Use the hammer-but for a different purpose
Originally Posted by John Mason
I had a chance to get a movie today of Harald Harb (PMTS) in a wedge of a couple of hundred feet.
Actually PMTS does teach a wedge for two purposes.
1. what Harald was doing, smoothing a track
2. controlling speed in situations like lift lines
John, a few weeks ago a bunch of us saw Harald and an associate up at Loveland ripping beautiful wide track railroad turns leaving two distinct arcs in the snow-the point being they are superbly accomplished athletes who can produce whatever maneuvers they want. Keep that in mind.
|I've met many people this week that are both PSIA III cert (and even examiner emeritis types) that teach DTP at their resorts as well as some that cannot due to the rules of the school they teach at. ...
I know there are posters here that teach DTP at their resorts. I spent the day with one today (PSIA III cert) that teachs DTP at vail and told me a lot of the ski school there does.
Hopefully some of these folks can give their perspective as they have the practical pro-con of both approaches with vast numbers of students and are very experienced in both approaches.
John, highly skilled and experienced instructors teach students
not systems-and if you are sucessful, meet the students needs and expectations, the SS won't care-you are building a repeat client. Given the right student, right equpiment and right terrain many of us will go direct parallel. Unfortunately those conditions are rarely met.
Conversely, I watched a PMTS lesson at Loveland where a student on easy green terrain was attempting to travese across the hill on one ski and because they were lacking the substantive balance skills would make this drill effective they were falling every 5 feet-it was brutal to watch. You can't shove human beings into a one size fits all box-thats the value of the Stepping Stones approach you allude to below. It is nothing new.
|Staying away from politics, my own perspective, from a technical level, is that a wedge provides instant stability. That's the pro. But a wedge also being the students first exposure to skiing, lets them have a tool to avoid learning balance as well as ingraining a stance that is too wide. That's the con. The fallout is the number of people that can't get parallel because of that first foundational habits produced by starting with the wedge. Most of these "terminal intermediates" keep their CM between their skis and stem their turns.
John, It was nice meeting you and skiing a few runs with you last Wednesday. But I believe you admit you have never taught except for a few friends and your skiing skills are not bad for your limited time on skis but still limited. You don't have the depth of knowledge or experience to validate that statement. "First foundational movements"-would you like to explain that in depth and how it inhibits parallel movements.
|There is a publication called steps to parallel in the PSIA literature that help people coming from the wedge foundation get to parallel.
But, would that publication be needed if it wasn't so hard for people to break these first habits?
Again John, we teach students
, not systems. This is nothing new, it is just a new format for presenting the material.
John, this is not meant to seem as harsh as it sounds, you are a nice guy- a simple piece of advice-use that hammer to break open the box you have locked yourself into. It is tragic your enthusiam is so blindly locked on one path. Open your mind to all approaches, gain experience, improve your skiing, get into teaching so you can learn first hand what does and does not work-as well as why. Come to know the diversity that make up the clientel we deal with consistently.
You have miles to go before you ski and miles to go before you know.