement will be huge. Note that changing the cuff alignment is NOT canting. That is just matching the angle of the boot cuff to the angle of your lower leg.

post #4 of 6
Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy
Mr. Day

Note that changing the cuff alignment is NOT canting. That is just matching the angle of the boot cuff to the angle of your lower leg.

The above is very true, even if the cuff alignment adjustment has "canting" or "cant" printed on right on it.
post #5 of 6
It may indeed seem a paradox. But there are also factors of foot stability and boot cuff/leg alignment that interact with the bow-legged stance to produce a "net" alignment effect.

Typically when a bowlegged skier balances and stands on either leg, the body naturally wants to bring that knee inward until the upper leg bone is aligned to base of support (ski edge), for strength and stability. This results in movement of the lower leg that tips the boot/ski toward it's big toe side and results in a strong bias toward that big toe edge, hense your perception as such. This would make it very difficult to engage and balance on the little toe edge. If your boot cuffs have been tipped outward to match up with your (bowed) lower legs, you would feel even a more pronounced over-inside-edged effect.

If you feel like you have to move your knee "way over" past the little toe edge to get any engagement this would indicate an alignment issue that should be explained to a shop technician experienced in analizing and resolving alignment issues.
post #6 of 6
Snowday- Arc explained it well. I have the same problem, and at last year's ESA Bud Heishman put a number of layers of duct tape under the side of the toe piece of my bindings. The change was almost magical- all of a sudden I was able to stop the chattering of my skis and get on an edge. I had Bud my grind and cant my soles that same night. I highly recommend you see an alignment expert.
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