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Custom alignment in Tahoe area ?

post #1 of 6
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A lot of people here, and a lot of good books (The Athletic Skier, Harb's book) stress the importance of correcting your stance thru alignment/custom footbeds. I've seen recommendations for places in Aspen and Whistler, but none for the Lake Tahoe area.

- where can I get my aligment checked? I don't think I am knock-kneed or bow-legged but that's with an untrained eye.

- how much would such an exam cost on avg?

- This usually would result in correcting any defects with modifications to the boot/footbed. I don't have any skiing gear (only been skiing 6 times) and rent. I'm not planning on getting any soon since the cash outlay is ~$800 which is more than I can afford right now, and I don't know enough to choose the right skis. So do you think it would be worthwhile to check my alignment at this stage?
post #2 of 6
Get some custom footbeds, and use them with the rentals. You can still use them when you buy equipment. I don't see any point in getting your alignment checked now. Some shops will do a free rough check for you when you buy boots from them, and may give you a discount on the alignment service.
post #3 of 6
Defcon,
I would consider buying some sport/rec boots probably put your outlay in the 350-450 range with a custom footbed and primary alignment exam.
The footbeds can be transfered to new boots when you out grow the boots (ability).
It's the single most important piece of equipment you will purchase(Boots) and make the biggest difference to your skiing.

Check out this post http://www.epic-ski.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/001142.html

Yes there are some good fitters,alignment people in the bay area and Tahoe.


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post #4 of 6
The alignment guru for the Lake Tahoe area is: http://www.snowind.com/

I would suggest buying boots & footbeds (which will take care of your alignment problems, since Bud can grind the boot soles if necessary, obviating the need for under-binding cants), and then renting skis until you're ready for that $$$ outlay.<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by Jonathan Shefftz (edited January 10, 2001).]</FONT>
post #5 of 6
http://www.tahoeelitefeet.com/
is another great fitter.
post #6 of 6
Surefoot has a store at Squaw Valley. I had all my work done by Surefoot, orthodics, custom injection liner and fitting and am very happy. You might go take a look there. They do alignment as part of the process.
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