Today's blog post is written by Luc Blazejewski. Luc started ski instructing at Crystal Mountain at the age of 15 and has continued to instruct at Crystal Mountain for the last 10 years. He is a certified Professional Ski Instructor of America, earning level 2 alpine and level 1 telemark certifications. His favorite aspect of ski instructing is watching students grow in their passion and enthusiasm for skiing over the course of a lesson.
Our ski boots are arguably the most important piece of skiing equipment we own. And why is that? Imagine how successful your trip through Spain would be with a translator who could only translate in German. As skiers, we heavily rely on our boots to translate our movements to our skis. Additionally, properly fit boots provide valuable feedback to skiers regarding how their skis are moving through the snow. Without a properly fit boot, we struggle to manipulate the ski, as well as fail to sense how our skis are performing underneath us.
If you've hit a wall in your personal skiing development, I would highly recommend assessing your boots. Common problems that affect many skiers are overall boot fit, comfort, and alignment. A wide assortment of issues can affect the general performance of our ski boots – from foot width, to being bow legged or knock-kneed, to having structural differences in our feet. I personally have a high arch, an abnormal amount of forward flex in my ankles, and a left leg that's ¼” shorter than my right. Unfortunately, boot manufacturers design boots to fit the “ideal” foot. Most skiers have slight abnormalities which, without some boot customization, means they will never be able to utilize their equipment to its highest potential.
Luckily, guests and resident skiers at Crystal Mountain have access to renowned boot fitter Jim Reilly. Jim can be found in the Mountain Sports Shop in the Lodge. He has been an integral part of many ski instructors' personal skiing development, including my own. If you are interested in purchasing new boots for the season or dialing in the performance of your current boots, I highly recommend scheduling a visit.