Just A Thought
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
My $.02 as well. There is great animosity by PSIA against Harold. When I mentioned on a lesson that I had read his book and learned from it the Instructor jokingly called me the "Harby" for the next hour or so.
Harb is very critical of PSIA and they don't like it - you can't blame them either since his approach is "I can make ANYONE an expert skier - their way is WRONG and INEFFECTIVE" (paraphrase, not quote.)
I think if he was less critical and didn't claim to be the be-all of ski instruction there would be more acceptance of his methodology, at least as an alternative and/or as a source of some good information. By saying his way is THE way, it's kind of like "there is only one way to heaven."
So any lack of acceptance you see of his system may be self-created by his marketing.
I have met & skied with HH & overall he is a pretty likeable person & very knowledgeable. However, his need to rip the hand that use to feed him, I assume everyone is aware HH was part of the National PSIA Team, does not escape me or other members. There is no need to go further with the entire story of the whys and where for, except to say leaving was the best for him, PMTS was born again, and the team. I find no reason to publicly discredit a competitor & I would only hope my competition would show me the same courtesy.
I jumped to the PMTS website & did not find the courtesy the same. I teach a product; it happens to be in a box marked PSIA, which this year is about 42 years old. That in it self may say something for the product; and it has changed an evolved tremendously over those 42 years. If my product is not good enough, the market will be the judge and part of that market is not just customers I teach but the snowsports industry as a whole i.e. insurance underwriters, equipment manufactures, and snowsports areas to name a few other parts of the market. This product is a very flexible product we have to mold to the needs of the market place whether it is a 200 foot vertical or a 1,200 foot vertical snowsports area.
When I read comments to the contrary concerning flexibility of our product, I immediately know I am reading something from an person who really does not either, (a) understand, or (b) know the product, or (c) they speak from what others may have told them, or (d) simply had a very bad lesson. As with any product, my product is presented by people who, we would hope, are knowledgeable and the very best at what they do. Unfortunately, people being people; they do vary in degrees of ability, presentation, or personalities that may not “click” with the customer they are introduced to. It happens, it is a fact, and we need to deal with this the best we can. Maybe sometimes we need to give a free product to resolve the conflict.
Discrediting my competition does not improve my product and only degrades my standing in the community. HH has some very good ideas and I borrow all I can; after all the formulation started long before PMTS. The Austrians, French, Italians, Japanese, Swiss, & etc. also have some very good ideas I borrow for my product. This is why my product is “Stepping Stones” to skiing & snowboarding. My product is flexible, alive, ever changing, and it is called, for the want a better term, American Snowsports Education Association made up of AASSI & PSIA.