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Left foot stuck

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Thread Starter 
I have debated asking this question, but it has been bothering me, and I figured what the heck..
I do not profess to have good fundamentals, but I can get down the mountain..I ski blacks pretty easy, and have skiied double blacks..some easy some not..I do not care for bumps much..Now to my problem.
I have 2 sets of skis, atomic metron 10, and dynastar mythic rider in 172.. I can ski, and make right turns without any problems, but when I turn left, it seems my left ski will get stuck underneath me, and I will usually have to pick it up, and reset it.. I simply cannot roll it over, as I can do on the right side..I know it is hard to explain without video..I understand the concept of rolling the ski's on edge, and can do it to the right, but when it comes to left turns, I actually have to think about what I am doing, as it does not comes natural for me..I feel natural turning right, and can lay the skis over pretty well, but when it comes to the left turn, I have no confidence in that stance for some reason.. It is almost like I have a dominant side..One skier that skied with me said that maybe I have an alignment problem ..What do you guys think


post #2 of 13
None of us is symetrical. We all have a "better" side. While it's possible you have an issue that equipment adjustments could address, with no definite evidence, I'd guess you have trouble engaging the outside edge of the left ski because your hips don't move into the left turn as readily as they move into the right turn. If you make some slow turns on easy terrain, you may be able to feel for yourself that the left side of your pelvis doesn't move easily into the left turn, while the right side moves smoothly to the right when you start right turns.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
It does not move naturally like the right side. But what to do?? At slow speeds it is actually makes it harder..In bumps it really screws me up..
post #4 of 13
Slow speeds is where you have to develop the movement so you can use it when you're in tougher situations. Spending a BUNCH of time on shallow slopes trying to feel the same as the hips slide to either side is the only way I know of. Takes dedication. You can't force it to happen, you have to, in the perfectly descriptive words of Arcmeister, allow it to happen.
post #5 of 13

I see in your comments some of the common "tells" of an alignment problem. I think a trip to a bootfitter to get checked would be worth it. Otherwise we need to see some video to have a better idea.
post #6 of 13
Lee, is it possible that you tip your head towards the left when you start your turn to the left? If so, more likely your left shoulder is tipping to the left also (or into the turn) , that will make your hip move ever so slightly to the right (or out of the turn), which now puts your left ski more on edge and you can not release the edge anymore .

To really be able to help we would need a video clip.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Duly Noted guys, and will try to work on a couple of things..Video is an idea, I just cant get my wife to hold a camera still..Maybe its all that laughing
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
First of all, I did not get to the bootfitters, and only noticed my stance problem on the last day.
I know it sounds weird, but I had never really looked down at my skis while cruising. I did this last week, and was surprised at what I saw.. I guess I am pigeon toed only more on my left foot, than right.. When I tried to put my heels together to straighten it out it felt weird. My stance looks like this as I am cruising straight with no thought. I am not thinking or trying to wedge.
/l with the right foot a little more canted to the right than I can show with this keyboard.. This kind of explains why I can turn better to the right than left..And also why it is so hard to turn to the left. This is what I was calling the lazy foot before, but now think it is stance. But what is the cure? I have always had problems with my left hip, but did not notice it had any impact on skiing..Any thoughts? Can the boots be aligned to compensate, or do the bindings need to be redrilled? I did watch some video, and can clearly see that right turns are way smoother than left..Like I said before I actually pick the left ski to reset the edge when going left


post #9 of 13

caveat emptor - I am neither a doctor nor a boot fitter - this is strictly Holiday Inn Express type knowledge...

Alignment works on correcting imbalances on 3 axis:
fore/aft (e.g. raising the toes/heels)
right/left (e.g. tilting the feet)
vertical (e.g. fixing leg length differences)

Pigeon toe stances tend to raise the inside of the feet so that they tilt to the outside. This makes it harder for the outside ski to get on the inside edge. It's certainly possible that one foot is worse than the other or that even only foot needs work. This kind of problem can be fixed with canting. Solutions can be done inside the boot with footbeds, within the boot through boot canting adjustments, by grinding the boot soles or even by adding duct tape to the binding AFDs (a temp solution that is not 100% safe).

Feet change over time. Foot alignment problems can cause knee, hip and or back problems. If the problems are severe enough for long enough, one perspective is that correction can require more art than science. Another perspective is that one can easily encounter conflicting opinions about the science involved.
post #10 of 13
Lee what sort of problem have you had with your left hip? Is it a permanent condition, or would PT help? If so, that would be the place where I would start. If not then adjusting the equipment is the only option.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
My hip will just get out of joint sometimes..I either have to pop it in myself, or go to a chiropractor. It does not happen that often, but when it hurts, it can be tough. I do not know how it happened, probably when I was young, and bulletproof, I did a lot of weightlifting when I was a kid..I never thought it would have anything to do with my stance, but after watching my skis, I have to think it has something to do with it..Now that I have an idea of what is going on, I can look for it next year, and pay a bit more attention.. I just wondered if there was something I could do with my bindings, or boots to offset the difference..

post #12 of 13
Ask your Chiropractor about how it effects your lower leg alignment. Could be fixable with some exercises that would strengthen the hip joint. The foot, or leg inwardly rotated could be beyond the scope of regular bootfitting.
post #13 of 13
I'd consider asking the chiro or an orthopod whether physical therapy might be helpful in correcting your stance. After I spent half a year in casts and a boot recovering from having an Achilles tendon reattached, the PT noted that foot was pointing abnormally outside and had me exercise on a treadmill surrounded by mirrors so I could watch the foot and keep it pointed forward. I spent a summer and fall working on it, so I didn't get back on skis until it was mostly corrected.
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