Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
I have several questions that I feel are salient.
1. Why hasn't HH been hired by ANY resort to rebuild/revamp/re-engineer their ski school?
2. Why hasn't any national ski team hired HH as a full time or part time coach?
3. There are thousands of PSIA members nationally. HH's site lists less than 100 PMTS certs. Whe aren't full time ski instructors flocking to become PMTS certs?
To come back to the original questions I can offer some totaly unbiassed European perspective.
I don´t care about PSIA vs. PMTS/HSS. For me, they are both two teaching systems in a distant world.
I own and have read HH´s Anyone I and II and I own and have seen the video to the first one. I have met Harald once in Europe.
As to Q 2.
I discussed his PMTS once with one of the top managers at Head, Austria. It was shortly after HH visited the factory and HQs and left his video there.
It´s like Jekyll and Hyde, two personalities, we concluded.
If you listen to him you would hire him as a head coach in any country in the Alps.
When you see his narrow stance and brushed carve performed in the video, you don´t know what to think and say.
It may be possible to pursuade the Americans that the Worldcuppers ski with their legs together.
You would make an idiot of yourself trying this in Europe where, at least in most of the important countries, alpine racing and its stars are part of ski culture.
When I first discovered PMTS via internet I thought it could be a good thing to start here: everything American was extremely popular here after the communist era had collapsed and a new American teaching system could be a hit.
But, when I got the book and SAW the first few pictures my hopes collapsed, too. No way, no chance. Impossible.
PMTS as it is characterized in the sources mentioned might be a good strategy for some motivated but plateaued intermediates who, as HH writes, "want to look elegant and ski with style" (Anyone II, p. 41).
Much has already been said.
It seems to me that PMTS has acquired some sectarian symptoms:
- there´s the Big Guru who is the ideologist, the Main Practitioner, the Judge (what´s good and what´s not)
- there´s no "inner opposition", no opinion differences, no discussion resulting in the final version of the teaching - just the teaching bible and the Guru
- there are some keen disciples parroting His Master´s Voice
-the closed group acts like it was endangered by the sorrounding world and it reacts in a rather hostile way
OTOH, there are some very valuable ideas in PMTS nad HH´s know-how definitely is extremely respectful
One more take. It has been said PMTS is a big help for skiers with some handicaps, such as hip replacement.
It´s neither PMTS/HSS nor HH. It´s the way you ski using the benefits of shaped skis regardless of how you call the system.
99.5% skiers in Europe never heard about PMTS or HH but some of us can ski the modern way using much of what PMTS advocates.
It´s the principles and the skills, not the well-formulated labels.
Which might be a good point for HH.
The package called PMTS sounds good and its marketing seems to be successful. Regardless of whether PMTS is growing or not, it´s there, it´s alive and it´s more or less prosperous.
I don´t envy HH but I would be happy to have such a good business running.