I'm just freeskiing. I would love to run gates (i have sg and dh skis) but it seems I live in the wrong part of the country, and that senior n00b racing is frowned upon in my country.
Maybe I should give a little background about my skiing history? Well here it goes like i remember it:
When I was a kid, (the early eighties) I refused to go to instructors, and didn't like gates. I was skiing with the feet together leaning backwards. I jumped a lot. Then one winter I got some minor moguls practicing and removed at least the some of the leaning backwards stuff. Then me and my brother tried some of the first snowboards that came and I found them lacking and somehow I got a huge monoski which I had for years. Then the snowboards got better and the first burton Air series came, and from then I was snowboarding.
When the Burton PJ carving boards came I realized I had to have one, and then I started carving. (My first one was dark green with circular saws printed and some gold flake stuff on the tail.)
From there I started running gates, and competed for a few years. I had a gf for a while who had been competing on skis who's father gave me some clues on how to use the poles and the general stance. I think he also taught me telemark on thin skis and low leather boots. During that time -94 I was finished with school and had just done my military services so I got myself a job as a snowboard instructor. The requirement was that I should take the first instructor course level, so I was skiing again for one week.
We did all sorts of, well you know.. And I realized that skiing is fun. However the skis were still without waist (imo) and I could never agree with anybody on skis what a carved turn was.
I ran a lot of "shape of the ski" down the hill when there was less people.
Techniquewise to be successful in alpine snowboard one had to go board flat, rotate into the turn and then stick it. Well just like most skiers does. However, I never liked that kind of turning and it made my lower legs sore. So one day I decided to quit.
At that time the first (working imo) carving skis had just arrived and I got a pair Atomic Beta something and stuck with them. R28 or something like that, but I used them with ess superflex plates so I could cant them plenty. I also got the DH and SG skis before realizing there was nowhere to practice or compete...
Well after that, I kind of drifted away from skiing for years. I'm a proper "never was" one could say.
Then a few years ago I started go skiing with my gf (wife now), and when we rented skis I always got the shortest radius skis I could find, and I started enjoying skiing again. The shorter radius, the less dangerous I am in the slopes.
I'm in it for the g forces, and getting inverted, that's all.
It would be fun trying gates again, but I'm kinda afraid that I'll be dissapointed.
Well that's my story. :)
If you check out my other youtube videos there are some alpine snowboarding there, if you want to see where I come from. I carved/raced snowboards years before carving on skis.
Regarding canting the boots, I read the boot instructions at some time and did what it said, and I came to the conclusion that zero was correct.