June 4, 2010, Newsletter Issue #301: Jeannie Thoren Theory

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If you have been reading about women’s ski equipment, you probably realize that your equipment selection process can be complex and confusing. Despite the suggested guidelines, no two women’s bodies are the same. As such, there are no one-size or model fits-all skis or boots that are suitable for every female skier. That said, if you find the ski and boot selection process a bit daunting, help is on the way. This help comes by way of the name Jeannie Thoren.

Jeannie Thoren’s mission is to help women choose the best possible ski equipment that will hopefully advance their technique. She accomplishes this by traveling throughout the country giving women’s equipment workshops. These cutting edge clinics begin with a cocktail party, boot-fitting session and lecture. The next morning, you go out on the slopes. As Jeannie watches you ski, she will make suggestions about possible adjustments to your equipment. In the afternoon, you will be able to demo from a choice of over 100 skis. Jeannie will make suggestions based on how you ski. Then you can demo additional skis on the second ski day.

Here are some of Thoren’s solutions to some of the gender-specific problems that are typical of female skiers.

Wider Q Angle: The Q angle is the angle that connects the thigh to the pelvis. Because of her wider Q angle, a female's skis are rarely flat on the snow. This can cause her skis to either “catch an edge,” or behave erratically during turns. For women with wide Q angle issues, Thoren suggests footbeds and canting.Lack of Ankle Flexion: While women tend to be more flexible than men, ironically, they seem to have less ankle flexion. As such, the female skier will often bend at the waist as opposed to flexing at her ankle or knees. For this problem, Thoren will move a woman’s bindings forward and prescribe heel lifts. You can find information about Thoren’s workshops by visiting http://www.jeanniethoren.com/theory1.htm

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