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I did a search of this site and did not unearth any reference to Harald Harb's book, "Anyone can be an expert skier." I just read the book and wanted to get reactions from others who have read it.

Please keep in mind that I read the book purely for learning purposes. I am not, nor have I ever been, a PMTS advocate; nor am I a PMTS detractor. I am just a PSIA thinking-type technique geek, constantly grazing around for new skills and teaching know-how. I bought the book because I've seen video of the guy ski and, hey, he's not bad.

Anyhow, I found the book to have some good stuff, but pretty padded. It is, as a result, about 4 times longer than it has to be. The big consequence of this is that his main messages are often either too hard to cull out of the flood of words and somewhat buried beneath a thick layer of scorn of PSIA. While that acronym is never mentioned, sprinkled throughout are caustic asides referring to the errant ways and misguided teaching approach of "some instructors." Drawing on the debates held on this site, it's pretty easy
to figure out what he is really saying and to whom he is referring.

But underneath the polemical overlay, I found some good stuff: phantom move, dominant (stance) foot, width of stance, working from the feet up, the kinesthetic chain, etc. I am not saying that these are new or even unique to PMTS; I don't know enough to even have an opinion on that. My point is that I have benefited greatly from reading books (Elling, DesLaurier, Witherall, LeMaster, etc. So reading the HH book is just a logical way to add to the multiple perspectives on ideas and approaches that I enjoy and that can serve to add to the knowledge blocks in the foundation for athletic improvement.

All in all, a few gems hiding in an editor's blue pencil nightmare. I would like to hear reactions from others who have read the book.

JoeB
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post #3 of 18
Harb's videos are more helpful than the book.
post #4 of 18
I have the DVD that goes along with book 2 and that was quite interesting to watch. I have not read book 1 but from speaking with various people from PMTS and other who have read the book I learned that it covers the foundation of PMTS, and takes a look at some WC footage, specifically in the transition (have heard a lot of praise of that section of book 1 and DVD 1). Book 2 and the accompanying DVD are kind of like a crash course in how to ski everywhere. I actually found the carving section quite useful. I am actually curious to see what the material in the next book is like...
Later
GREG
post #5 of 18
Joe,

This has been disussed ad nauseum in the Forum. The problem is the search function won't help you find the phrase because of it's limitations. This is where Google's site search capability can come in handy.

Try this search ("anyone can be an expert skier" site:forums.epicski.com)
and call me two names in the morning.
post #6 of 18
Most of the folks I know who have the books and the DVDs like the way they're organized and presented.

As to whether you agree with what's presented or find anything new, your mileage will vary.
post #7 of 18
Both DVDs are good. They come with Volume 1 and 2. Harald also has available a VHS on how to teach PMTS (PMTS Direct Parallel Movements: Green/Blue) It is from an instructor's point of view as to how to present and teach PMTS. You should be able to get that direct from Harb Ski Systems at their website.
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We do not talk about The Scottish Play ...

The books are mainly intended for self-coaching from zero. They present a full teaching progression, so if you're just looking for the ideas they probably come across as far too verbose. The Deslauriers book is teaching basically the same ideas, and may present them more concisely because it's intended for people who can already make a parallel turn. The PMTS Instructor's manual apparently presents much more of the reasoning behind the movements, but I haven't read it.

On the writing style ... well, my girlfriend picked up my copy of ACBAES volume 1 the other day and her only comment was, "wow, this is really badly written", so you're not alone in thinking that. As for the rest ... well, HH is a man with strong ideas.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Harald also has available a VHS on how to teach PMTS (PMTS Direct Parallel Movements: Green/Blue) It is from an instructor's point of view as to how to present and teach PMTS. You should be able to get that direct from Harb Ski Systems at their website.
This is also available as a DVD. How do I know? It's sitting right here next to me.
post #10 of 18
I tried to read the book, and found it suffered from some of the problems people have already mentioned in this thread. I came it hoping for better, but I think it is really hard to communicate dynamic movement in words that simply lie on the page.

On the other hand, if you can get Lito Tejada-Flores' videos, they were a lot of fun. As I understand, Lito is retired, and I don't even know if the videos were made into DVDs.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by ssh
This is also available as a DVD. How do I know? It's sitting right here next to me.
Steve, where did you get the DVD? I'd like to add it to my collection. I checked the Harb Ski Systems website and they only show the VHS version.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Steve, where did you get the DVD? I'd like to add it to my collection. I checked the Harb Ski Systems website and they only show the VHS version.
At Barnes & Noble the book comes with the DVD.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Steve, where did you get the DVD? I'd like to add it to my collection. I checked the Harb Ski Systems website and they only show the VHS version.
Directly from HSS in Dumont. One of the nice RealSkiers participants picked it up for me.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by ryan
Harb's videos are more helpful than the book.
I especially like the one with Brianna Banks and Jenna Jameson.
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Does anyone else find it ironic that HSS is ssh backwards?
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Does anyone else find it ironic that HSS is ssh backwards?
Perhaps that explains a lot...!

...or not...

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by irul&ublo
I especially like the one with Brianna Banks and Jenna Jameson.
In that neck of the woods it would have to be Koleen Brooks.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by sno'more
On the other hand, if you can get Lito Tejada-Flores' videos, they were a lot of fun. As I understand, Lito is retired, and I don't even know if the videos were made into DVDs.
They have...I bought two of them through Amazon.
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