yes and no
Originally Posted by NYCJIM
On what do you base your opinion?
I completely disagree with you. "The Phantom Move" is the dominant concept of PMTS. And that is done by the lifting and tipping.
I think what SI was saying was that many critics of PMTS say or think that all it's about is lift and tip. I've been to many camps of HH's and once you get past the first camp and own the phantom move, other things become the limiting factor on your skiing.
But, even the lighten and tip, remains and is never unlearned. At the PMTS race camp on Mt Hood, I was not tipping the free foot agreesively enough as the turn progressed. So, it's not unlearned either. I don't know of a single tool in PMTS that is discarded or unlearned later.
Oh, and they do use a wedge in PMTS and we still use it almost every day. In PMTS that's called a LMD or a line manuverying device. However, it's not used as a learning tool or as a platform for learning other movements (such as some people use a gliding wedge for).
Also, it's not been my experience that PMTS uses anything like a single progression. It may appear this way from the books, but it's not that way at the camps. At the camps, the focus is on determining what movement pattern is holding a student back (incorrect movement pattern - like at my first camp - throwing my shoulder into a turn) or what correct movement pattern can be added to help that individual student most. Thus, the 'progression' is student based from where that individual's strength and weaknesses are. Any good ski instructor or common sense trainer of sports in any sports field (the good ones anyway) will take that type of individual approach.
Eric and Rob's book has the quote/unquote 'standard PMTS progression' in their appendix in their book "Ski the Whole Mountain". But that has little to do with a student's real experience at a camp or with a good PMTS instructor.
I've also never seen the supposed battle lines. PSIA is an organization without a single approach to teaching skiing. There is no 'PSIA' method. On the other hand, the cert tests and levels imply a progression in spite of their not being an official one and only method withing PSIA. PMTS being a small business has not political constraints. They can be as dogmatic as they wish.
The PSIA has no such flexibility being the '800lb' gorrilla.
As for why HH goes out of his way to attack PSIA, I don't have a good explaination for that. Obviously there is a history and a past to that relationship that caused him to be disgusted and strike out on his own.
But, PSIA is a big umbrella and so is this site. Most all PMTS instructors I know are also PSIA certs.