Thanks Todd, good on ya too.
Tominator. I do not know if you are doing anything wrong. I can only speak to my own experiences which are similar to Todd's. I do beleive it is likely you can improve to overcome the lack of stability. Without more information on you and your background I really can't address you specifically. I do beleive this, the place to start is to find out if you have boot related alignment, stance, or balance issues to deal with.
Awhile ago I discovered that even though I had footbeds and bootwork done I was not stanced and balanced properly in my boots. I was skiing around with uneven, or unequal edge angles. (fairly equal edge angles are important on the new stuff) Visually, my body parts may have given the look of 'symmetry'. What was going on down below was different, whether I was trying to ride a flat ski or not. The fact is, I was doing one thing while my skis were doing something different.
I went to an occupational footwear fitter who happens to be a core skier, teacher, coach and equipment tester. He pointed out my probelm and set me up right in less than one hour. The first day on the slopes in my new booties I could do things I had been striving toward for years with intermittent success.
Do you have a bootfitter? Do you trust your bootfitter? Is footwear fitting their primary source of income? What is their background in the trade?
Going to a random in-(ski)shop fitter is a gamble. I'm sure there are many reputable ones, but I know there are a pantload of incompetent ones who are nothing more than glorified salespeople. They don't walk the walk. They can make footbeds, but they can't, for the most part, make accurate orthotics. They sure talk a lot though.
As for the Betas, I am not very familiar with them. There is such a wealth of shapes and designs and they are all sooo different. I can't to keep up with them all. I used to be able to speak to most skis. Not anymore. I work hard at skiing as many as I can so I have some idea of what works and how they act. In desperation, I have taken to honesty when asked about skis I am unfamiliar with and admit as much lest I start speaking out of another orifice and compromise what little credibilty I have managed to gain.
By the way, I nominate you for Best Thread for your 103% rant. Stellar. Have you ever seen the book & video Distinctive Skiing?
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