Hiya Bob, welcome back...
My cert class had only 6 of us. Three were instructors, two of us at Cert III, one at Cert II in the world of TTS.
The other three were new to teaching, but had been training with PMTS for a while.
So yea, it's best to already be in a ski school, at this point. I see no problem with being cert in both. For instance, John Clendenin is cert in both PSIA & PMTS. So are others.
I came into these discussions a little late, and I know I have missed opportunites to respond to some very good questions here.
But just for giggles...
First, PMTS is very direct and effective way of teaching. Yes, it promotes "one way". I have no problem with this, as the results I have had with students have been very positive.
Upper levels, we can still can do neato things like pivot slips, hop turns, almost hopping pedal turns, anything goes, as long as it works. I personally still like playing with very delicious wide stance cross under turns with rebound.
I'll still teach a stem christie to an upper level skier looking for TOOLS to ski in crappy, difficult conditions. Being able to pivot the skis, quickly, and in balance is not a bad thing to know, not at all!
What was very interesting to me was the difference in immediate positive results with my students, and their enthusiasm. Mind you, I had NOT certifired with PMTs yet, I had been playing and doing drills with myself and friends.
If a method teaches folks to parallel, in balance, quickly... With MEAURABLE sucess... "I can DO IT NOW". Does that satisisfy their needs better?
PMTS really seems to promote balance more strongly than the TTS stuff I have used. Stance and Balance are the things that most average skiers need to work on first, before going anywhere else.
Wanna do some stem christie drills... ?roflamao
I think I'll be at A-Basin tomorrow, for a little while. It's been freezing up at night, so what little is open should be better than the past few days.
Rusty, Bob, Wacko, anybody else local?
Anybody local wanna go?
Bob... I worked for IS (Computer Dept.) at Copper for a few years, does that help solve the mystery? We chatted about boots, you were messing with some Salomons that were maybe a bit too small.
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