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 Conventional Skiing Wisdoms (CSW's) 

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, other areas

CSW #32: "Footbeds in my ski boots are not important and neither is boot alignment

Footbeds inserted into the bottoms of ski boot liners hold the feet in position so that they may accurately transmit pressure to the ski boots and thus to the skis. Without them, the foots' arches may be in a poor position to do this.

Too, better boots have built-in adjustment options to change the angle of the boot cuffs so that they match the angles of your legs. Each leg may require a different angle. Or, you may be unusual and not require such an adjustment. The boot soles should be perpendicular to the lines from the centers of your knees to your second toe (next to your big toe) to allow optimum edging. If the line goes elsewhere, a process called canting is called for in which the boot sole is tilted to bring the lines to where they belong. Again, each leg and foot may require different amounts of canting. Most people require this adjustment in order to edge well. Canting can be done experimentally with temporary shims under the boot or permanently by grinding boot soles or by permanent adjustments to binding angles. See http://www.bootfitters.com/find-shop: exits for info on picking a bootfitter in various areas. A bootfitter I have used is Jeff Bergeron at Breck Sports,127 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424 (www.bootfixation.com).

main CSW contents
prior CSW #31: "Put (or keep) the weight on the balls of the feet"
next CSW #33: ""Always ski iin balance"--In preparation"

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