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.

Friday, July 26, 2019

US Ski Team's "Deep Dive". Downward Slide!

               Stagnation with high salaries for top executives, therefore nothing changes!

Again, the same thing over and over, the US Ski Team's response: it says it's addressing these deficiencies. They have had 5 years with the present administration in place to do something. They had all kinds of meeting with coaches and experienced people in the industry contributing ideas and programs. Very little was implemented and not much was accomplished. The downward slide started prior to the present management, granted. The present management knew there were major issues, 5 years ago. Yet, they have not changed course, in fact, they are adding to the problems, based on results.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Three types of advanced short turns!

These three different types of turns are pointed out here to give skiers an insiders view of how professional skiers change their approach to achieve and apply versatility.

Bullet Proof Short Turn. This is a tight forced lower radius arc, and with a transition without a traverse. Great warm up and tight spot one groomer width turn.

A more rounded developed arc, with an obvious flexing retraction of the legs. If you want to be secure on steeps and great for speed control.

A quick rebound turns, not really creating a round arc. These are high energy turns for a short burst or two, not an all day type of skiing short turn.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ski Industry is messing up skiers!

The ski industry has no idea what they are doing to skiers when it comes to bindings, and when it comes to heel to toe angles. And skiers have no idea what to ask for and what the different bindings will do to their skiing. Even a set up slightly off your needs will make your skiing struggle. For example, "Elan's" version of the Head Tyrolia bindings SLR, that Elan uses and they are branded as an Elan, has a 0-ramp angle. The PRD Tyrolia on a Head Super Shape Speed comes with a 6-degree ramp angle. The Super Lite Rail is made mostly for women's skis. For some women, this is an impossible fore/aft balance situation. Models of Marker have a -3mm heel to toe ramp angle, on a short boot which most women use, this set up is almost impossible to ski. This measures out to be about a 16-degree "toe high" angle. This makes no sense what-so-ever. In our alignment and skier evaluation process we try to correct or direct people toward the right set up for their personal needs. Every skier is different, every person is different. Every leg length to torso relationship requires a properly selected ramp angle. In most ski shops, you will have to ask the salesperson. I'll guarantee they will have no idea about the ramp angle of the binding. The ski industry doesn't have any of this figured out for the benefit of the consumer. Why and how do we know about these things at Harb Ski Systems? Because we ski with almost everyone we sell skis, boots, and bindings to; we see the issues on the slope, then we fix the problem. We are working on producing some videos for this topic to come out on YouTube. Look for it on my Harald Harb channel, next fall. Hopefully, through these efforts skiers can have a better idea of how to select their best set up.

The attitude of the ski industry is so antiquated for example, this is the response: "This works for our best-sponsored skiers and testers and our world cup skiers, so it has to be right for you." That is such bullshit and we prove it every day at our alignment center and in our ski camps that this way of developing a product is wrong.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Mueller Report