After about a decade in a pair of Lange 120s I'm looking for a new boot. I'm wondering if a stiff boot really suits my needs. I am about 200 lbs., 5'10''. I would rate myself on a 1-9 scale as an 8. I am 56 years old. I ski mostly Mid-Atlantic. I like to ski trees and natural (when available) and a lot of groomed because I have too. I ski groomed fast when in GS mode but I often just turn, turn, turn just to mix it up. Bumps are doable when they are less than bullet proof and ok, even fun when soft. I'm wondering if my stiff boots have been a part of the reason I find hard bumps so difficult. How do I determine how stiff a boot should be?
I have a cork superfeet footbed made at Inner Boot Works in Stowe about 5 years back. I was looking for some opinions about cork beds vs, foam beds. Are cork beds old school and inhibit natural foot movement, more suited to the old up/down, weighting/weighting style of skiing? Does a more pliant footbed lend itself to natural foot movement more suited to modern edging/ tip your skis to turn skiing?
Any opinions on forward lean vs. upright stance would also be of interest.