Some of the early critics were suggesting the OP get more forward. I agree that good skiers are more aft near the end of the turn. The faster he makes carved turns the less time Heluva will have for moving fore and aft though. So in that case he will be able to turn quicker by not shifting weight front to back (or even back and forth from one ski to the other) staying in the back seat will allow him to turn faster and still carve his turns but staying forward will mean his tails will wash out at the end of his turns. The forward emphsis was one of my personal criticisms of PMTS technique. Parts I thought were good, like direct parallel and the phantom move, but he didn't take the phantom move nearly far enough to my mind, to the open (or scissors) turn. I had dicovered the phantom turn on my own years before when my temporary goal was to turn at slow speed in a upright standing position all while using as little visible motions as possible. Harb's first book seemed to be about little more than the phantom move though.
"Staying back is more efficient. I'm pretty sure he is mostly riding his ski tails and bending them to help his skis carve."
Hmmmm..... You might want to watch his videos again. This time, watch for the spray coming from underneath heluva's skis--be sure to note when in his turns and where from his skis it occurs.
I just watched the videos again and about the only time it seems clear where his weight is, is when he passes the camera. I found it hard to see clearly where the snow was coming off the edges in the distance shots. Given his stance and nearly horizontal thighs though I'd say he is pressuring his tails a lot more than his tips as some of his critics did to--I just happen to disagree with his critic's judgment on that point).
Watching the videos again, I also liked that Heluva uses both his skis rather than just the outside one. When he bobbled and the outside ski got away from him for a split second the inside ski naturally took over until he could bring the outside ski back again. To me he looks like a better skier on groomed slopes than those in the level 4 videos that NECoach posted. They were good skiers, but with all the vertical movement around the trasition they seemed less fluid. The exception to this being when in the moguls the level 4 skiers were more accomplished, but still far from what I'd consider great..
However, for someone who spends so little time in the moguls, I thought Heluva was doing fairly well there. Yes, I also think he could improve a lot in the moguls. He needs to work on pole plants in the moguls and definitely could benefit from a lower stance and more absorbtion and extension. I advocated he ski faster in the moguls. That will probably force him to do more A&E, but I'm afraid he won't learn to make pole plants that way and suspect he will need to work specifically on them as he seems to have never really learned to plant his poles at all, much less have the placement and timing down. When skiing fast in the moguls good solid pole plants are essential for adjusting ones balance and making recoveries. Mogul skiers should make sure their poles have some good ice tips on them so they will stick, rather than skip away, when planted at an angle. Carving the ends of the turn in the moguls works well, but he will need to quickly pivot his skis to initate the turns as he jets off the mogul tops in a deeply squated position. Unless of course he is being judged.Then he would need to mince (pivot and check) down the zipper line with his knees held together and find some carefully machine groomed moguls to practice on.
I was only referring to Ted Ligety's circle riding on just his ski tails after the finish of a Moscow slalom race against Bode Miller. It is posted on the Quad Burn thread for those who haven't seen it. A lot of the commenters here were on that thread as well as here so they probably understood my meaning. I was not comparing skiing styles between Ted and Heluva, just mentioning how well Heluva carried his speed coming out of his turns and was reminded of the Ligety Circle (as I call it), that can't be done unless you can hold a lot of momentum through the turn. Since my last posting I have read much of the later half of this thread. No comment.