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. This width makes for a really fun off piste ski as well.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hintertux meeting, Harald Harb and Reilly MacGlashan Skiing Demo

First time we have skied together, never practiced any of these runs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Skiing with Reilly McGlashan photos.

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

 Above, notice the "O frame" on both of us at the same time. That is PMTS releasing. We are transitioning at the same time. This is not skiing you can achieve from Traditional Ski Instruction, it's functional releasing without a push off. Notice how both our CG are on the inside of the new arc, before the big toe edge has pressure applied. This is modern ski technique, this is what the best on the world cup are trying to accomplish.

                                  The results are short snappy turns with angles.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interesting comparison between Reilly McGlashan and Harald.

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

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.