Friday, September 19, 2014

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This is not your Grandfather's ski lesson.

This is PMTS Skiing, no hard edge sets, no wedge turns or wedge christie, easy on the legs and fluid movements from arc to arc. You can do this until you are 80.



Here I'm already released and in Balance, ready for the new arc, compare this to the skiers in the post below.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is not tipping, it is knee driving.

Why many good skiers can still improve. 


This is a good skier, but his technique is compromising him from becoming a great skier. 

He's driving the outside edge with his knee at the end of the arc to get edge hold or grip. This kills rebound from the ski; therefore an extension is necessary to get out of the arc. We do not teach this way of skiing in PMTS; this is a PSIA or instructor based skiing technique.

 This is a huge extension still taught in Traditional ski schools, this is one of the basic roots of dysfunctional skiing at high levels. PMTS does not teach an extension of any kind; we develop a long leg by tipping the feet and relaxing and bending the inside leg to tip the ski, we drop the hip inside the arc with flexing, which creates a long outside leg. With the PMTS approach you develop pressure in the arc by the falline, that can be used to release and send you to the next arc.  In this TT method of teaching, there is no pressure building in the arc,  due to steering, leaning, squaring up the hips, the result is huge knee drive, that is why you see all the hard edge sets at the bottom, with "A" frames and wedge entries to turns. This isn't tipping based technique, used by the PMTS movements, it's a Traditional Technique steering, edging and wedge turn technique.

 This is a wedge christie, we don't teach a Wedge Christie at any point in PMTS Direct Parallel. We teach Parallel from the beginning. Any skier at this level should no longer need this movement, it's due to the points I made earlier, it's due to steering, extension, rotation and leaning. These results are not intended by TT skiing, but they are however consequences of TT.

These guys are highly athletic and that's why they can get away with this type of dysfunctional movement. This takes lots of muscle strength, energy and hard hits on the body. That is why regular ski instructors can never learn to ski like this.
 Notice the hard hit this skier it taking, he's a good skier, but he's so late with his edge hit, to stop the skid he created by steering, he's buckling at the waist to absorb the shock.



 This is a wedge turn, I'm sorry, but if you use TT or PSIA, CSIA movements you will never lose your wedge. If you look closely, you'll see most PSIA examiners, Demo Team and DCLs all have wedge entires to their turns. Why, because they are using an antiquated technique that was never designed for shaped skis. PMTS is derived from World Cup skiing technique. This technique, shown here in these photo clips from this video, in these frames, isn't world cup technique. Anyone can learn world cup technique. We teach in PMTS to intermediates, but they don't stay intermediates for long.

More Wedge turns!

For more information of how to learn PMTS Direct Parallel, look at our web site for more free information and movement instruction at www.Harbski

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Check point 3: PMTS Racer Development, "Upper Body Counter Balance."

PMTS Ski Racing Development

                            Movement ability, "Check Point 3".





Counter Balance and Counter Acting normally go together, but for the purpose of selecting "Check Point 3, we will focus on CB in this presentation.










Sunday, September 14, 2014

Check point 2: PMTS Racer Development, "Transfer to the uphill ski Little toe edge."

Based on and derived from:
"Essentials of Skiing".


Harb Ski Systems published the book, "Essentials of Skiing", in 2006 and everything in that book is still valid, and still setting the direction for development skiers, as the model for a strong skiing foundation. The book is for all levels of skiers trying to get to the advanced levels and also for skiers refining their expert levels. Therefore; it pertains totally to development athletes and racers.

From the "Essentials of Skiing", there was a need to recognize more details of a ski turn and for that reason  "Racer Check Points" evolved. This isn't just for racers however, it's the technique of the best racers that are demonstrated here, therefore these techniques will go a long way toward raising anyone's skiing. For everyone of these Check Points; we have a movement introduction and progression, so that all levels of skiers can achieve the skiing movements you see in this series. You may never be as fast or be as strong as these skiers, but you will be able to refine your skiing by using these movements from the demonstrations. There are simple entry level practice movements developed for "PMTS Racer Development" for each "Check Point".

Now its time to learn how we use the outside edge of the inside ski,  called the "Super Phantom Move", in my Book,  "Anyone can be an Expert Skier 2". With the PMTS system we teach this to all levels of skiers, especially those in a snow plow, let's get started



Qualities and abilities: It is obvious that all the top ski racers have the ability to transfer balance when ever needed. Sometimes deliberately or accidentally most world class skiers have this figured out. The first movement to learn how to transition in this Check Point 2 is releasing the outside ski hold,  by relaxing, flexing and removing pressure from the outside ski.

Refinement: The inside ski and leg need to be tipped to the same ski angle as the outside ski. A stable complimentary upper body relationship is essential for the end of the arc and it has to be held at the point of transfer.

Mechanics or Movements: Complete a round arc, into a traverse relationship to the slope, at that point change balance from outside to inside ski. Hold counter acting and counter balance,  keep the inside ski angled, and the inside leg ready to support a balance shift to the little toe edge.  Engage the inside ski edge, relax the outside foot, ankle and leg, raise or lift the outside leg and ski from the snow, then bend and retract the former weighted outside leg.


Objectives:   All skiers participating should to be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the coach with a stationary example of the movements for this exercise, with ski balance changes and stance ski transfer. Then demonstrate a traverse with total weight and balance on the uphill inside ski. All skiers should then demonstrate,  first in one turn, then in a series of turns, the previous outside ski lifted, for at least a ski length, before another turn initiation, one form of this progression is to be completes by the end of the training session.




Quality of Movements: By the end of this training the skiers should have numerous opportunities to demonstrate little toe edge balancing ability. And upper body coordination with counter balancing and counter acting. The arms and poles should be held wide and pole tips should remain quiet and preferably on the snow.

