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What happens when your boot scrapes across the snow? Sure-thing broken leg? Twirly-swirly legs in different directions disconnecting at the hip? Or do your bindings just let go and you walk away from it wiser about edging?

Is it valuable to intentionally go for boot-out a few times to find out where your angular limits are? Or would the risks be too too dangerous?

If these are stupid questions, chalk them up to a novice who wants to learn to race well this season.
post #2 of 7
Not too sure on the east coast. I've done it in the west and the worst that happened was I felt a little drag and popped one of the buckles open.

Not sure I'd exactly want to try it on typical eastern snow!
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Eastern snow is what I'm asking about.
post #4 of 7
Don't give it a thought. In 30 plus years of racing I've booted out once or twice. You go down on your hip and if you've got that Bode move you pop right back up But seriously, with plates, risers, blah, blah, you've got to have 'em really tipped up to lose an edge from boot out. Stepping out of your binding is more likely, but if you do boot out and end up on your hip sliding Mach Schnell (or Mach Schnellmann ) down a steep slope - DON'T STICK YOUR EDGE IN THE SNOW (Unless you're made of rubber or are an incredible athlete - even then, don't). Just arrest your slide with your pole and call it a race Trust me on this :
post #5 of 7
I think on eastern snow you're probably less likely to boot out. I find that I get it more when the snow is soft and the skis are sinking in more. Anyway, it's not an automatic disaster when it happens. You might pop a buckle open, you might lose a ski, you might slide out, but you probably won't be torn in half or anything.
post #6 of 7
I have booted out a few times on flat skis. Just a spinning hip check and some snow in the face. Once I started skiing on plates and risers no more. However, I've always booted out on the outside leg so no buckles ever popped open. Maybe that's the problem I've got my boots on wrong.
post #7 of 7
It happens to me more doing slalom turns. Like other people said you just fall on your side and snap right back up. As for trying it, I dont really like falling, I'd rather stay on my feet. As for the angular limits thing, you can tell when youre about to fall.
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