Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"The Riders Of The Lost Arc" The Round Turn, "Lost Arts of Skiing", 3rd in the series.

A tight, continued, series of round turns in the falline, while maintaining the same speed is a "Lost art of skiing!"

Skiers always ask me, "How do you get your skis on edge so far, and your hip down to the snow?" The answer is simple, "Stop doing what you are doing and learn something different." In a World Cup turn or high angle carving turn, there is no outside leg knee drive. As in this photo, my outside leg is long, inside leg is bent, flexed and tipped to a high degree. Most ski lessons and coaching are focused on the outside ski and leg. Wrong focus! If I were driving my outside knee, my leg would be shorter, more flexed and my hip would be higher, much higher.


                     Not everyone needs to develop high angles to become an advanced skier.

In the photo below the skis are at almost 90 degrees to the snow surface. These angles make a short round arc. From this arc,  which happens very fast, you have to make the long leg short, this is called retraction. That retraction movement, which is literally, pulling your knee to your chest,  and in many cases, this movement lifts the ski. You can see this happening in every top 5 world cup skier, in every turn.

Does this mean we have to become world cup skier to make these movements.? Of course not, a little brushing in every turn is fine, less angle is fine, less aggressive retraction is fine. However ,the movements are exactly the same as the best skiers in the world use.

If you learn to make the movements described here, at 30% of a world cup skier's level, you will be the best skier on most mountains. Even at 20% of a world cup skier's level, you will be able to link short, tight controlled turns on any slope. This is "A Lost Art" in skiing.


Anyone can learn these movements we teach them, we know,. We have taught thousands of skiers in the last 20 years, the turn, the PMTS Direct Parallel techniques, which are world cup based.  I have coached these same movements to National Champions and World Champions. In our camps, group after group, camp after camp; we develop advanced and expert skiers; skiers using these same techniques are thriving and enjoying skiing more than they ever have. They are smiling from ear to ear, enjoying skiing in control , linking short turn safely, down all slopes. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

"The Lost Arts of Skiing"

Second the Series, One of the "Lost Arts of Skiing", is changing edges before the falline. Few if any skiers understand, can perform, or teach,  a truly round turn arc or shape.

"Getting big angles isn't about getting grip. Looking for grip with the outside ski makes you a weaker skier. Angles give you grip, grip doesn't give you angles."

It's possible that so few knew how, to achieve "Up-Side-Down" to the slope, that it was lost, due to neglect, lack of understanding and misunderstanding of technique. But few, very few, except the top racers have learned and know how to get "Up-Side-Down" to the slope, consistently. In other words, change edges before you change direction. The idea was lost, before it could be learned.  Another "Lost Art of Skiing".

What skiers's don't realize is, if you can make this type of turn or arc, you can ski on any ski, on any snow and conquer any mountain. And still ski with Style and Beauty on groomers. This way of skiing even makes Groomers really, really, fun. 

Next installment: How to make Groomers fun. Another "Lost Art of Skiing!"

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Training , Training and more Training, good! But what is more important is "The Coaching Model!"

If you stop, if you hesitate, if you get lazy, say your relatives are in town or you have to travel to a wedding, don't stop. Or you will pay. Which would you listen to,  a fat out of shape coach who tells you how hard you have to work or an in shape coach, who is a role model and an inspiration? A coach that works as hard as you do and can guide you?


Sure, as a junior racer, it's nice to have a coach who can ski better than you do. He or she is a model and example, but few coaches can do this. If you are older than 50, it's even more important to listen and be guided by a coach or trainer who is in shape and works hard.
                       
                            If you stop moving training or paying attention to your fitness you are lost.


A coach who trains and skis with vigor and commitment can much better relate to his skiers' efforts and trials.

 Your coach should inspire you to do better, go stronger, take care of yourself , eat right, sleep right, a coach should be the complete package.
       

Your coach should still be able to do your sport at a high level, no matter what his age.

Coaches that stand around in hiking boots or back country gear, are just telling you they are detached from what you are doing and not into the sport. How can a coach like that, possibly know what you are about, what you are doing and trying to accomplish?

For those who are training and working hard,  it's everyday, doing something, even if it's not a hard workout, go for a hike, jog an easy mile, stay motivated, a day without movement is a day lost in your life.
Good Luck, and look around you; are you really getting the best,  which is what you deserve?