Bumping this thread instead of starting a new one.
I had a spiral fracture of the Tib / fib a year ago in a dirt bike accident, got it plated and screwed, in a cast for 4wks and boot for 6wks. I was back on the moto in March. Now ski season is coming up but my orthopedic surgeon wants to remove the large (9in long) plate in my tibia, on account it's an infection risk and the bone should heal stronger without the metal "crutch". He says I'll be weight bearing in a boot for 4wks. ... I plan to be back on the snow asap. (Stats: male, 51yo, average build and athletic ability, pre-injury psia level 7/8 skier)
My dilemma from a skier's point of view, is should I choose my telemark gear or alpine gear when starting back up? Tele boots flex a bit easier and the relative speeds are slower, alpine gear is heavier but the bindings are releasable. I'm worried that a good fall might torque my leg too hard too soon. Tele gear and stick to the greens and blues? Or alpine gear and turn down the release settings on the bindings?