are some facts why everyone should seriously
consider getting their equipment balanced
and tuned for skiing.
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What is skier balance and alignment?
At Alpine McCannix and BioMcCannix
when we perform a fitting, we provide
the ideal relationship between body
and equipment based on the science of
efficient biomechanics. This will provide
ideal balance, the most important factor
of most sports.
The skiers legs, feet, boots and bindings
are considered to be an integrated “suspension
system”. After this system is
perfectly aligned, skiers are in a state
of ideal balance and physically stronger.
If any part of this system is mis-aligned,
balance is lost, performance is greatly
diminished and the person becomes physiologically
weak. Muscle testing using Kinesiology
will confirm this.
Unfortunately, all skiers are out of
balance before they even start moving
on their skis…. Just by wearing
their ski boots. The boots position
them out of balance, impairing performance
before skiing actually begins!
Can you imagine the affect of having
new tyres fitted to your car, without
having the wheels balanced? Or the tracking/steering
alignment being slightly out? This is
what all skiers are doing until their
equipment is accurately ‘tuned’
to the individual.
Being out of balance can hurt!
In gymnastics, on the balance beam,
if you lose your balance just a little,
you fall the same distance as when you
lose it a lot. In skiing, if you are
off balance just a little, your equipment
will prevent you from falling and ‘hold
you up’. But your skiing will
suffer a lot. There are no short cuts.
Success requires precision.
How does this affect your skiing?
Ski boots provide a high level of support,
but their rigid mass produced shell
induce strain on our individually unique
skeleton, putting our bodies out of
balance and affecting your skiing in
the following ways. Here are just a
1. You are already out of balance just
standing still, so there is no point
hoping things will improve once you
get going down the mountain.
2. The soles of your ski boots are not
naturally resting flat on the ground.
Edging skills and lateral movement are
seriously degraded as a result.
3. Your body is being imposed to undesirable
tensions, conditioning faulty behaviour,
impairing progress, placing you in effect
on a performance plateau that no amount
of training or instruction will ever
4. Making you more prone to injury.
Is balance & alignment necessary
with custom foamed boots?
Even if your boots are very comfortable,
seem to fit properly or are custom foamed,
alignment still needs to be corrected.
Boot fitting, alignment and balancing
are three different things. Actually
custom foaming ski boots may result
in a greater error in alignment because
of the very nature of the foaming process.
Pulling on bars with your arms in order
to increase the pressure under your
feet results in applying strain down
the spine. This spinal strain may in
turn displace the hipbone and forcing
the leg bone (femur) to mis-align itself
in relation to the lower leg (tibia).
This leaves us with as much need to
correct the alignment as with any other
What affects are there with
current oversized/carving skis?
Due to the extra width of today’s
skis, it’s even more important
to be accurately ‘set up’.
The extra width exerts far more lateral
and torsional stress on the knee and
hip joints. I have heard that some people
don’t like the modern shape of
skis and find them clumsy or awkward
to use. If this is the case, the alignment
problem has always been there with the
old skis. With the new skis the problem
has just been amplified from a small
one to a large detectable level. Skis
are now generally a lot wider than the
sole of the boots, this causes very
different lateral leverage forces on
A professional point of view.
For all ski school students and ski
instructors alike, alignment and balance
problems should be addressed first.
Only after this process has been carried
out can more effective teaching and
skiing begin. Therefore conventional
ski schools and instructors without
many years of boot fitting, alignment
and balance fitting skills are missing
at least 50% of what is available. The
paying client isn’t getting any
value. The balance and alignment first,
teaching second principal should apply
to all levels of skiers and ski instruction.