Originally Posted by Dan DiPiro
Thought you guys and gals might be interested to know about my recent experience of being banned from Harald Harb's PMTS Web forum at realskiers.com.
On an Internet search, I found a thread on the forum discussing my book. I read the thread and found all sorts of misinterpretations of my teaching, several written by folks who hadn't even read the book! So, I joined in and tried to be cordial, explain my point of view, and clear up the misconceptions.
I don't consider myself an expert skier so all my opinions here are just of somebody that's trying to ski with the control. Here are some of my points that might or might not have been expressed in this thread:
* carving method taught by PMTS originates in alpine downhill skiing (as Dan notes in his book), takes advantage of shaped skis and for me is PREFERABLE way to dealing with groomed, boilerplate, steeps which accounts for 80% of my skiing. I've progressed from 'Breakthrough on Skis' to PMTS HH book/website. I do like this style and anytime things get out of control shortend inside leg saves the situation
* having tried to apply (for years) above to moguls I've found Dan's book by the end of this season and in few days was able to make through east coast mogul field. I'm sure I will never use Dan's advise on aerobatics but other hints like looking ahead 3-4 bumps, home position, practicing on groomed terrain and others HELPED a lot. I plan to stick with this style for mogul skiing. Moreover, I've found this method (slipping) to be quiet helpful to control speed in some of ice/slipper conditions.
I'm surprised to see such level of hostility about the subject. My opinion is that both books/styles are applicable and that will be my preferable way of dealing with various terrain.
Having had last runs at K on my mountain bike while others skied I plan to revisit the subject in November/December.