Candude, I agree with you and I think actually a lot of these folks do too. I guess its a fierce religious battle that will unfortunately never die. Yes HH does feed a lot of fuel to the fire, but so do plenty of people here on Epic...and I dont' expect it to change on either side. I happen to know that Canadian racing folks like Jacque Milan try to tell the CSIA top dudes to change their technique every year and they end up in a pissing contest as well.
Its totally and completely un-productive to get into the religious battles that seem to ensue about this. A lot of guys on Epic would learn a lot if they at least opened up to seeing more about PMTS and just try to ignore the bragging that HH does and learn what they can. In all cases its about egos getting in the way, on both sides. Pure and simple.
I don't accept everything about the PMTS progression at face value either, but frankly I have made some recent breakthroughs in my own skiing that came about from watching the PMTS video and just thinking about turn transition a different way.
I also emphathize with HH's feelings a little bit because when I went through the CSIA ringer a few years ago, I came out the other end depressed, unhappy about my skiing, feeling bad about the fraternity aspect of that organization, etc..and then spent the next 2 years trying to force myself to master the things they said were correct, only to finally realize later they were flat out wrong about some key factors which I am finally eliminating again(and better for it). So my experience with that organization has been on a much smaller scale, similar to HH's feelings about PSIA. The main problem is that if you raise your hand to say "yea, but what about this?", you are shot down, cut down, cut off and ridiculed into the dust for daring to question their model. HH tried to help them pick up the slack at a much higher level and over the course of years. I believe he was even on their D Team for a while. But the various egos (including his own) got in the way of any productivity, eventually causing him to start his own religion so to speak. He's definitely never going to win any elections with his blunt truth style, but in my mind, he was on to some really great ideas and its very unfortunate that it had to split like that and create two seperate factions....but se la vie..that's where we are.
Its not all HH's fault and not all PSIA's fault either..its just the nature of the beast when dealing with guys like us that have humongous egos and are used to hearing all day long what great skiers they are, etc..
That's my two cents.
Regarding Helluva, I didn't watch that whole thread a few weeks ago, so I'm not even going to guess who was doing what or who was at fault or what happened there, but don't you think its time to just let it go and have some more productive conversations?