Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
As others have noted, the hands go where they need to go to balance. Hands hanging at the side is a result of the lack of balancing activity, not a cause of it. Adding dead weight to your skis or adjusting your boots will not replace the active balancing activity of the arms and hands. I know a guy who skis fine with only one arm, but he would ski better if he hadn't lost that arm.
I guess I need to clarify here. First, I'm brainstorming (i.e. throwing ideas out). Second, the thinking behind this one was that if letting the hands go where they need to go (i.e. forward) results in pain, then making some static adjustments might cause the hands to not need to go so far forward as to cause pain.
For me this question was interesting because I way through so many phases. I started with an automatic "that's easy". Then I thought, "no not so fast". Then I went through, "how about this". Followed by a "not quite there either". After the last, "there ought to be something", I decided that I'd really rather see this skier first before recommending something. Finally, I decided, "heck just throw that stuff out there and see what sticks".