Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The transition of PMTS Skiing, or "how to make snow go uphill!"

Angles at the Apex of the arc.

The angles of the skis increase through tipping and bending of the inside leg. The upper body's roll is to counter-act the rotation created by strong edge angles, and quick sharp turn radi.

The outside leg has already begun to flex or bend to increase lower body angles, while the upper body come back to the falline.

Now the transitions begins in earnest as the outside leg retracts and the upper body moves toward the falline.

The knees are sucked up to the chest and the skis come flat to the snow.

The momentum of the releasing movements and gravity combine to make the edge change. The feet and legs relax to allow for this movement. The feet and legs still aid in the process managing the speed of the transition.

Tipping to the new angles with the legs requires that the upper body stays as verticle as possible helping with counter balance. 
 Balance is establsihed on the outside ski, increased angles of the skis is facilitated by inisde leg flexing and foot pull back.

 The focus should be on the inside foot, and the inisde leg bending. The outside leg followes the tipping of the inisde foot and ski.

The topics that are not covered in this post are still extensive and they are just as important as the retraction and tipping movements that are described. The actions with the upper body for counter acting and pole management are all there. As a teaser notice that the inisde pole never lags behind the boots.  Upper body and pole manaement is a topic for another post and article.


Lepierro said...

Hi Harald,
My skiing has improved a lot since I applied the PMTS technique. I thought I was skiing well (narrow stance, release, counterbalancing and counteracting) but my balance was not always good and my edging before the release was insufficient.
Unfortunately, it is more difficult to learn the technique PMTS in France and it is thanks to all your efforts (and those of Diana) that I could do it.

Harald Harb said...

Best of luck, thanks for the comments.