Joan Rostad hosts a site. www.hyperchangecafe.com
I teach people to have more fun on the slopes, primarily by improving their skiing skills. This is not always accomplished with a set of tasks or a progression of movements. Sometimes it merely involves helping a person change their perspective, or believe in themselves more. It always involves showing that person they own what they have done, and they get the credit for doing it.
Your last description of what PMTS is looks exactly like what ATS is(generally).
We assess each student in terms of desires, goals, needs, fitness, activity level, attitude, etc., etc. We utilize service guidelines, biomechanic and technical knowledge to formulate a plan for that individual.
Part of ATS are 'common skill features' and efficient movement patterns. These are ideal body movements and ski behaviors we coach our clients to use.
I haven't read PMTS itself, though I have seen videos and read some of Harb's stuff. I use many of the tasks and movements he does, as have many instructors for years.
ATS neither advocates nor decries a direct to parallel approach. Aside from that, the main difference I see between the two is one of marketing. People like to think they can walk into a store and buy a product. Hmmm, I think I will buy a parallel turn today... ATS in not marketed, and is not 'a way to ski.'
Developing new ways to teach is what the National Team does. They travel the world and interact with National Teams from other countries. They travel around the country teach people to elevate their skiing and teaching skills.
In spring 2000, Swiss National Team Members were invited to coach at the PSIA National Academy. This happened because of interaction the teams had together. If you want to see a different system, check out the Swiss. They are the Kings and Queens of skill and fun.
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