There is a threat to PSIA don't ignore it.
Thanks for the excellent explanation Todo and Vail Snopro please read this too. I still see some vast differences between the teachings, and feel that it is very much in PSIA’s benefit to not underestimate the effect that these schools of teaching are having on your reputation. Last year after reading and watching the DVD of Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier II, I became a bit anti-PSIA, seeing it as the establishment and a system that actually kept skiers from advancing beyond a certain level. I’m sure there are thousands of people who like me buy those books/DVD’s and jump on the anti-PSIA bandwagon.
After spending a lot of time with PSIA instructors both at my home hill and at the ETU I have come full circle again.
To use your word Ric, don’t be too myopic. I think it is critical that PSIA addresses this issue. I don’t know what the solution is, but recognizing the threat is important. I wouldn’t suggest saying “our way is right, theirs is wrong” is a good idea, but perhaps “you might want to stick with one or the other of these methods for a while.”
As developing muscle memory is so important, a student needs to work with one system consistently. I feel as if I was jerked around for a few years – shoulder width, very close together, 100% on the outside ski, 70/30% and so on.
Think of a piano student being taught fingering for a scale. The reason I can play so fast is because I stuck with one set of fingerings while I was learning. If I was taught to use the thumb on this note one day and to use the forefinger the next I would not have developed good muscle memory skills. Now, sure I can vary my fingering, but the consistent muscle memory repitition is what got me to be able to whip off fast scales and arpeggios.
Originally Posted by Todo
“PSIA does teach wide, or more accurately WIDER” Again I disagree, wider than what? PSIA teaches a functional stance that is ABOUT hipwidth
Wider than feet together, come on you know that this is different than Harb’s approach of vertical separation only and NO horizontal separation.
Originally Posted by Todo
PSIA does not teach weighting the inside ski.
Here I disagree, PSIA has taught me to put some weight on the inside ski in most cases, whether 10% or 40% or whatever- it certainly is weight. Harb and Lito teach 0% - that IS a difference. Lito was a huge influence on me in my early skiing days with his first Breakthrough on Skis.
Anyhow, please take my posts in the spirit of respect and offer to help you to understand a challenge that you ARE facing. Claiming there is no debate is like sitting in an ivory tower while people are cutting the footings off from under it.
I am a PSIA student now, I admire your methods and as I’ve said before, have chosen to learn from you. Just be aware that there are a lot of impressionable people out there being told that you guys are flat out WRONG and it never pays to underestimate your adversary.