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Slideshow: Boots Too Long

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A: If our boots are too long, we lose contact with the forebody (front) of the ski, and we tend to sit back. Mike is struggling to find balance…

A: If our boots are too long, we lose contact with the forebody (front) of the ski, and we tend to sit back. Mike is struggling to find balance because his toes are floating around.

B: He makes a hesitant and shaky turn with minimal edge control. He's groping to feel the snow.

B: He makes a hesitant and shaky turn with minimal edge control. He’s groping to feel the snow.

C: By the end of the turn, he's forced to drop his hips behind his feet. Because he has trouble communicating with his ski tip, he must use the tail…

C: By the end of the turn, he’s forced to drop his hips behind his feet. Because he has trouble communicating with his ski tip, he must use the tail to give him enough edge to complete the turn-a risky tactic. As you try on different boot models, think “shorter” and be especially conscious of how well a particular pair of boots secures your heel.