Originally Posted by LewBob
Hey folks, I am resurrecting this thread. I have been working on my aligment for years and have used "The Athletic Skier" as a major source. Witherell had the opposite opinion of David M. He felt most skiers were stuck in the backseat because of stiff boots, too upright a stance, and not enough delta angle in the bindings.
Personally I have been too upright in all my boots over the years because I have a very skinny calf and ankle, and using Witherells approach has helped me feel more balanced. But that is my particular problem. Why are people going to more upright boots, when a very analytical race coach like Witherell was espousing more forward lean and ramp angle just a decade ago?
Does the switch to short, shaped skis call for a change in boot angles? LewBob
Now, for someone with a smaller calf, a greater forward lean may be the right thing to do, however, if your calf is larger, and your are in a boot with arguably too much forward lean, you stand a good chance of skiing in the backseat because of subconsciously counteracting the lean in the boot by centering the hips more over the heels.
Now my ideas get a bit more convoluted here again with the advent of soft boots, and the general market movement into a softer flexing boot. In my honest opinion, a softer flexing boot should be more vertical (relative to the typical forward lean on most boots) simply because they are easier to flex, however this is not often the case.
Keep in mind I did not read the whole thread so I appoligize if some of this has been said, but I just keyed in on the racing reference and have had to deal with these thoughts from students before. Everyone want to ski as well as the top racers in the world, but if your fundamentals and ability are not the same, neither should the equipment, at least in my opinion. Your equipment should help your skills/fundamentals get better, not become a hinderance or a crutch to your progression (kinda like the idea of learning to crawl before learning to walk, and learning to walk before learning to run).