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“Rental ski boots are like airline seats; hot, tight and uncomfortable with an unfamiliar smell.”In the early days of skiing, people often had problems with their anklebones rubbing against the inside of their leather boots. The remedy was to put a “donut” over the affected area. Donuts were made of a thick rubber material with a hole in the middle and had an adhesive backing so that you could stick them directly to your skin.One day, a group of instructors were enjoying lunch with their classes at Mid-Vail when one of the students complained that her boots were hurting her. Thinking it might be a wrinkle in her sock, I asked her to take off her boots so I could have a look. As she pulled off her boot, a handful of crumbs fell out onto the floor. Puzzled, I asked, “What’s this coming out of your boot?””Well,” she said, “The last time I took a lesson here, I told the instructor my ankles were rubbing against the inside of my boots. He told me to stick a donut on them.”- Bob Gagne, VailA ski-boot surpriseI had worked with Stuart all morning long. Nothing seemed to be working. A beginner from Minneapolis, Stuart was part of a large, ungainly class. While everyone else seemed to be making moderate advances, Stuart was “challenged.” He’d ski a few feet, and then fall to the right. He’d ski a few feet, and then fall to the left. This continued for nearly three hours.At the end of my rope, I sent most of the class off for an early lunch. I instructed them to find us a table, while I gave Stuart a few minutes of personalized care. We reviewed the basics: proper stance, fore and aft control, basic turning mechanics, etc. All to no avail. Finally, I dropped down on the snow to adjust his boot buckles. Everything looked fine.Anxious to help, Stuart asked, “Should I have my shoes tied?” Confused, I looked up at him and tried to understand what, on earth, he meant. Once again, Stuart asked me, “Should I have my shoes tied?”Abandoning any hope of solving Stuart’s skiing challenges, I got up off the snow and asked him, “What do you mean, should I have my shoes tied?”With that, Stuart popped open the buckles of his right boot and pulled out his foot – adorned with an untied tennis shoe. “Will it help if I tie my shoes?”I took a deep breath, counted to 10 and walked into lunch.- AnonymousVail, Colorado