Thursday, September 15, 2022

Skiing with the emphasis on the inside half of the body to create movements.

PMTS Direct Parallel is the proprietary teaching system invented by Harb Ski Systems. It is built on the fundamental that the movements of the inside half of the body build a turn and is the basis for modern ski techniques and efficient skiing movements. The post below on my Blog Spot demonstrates how the body is split and where movements that create great angles and carving originate. 

Starting with my book "Anyone can be an Expert Skier" copyright 1998, I described the inside foot movement called the Phantom Move. In my follow-up books, Expert Skier 2 and "The Essentials of Skiing" I elaborate on and dissect how the inside half of the body is moved so all levels of skiers, on any snow can achieve success. 

Sounds simple enough, however, this is completely opposite to traditional teaching and when done in the right order with the correct movements it will completely change your skiing. So if you want to learn the modern ski technique, this is the only complete system in the world that has proven over 25 years and with thousands of skiers that it's a game changer.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Build a turn with inside ski tipping movements.

When asked what I focus on in a series of turns or a ski run, this is how I describe my approach. It usually surprises people.

The inside half of the body creates efficient movements and angles, not the drive for pressure on the outside leg and knee. 

Focus on the inside half of the body that creates the next turn.


                                              Starting out I split or divide my body in half. Study these photos. Since I know that the initiation of a turn involves a release of the old outside ski of the last turn; I focus on that half of the body which will be on the inside of the next arc. I always think in the future, not in the moment which always triggers my next turn. 

Here the black arrow is on the inside foot tipping movement that is the focus. 

This inside foot tipping movement should be accomplished as you also bend or shorten the inside leg. Also, the movement that keeps you forward in your skiing is the "foot pull-back" which is accomplished with the unweighted inside foot.

When you begin to realize you can simplify your thoughts and movements by focusing on only the half of the body that creates the next result; you can stay ahead of the disruptions a slope can deliver.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Quick and powerful short turns!

This photo is from a series of short turns on really steep. Notice the full-body angles, compared to the "Lower Body" angles in the photo below.

This video demonstrates the way you develop short turns without an extension or push against the snow at the rlease.

A "lower-body" short turn shown here, is less risky and should be the first one you work on.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Turn Timing and Preparation in very short turns!

Pole and arm use and preparation are rarely taught, understood, or used properly. The lack of this understanding can hold your skiing back for years. 12 years ago I embarked on a skiing development that evolved into changing my technique and my turn timing. The end result is what I call "The No-swing Pole Tap. This is what we teach in our PMTS system.

This photo demonstrates pole preparation in place immediately near the "Apex or just after the skis in the falline. When you achieve this timing you never feel rushed and the upper body is stable without creating rotation or leaning movements. This is substantiated by the strong position of the inside pole and arm. 

When this pole prep isn't ready by the point where the blue arrow is shown in the red arc, the upper body swings quickly and detracts from ski angle, edge hold, and turn quality. Most skiers use too much pole swing because they drop the pole behind the body while dropping the arm and pole to the inside of the arc.

A strong inside half of the body is shown in this photo, which compliments the early pole preparation. 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Some short turns runs from this season.

                                   Variations on short turns that will serve you well in all conditions.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Learning to apply World Cup skiing technique.

                World Cup Ski Technique

World Cup skiers are the most efficient and most dynamic turn producers and edge changers in all of skiing. All future skiing technical development for learning and teaching modern techniques are first seen in this disciple. 

Atle Lie McGrath is a Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer who just won the last slalom race, at 21 years old. Here are the same techniques McGrath uses that we teach at Harb Ski Systems camps, which explain 4 of the 5 "Essentials of Skiing" from our PMTS Direct Parallel system.

                                                The Release

From these fully committed angles in a turn to the new edge angles for the next turn, "this is the transition", which requires a series of crucial movements for all skiers.

The lower body, boots, skis, and legs change angles from being uphill, or into the slope, toward the downhill side. Both legs and knees are bent the same amount at the point when the skis are flat on the snow. This is a crucial and critical movement criterion. 
The lower body keeps tipping under the hips and the hips and upper body are held over the skis and boots. The hips are not dropped to the inside of the turn until the newly engaged edges are achieved.

The graphics in this photo demonstrate the explanation of movements. 1-The red arrow indicates that the right or uphill hip is lowered and the leg stays bent on that side until lower body angles are achieved.
2-The Yellow line demonstrates that no extension is used. This allows lateral tipping movements with both legs and skis. 3-The blue curved line shows that the shoulders are stable, and not leaning into the next arc. 4-The purple curved line shows that his ski pole tip stays on or close to the snow on the uphill side in transition. This is a key indicator of his "Counter Balancing" ability with his upper body at the top of the arc.

 All movements and cues I describe here, we teach to students in our Harb Ski System camps. These movements are "Essential" for recreational skiers, coaches, and ski instructors. 

                             Counter Acting

This is the next photo in the series which demonstrates when the hip is dropped into the center of the arc. And counteracting (of the hips and shoulders) for dealing with the forces is achieved. In previous posts, I have described much more about "Counteracting" if you scroll down further.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

British Skier makes history! David Ryding wins Hahnenkamm slalom.

 From a country with almost no snow, no mountains, and no winter, how does a man learn to ski with the best skiers from Austria, Switzerland Norway, and Italy? The answer is "plastics". Yes, as was the advice given to Benjamin in the movie "The Graduate", "the future is in plastics?" Ryding learned to ski on slopes with plastic bristles.

 Is this win a shock, not really. David Ryding is no flash in the pan, he has been on a world cup podium before, at Kitbeheul in 2017, in second place behind the greatest skier in decades, Marcel Hircher.

By winning, Ryding set two records, he becomes the first British skier to have ever won a skiing world cup race. He is also the oldest man to have won a world cup race.

Let us take a look at how it was done.  The Kitzbuhel slalom is a classic race that goes way back to the beginnings of downhill skiing. It is a tough hill under perfect conditions as it has sharp rolls and sidehills in it. However, in a snowstorm, that was almost a blizzard by the second run, things got very dicey as was evident by all the great skiers that skied out of the course, or hooked a gate.

Ryding skied beautifully and perfectly for that hill and for the conditions. He was fast, he was consistent and he was in total control. Every other racer had some mistakes or trouble trying to ski a fast line. Watching the race you would have thought everyone but Ryding was on a more difficult course with extra icy conditions. The best skiers in the world were flailing, with arms flying, skis going every which way, basically struggling on every turn.  The top 5 skiers had major mistakes in the second run. 

David Ryding, a beautiful classic technique with great foot discipline and outside ski balance.

Ryding skis with a narrow stance and great inside ski preparation and balancing movements.

In this photo above, David retracts his stance ski, keeps his feet close, and prepares for this edge change.

This is a skill that served Rdying well on this undulating course, the foot pull-back. In this photo he prepares the new turn by tipping the new inside ski first and pulling the foot back to assure his fore/aft balance will be where it needs it for every turn.

These two movements are just 2 of the 5 "Essentials" that made a huge difference in Ryding's great skiing and victory at the Hahenkamm slalom.. They are well explained and demonstrated in my book, "The Essentials fo Skiing." There are 5 Essentials, and Ryding had a direct link to all 5 in his amazing skiing that won him his first world cup race.