Originally Posted by Simon Kinahan
I don't think Max quite answered this, so I'll give it a go. There are three transitions taught in PMTS. In the clips people are focusing on, Max is doing 2 footed releases, which I think is what you call a retraction turn.
The second kind of transition is the "super phantom" one footed release, in which only the old outside leg is flexed. That transfers pressure to the new stance leg before that skis changes edges. I think the two are used about equally often, depending on circumstances.
The third is the "weighted release", in which the old outside ski is kept weighted until after it changes edges.
Thanks, Simon. That jives with my understanding of the PMTS transitions. Seems lately there's a big focus on 2 footed retractions, as evidenced by this drill Max is working on. From what I've gathered from speaking with Max, this is the transiton he's looking to use for the majority (dare I say all, Max?) of his turns, be they arc to arc, or pivoted. I was starting to get the feeling there's been a fundimental shift in the system, as I don't know what "circumstances
" would dictate the use of your second transition type (the one footed, super phantom transition).
BTW,,, type 2 would be similar to what is also called OLR (outside leg relaxation), which has a similar outcome to ILE.
What throws me, though, is Max's description of the transition's he's demonstrating in his video in this thread:
|Maybe I don't understand the question, but when you release by flexing the old stance leg and begin your counter balancing, the pressure automatically goes over to the outside ski as the inside leg keeps flexing, during, past and into the high C of the new arc.
That sounds more like your description of the type 2 one footed release, not a retraction release which lightens both feet, the type typically displayed in WC race courses by the PMTS poster boy and technical model Rocca. 90 percent of Rocca's race course transitions are 2 footed retractions. Max say's he's trying to ski like Rocca, yet says his retracted transitions create new outside ski engagement prior to neutral. I'm sensing mixed messages born of confused understanding here.