Monday, January 20, 2020

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Compare stance width


                                                      H.H. 8 weeks after hip replacement
                 Stance width is a case of functional alignment and balance, not style or coaching.
Coaching someone to a narrower stance is possible, however, it will require a new level
                              of balance and probably an alignment adjustment. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Transition in Skiing is the most confusing.

Changing for one turn to the next is called the transition. It is really changing your edge angles from one side of the skis to the other. This is the most difficult part of skiing to grasp and to do correctly. It is also when "done right" the key to expert skiing. 

Here in this series of photos, I am releasing the edge angles from the previous turn to the new set of angles for the next turn.

                                      The descriptions:

               The photo above:  Finish the turn with more tipping to create Tipping and edge change Momentum. The upper body should be counteracted and holding the counteracting in transition.

The yellow arrow demonstrates flexing or bending or shortening the leg. This means to relax the muscles bring the knee toward the chest. This is indicated by the ski tip lift. Notice how the uphill arm stays forward, the chest still points toward the lifting ski boot. Relaxing the legs causes untipping or flattening of the skis. The transition is in play.
The upper body has not changed direction as the skis came onto the new edges. The skis have tipped into and toward the falline making a natural uncoiling possible. Now the counteracting movements for the next turn begin.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The slalom technique that makes for fast skiing.

                          This article is developing, comments and analysis just hours away.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The complete Boot fitting and Alignment experience.

                                 This is not your grandfather's boot fitting experience

"If you don't get your boots set up to maximize your movement ability, you'll be making the same old turns again this season."

Ski and leg angles created with a relaxed body and great balance are the goals.

Harb Ski Systems over the last 26 years has evolved the foot fitting and leg alignment process to the complete, most refined procedure with proven, exceptional results. Are we better than what others try to do? No, we just do alignment and fitting differently.  We are the only ones in the ski industry using a system of measuring and developing skiing movements that can be matched to boot enhancement. 

Cuff alignment must be properly established before sole angles are determined.

Harb Ski Company President, Harald Harb as a National and International level ski coach started boot alignment in 1979. This led him and his professional staff to integrate skiing movements with boot alignment. Based on the skier's ability to achieve the correct angles, Harb Ski Systems developed a repeatable, proven process resulting in preferred optimized outcomes for any kind of leg structure. 

No two legs, ankles or feet are the same. The alignment system must be able to address all the different variations.

The term "Boot Fitting" is misleading and may vary dramatically from one quote "Expert" boot fitter to another. Boot fitters by-enlarge aren't on the slopes to see their results. This is another area where Harb Ski Systems specializes. 95 percent of all skiers coming through the alignment and fitting process at Harb Ski Systems have been evaluated and fine tuned on snow while skiing. The Evolution of the Harb Alignment process is strongly based on a skiers ability to improve their movements.

Harald says, "I knew for the beginning that the end result came from the need of refined skiing movements. Without a repeatable systematic indoor measuring process and a fool proof on-snow confirmation, evaluated by the same people who are doing the indoor measurements, you are shooting in the dark."

Two totally different sets of legs require totally different set ups.

This skier has a poor set up. For this to work the cuffs need extra adjustment range. We have the adjustment hardware fabricated and we retrofit them to the boots, to accommodate many different leg shapes.

How do we know this? With the Harb Ski Systems process, the coach is the alignment specialist. The coach on the hill makes the determination as to what alignment would help racers or recreational skiers create the movements most needed for success. Harb ski Systems used ski racing as the test bed because there is no guessing with racers. The clock doesn't lie. This process helped many racers ascend to result levels they had never achieved prior to using Harb Skier Alignment methods.

Question: Do you want your alignment and fitting done by a shop guy who has never seen you ski and doesn't know what you need, or buy a coach with experience coaching and developing World Cup skiers?

The process:

The shop evaluation, and work on the boots takes 1.5-3 hours, depending on how much needs to be done. The alignment assessment takes ~20 minutes. If we need to make custom footbeds, that takes ~40 minutes. 

Adjusting the boot cuffs can be a few minutes or up to an hour (if we need to retrofit a lot of hardware to get more range of travel). Under-boot alignment takes ~30 minutes. 

When making an appointment, please let us know the make, size and model of your boots so that we have an idea of what modifications are possible.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Skiing with a new Hip.

This is a photo from my 3rd day on snow with a new hip

                                4th day on snow left hip is new.

As with a new knee you never know what is going to happen on snow. You have to do your best to set up the boots with the new joint because the geometry is all changed. The hip stem angle is different and the stem length increases by 4mm. Doesn't sound like much but with all the muscles traumatized from surgery and not really firing it's a real adventure out there.

My first day out was at 7.5 weeks, the next at 8.5 and the last photos in red pants 10 weeks out.

      4 days after the above photos, below are the ones from today, November 25.

                       Still doing some fine tuning on my cuffs.

My boot tuning is almost set. Without the proper set-up I would not be able to tip the skis to these angles. Without our precise alignment system in play, I'd be fighting my own body and my skis. Now after skiing 3 days, it's a matter of only a few slight adjustments with the cuff, maybe 1/8 of a turn on the adjustments. The left replacement hip and right knee replacement are feeling almost completely normal, but I am not putting the full load on it yet.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Perfect at 14!

Do I know this skier? No. 

However, she shows everything we teach in the PMTS ski system. How does she accomplish this? With natural super talent, you achieve this kind of skiing with little or no coaching. Can it be coached and taught? Yes, but the way to coach this type of skiing is mostly undeveloped by mainstream coaching. Mainstream coaching is mired in contradiction and in controversial PSIA ski instructor methods. In fact, the US Ski Team has adopted ski instructor methods for the USSA coaches system. 

Therefore it has many conflicting approaches that are directly opposite of how this skier performs. 

If you look at all the movements that a skier needs to achieve this perfect relationship of the body to skis; you can identify the "Essentials of Skiing". In the photo, you can also identify the "Check Points" in action developed by Harb Ski Systems.

I'll point out a few of the "Check Points" of efficient and world cup skiing here that this skier uses demonstrated by this photo:
  1. Counterbalance
  2. Counteracting
  3. Vertical foot separation
  4. Inside leg flexing and tipping
These are all PMTS Direct Parallel "Essentials" that Harb Ski Systems teaches. We offer instruction services for these "Essentials" with our books, videos, and Ski Camps.