Originally Posted by Rick
So, we're now going to change the word "skill" into something that represents a static, IE, NOT moving, non action, and replace it with the word "essentials",,, like HH is also trying to do with the term "angulation"? This villainization and misrepresentation of traditional terms just so one can replace them with "NEW" terms that mean the same thing, just for the purpose of selling books, does not impress me, to say the least.
BigE, from reading your posts over many years here, I'm surprised how big a revelation these "essentials" seem to be to you. They're nothing more than the most basic principles of skiing,,, the same elements good coaches have been teaching for decades. We had them published on our website well before HH began selling them in a book, the only difference being we called them "foundations". I had assumed from the understanding you seemed to display in your posts that you already had a solid grasp of this stuff.
What I am on about is the misrepresentation of what HH is doing, or selling. I was a very
vocal detractor, I think for the wrong reasons, and I had a part in misrepresenting him too.
While the religious zeal of a PMTS follower is not in me, forgive me if I appear to be over-acheiving in my posts. Perhaps the pendulum has swung too far.... anyhow....
Call them what you like, essentials, foundations, whatever I could care less, except for skills. That word means something to me that I cannot fathom how to teach. Go ahead, you teach "balance". I cannot.
I can help develop your ability to balance, I can show you consequences. I can modify your equipment to assist you, but I cannot teach it.
Teach "pressure control". I can teach you how to control pressure, or I can teach you about "pressure control". I can teach you about timing and coordination, I can't teach coordination. I can develop what you have, but I can't teach it.
This mis-use of english bugs me to the point my brain stops. (Recall the "only round turns are round" thread? I don't teach skills I develop them by teaching movements.
I like to teach movements that I believe the student will find useful in their own skiing. I still start skiers in a wedge.)
Being CSIA I've always had an issue saying "We're going to learn about <edging> today." (<Insert any skill you like>) Then a series of movements is practiced that are often quite removed from what happens in actual skiing. What I want in a lesson, and what I try to deliver in my own lessons is a progression / series of movements that starts close to skiing and ends in actual skiing.
IMO, the gulf in the way skills are developed and what you actually do as a skier when skiing is to be avoided. If someone wants an instructional book, I will recommend Harbs book because there is a lot of actual skiing moves in it. Not every drill is prefect that way, but many are.
Yes, it is only a repackaging of good skiing moves. He says so himself in the book. The gist of what he says is that there is nothing new here, just a description of what he sees as the essential moves in skiing, all of which have remained unchanged through the years.
As I said, forgive me if the pendulum has swung too far, and I seem to be gushing over it. I'm not, and I don't know why. I've not seen a better instructional book in print. (Although I do find it unnecessarily wordy and negative at times. IMO, there is no point to show someone that is learning, what doing it wrong looks like. Sometimes too many details work against you.)
Ron LeMaster's "The Skiers Edge" is still my all-time favourite, but it does not specify any skill development drills. Too bad.
Do I agree with the entire contents of "the essentials" ? No. I do not.
Are there errors/flaws? I think so. What it should have done is show how "the essentials" map onto various turns, not just onto the one model turn. and, how "the essentials" appear on different terrain. I think that incorporating pivotting would also have been helpful. Not necessary, but helpful.
ADDED: I also believe that there is a big omission in not talking about the path of the CM enough. I like to be very aware of the path of the CM. I believe that is "an essential".
What's good? The drills, the breakdown, and I did not once see the instruction to "lift and tip"!