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Hypothetical Alignment Question

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

If I am slightly bowlegged and my knees track to the outside as I flex my boots, and if alignment adjustments are made and my knees now track straight, is my alignment problem solved? Thanks!
post #2 of 9
It sounds like it. As long as the skis stay flat through your range of motion.

Come up to Whitetail and see me one of these Saturdays, and we'll see how the skis act on the snow.

post #3 of 9
Take JohnH up on his offer. Static alignment is just a preliminary step in the process. Dialing in on snow is the only way to find, and get, the optimum combination of lateral balance and release/engagment capability you want in your skiing.

[ January 07, 2003, 08:46 AM: Message edited by: Arcmeister ]
post #4 of 9
I tend to agree with JH and Arcmeister.

I am not normally a fan of cants but the condition you describe often responds well to canting. I would also check to see what happens in barefeet on a hard flat surface. Footbeds can sometimes be a negative factor in contributing to your condition. See what happens when you put them under your feet.

The theory is good but the real test is what happens on snow.
post #5 of 9
On a Green run, do a shallow, downhill foot only, traverse. Have omeone watch you. Can you do the task with the edge of the ski engaged? What are the skis doing? Are they slipping away? Both tails and tips, or just one? Are your lower legs parallel? What is your torso doing? Where are you arms in reference to the slope? If you able to do this task without body/feet adjustments and leave a clean carved STRAIGHT line in the snow, you are probably aligned. Otherwise, you should probably consult with a trained alignment pro who can do on-snow assessments.
post #6 of 9
I just got back from Central's J3-4 Speed Camp where once again I found the system in The Athletic Skier to be the most effective place to start from. There are a lot of differing opinions out there these days, but on-hill tests have proved it out every time for me.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I am going to Vermont this weekend and will do the traverse check. My boots are Tecnica Icon XRs which have a myriad of adjustment possibilities. What the boot fitter did was adjust the left boot cuff inward which made my knee track more toward the center. It helped a little, but my balance is still a little off on my left leg. Are there any adjustments I can try on my own (like shimming under my footbed) to experiment?
post #8 of 9
If you're going anywhere near Stratton, Green Mountain Orthodic Labs (GMOL) is right at the base, very close to the lodge. I very strongly recommend having Peter Palmer ski with you to check your alignment on the hill. Peter is/was an examiner with PSIA-E and has been working with Greg Hoffman (owns/runs GMOL) for a couple of years as his on-hill guy.
post #9 of 9
What evaluation benefit would there be of skiing easy terrain on one ski at a time in the "javiline" posture? That is, lifted ski crossed over the on snow ski.

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