I got some negative vibes from some of the posts in this thread and others.
People belittling pmts and statements stating things like 'you can apply these movements, you'll just never be expert skiers."
The main thing I dislike about PMTS is the us/vs them attitude. I enjoy a variety of ways to look at my own and others skiing. Now I'm hearing that us/vs them attitude from people here.
As a psia level 3, I have very few issues with the progressions and intents. I taught in the Austrian ski school for a season and enjoyed their focus. As an All Mountain Ski Pro Certified coach, I also love Eric D's training. Which includes lifting and lightening, by the way, which some here seem to think of as bad words. (take a peak at the video in general skiing of "erics short turns". I think you'll see exactly what we and pmts teach going on in his long powder/crud turns. Maybe you don't think that's expert skiing, but if not, I'd like to see those experts follow the line ) As a good skier, but by no means great (especially with who I have to ski with at AMSP, like eric d, wendy fisher and jay mack )I focus on a few simple moves that echo pmts alot. Since I started skiing late (19) I'm a cerebral skier and enjoy a technical focal point that brings many things into line. I get that with amsp's technique.
I worked with some level 9's yesterday at Sugar Bowl and they were very strong, but with traditonal movement patterns. One was on the board of directors and said he had skied over 1000 days at the bowl. They both were stoked with the free foot focus. Keys being the relax to release and rolling the new light foot toward the little toe edge. They had been to the psia ski school there, but didn't feel it addressed their level of skier very well. I know that it was just the instructor, because there are pros there who could handle their level. You don't have to be psia/pmts/from austria or famous to make good skiers better. You just have to be open to ways that accent their strengths and teach them to minimize there weaknesses.
Anyway, I appreciate all I've learned from psia, austria, the mahres, all mountain ski pros and epicski.com. This wrong/right dogma seems off base and self rightous on either side.
I think I'm an expert and I can learn something from many here. I also think many of you are great skiers with many "experts", but could probably learn a couple of tricks from me. Instead of looking for the problems, I prefer to look for the opportunities.
Until the next time...Make it a great day!
[ February 21, 2004, 08:38 PM: Message edited by: Holiday ]