Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two "Must Have" Techniques: Refined Powder and Bump skiing.

                                                          Bumps and powder

Look for a complete tutorial on the topic of NO Swing pole plant from our web site EVideo store in the near future. The no-swing pole tap is an advanced skier approach that reinforces counter acting and ski rebound at the end of turns to energize the transition.

If you never want to look like you are working for your turns this is the answer.

The round turn in the bumps approach for speed control is tipping without turning or the Super Phantom Move.  This is explained and demonstrated in the  "Expert Skier" video 2, and in the Essentials of Skiing videos.

Friday, September 19, 2014

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

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

"PMTS Racer Development Programs". Results speak for themselves and pictures even speak louder.

"PMTS Racer Development"  these kids know exactly what they need to do. We develop their understanding and movement abilities. They know how to make the right movements, where to make the movements and how to create the angles to become skiers with World Cup Movements.

These racers are coached with the same movements, but they have their own way of expressing this movements.
The angles created by these skiers are through relaxing movements, not pushing and forceful ones.

It is important to know how to transition, to get to this level of preparation for the arc.

These boys and girls ski very fast, on any son woe course, this is steep and very hard snow.

Again these racers learned PMTS skiing movements, Each has their own personal way of demonstrating good skiing movements, but their foundation is the same.
Here we see Check Point 1, already built in this racers natural instincts.
Again "Check Point 1" perfectly demonstrated, skiing the outside ski, just before transition.

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