Benefits of this exercise and variations of this exercise: Balance shifting ability from one foot to the other, independent balance and upper and lower body co-ordination. The key is to support the lower body balance change to the uphill edge, while holding a counter acted upper body relationship. Without a solid Counter-aced relationship, holding the uphill body and hip, this Check Point is very difficult to achieve at race speed.



Footnote: All "Harb Trained" coaches have a working understanding of foot and boot needs that directly handicap or limit young skiers from performing these types of exercises. If these exercises are not attainable it may have more to do with boot fit, alignment or correct footbeds, than balance or technical ability.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Check Point 1, Skiing Abilities Curriculum, Skiing the outside Ski.

                                                 

                              PMTS Ski Racing Development

                            Movement ability, "Check Point 1".



Based on and derived from:
"Essentials of Skiing".


Harb Ski Systems published the book, "Essentials of Skiing", in 2006 and everything in that book is still valid, and still setting the direction for development skiers, as the model for a strong skiing foundation. The book is for all levels of skiers trying to get to the advanced levels and also for skiers refining their expert levels. Therefore; it pertains totally to development athletes and racers.

From the "Essentials of Skiing", there was a need to recognize more details of a ski turn and for that reason  "Racer Check Points" evolved. This isn't just for racers however, it's the technique of the best racers that are demonstrated here, therefore these techniques will go a long way toward raising anyone's skiing. For everyone of these Check Points; we have a movement introduction and progression, so that all levels of skiers can achieve the skiing movements you see in this series. You may never be as fast or be as strong as these skiers, but you will be able to refine your skiing by using these movements from the demonstrations. There are simple entry level practice movements developed for "PMTS Racer Development" for each "Check Point".

Everything begins with the number one, so let's get started.

                                                          Check Point 1


Qualities and abilities: Ski on the outside ski, the whole turn, with the inside ski lifted, slightly.
Refinement: Tip the inside lifted ski to the same degree or angle as the outside ski. Keep tip and tail at the same distance from the snow.

Mechanics or Movements: Complete a round arc, at the point of edge change, return the lifted ski to the snow on it's uphill or little toe edge side.  Keep the inside ski, in this relationship on the little toe edge, and then raise or lift, by bending and retracting, the former outside leg. Transition to the new arc, keep the new inside ski lifted during transition, and tipped, while off the snow for the rest of the next turn.
                                    Keep the upper body stable and counter balanced.
As you can see with a World Cup skier, inside ski lift is slight, the idea is to be able to ski and balance on the outside ski in all situations.

Objectives:   All skiers participating should to be able to demonstrate to the coach from a stationary example of the exercise, with edge change and stance ski transfer. Then demonstrate an arcing traverse with balance on the outside ski without placing the inside ski on the snow. All skiers should then demonstrate,  first in one turn, then in a series of turns, the inside ski lifted, by the end of the training session.

Quality of Movements: By the end of this training the skiers have a had numerous opportunities to demonstrate balancing ability. The upper body co-ordinated with counter balancing and counter acting. The arms and poles should be held wide and pole tips should remain quiet and preferably on the snow.

Benefits of this exercise and variations of this exercise: Balance shifting ability from one foot to the other, independent balance and upper and lower body co-ordination. Excessive upper body adjustment can lead the coaches to understanding other technical needs for the skier and lead them to other exercises for individuals having problems. This is also a great opportunity for coaches to check foot and boot problems and have them corrected.

Footnote: All "Harb Trained" coaches have a working understanding of foot and boot needs that directly handicap or limit young skiers from performing these types of exercises. If these exercises are not attainable it may have more to do with boot fit, alignment or correct footbeds, than balance or technical ability.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Develop 13 year olds with World Cup skiing!

All the elements of World Cup skiing technique are in this 13 year old skiers turn. This technique has been developed through movement training over the past 6 years.
What specifically are we looking for? First this is achieved with the understanding by the skier, of 5 key principles and they are achieved through constant reminding, questioning and self-evaluation and precise use of exercises.

Key ingredients or Essentials:

!. You see a strong upper body to lower body relationship that increases rather than decreases through the arc. This ability is rarely seen in 13 year olds, especially on steeps like this, on hard chattered ruts in GS. This is coached and learned, based on a partnership between athlete and coach that requires time and effort, doesn't happen naturally or by happenstance.

2. The inside ski is light and all the energy from the arc is going through the leg to the outside ski, "skeletally aligned". Some canting of the boot facilitated this, but the skier's dedication to skiing movements and the correct exercises refined it.

3. The inside ski is pulled back and the skier is perfectly balanced Fore/aft. An unusual capability in this age group, again it's a coached and learned; the emphasis on this movement is what attains it.

4. Although the one key element that is not easily seen in a one photo frame, is also present or this skier could never reach this performance. And that is "tipping ability". This skier reaches quality turns like this through tipping movements by increasing his ski angles through the arc; beginning at the initiation and he keeps increasing these angles until the release. There is never a stagnant or parked moment in this skiing. This refers to "lateral" movements in the boots, which is aggressively followed by inside leg flexing, tipping and relaxation.

This is one example of what is happening in other groups we coach and we are very proud of the kids, their dedication, the effort and hard work shows.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Zack at 7 years old and 10, using PMTS coaching.

Imagine your 7 year old skiing like this. 




And at 10 years old evolving to this level!


Monday, September 1, 2014

There is no searching for what to do or how to ski in with"Harb Ski Systems Racer Development".

Harb Skier and Racer Development groups know exactly what they need to do, to become skiers with world cup movements.







These boys and girls can ski very fast, this is steep and hard snow.









Above, Zach is 10 years old. All the rest are 13 years old.