Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Harald Harb two runs on a foggy day.

The question came up on You Tube, "Am I skiing on the Dalbello DRS, now?" Yes. And it is a great boot. I have skied on Head 150 race boots for almost 10 years, and 2 years on Dodge, so it was time to try something new. I like the Head boots still, and also skied some Langes that I really like. 

However, nothing is as precise, powerful and strong as a 150 flex race shell. The 150 flex and narrow 93 last makes it very direct, and takes some serious effort and knowledge to make it an all day, everyday ski boot. I have skied 10 days out of 12 in the boot without serious issues. I'll refine it even more this summer and by next season it will be perfect. Not many ski shops sell or want to work with a boot like this, it takes serious effort and experience to set them up properly. I've tried three liners in the boot and have settled on a Lange 140 liner with some hard padding in the right places to make the fit. I have done extensive grinding and heat pushing on the shell to make it comfortable for all day skiing and teaching.

My new knee and some serious training have put some new energy into my skiing. I'm on a 170cm iSpeed 2017 Head. It's a great all-round ski. Here, in this video, I'm making slalom size turns, but the ski also does a great job off piste and is perfect for medium GS turns. It's 14.4 radius, which is a nice combo for many turns and the slightly wider under-foot 68 mm, width makes for a really fun off piste ski as well.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Skiing with Reilly McGlashan

Skiing with Reilly was really fun, we had a great time. We got some video of the runs. They are getting edited and we will put them up on You Tube later.

 Above, we are transitioning at the same time. This is not Traditional Ski Instruction, it's expert skiing.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interesting comparison between Reilly McGlashan and Harald.

Reilly McGlashan in my opinion is one of the best free skiers in the world. He's the next generation of Richie Berger type free skiers. 

If you look at both bodies from the waist down, almost identical.

The differences are mostly in arms and pole presentation. Not that one is better than the other, they are different.
Although the shoulder counter of both skiers is similar; the pole presentation for the pole tap is different. Harald's planting arm is more externally rotated. Either works well, because Reilly's arm doesn't move forward to affect his counter or holding of his hip and shoulder counter.
Harald makes sure with this presentation, his shoulder and arm action never contribute to rotation.

Both skiers hold their countered hip, and shoulders, during their transitions.

Harald: "I really like Reilly's inside arm discipline, it's better than mine, even though inside arm and pole tip forward, is a big PMTS goal. Reilly's release also has more,  "jet",  he really let's his skis explode forward at release and catches them, pulls them back for tip engagement before the next arc. This is very athletic skiing. I tend to be more absorbing of energy, probably due to my old knees and having less strength than Reilly."

I have to ski more in the center of my skis and even more centered and forward on my skis. Reilly with younger knees can take more chances with his release, by letting his hips drop at release.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Harald Harb, Skiing new boots, new skis and new knee!

Got my boots dialed, Dalbello DRS 150. I like my new 2017 Head iSpeed Super Shapes, 170cm
                             Starting to ski like it's coming back, after a ski season of building strength. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What happens to a skier when they learn PMTS?

Here is a skier that had certain "Essentials of Skiing" missing or not developed strong enough to create a dynamic turn.. This technical analysis applies to all levels of skiers, you see it at the world cup level and on the recreational slopes. The movements I will describe here are the same and apply at all levels. 

The skier's hips, chest are facing his skis, his lower arm (outside) is reaching forward toward his ski tips. his upper or inside arm is moving back, this is rotation, through the turn.

Here is a totally different picture and technique. 

The difference between these first photos and the way this skier is skiing now comes after PMTS training. The results are night and day different in performance. He achieved the "Essential of Skiing", called "Counter acting".
The similarities between his photo (above) and the photos below relative to upper body counter acting and pole preparation are obviously the same.

Although the differences may seem subtle or insignificant to the untrained eye, this is a dramatic change. No more appreciated then by the skier himself, and that is the most important result.

Pole prep with upper body counter acting.

Practicing with exaggeration. Here Todd is practicing as he calls it , "his reverse arm twist" for a counter acting pole tap.

In this photo below, here is the first step in the process, the hips and counter acting movements are accomplished,  however,  counter balance is not strong yet. The counteracting movements are assisted and strengthened by the arm, shoulder and pole action that bring the upper body over the outside ski. This is called counter balance.
In this photo below you can see the dramatic difference. Hip counter and outside pole development are accomplished giving the skier stronger counter balance as well.

How this applies at the highest levels of skiing!

Mikaela Shiffrin increases her counter acting after passing the gate. All the top world cup racers use this movement. This is exactly what the skier above learned and uses. 
Below you see Mikaela completes the arc, holds her counter and prepares the outside pole for the tap. Reaching the pole tip down and toward the falline brings her shoulders over the outside ski, as she increases her tipping angles.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Apex Auto body!

Home of the best Porsche body experts!
 This blue beauty below, 930 Turbo, has been top to bottom restored, rebuilt by Apex, it's as close to perfect as one can imagine.
 Some detailing being done on a very rare 3.6 liter, 964 Turbo Slant nose

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

U16 from Far west.

Kaz is one of the group of young kids I started coaching when he was 6.  Last season he was U14 Far West Champion. This season as a 14 year old,  he placed 2nd in a U16 slalom. Kaz has been skiing with  PMTS movements since he was 6 years old.
                                                  He has all the parts in the right place.