Sunday, July 5, 2020

Stefano Gross, great technical skier.


World Cup skiers are the best skiers in the world, why? They have to be the most efficient, most refined, and the fastest through a turn. The weeding out process involves thousands from every skiing nation. It takes years and only the very best reach the top ranks. This isn't a beauty contest but the movements are beautiful.

Stefano Gross show that by flexing and bending his legs to retract his skis from the snow is the most efficient way to change from one turn to the next.
 Stefano Gross shows that by flexing and bending his legs to retract his skis from the snow results in the most efficient way to change from one turn to the next. This is called the edge change or a transition.



Once the retraction begins the feet can be pulled back and held back. This allows the CG (center of gravity) to move forward and down to take a shorter line to the next arc.




Using this technique creates the best method of re-centering. Old school ski instruction and coaching still applies the idea of moving the hips forward by leg extension. That method is obsolete, slow, and will never advance your skiing. 




In this photo, you see the path of the skis and the shorter distance the hip takes to the gate. This technique allows the hips to catch up and to re-center over the skis, without any extension.  The yellow arrow is the key to the success story all top world cup racers use, it's the "Foot pullback". Pulling the feet back lets the hips move down and slightly forward until the skis are directly pointing downhill. At the falline or Apex of the turn, his hips will be forward and his boots under and behind his hips. Without this relationship, the tips of the skis will not carve properly or be able to cut sharply under the gate.





Saturday, July 4, 2020

Harb Carvers are the best ski simulators ever designed and the closest to ski movements.

                           A long stretch of road from Government Camp to the highway.

The skills and movements are the closest to skiing using a carving technique. Leaning rotating steering will not work. This tool proves that steering is a fallacy, made up by ski instructors, not by expert skiers. 

On Harb Carvers you can learn to tip your feet. Leaning and rotating will not work.

             Always begin with tipping your inside foot first and more than the outside foot, just as on snow.

                   Everything you do on Harb Carvers is exactly like movements in Expert Skiing. 

Why do Harb Carvers work? This is not a skate or rollerblade that have the thin blade or wheels down the center under the foot. Skis don't have a center blade, skis have edges on either side which makes for a different dynamic. The biomechanics involved in tipping Harb Carvers is different from skates, skates fall over on their own. Harb Carvers and skis (if you want to carve turns) need to be tipped or lifted on one side and ridden on the other edge through a turn. This requires different skills. Also, you cannot twist, steer, or rotate your legs to make Harb Carvers work. The engagement action required for Carvers to arc and make a turn has to begin with the feet. The feeling is just like carving a clean arc on hard snow. Movements have to begin with the feet and ankles. We did years of testing with all types of skiers from World Cup racers, ski instructors to intermediates. The limitations of each individual's technique became immediately obvious on Harb Carvers. Some instructors were so frustrated they said the Carvers didn't work. I just had to sit back and watch as their frustration took them over. Carvers prove one thing, you either have carving ability or you twist/steer on snow, but you can't do the later on Carvers. If you are looking to take the real test about your skiing, try some Carvers. If you master them at some level you will surely improve your on-snow skiing capabilities. Skiing and ski instruction have many myths and false understandings, many are perpetrated by misconceptions in National teaching systems. One outing on Harb Carvers and you will discover if you are engaging a ski or twisting a ski. Even the slightest twisting action will bring tears to your eyes. There is no hiding from your movements on this tool they expose everything.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

At the beginning of his career Svindal was a top GS skier.


Svindal was one of the first racers to use a flexing retraction release in his GS skiing, demonstrated here. 



A bending or flexing release is a much more direct route to new angles and edge change.



Anna Fenninger Veith in her prime couldn't be touched in GS with a flexing GS release.

This release has no push or step. She unweights her skis by relaxing and bending the legs to change edges. 






This is a turn from the 1980 Olympics, stepping up was still part of the old school.





Tuesday, June 16, 2020

One of the racers I've been coaching since he was 6 years old.

                               Big changes in one season, this is perfect technically.
                   

                                 Cam shows World Cup technique with every movement.
                              
                                    Cam tightens the radius with more tipping under the gate.

                        Cam manages his upper body counter acting perfectly before the release.
                       Now he uses the perfect pole tap and flexing release.
  Showing this preparation for the top of the new turn. Lifting the old stance ski for perfect balance transfer to the new stance ski.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

How to use and identify "The Essentials of Skiing" to create and build angles to your skiing?

In this point in the arc, I increase inside leg bending and tipping, no knee drive or pushing to create edge hold is needed at this point. Angles that are developing are already enough to make the ski hold without and snow spray. This means the carve is clean.








Once the inside foot, boot and ski angles are created and the outside ski begins to need more angle to close the arc and tighten the radius, I add foot, ankle and slight knee tipping. This is done with a slight bending to reduce pressure to allow for easier tipping. This is where almost ever skier goes wrong. They try to add grip or edge hold, by pushing or extending. Follow the sequence and you will discover the secret of expert skiing that no one tells you.




From the previous photo to these 3 frames. This is the timing for more increase of inside leg bending, tipping and also inside foot pullback. These movements create angles and tighten the turn radius. Pulling the inside foot back, is the key to making the front of the ski bend into the arc. 






At the point of release this is where the biggest mistakes are made in skiing, note that there is no pole swing. The upper body is facing the energy.





Monday, April 13, 2020

Sad day for PMTS Skiers and Harb Ski Systems.

Making life sometimes even harder to bear, a friend of ours and of skiing passed today, Rich Kremsdorf. I will always remember Rich like this, happy, helpful to others and a great family man. He discovered our ski system over 10 years ago, and became devoted to his own skiing, getting accredited in PMTS was a major goal for him and he was successful. His journey with skiing was always dedicated and a thoroughly enjoyable part of his life. Rich coached at camps for us and always got great reviews from his students. His skiing improved ever season, I remember the last time I coached him, he was so excited about his progress. It is a hard pill to swallow losing him, I'm so sorry. — with Richard Kremsdorf.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

We were up skiing and testing some new Head skis from Austria. All hell broke loose!


                 Testing the new Head eOriginal Super Shape.



We didn't know it was the last day of the ski season. We thought we could go up the next day and do more checking and dialing in. Then the Conona45 kicked in big time in Aspen and Vail. The area shut down and that was it. But I really started to like these skis. You won't find them anywhere but at Harb SkiSystems. We are bringing them in as a special import, Head USA isn't going to sell them.

This is a teaser video, I put it together quickly but will have a more professional version with sound in a few days.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Backcountry skiing has been great for the mind and body, lots more left this spring.



        

     Hiking approximately 2.5 hours to get in 3 runs on this beautiful slope.