Hey SCSA--I'm an "old PSIA person" that likes a great deal of what Harald has done too! I don't buy the whole package--no secret there--and I despise its "packaging"--but I've often stated fundamental agreement with many of the principles Harald espouses.
Geez, even Harald once came to me, a few seasons back, and told me he had been referring students my way because he apparently agreed with what he'd heard about me! I believe he has probably withdrawn that support, since I find much to disagree with, despite fundamental similarities. I've often stated that probably no two instructors think more alike, yet disagree more vehemently, than Harald and I!
No, Eski, I am not currently accredited by PMTS, nor do I have any intention of seeking accreditation at this time. I believe that I have a fairly good understanding of what PMTS is about, and other than Harald Harb's unsupported blanket statement that, as a member of PSIA, I "don't get it," no one has yet demonstrated any specific points that I've missed (others may disagree, and I am always willing to discuss their objections if they can provide some fact-based support for them). I may reach different conclusions, but not because of ignorance of the details.
I've been acquainted with Harald, and moreso with Rich Messer at SolVista and some of Harald's other top trainers, for some time. I've worked with a lot of people who have worked with Harald, in both the technical and teaching end of his program. I admire and respect many of these guys--Harald too--and we've kicked around a lot of ideas on the snow and elsewhere.
PMTS has some good ideas, and many that do not hold up well to real scrutiny. That's my opinion, but the archives are full of discussions that will allow you to draw your own conclusions.
While I do not see sufficient value for myself in spending my time and money on PMTS accreditation, I have openly encouraged many instructors to attend PMTS clinics. PMTS represents a fairly clear, concise progression that involves some highly contemporary movement patterns. For any instructor or skier wanting some quick ideas about new skis and contemporary technique, or boot setup and alignment, a PMTS clinic would certainly be one place to go.
I only encourage people to go there, as anywhere, with an open, but questionning, mind. A little healthy skepticism and a determination to test new ideas--not just blindly accept them--is always a good idea!
So try every movement, explore every idea. Demand evidence for any claim that sounds suspicious or outrageous, and don't be afraid to question something, even as you try it. You can't lose!
Just as any idea and every movement has its place in good skiing, it is also true that NO idea or movement is the "be all-end all." I fully admit, with applause, that many skiers and instructors have experienced great results from PMTS. But I also submit, categorically, that anyone who refuses to seek knowledge from any and every source available is missing something! There are many paths--and many destinations!
Some may argue that I am not qualified to criticize PMTS until I have become accredited by it. I agree! I do NOT criticize PMTS. I have discussed many ideas about skiing, without regard to their source. A move is a move, an idea an idea. They will stand or fall on their own merits, regardless of who claims ownership or origin. In our discussions here on EpicSki and elsewhere, many of the ideas and claims that PMTS is founded on have failed to withstand our scrutiny. And this has ruffled more than a few feathers, for reasons that escape me.