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Alignment?

NewEnglandSkier

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
So it appears that I ride the inside edges of my skis ever so slightly on flats. Actually the right one is more pronounced than the left.
Anyway, this has been going on for years and I have had my alignment checked three times over the past say 12 years at three separate shops and while I'm in the shop everything looks great/not out of alignment. Then I get out and ski and the right ski especially wants to edge slightly to the inside.
A few weeks ago, I had my alignment checked again (3rd time) and once again it checked out fine in the shop--actually the left was possibly a tiny bit off but not enough to make a thing about. But it still seems like I ride the inside edge of the right ski.
Has this ever happened to anyone else??? Could it just be bad habit/laziness since everything looks fine off skis indoors???
The bootfitter suggested I could try duct tape on the binding if I felt comfortable with doing that to see if I noticed any difference. I did try it for a few runs but it was hard to tell if it made any discernable difference as conditions were pretty soft.
I should note I am hyper mobile in my ankle/feet and have a skinny lower leg so not sure if that could play into things. I started buckling my boots tighter (top 2 buckles) and using the power strap directly against the tongue instead of over, per bootfitter suggestion and that actually seemed to help a smidge.
Has anyone else ever had this experience of seemingly fine alignment in the shop but something different shows up on the hill?
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
Are you feeling you are actually getting stuck on your inside edge in transitions etc? Are your edge angles mismatched between skis? I used to, but eventually learned to subconsciously compensate for it and could keep my edge angles the same and would apparently tuck my knees in turns to allow for tipping my skis to higher edge angles whereas without this my knees would hit each other. Different boots have seemed to accentuate the issue or not.. I have usually chosen to just let it be, but I did recently get very small canting wedges added to my boots (literally just a half degree on each) and have felt good about it so far. I was not catching edges in regular skiing, but I was finding it difficult in these boots to flatten more in bumps and to do things like whirly birds as I would catch my inside edges.

I’d suggest trying some drills like side slips down the mountain, whirly birds, falling leaf etc. with your duct tape. It is common to try with duct tape first to see how it feels btw. But try these things with and without the tape, see if you have issues before that are easier with the tape. Also on a flat trail try to stand on one ski at a time and see if you can glide straight or if you immediately turn in on each side. These are some things I played with to check for differences.
 

mustski

Angel Diva
I have a similar issue with my left ski on flats - and possibly very slightly with the right ski. My left boot is canted but I A frame. I just assume it's related to my Q angle. It doesn't affect my performance when I am skiing on a pitch of any sort so I don't worry about it.

 

NewEnglandSkier

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
When I sideslip, facing toward the right, I feel like the right ski tends to over flatten and sweeps up/digs up more snow with the inside edge. I felt like when I used the tape it may have helped with that but I need to try it again to be sure I'm not imagining things---or it's entirely possible it's a skill/lack thereof issue. I have never been able to do whirly birds---I can get halfway around but can't make the full circle---but again I attribute it to lack of skill vs physical ability. No instructor has ever mentioned anything about an A frame or not being able to match my edge angles---so I'm assuming that is all ok. When I used to see photos of myself skiing that aspect always looked ok to me.
But over the years multiple instructors have mentioned the tendency for me to ride the inside edges of the skis on flats.
Very odd.
 

skinnyfootskis

Angel Diva
Are you feeling you are actually getting stuck on your inside edge in transitions etc? Are your edge angles mismatched between skis? I used to, but eventually learned to subconsciously compensate for it and could keep my edge angles the same and would apparently tuck my knees in turns to allow for tipping my skis to higher edge angles whereas without this my knees would hit each other. Different boots have seemed to accentuate the issue or not.. I have usually chosen to just let it be, but I did recently get very small canting wedges added to my boots (literally just a half degree on each) and have felt good about it so far. I was not catching edges in regular skiing, but I was finding it difficult in these boots to flatten more in bumps and to do things like whirly birds as I would catch my inside edges.

I’d suggest trying some drills like side slips down the mountain, whirly birds, falling leaf etc. with your duct tape. It is common to try with duct tape first to see how it feels btw. But try these things with and without the tape, see if you have issues before that are easier with the tape. Also on a flat trail try to stand on one ski at a time and see if you can glide straight or if you immediately turn in on each side. These are some things I played with to check for differences.
Torin?
 

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