|who is the level III coached by harald? where does he work?
I don't have permission to use his name nor mention where he works. He told that story to me directly, and told me that he can ski with friends who are examiners any day. He told me that they don't help his skiing and are not trained to see alignment problems. He did spend his time and money to attend the camp I attended.
|The discussions I've seen and heard about PMTS aren't even about the process
You've been misinformed. PMTS is precisely about the Primary Movements (Training System)
needed to ski well. These primary movements are in every turn with modifications for conditions. Skidding is one of the tools when needed for speed control, but not the exclusive means of turning. Steering seems to me to require skiding. PMTS allows skidding when needed.
|What did you do before? What do you do now? What changed? What was the result? How do you know what the result was? Do you have before/after video? What do you see on it?
I was just a fair skier. I looked OK on decent pack or powder. I fell apart in bumps...I could get down them, wasn't fun, was a lot of work. What changed is that I got better on just about every run. I ski with more control and more confidence. I know why I skied poorly at times before, and have a list of things to work on to make the good skiing automatic. I saw the videos each day, but don't have a copy. What I first saw was a skier "getting down" the hill, not skiing smoothly and with confidence at times, and with lots of bad movements. My form was OK at times and poor at times. I improved the form, the fun, and the confidence...now I just need to practice, practice, practice. The later videos showed much better form which matched my new skiing confidence.
PMTS is no type of rotary. The really good skiers can leave carve tracks just about every place they go. The rest of us can't do that, and I need some skid for speed control at times, but that is my skill level and my option.
As Max alludes to, there is no need to steer modern skis. Put the skis on edge and they turn you--you do not turn the skis. Put them on more edge and pressure them, and they turn more tightly. This is a beautiful, graceful way to ski, and it indeed is easy on the knees. It is also more effective on difficult surfaces where skidded skis will get knocked around by the snow.
Harald isn't a politician. 'nuff said. He does have some very good ideas and is a successful ski coach and boot alignment technician*. His skiing system and boot work has been checked by a bio-mechanist. It is functionally sound. Anyone who has an open mind should see if their public library can get his books through an interlibrary loan. I'll even buy back one of his Instructor's manuals from someone who gives it a real try and doesn't like it. I'll donate it to my local public library. It has to be a real try...don't send me one that has never been opened--contact me first. Buy one, make photocopies as you need, and give it a real try with yourself and preferably another skier.
In my previous posting I said that I probably should have labeled the posting differently. I didn't intend to deceive. I hoped for a full discussion, and maybe I went about it the wrong way.
*Anyone with foot or ankle problems or just dissatisfied with the fit and control they get from local shops and local boot fitters certainly should contact Harb's shop. (303)567-0679. Chris, the shop manager, is a boot fitter than can see and solve problems others don't see. He told me of one skier who got alignment in his shop, they went to the hill, and this guy still couldn't get his skis to track as they should. He asked more questions and found that the guy had been in a car wreck and had looseness in his ankle. Foamed liners stabilized the damaged ankle (and he didn't suggest selling the foamed liners until he saw the need). The guy's muscles kept the ankle steady during the shop measurements, but didn't keep it steady on the hill. Who else skis with a customer to diagnose problems? The cost is fair, and the results are excellent. There are Harb-trained boot fitters in many parts of the country. http://www.harbskisystems.com/detaligntrain.htm